HP Omen 17 reviewed: Gaming notebook fails to arouse enthusiasm
The HP Omen 17 shows what the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and the Intel Core i7 12700 H bring to the table in terms of performance. But not only the internals are of importance: the exterior of the gaming laptop is not very well designed for the European market.
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.
From an early age I liked to thoroughly examine all kinds of devices to see how they worked, which also involved taking my own devices apart and therefore not always to the delight of my parents. Nevertheless, with my grandfather’s support, I became a computer and electronics tinkerer. With the family PC and Lego Mindstorms, my interested in software and programming took off, and I am currently an engineering program student. I enjoy building all sorts of gadgets with Arduino and 3D printers, and I still like to put electronic devices through their paces. By joining the Notebookcheck editorial team, I have been able to turn my hobby into a profession.
Translator:Jacob Fisher - Translator - 211 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2022
Growing up in regional Australia, I first became acquainted with computers in my early teens after a broken leg from a football (soccer) match temporarily condemned me to a predominately indoor lifestyle. Soon afterwards I was building my own systems. Now I live in Germany, having moved here in 2014, where I study philosophy and anthropology. I am particularly fascinated by how computer technology has fundamentally and dramatically reshaped human culture, and how it continues to do so.