HP Omen 17 reviewed: Gaming notebook fails to arouse enthusiasm
Under testing, the HP Omen 17 masters the benchmarks in relation to GPU- and CPU performance very well. The strong results of the Intel Core i7-12700H and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti often secure first place in the comparison fields, so the processing power of our second review device leaves nothing to be desired. We had to have our first review device replaced due to a defect.
From the outside, the HP laptop appears rather unoriginal. While the use of aluminum for the case provides a high-quality feel, HP's gaming hardware design barely gives any clues about its contents. The manufacturer also does little to adapt its top gaming devices to the European market. For example, the keyboard layout on the HP laptop takes a little getting used to, as HP installs a mix of various keyboard layouts. In order to replace the "<" key on the left in the American ANSI layout, HP removes an "Fn" key on the right. This means that some other keys on the keyboard have been shifted. Mechanical keyboard owners may be familiar with these issues. Again, only few manufacturers adapt to the European layout.
Overall, the HP gaming notebook is a strong laptop at a medium price for its hardware. The HP Omen 17 in our detailed review is on offer for around EUR 2000 (~US$ 2000). The ASUS TUF Gaming F17 has the same hardware and is EUR 300 (~US$ 300) cheaper, while the comparable MSI Vector is around EUR 500 (~US$ 500) more expensive.