HP Omen 17-an009tx
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Reviews for the HP Omen 17-an009tx
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HP Omen 17 has one of the best gaming device with top-tier specifications you will find in any laptop. However, it is also not the only one in the given price segment. Even with those heavy specs, it is likely to witness a good amount of competition coming from rivals such as Dell, MSI, Acer and more.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
With the proliferation of gaming laptops by companies like Asus, Lenovo, MSI and more, HP has had to raise its game, too, in the past few months. The company released its new range of Omen-branded gaming laptops in February this year and has since then launched several iterations, among others another beefy gaming laptop, the new Omen 17 (17-AN009TX). The Omen 17 builds on the same design that HP has been carrying ever since the introduction of its dedicated gaming series. Being a gaming laptop, it is bound to be heavy and bulky. The laptop weighs 3.7kg, which is on the heavier side when it comes to gaming laptops. However, bulk and brawn are attributes that are associated with most gaming laptops as some even come with dedicated suitcases. The screen is a 17.3-inch anti-glare WLED-backlit Full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display, it is sufficiently saturated and has that required punch while playing heavy games. The exhausts are placed strategically right at the screen hinge area, facing outwards. Exhaust grilles are also there on the underside. The two speakers can be found under the laptop alongside the rubber lids. The backlit full-size island-style keyboard, as already seen on other laptops of the Omen family, stayed the same. The traveling time of the keys is slightly more than what is found in traditional laptops. This will not take much time to get used to if a user is coming from a regular laptop. Gamers, however, may love it given that they use it in a rougher manner than others.
The new gaming laptop packs one of the most powerful processors under the hood, the 7th-generation Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ Core i7 processor. The notebook also boasts the Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU, which has 8GB of DDR5 RAM of its own. In general, the device can support up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive (7200rpm) and a 256GB SSD. Video chatting is also good on the Omen 17. It has a TrueVision Full-HD webcam coupled with microphones in case users do not have headphones at hand. As far as the operating system is concerned, Windows 10 performs just about fine. It comes with its own native features, including Windows Hello security technology. Users get some of HP’s native apps in the mix, such as HP 3D DriveGuard, Audio Switch, Documentation, ePrint, JumpStart, Orbit, Recovery Manager and more, to customize the gaming device further. On both sides of the body, there is a bunch of connectivity options, which pretty much fulfill the needs of a typical gamer. Users also get a USB 3.1 Type-C port, 3 USB 3.1 Gen-1 ports, 1 HDMI port, a headphone jack, a multi-format SD-card reader, and a Mini DisplayPort alongside the usual Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac combo.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile: Pascal based high-end mobile graphics card based on a cut down GP104 (like the GTX 1080) and GDDR5 graphics memory. Successor to the GTX 980M with a 10 Watts higher TDP. Similar to the desktop GTX 1070 performance wise, but with more shaders and lower clock speeds.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
i7-7700HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Besides four CPU cores (including Hyper Threading), the chips also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU and is manufactured in an improved 14 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only a few laptops are in this weight class because the mobility is rather limited due to the high weight.
HP: Founded in 1939, the US company is a major server and printer manufacturer and one of the leading IT companies in the world. Until 2015, the company was called Hewlett-Packard Company. After a split, the computer division was renamed HP Inc.
In 2023, HP had an approximate market share of 22% of global PC sales, making it number 2 after Lenovo.
70%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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