HP has announced a number of products in its Omen Gaming line, including the all-new HP Omen 16 Gaming Laptop. This is a redesign of the HP Omen 15, which has now been updated with a larger, improved screen, the latest hardware under the hood, and some changes to the overall look.
Other announcements include an updated Omen 17, a new midrange gaming laptop brand called HP Victus, and a new 25-inch Omen Gaming Monitor.
HP Omen 16 and 17
The primary feature of the HP Omen 16 is the larger 16.1-inch screen, which HP says fits the size of a standard 15-inch chassis. It has a QHD (2560 x 1440) 165Hz screen with 3ms response time, which matches some of the best gaming screens from laptops like the Razor Blade 15 and MSI GS66 Stealth. Of course, 1080p panels are also available in more economical configurations.
There are fairly thin bezels around the display, although the chin below is still large. Beneath that bottom is a new hinge, which HP calls a “floating display”.
Other aspects of the laptop, such as the per-key RGB keyboard, full-size arrow keys and larger touchpad, are unchanged from the previous Omen 15.
HP offers either an Intel or AMD processor, paired with your choice of Nvidia RTX 30-Series, up to RTX 3070 for a total of 115-watts. On the Intel side, you’ll get up to the 11th-gen Core i7-11800H, while the AMD configuration can be extended to the Ryzen 9 5900HX.
HP is also offering a mysterious RDNA 2-based AMD graphics card on the Omen 15, although the company has not yet provided any details.
On the other hand, the Omen 17, which HP calls its “desktop-like” gaming laptop. It is larger and larger, obviously, although the chassis has been slightly tapered from last year’s model. It is 8% smaller in total volume and this time is about 10.7% thinner.
The Omen 17 otherwise looks similar to the Omen 16, using many of the same design features and styling. Although the keyboard is different. While the Omen 16 has standard rubber dome keys, the Omen 17 opts for an optical switch, which gives it 0.2ms response time and 1.7mm head travel. The result should be a more tactile keyboard.
Inside, the Omen 17 has options for up to Nvidia RTX 3080. Reserving high-end GPUs for large laptops is an easy way to separate the two, but it also ensures that HP can deliver that power-hungry graphics card as much air flow as possible.
Both systems have undergone some changes to facilitate a new thermal system under the hood, known as Omen Tempest Cooling Technology. They both use a new fan that is two and a half times thinner than the Omen 15, allowing for double fan blades. Between the new fan and increased ventilation, HP says that the Omen 16 will run 3.2 degrees Celsius cooler than before, while the Omen 17 is 5 degrees cooler.
This is important when you consider a maximum of 165 watts of total power that can be delivered to the RTX 3080.
The AMD version of the Omen 16 starts at $ 1,050, and the Intel model starts at $ 100 more. Meanwhile, the Omen 17 starts at $ 1,370. All new Omen laptops will be available from June.
HP also announced an entirely new line of gaming laptops under the “Victus” brand name. It sits between the budget-level HP Pavilion Gaming System and the flagship HP Omen in terms of pricing, performance and design.
These Victus laptops feature an entirely new industrial design and brand, which is undoubtedly for gamers trying to choose between this and the omen. The design is not quite as clean or smooth, and the system is a bit clunkier as well. Not as bad as a pavilion laptop, of course, but again, these Victus laptops sit somewhere in the middle.
The first laptop to be launched in the Victus line is a 16-inch gaming laptop.
It has a large touchpad, lots of ports, and a number pad on the right.
It would also be confusing to know which of these laptops to buy based on performance, as the Victus laptop can be configured up to the Nvidia RTX 3060, which crosses the omen area in terms of performance. It can also go as low as the MX450, which is not nearly enough graphics power to be considered a gaming laptop. Although HP maintains that Pavilion laptops will continue to be supported, Victus laptops certainly appear to run in a similar area.
Of course, the Victus 16 gaming laptop comes with options for either the Core i5 or Core i7 11th-gen Intel processors. However, you can also go to AMD, offering both the Ryzen 5000 processor and the RX 5500M graphics card.
You can also opt for a 1440p display with a 165Hz refresh rate.
The AMD version of the Victus 16 will start at just $ 800 and launch in June. Meanwhile, the Intel version will start at $ 850.