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HP Omen: HP's first stab at the gaming notebook market

By Salehuddin Bin Husin - 15 Mar 2015
Launch SRP: S$2299

Battery Life, Power Consumption and Portability Index

 Battery Life and Power Consumption

The HP Omen has one of the shortest battery life we've ever seen in recent times and it's not even an SLI machine. It lasted just 98 minutes! Take note that this figure was with NVIDIA's Battery Boost tech enabled. While its low capacity battery (58Wh) might be a culprit, it doesn't quite explain its extra high power consumption as compared to the similarly sized MSI notebook with a better GPU and an even lower battery capacity. Even if you consider the high-end 15.6-inch gaming notebook from Gigabyte with a top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 980M GPU and higher resolution display, it packs a much higher capacity battery, doesn't weigh much more than the HP Omen and manages lower power consumption and lasts twice as long without needing to recharge. Touchscreens are known to consume more power than normal displays and while it compounds HP Omen's longevity issue, it's definitely not the reason for its showing. Clearly HP needs to customize their machine better where power efficiency is concerned.

As the HP Omen's battery life is incredibly short, its portability is massively hobbled going by our Portability Index that takes battery life, physical dimensions and weight into consideration. The machine may be one of the lightest (bested in weight only by the MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro) but it's also the one with the shortest lifespan and in the end, that means it's just not worth the trade-off if you intend to game in situations where you're not plugged in to the wall.

Now that we've seen all the HP Omen has to offer, we'll be concluding our review on the next page so continue on for our verdict on the HP Omen.

7.0
  • Design 9.5
  • Features 7.5
  • Performance 7
  • Value 7
  • Mobility 7
The Good
Outstanding design
Slim dimensions & light weight
Excellent build quality
Sharp display with vibrant colors
The Bad
Outdated GeForce GTX 860M GPU
Short battery life
Ports only at the back of the machine
Limited onboard storage
No built-in Ethernet port (requires provided USB adapter)
Expensive
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