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HP Omen 15 (2019) review: A GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q for under S$4,000

By Koh Wanzi - 11 Oct 2019
Launch SRP: S$3999

Introduction

Image Source: HP

Earlier this year, HP refreshed its line of Omen laptops with machines that featured slimmer designs and improved cooling performance. That was a much needed update, considering that the previous Omen 15 was rather thick for a Max-Q notebook.

That aside, the design is still very familiar, and you'll recognise the same tribal mask logo on the lid. 

Here's an overview of its specifications:

  • 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 240Hz G-Sync IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-9750H processor (2.60GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 single-channel memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  • 69Wh battery
  • 360 x 260 x 20mm
  • 2.4kg

The above configuration will cost you S$3,999, a pretty fair price for a laptop with a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. However, the laptop also comes equipped with single-channel memory. Unfortunately, from past experience with laptops like the ASUS ROG Strix Scar III GL531GW and ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW, it's clear that single-channel memory results in quite a large performance deficit in games. Can the HP Omen overcome the limitations? Find out how the Omen 15 fares over the following pages.

7.5
  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 7
  • Value 7.5
  • Mobility 4.5
The Good
240Hz display with G-Sync support
Excellent speakers for a laptop
Plenty of I/O options, including Thunderbolt 3 and an SD card reader
Relatively quiet fans for a laptop in this class
Reasonable value
The Bad
Single-channel memory results in huge performance deficits
Relatively heavy at 2.4kg
No per-key RGB customisations
Mediocre battery life
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