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HP Omen 16 (2024): Core i9, RTX 4080, Thunderbolt 4

HP Omen 16 (2024) review: QHD gaming notebook with Core i9 and RTX 4080 for €3,200
HP Omen 16 (2024) review: QHD gaming notebook with Core i9 and RTX 4080 for €3,200
This HP gaming laptop comes with a fitting level of specs, featuring a Core i9, an RTX 4080, a 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, 32 GB of RAM, two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a QHD display (G-Sync, 240Hz). Despite having powerful components, the laptop produces a moderate amount of noise – with the right settings.

The Omen 16 is a powerful high-end gaming notebook in HP’s lineup. The device can be considered a model refresh: it shares the same chassis and largely the same hardware as its predecessor. The CPU has seen improvements: Raptor Lake Refresh replaces the original Raptor Lake. The entire package can be had for €3,200 (US$3,446). Cheaper models are available starting at around €1,900 (US$2,057). 

The Core i9-14900HX and GeForce RTX 4080 (TGP: 145 watts) equip the laptop for rendering, video and photo editing, and gaming. The CPU has access to 32 GB of DDR5-5600 RAM running in dual-channel mode, and it's possible to increase the total amount of memory. A speedy 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD provides the necessary storage and helps keep load times short. The laptop can accommodate up to two M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 SSDs. 

The hardware inside is capable of running all current games smoothly on the matt display. In general, it can do so at the screen’s native resolution (2,560 x 1,440) and high to max settings. You’ll need an appropriate monitor to use higher resolutions – the Omen 16 boasts a total of three video outputs (1x HDMI, 2X DisplayPort).

On a single charge (83 Wh), the laptop lasted nearly six hours in our Wi-Fi test – a decent result. You don’t have to carry the massive 280-watt power adapter with you on the go because the Omen can be powered via USB-C. Both Thunderbolt 4 ports support Power Delivery, on top of being able to output a DisplayPort signal. The high heat and noise output (typical for this class of laptop) can be reduced to a moderate level – by forgoing performance.

You can check out our HP Omen 16 (2024) review for further information and lots of benchmark results.

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Sascha Mölck, 2024-02-24 (Update: 2024-02-23)