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Looks fantastic. It looks modern
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2015
Unfortunate that HP doesn't create any other powerful 15" laptops. I had this returned.
Design? Looks fantastic. It looks modern, sleek, and sharp. I can't tell if I like it more than my Macbook Pro.
This laptop was decent for gaming, but it constantly overheated and had a loud fan noise whenever you did something light (even browsing the web.) In fact, after just not even a month of use, a noticeable amount of dust accumulated in the fan areas under the laptop.
The processor was a NVIDIA Gforce 870m. It's outdated for 2015, and upcoming 2016. If you manually switch over to use the graphics card, the Omen will get VERY hot. The heat will spread, despite the bottom half of the laptop being made of plastic.
Battery life was dismal to say the least, averaging just over 2-3 hours of use (not even gaming.) Maybe 4 hours if you put it on battery-saving mode doing very light tasks.
The touchpad on it was sometimes not that smooth and often jerked to a different area when clicked.
The display was OK. It was 1920x1080, but it's stretched over a 15" display. I'm pretty picky about displays and I did not enjoy it since I could see each pixel not even six inches away from the screen. Then again, HP apparently chose this display to optimize performance.
The Beats Audio that came with it was also OK. To audiophiles, it will be tinny, but loud. To average users, it's great.
The display part of the laptop is made of aluminum, but the rest of the body is made from plastic.
The keyboard being shifted to the right was fine with me. I got used to it pretty quickly. It was nice to make those column of keys dedicated to increasing/decreasing brightness of the display.
The laptop, like others, immediately seems to throttle performance when not plugged-in.
The buyers for this laptop should probably keep this plugged-in for gaming and should not expect that much mobile performance.