HP Omen X gaming experience or unique advantage

Tencent Digital (Shawn) released a new generation of mobile graphics this year, NVIDIA gave up the previously used code "M". This does not mean that these graphics cards have reached the same level of performance as desktop PCs, but merely indicate that the gap between them has become smaller.

In order to provide users with unlocked and uncompromised game performance, HP's Omen X notebook series chose the NVIDIA GTX 1070 graphics card. HP's claim through this product is clear: spend money in the most important place - that is, performance and 4K display - and then ignore all other parts.

So in the face of such a game notebook, players will buy it?

hardware

In the face of a 17-inch notebook, we should not be extravagant for light and portable. The Omen X has a body size of 414 x 278.9 x 32.8 mm and a weight of 3.35 kg. At the same time, it has a huge power adapter and weighs 750 grams. It may not be a problem to put it in a backpack, but walking with it is obviously a big burden.

In terms of interfaces, Omen X provides three USB 3.0 ports, one Ethernet port, one full-size SD card slot, one HDMI port, one Mini DisplayPort port, and a separate microphone and power jack.

Due to the addition of the numeric keypad, Omen X's slightly cramped, but fortunately the button feels pretty good. However, during the testing process, one of the keys to the evaluation machine had a problem that required a lot of effort to trigger it, which also caused us to worry about the quality of the keyboard.

The Omen X's touchpad is awful, with both touch and click recognition bad. In today's notebook field, there is almost no trackpad that is worse than this.

performance

To say something about Omen X is that it is an excellent performance. With the support of the Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake processor, NVIDIA GTX 1070 graphics card (mobile version), 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD/1TB 5400RPM mechanical hard drive, this notebook offers unparalleled performance levels.

Omen X not only gave very good results in the running test, but also had the ability to cope with any game released this year. Whether it is "Battlefield 1", "War Machine 4", "The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Remake" or "Titan Fall 2", it works as well as the author's desktop (overclocked versions i7-4770k, GTX 980 Ti). Smooth. With 1080p resolution and the highest picture quality, Omen X offers a stable 60fps; with higher resolution and slightly lower picture quality, you can get the same effect.

However, there are some problems with this laptop's 17.1-inch 4K display. Regardless of what drives HP uses, there is an urgent need for an upgrade. In use, the system will only display a 16:9 aspect ratio under the two resolutions of 1920x1080 and 3840x2160, which is a big problem for a notebook that cannot support the smooth running of 4K games. We all know that the GTX 1070 provides the best performance at 1440p or even 1800p. If you want to run these games with high quality and 4K resolution, you need a GTX 1080 or higher performance graphics card.

It is also worth noting that Omen X automatically reduces performance when the power supply is not connected, and the user cannot make any adjustments. This also made it difficult for the battery life test because we have no way of knowing how long the notebook will run at full speed. While carrying out web browsing, text input and running casual games, Omen X's battery can support at least 3 hours of use, and this result is obviously not good.

Another major feature of Omen X is the support for NVIDIA G-Sync technology. For compatible games, this feature can indeed bring a smoother gaming experience. It not only eliminates screen tearing, but also significantly reduces the screen card. And input delay. But unfortunately, G-Sync has a big problem with Omen X. In testing, it will reduce the refresh rate of almost every game to 30fps, which has been due to the game experience. After closing G-Sync, everything is back to normal.

Above the screen quality, Omen X's 4K IPS display performed well, but it was not surprising. During the test, we found that the color tone of this screen is obviously blue, while the brightness is low, and high-speed motion scenes also appear blurred and artifacts.

to sum up

HP Omen X shows strong game performance, but it is almost the only advantage it has. In addition, it performed disappointing performance in almost every aspect, whether it was a cumbersome body, a bad battery life, a terrible touchpad, or an obvious bug in the resolution and G-Sync functionality. For a notebook that sells for $1,799 (about RMB12,444), these issues are unforgivable. If you plan to buy a gaming notebook in the near future, it's best to avoid it.

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Source: ArsTechnica

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