HP Omen 16 reviewed: Solid RTX 3070 gaming laptop for $1800 USD
HP now has two gaming laptop lineups on offer. The existing Omen series now includes a 16-inch model and competes with the recently released budget model Victus 16. It succeeded in that aspect in our review, but there are minor limitations.
We recently reviewed the Omen 16 with an Intel Core i7-11800H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU and a FHD 144-Hz display. We were mainly impressed by the gaming laptop's good overall performance levels in CPU, GPU, and system performance workloads.
We did, however, stumble upon errors with the touchpad and we experienced increased DPC latencies even after just launching the browser. Here, HP still has some work left to do. The same holds true for the occasional coil whine noises, which are most likely emitted from the Nvidia GPU under load.
Compared to HP's own Victus, the Omen boasts a few good selling points, which make it an attractive option despite the Victus 16's lower price point. This includes the metal base unit, better connectivity (USB 4 with Thunderbolt 4), about 30 percent faster 3D performance (compared to the RTX 3060 within the Victus), a better keyboard layout (albeit without numpad) and a slightly lower weight despite its more potent components.
More information on the differences as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the HP gaming system can be found in our in-depth review of the HP Omen 16.
A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.
Translator:Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 399 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.