The HP Omen X 17 is a stylish gaming notebook

In test: HP Omen X 17 7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD.

HP Omen X 17 offers the power of a “mature” desktop PC, in a notebook

For gamers who prefer a mobile computer, HP Omen X 17 is well equipped. The Omen is a powerful gaming laptop, with an overclockable Core i7 processor and the fastest mobile GPU available today. We took a closer look at the device and gambled with it.

Various configurations for the HP OMEN X 17 Laptop

The 17.3″ HP Omen X  17 gaming laptop can be configured with either a 1080p display, 120 Hz and G-Sync or a 4K display with G-Sync. That should please gamers. An Intel Core i7-7700HQ or Core i7-7820HK is used as the processor. There is a choice of 16 GB RAM and 32 GB RAM in terms of RAM. In order not to miss out on graphics, you can choose between a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, both of which are overclocked ex-works. The “economy variant” in terms of storage space distributes 256 GB on SSD and 1 TB on HDD, the “luxury variant” brings 2 TB SSD storage space and 1 TB on HDD. Our eyes however feature is on the Intel Core – i7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD.

HP-OMEN-X Laptop Indoor
HP-OMEN-X Laptop Indoor

A cool thing or hot thing?

At 4.9 kg, the Omen X laptop is not a lightweight, given the components used and the materials (aluminum).
That’s why HP Omen X 17 doesn’t rattle and can’t be bent or pressed in. The Full HD screen is bright and matt and prevents annoying reflections. The panel from AU Optronics supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology for smoother gameplay without tearing. Games are also played back more smoothly, as the display operates at a 120 Hz frame rate instead of the usual 60 Hz.

The performance is top[pullquote]All in all, the HP Omen X 17 is an all-rounder among gaming laptops and does many things right. Gaming performance isn’t the best, but it’s good enough. [/pullquote]

The HP Omen X 17 is a high-end gaming laptop and therefore equipped with the appropriate hardware. Many gaming laptops use the proven combination Intel Core i7-7000HQ / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, but the Omen X 17 is optionally available with the Core i7-7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 and a Samsung PM961 NVMe SSD. This also has a TDP of 45 watts, but the processor can be overclocked thanks to the free multiplier.

The laptop scores an excellent 4,429 points in the current 3DMark. Even an elaborate game like “Hellblade – Senua’s Sacrifice” runs with maximum details at 50 fps. The “Omen Command Center” is used for configuration, which is called up via a separate key.

Such powerful technology inevitably raises the question of cooling. Two fans, four 3.5 mm heat pipes, a vapor chamber and numerous small ventilation openings should reliably transport the heat out of the device to the back. Thus a quiet whisper is audible that does not really disturb. However, if you challenge it with 3D games, not only the CPU and graphics card accelerate, but also the fans. The result is a noise that can be clearly heard, but because of its uniformity, it will no longer be noticed at some point.

High-end gaming with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series
High-end gaming with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series

Battery low, but nice equipment

For the input, a mechanical keyboard with 2.5 mm keystroke was installed, whose RGB-illumination is freely configurable. The loudspeakers are from Bang & Olufsen and provide simulated surround sound.

Three USB 3.0 Type-A and two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 specification, one RJ45 jack, and one Mini DisplayPort are available. A small window allows you to look inside without opening your laptop. Fortunately, upgrading SSD, HDD and RAM bolts is also very easy, because a common access allows complete access to the above-mentioned interchangeable components.

Disappointing was the battery life in the test. Even light office tasks were over after just over two hours. If you use your laptop for demanding games, you will have to plug it into the wall socket after about an hour. The Omen X 17 is clearly intended for stationary operation, battery operation should only be regarded as a bridging function.

Mechanical keyboard with RGB LED backlight
Mechanical keyboard with RGB LED backlight


The HP Omen X 17 gaming laptop offers enormous performance and lets even complex PC games run smoothly and smoothly. In addition, the device scores with extras such as the very good mechanical keyboard with configurable backlight or the 120 Hz display. Less appealing is the extremely short battery life. The latter is the Omen X 17 nevertheless an outstanding, optically addressable for many gamers.

➜ Display: 17.3″ LCD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
➜ Windows 10 Home 64-bit
➜ CPU: Intel Core i7-7820HK, 4x 2.9 GHz
➜ 256 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, 16 GB RAM
➜ Graphic: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
➜ WLAN ac, BT 4.2, 3x USB-A, HDMI
➜ 42.5 x 32.72 x 3.64 cm, 4.85 kg

HP Omen X 17
  • 90%
    Processing & Design - 90%
  • 96%
    Performance Applications & Games - 96%
  • 90%
    Display - 90%
  • 82%
    Battery runtime - 82%

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