As enthralling as gaming is, it demands a lot from the machine the game operates in, rendering many devices listless and drained of both power and performance. This is the most significant victory for the HP OMEN 15-dc0020nr thin and light gaming laptop — terrific gaming with a performance that more than matches up.
This 15.6″ laptop, with its metal chassis and attractive thin bezel appearance, carries a price tag of $1,099.99. Let’s find out how far it lives up to the expectations that come from this new addition to the prestigious aisle of HP gaming laptops.
Crunching ‘em Numbers
So, what kind of dimensions are you talking with the HP OMEN 15-dc0020nr? It measures 14.17 x 10.35 x 0.98 inches and weighs a fairly hefty (over) 5 pounds. This makes it imposing to look at and sturdy enough to handle all the tangible excitement during your gaming sessions. Despite the intimidating numbers, this machine proves highly portable. It is a good fit for those eternally on-the-go, seeking gaming glory across terrains.
Up the Gaming Ante, Not the Heat
If you add Triple-A games, untiringly long hours, and a regular laptop to the melting pot, what do you get? Well, you’re unlikely to be able to see much underneath all the massive steam and heat that the machine would breathe out!
The HP OMEN, quite poetically, is built to face ominous situations like these: it has a large-blade fan and fluid dynamic bearing to counter the heat. It also has a 3-phase motor along with overall thermodynamic competence to prevent heat generation from ever interrupting your experience. This covers your favorite, demanding games including Fortnite, Overwatch and PUBG. Godspeed!
The sound system is by Bang & Olufsen, the Danish creator of divine audio products. Tune in, and what you get is a thoroughly engrossing experience where you don’t miss even a single beat or cliffhanger.
Display and Graphics
To a gaming laptop, a brilliant display is like the DNA; there’s no functioning or developing without it. This 15.6” HP OMEN invests a great deal in display quality. It is equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics coprocessor to provide an optimum and immersive graphics performance.
The screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 which works very well on the meticulous narrow bezel, full HD display, ensuring you catch the minutest of details in the dystopian landscape of your game.
Also notable is the laptop’s dedication to easing the strain on your eyes — yes, the very strain that you fervently deny to your boss after a sleepless night of gaming. The In-Plane Switching (IPS) display is infused with a micro-edge, anti-glare charm and WLED backlighting which decidedly takes off some of the ocular fatigue.
The Million Dollar Question: Performance
Onwards to where the shoe pinches for many computers in this category: performance. Guaranteeing top-notch performance for a laptop that will see such intensive use is a challenge in and of itself. Thankfully, it is a challenge that the HP OMEN 15-dc0020nr rises to.
This laptop is powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor (6 Core) with a base frequency of 2.2GHz. You can extend this almost double-fold: up to 4.1GHz. It is equipped with 12GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, 128GB PCIE SSD and 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated memory for the graphics co-processor.
The operating system is Windows 10 (64 bit), competent to handle all your day-to-day computing tasks. If these stats conjure a promising picture for performance, that’s precisely what you will get, even over clocking when needed.
Drum-roll for the excellent battery life — it is a fantastic 10 hours and 45 minutes! Even if you use the laptop exclusively for video playback or wireless streaming, the lithium-ion battery still gives a backup for at least 6.5 hours and 5.5 hours respectively. That’s a quite a lot of awesomeness without the need to plug in to a wall.
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Perhaps the most winsome trait of this laptop, however, is its fluidity of space and time. Since it provides desktop-class performance, is built for all-encompassing gaming but remains thoroughly portable, you can virtually get game mode on wherever you are.
Accessibility & Connectivity
The hallmark feature in this bucket has to be this laptop’s backlit keyboard (2-zone, dragon red) that offers a 26-key rollover. This has been strategically and carefully designed to hone your reflexes accurately in the thick of gaming. In fact, the keyboard also comes with customizable keymaps, full-sized arrow keys, and WASD keys with illumination.
This is a potent concoction to give you absolute control over the tools of your trade (read: gaming weaponry). This laptop also does a good job of anti-ghosting any multiple key-presses — a perennial situation for gamers used to frenzied keystrokes. Even multiple key presses get registered in perfect order.
Connectivity is smooth with the HP OMEN, with support for Bluetooth 4.2, wireless standards of 802.11b/g/n/ac, and a built-in webcam for your video communication.
In terms of simplification, a particularly handy feature of the HP OMEN 15-dc0020nr is its commitment to upgradability. Depending on what you need, you can upgrade to the latest hardware by accessing only a single-panel. This provides for unbelievably simple access to the HDD, SSD and RAM. Plus, you also have access to two memory slots and a digital media card reader to let you accommodate your growing world.
All Those in Favour Say Aye
Let’s picture this once more. The HP OMEN 15-dc0020nr is a high-performance laptop with specs and features that verifiably support the most intensive of gaming adventures.
To attain that, moreover, it does not sacrifice on agility and upgradability. It also brings you all the peace that comes with its dependable family name. We daresay that for this beauty of a machine, we’d say a resounding aye.