HP 16 gb graphics
Features and Design
The?HP Omen 16?is predominantly plastic with what appears to be brushed metal around the edges. It comes with a matte black finish throughout that looks nice, but is also a huge fingerprint and dust magnet. Despite wiping it down often, it will be nearly impossible to keep it looking fresh.
In terms of dimensions, the laptop measures 14.53″ wide x 9.65″ deep x 0.89″ tall. The base configuration weighs in at 5.1 lbs and adding upgraded hardware will increase that a bit. I’m a big fan of the clean lines and chiseled corners. Almost reminds you of a business laptop. HP has given it a nice aesthetic without being too sharp to the touch.
Build quality feels quite nice as well. Although not as robust as all-metal laptops, the Omen feels solid and well put together. It takes a good amount of typing force to get the keyboard to warp, so I don’t expect anyone to run into any issues with that.
Likewise, you have to apply a fair bit of torsion to get the body to deform. I traveled around with the system in a backpack and suitcase and had no issues. This is to be expected for a thicker laptop that starts above 5 pounds. The weight isn’t too bad for a gaming laptop, but if you’re looking for something extremely portable, this might not be the one for you.
The keyboard and trackpad are what I would call acceptable. Nothing outstanding, but they get the job done. This laptop isn’t trying to be super thin, which allows the keys to have a reasonable amount of travel, though the actuation is a bit mushy in my opinion. I would prefer a bit more click at the bottom
Layout HERE is standard and t HERE’s enough space that we don’t see any odd key combinations. In the upper right corner, we find hotkeys to open the HP Omen Gaming Hub, the Windows calculator, and taking a screenshot. It would be great if these were re-programmable. The HP software was a little buggy, so if this is possible, I wasn’t able to figure it out. To be picky, it wouldn’t have hurt to put some dedicated media keys on the right side in the gap above the arrows. No sense in keeping that area empty when keyboard real estate is usually so tight.
The trackpad is about as large as it’s physically possible on this size laptop. Pointer precision and mouse click were fine and multi-finger gesture recognition was average. It had no problem with 2-finger scrolling up and down, but often struggled on 3-finger tab switching.
The coating on the trackpad felt a little off to my touch. When moving, it seems almost too smooth at times such that my finger would occasionally slide across without fully registering. At other times, my finger would get stuck and then bump or skip across. Overall, I’d give it and 8 out of 10.
Moving around to the edges, the port selection and connectivity is really nice. On the left, we have the input power jack from the 200W charger, a hinged RJ45 jack, a USB 3.0 Type A port, mini Display-Port, HDMI, USB 3.0 Type C, a headset jack, and an SD card slot.
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