This HP Omen 15 laptop might have some subtle looks, but under the dark gray exterior, there’s a lot to love about this machine. Along with the excellent RTX 3060, you’ll find a premium AMD Ryzen CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD to meet quality specs. The fact that it’s saving $400 off its regular retail price sweetens the deal.you get A solid laptop for just $899.
The GeForce RTX 3060 connects to a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 300 nits of peak brightness. The RTX 3060 is an excellent 1080p gaming GPU, and you’ll be able to hit smooth frame rates at max settings, and even have a chance at silky-smooth refresh rates in esports titles like CS:GO and Valorant. It’s basically the perfect combination of screen and GPU.
There are some great CPUs in modern laptops, and even at this affordable end, that’s a camp the Ryzen 5 5600H will happily fit into. It’s a 6-core, 12-thread Zen 3 chip capable of boosting up to 4.2GHz under load, making it a great choice for gaming and no less impressive on more number-crunching-intensive tasks.
Usually at this point I have to start talking about compromises, especially in terms of storage and RAM capacity, but that’s not the case here. HP has outfitted this machine with 16GB of DDR4-3200 in a 2x 8GB configuration for optimal memory throughput, plus you get a very healthy 512GB NVMe SSD. You don’t need to plan any upgrades for this machine for the foreseeable future.
Round out the specs and you’ll find support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard, as well as support for 1Gb Ethernet for fast wired connections. Bluetooth 5 support is also present and correct, and there are plenty of USB ports to plug in your peripherals. There’s even an SD card reader.
Overall, there’s a lot to like about this laptop, especially at this price. If you’re in the market for some portable 1080p gaming, you’re bound to do worse.