Powerful and portable. This is HP’s motto on this Omen 16, which does not seek to make sacrifices. Mission successful?
And to think that not so long ago gaming laptops were impossible to combine power with true portability. Today it is a formality: the competition is played on who will manage to be the most powerful and the most portable at the same time. The last machine to enter the ring is the HP Omen 16, which we test in these lines.
The HP Omen 16, offered at €2,199 in the tested configuration, is available for purchase
directly on HP’s website.
A version equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor and a GeForce RTX 3070 is also
available from Baker.
HP Omen 16 features
|screen size||16.1 inches|
|Screen type||IPS LCD|
|Screen definition||2560 x 1440 pixels|
|Refresh rate||165 Hz|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H|
|Graphics card||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti|
|ram||32 GB DDR5-4800|
|plug||2 Thunderbolt 4, 3 USB A 3.2, 1 Ethernet, 1 HDMI 2.1, 1 combo connector|
|Dimensions||36.9 x 24.8 x 2.3 cm|
Design and ergonomics: velvet coat
Long gone are the days of one-upmanship when it comes to gaming PC design. If this may be unsatisfying, we’ll still appreciate being able to take this HP Omen 16 out into a meeting without suffering sideways glances from our colleagues in suits and ties. This black aluminum chassis is sober and elegant, rare for this category, making it instantly classy. At least when it’s not covered in fingerprints. We will note a weight that is nevertheless well marked and a raised base to let its cooling system sing, which makes it not very comfortable to hold in one hand, although this is the price of its performance.
At the opening, very flexible, we are face to face with a large keyboard in TKL format, often praised in the gamer community. The hull also has a small logo in the right corner in a reflective treatment which is again comfortable. The keyboard itself is a success, with rounded keys that offer little resistance to confirm support. This is RGB and can be configured as desired.
The slight disappointment comes from the touchpad. If it is in a really nice format, we regret that we did not find a glass coating instead of plastic. Especially since the plastic chosen here has a slight tendency to sag, although it’s still good quality all things considered.
However, there is nothing to say about the connection. On the left is a USB A port, an Ethernet port hidden by a mechanical hatch, a combo jack port and a full-size SD card port. On the right, two USB A ports await us. And on the back we use two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.1 and a power port. Their implementation is perfect, as the heaviest peripherals are stored on the back, while the connectors intended to be used more spontaneously are available on the sides. We like the alliance of pragmatism and design that this HP Omen 16 serves.
Screen: liquid above all
The HP Omen 16 benefits from a 16.1-inch IPS LCD panel in QHD 2560 x 1440 pixel definition, for a very classic 16:9 ratio. Its main feature is of course its refresh rate of 165 Hz, in addition to its response time of 3ms. The screen is anti-reflective.
Like many gaming computers that are essentially meant to stay indoors, the HP Omen 16 sacrifices its maximum brightness above all else. We measured it at 344 nits, against the 300 advertised by the manufacturer. At least there are no lies about the product. The same goes for its coverage of the RGB space, raised to 99.8%. However, forget the DCI P3 slot, which is not supported.
We were also able to note a contrast ratio of 1186:1, adequate without being transcendent, and a color temperature of 6632K, which is very close to the video standard for aiming for natural colors. The average delta E00, raised to 1.87, remains very good for this category.
To sum it up, the HP Omen 16 panel is simply… Good. Very good indeed, given that this is a PC primarily intended for gaming. However, other manufacturers keep in mind that these muscular configurations can also be suitable for creators, and are therefore careful to support DCI P3 and offer a slightly more advanced calibration. HP has bet on fluidity above all else, a respectable choice.
Software: no frills
Windows 11 of course, as expected, but the Omen brand has always been keen to talk to gamers with its software of the same name. So much so that we even have a keyboard key dedicated to the launch of its successor. However, the latter is still not that interesting.
So yes, you can configure your keyboard there, find some graphics to establish the performance of your machine and even link your game libraries to it. But that’s all. Other solutions, like Asus, go much further than that to allow neophytes and power users alike to tweak their machines. The Omen package is useful, nothing more.
However, note the pre-installation of McAfee and several promotional messages for ExpressVPN and Dropbox. Around the end of the month, why not, but maybe not on such expensive configurations. Immediate uninstallation is recommended. Similarly, the computer has no equipment to take advantage of Windows Hello and biometric recognition.
Performances: a happy couple
In our test configuration, the HP Omen 16 is equipped with an Intel Core i7-12700H, a 14-core, 20-thread processor that can turbo up to 4.7 GHz, supported by 32 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and a 1 TB storage memory in PCIe 4. As for the graphics part, you can count on Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti at 8 GB GDDR6.
What more can we say about this leading couple in the gaming world this year? On HP Omen 16 he still sings just as well. As always, Intel has the advantage of single core performance when AMD pulls out its trump card on multi core, but in absolute numbers: both are ultra-efficient.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is perfect for supporting the 165Hz screen on esports titles and pushing modern experiences beyond 60Hz. This is the case, for example, of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which offers us 91 average FPS in Very High configuration without even using DLSS to boost the frame rate. The greedy Cyberpunk 2077 monster even offers us 44 average FPS in ultra-ray tracing configuration, which we can easily optimize to 60 FPS while maintaining graphics that will make console users drool.
The whole thing must of course be cooled down. On a synthetic test (understand: at top speed), the HP Omen 16 can quickly rise to 61.8°C ejected from the bottom of the machine, but knows how to keep its interaction surface relatively cool so as not to burn your fingerprints. The fans figuratively make the machine go faster, but that’s the price you pay for so much performance. Play through headphones, knowing your components won’t suffer as much as your ears.
Autonomy: as a snack
In order to get all this potato out, the HP Omen 16 naturally needs its 280W power supply unit. On its 83Wh battery, it will primarily be there to ensure office automation, although it can be recharged by 50% in 30 minutes.
Of course, we are not on an ultrabook: you can count on about 6 hours of autonomy for office tasks, if you are conservative, and about 4 hours of YouTube videos in normal use (good definition, good brightness, Wi-Fi on). That’s… ok, for a gaming PC that doesn’t really intend to follow you unplugged.
- Great design
- Very comfortable keyboard
- Excellent performance
- Competent cooling
- Autonomy of 4/5 hours
- No biometric recognition
The HP Omen 16 is an excellent gaming PC. The performance of the i7 12th gen and RTX 3070 Ti pair no longer needs to be proven, but is here linked to a very good cooling system. The screen has enough to eat frames without the slightest worry, and the sober and elegant design of the HP Omen 16 is very attractive. Its only problem is not moving forward, be it its plate, its autonomy or the related software experience.