HP’s Omen 17 gaming laptops have a repute with us that may be summarized in 4 phrases: strong efficiency. Shockingly reasonably priced.

That’s significantly true for the Omen 17. Is it a looker? Debatable. Is it the greatest gaming laptop computer? Definitely not. But HP all the time manages to cram extra {hardware} than you’d anticipate underneath the hood, then promote the Omen 17 approach beneath market price.

I’m undecided how HP pulls off this little bit of wizardry, however it’s made the Omen 17 a success. And the development continues, because the 2019 mannequin we’re testing (poetically monikered the 17-cb0040nr) packs in among the newest and best CPUs and GPUs for lots of of {dollars} lower than the competitors.

This overview is a part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for data on competing merchandise and the way we examined them. 

Omen 17 options and choices

Okay, newest and best may be a little bit of an overstatement. The Omen 17 we reviewed (available on Amazon) is an mid-tier gaming laptop computer with an Intel Core i7-9750H, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 250GB NVMe SSD system drive, and a supplemental 1TB HDD.

Of observe is the truth that this can be a full-size RTX 2070, not the 2070 Max-Q we see in lots of laptops. We’ll speak extra about that later.

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If you progress to HP.com, the corporate’s Omen 17 shopping pageRemove non-product link provides choices for transferring up or down a bit in finances. For occasion, a mannequin with the identical Core i7-9750H, an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti (i.e. no ray-tracing), 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD is $1,300 from HP.comRemove non-product link. Swap in an RTX 2080, and the value jumps to $1,930 from HP.comRemove non-product link.

Then waaaaay up on the high is HP’s kitchen sink configuration, $2,630 on HP.comRemove non-product link. It packs in an 8-core i9-9880H, an RTX 2080 with a 240Hz 1080p show; 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD. I feel the 2070 is a greater candy spot for the price-to-performance balancing act, but when you might want to go all out this top-end Omen 17 is a fairly nice cut price. The solely equally spec’d machine we’ve seen is the Acer Predator Helios 700 (available on Acer.com), the place that {hardware} would run $4,000.

Design

The Omen 17 is a handsome laptop computer. It’s a bit aggressive for my style, however HP has a approach of bringing magnificence to its game-centric designs. I admired that capacity when reviewing HP’s Mindframe headset (available on HP.com). While I feel the Omen 17’s heft works towards it, there are nonetheless some alluring components.

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