Laptop announced date: 5th February 2020
Last reviewed: 5th February 2020
Today's gaming laptop review, for the HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
Is the HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - Today’s 2021 games can be run OK most of the time by the performance provided by the Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz. As more demanding game requirements are released this OK laptop processor will not be able to function against the modern games. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 6 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile comes with a good performing graphics card for AAA 2021 gaming. Modern AAA gaming uses GPU VRAM to help deliver a smooth performance in game. The graphics solution we find here has 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for modern gaming.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2021 system requirements demands and with its 16GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2021 gaming laptop. A gaming laptop screen size, in our eyes, would be 17 inches. We would certainly consider the more portable 15inch, but value gaming viewability and user experience over the slightly improved portability with the smaller screen sizes. A bigger laptop means heavier and harder to move around but more screen space to view games with.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. If you were to get the 144Hz laptop screen option that we see this is available with then this would be an excellent refresh rate gaming laptop choice.
As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, Grand Theft Auto VI and Battlefield 6 in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. A good way of considering performance of this mobile graphics card is by seeing how many of today's 500 most demanding games can be run at recommended graphics settings by the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile found in this laptop. We can also then look at the weaker minimum requirement to see how many this laptop card can run of them, and it is 491 games at their min specs and then 324 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the Omen 15 model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
The HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD gaming laptop is currently getting a 7.1 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time Here we look at how our version of this Omen 15 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 3rd in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,599.99||43%|
|i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 128GB SSD||$1449.00||39%|
|i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD||$1,999.11||0%|
Looking outside of the Omen 15 laptop range we can compare our review laptop to today’s leading Price to Performance laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which has a recorded price of $999.00. Our laptop has 140% worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $853.00 and our laptop gets 127% worse against its price to performance rating.
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this Omen 15 laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. With a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz CPU in it that performs 107% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz.
The Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 137 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 485 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop processor gets 31% worse performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 6 where our CPU gets 18% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Resident Evil 8, which has a performance difference of : 47% worse, when put against our laptop’s Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz.
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Omen 15 by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. We choose the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card from that laptop, one of the best laptop graphics cards available at the moment, against our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. This comparison shows that laptop to be 65% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 324 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 491 games.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop graphics gets 21% worse performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 6 where our graphics card gets 12% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Resident Evil 8, which has a performance difference of : 12% worse, when put against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
This HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. It’s worth noting that the HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 144Hz.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 4K gaming laptop. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $307.73 it should go nicely with this HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD laptop. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Perhaps you could grab something like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K gaming monitor we have spotted today. It is our current best priced 4K monitor at $629.99 with a 144Hz refresh rate. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $580. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD laptop, then the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $37 during these past two weeks. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the HP Omen 15 i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 128GB SSD laptop, is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Today this headset is priced at $39.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.