For the hardcore gamers who won’t be satisfied by just another Acer Aspire or Lenovo Legion, HP brought their ultimate gaming machine, Omen X 17-ap003na, a laptop housing all the techs that a gamer might need (did I say a mere laptop?? It should be called a behemoth!!).
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 2.9 GHz
- GPU – 8 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
- Memory – 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4
- Screen – 17.3-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA HDD + 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigs of ultrafast RAM and a dual storage system consisting of 1 TB of 7200 rpm HDD and 256 GB NVMe SSD (faster than a standard SATA variation but not the fastest overall). More about its gaming prowess next.
- GPU – The overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 8 GB of VRAM is the centre of attraction in Omen X. Being one of the most powerful graphics units that NVIDIA has ever produced it can run any title in the native 1080p resolution in the highest possible settings that you can find around the market. Omen made games like Doom (>150 fps in 1080p Ultra, ~70 fps in 4K), Battlefield 1 (~105 fps in 1080p Ultra, ~45 fps in 4K) and The Witcher 3 (>80 fps in 1080p Ultra0, ~55 fps in 4K) run buttery smooth.
- Display – It is equipped with a 17.3-inch FHD panel with 120 Hz refresh rate. The panel is sufficiently bright at 330 nits making it suitable for your everyday usage as well as gaming needs. The colour coverage and contrast ratio are quite high as well at 97% (sRGB coverage) and 850:1 respectively making the colours pretty vibrant.
- Cooling – The cooling system had to be great to handle a beast like GTX 1080. And Omen X 17 certainly passes that test honourably. The max temperature never really crossed the 40°C mark even after a short but heavy gaming session. If one thing that I didn’t like about the fans was that they were pretty loud under max load.
- Price – The extra steep £2900 price tag isn’t really very affordable even for a hardcore gaming fanatic. Ultra costly rigs like Alienware 17 R4 and Razer Blade Pro (GTX 1080 version with 4K display) are priced quite similarly.
- Portability – Omen X 17 is a pretty beefy model housing the GTX 1080. On the meatiest part, it’s almost 36 mm thick and weighs 10.7 lbs (4.85 kg) overall. Only the Alienware is comparable which is almost similarly heavy at 9.74 lbs (slightly slimmer though).
- Fingerprint magnet – The all Aluminium chassis is a good fingerprint magnet. So if you don’t want all those darn smudges on the surface you better not forget to bring that napkin with you.
It includes everything that a gamer might ever need- a good display, great gaming performance and an awesome keyboard with individually customisable RGB backlight along with a great build quality. But everything comes down to that price again. So if you can bear that price there might not be many rigs as gorgeous and capable as Omen X 17.