HP - OMEN by HP Desktop - AMD Ryzen 5-Series - 8GB Memory - AMD Radeon RX 580 - 256GB Solid State Drive + 1TB Hard Drive - HP finish in black
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Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
Reads and writes to a variety of media formats, including DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW.
The hard drive provides ample storage, while the SSD delivers faster start-up times and data access.
Store your photos, videos, documents and other files on Dropbox for secure access across multiple devices. Fees may apply.
Driven by 4GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory to quickly render high-quality images for videos and games.
Supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.
To maximize performance on the latest high-speed devices.
Also includes 2 USB 2.0 ports to connect more accessories and peripherals. The USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).
Connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. Connect to a Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N. Gigabit LAN port also plugs into wired networks.
Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.
HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, Netflix, McAfee LiveSafe (1 year subscription), CyberLink Power Media Player, and more.
Microphone and headphone jacks. HDMI output.
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The Omen is a great gaming system.November 2, 2017
======= Summary ======= The HP Omen AMD Desktop system delivers fast performance in a sleek-looking and well-designed package that also offers great upgrade potential. ======= Design ===== My first impression upon looking at the HP Omen was how cool and sleek it looks. I like its futuristic design with its aggressively angular and symmetrical design, matte black color that is accentuated with black carbon fiber, and the glow-in-the-dark red LED lighting effect. It looks like a serious gamer's & productivity machine. The case feels nice to the touch and feels solid, well-built, and well put together. There are no creaking and rattling sounds. I also like how well ventilated the entire system is. There are plenty of cooling and airflow vents on the bottom of the case, the sides, the back, and the top. Despite the case not being a full-size ATX case, I don't anticipate any cooling or heating issues. The Omen case also supports liquid watercooling as well. Slide off the easy-open side panel and you'll find inside an airy and surprisingly spacious environment. The cables aren't hidden or tucked away but they don't significantly obstruct any airflow. The fans are very quiet and they only become audible when you're stressing the system by playing some 3D-heavy games. Other design aspects I really appreciate are the easy-to-access USB and audio ports on the top-right side of the case as well as the two hard drive enclosures located on the top-middle of the case. It is an interesting place to install hard drives in for sure. The included wired USB keyboard and optical mouse are both black and they look okay. The mouse is just a simple mouse with 2 buttons and a scroll wheel. It was comfortable to use and performed well during my gaming and Internet sessions. The keyboard, however, was kind of lacking. I didn't like its short length (13 inches, as opposed to a more regular length of 17 inches) and how cramped together all the keys are. Also, typing on the keyboard was like typing on a laptop keyboard due to its short keystroke and level of dampening feel. For gaming purposes, the keyboard is definitely inadequate and needs to be replaced with a better one. To sum it all up, HP has done a great job with the design of this AMD Omen system. Great looks on the outside and great organization of components and airflow venting and cooling in the inside. ======= Operating System & Software ======= The Omen comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Home 64-bit edition. Also preinstalled are a minimal & acceptable amount of third-party apps such as Netflix, Amazon, Cyberlink Media Player, Dropbox, and McAfee LiveSafe security suite. HP has also added their own suite of apps such as HP Jumpstart, HP Orbit, Omen Command Center (overclocking app), and HP Recovery Manager. None of these apps bothered me and I didn't uninstall any of them. They are all useful in their own ways and I was already using some of these services anyways such as Netflix and Dropbox. Compared to systems I've owned in the past where there were SERIOUS amounts of bloatware and crapware everywhere, what comes preinstalled in the Omen is a breath of fresh air and totally acceptable. Whatever you don't like, you can just uninstall them inside Settings. ======= Performance ======= Before getting into details, here is how my computer was set up: **HP Omen AMD System ----AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU (4-core/8-thread), 3.2 GHz (boost to 3.4 GHz), 8 MB L3 cache, 65 W TDP, Socket: AM4 ----AMD Higos microATX motherboard ----1x 8GB DDR4 memory (3 more empty slots, for up to 32GB total memory) ----AMD Radeon 580 GPU with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory ----256 GB NVME PCIe x4 Samsung PM961 SSD drive ----1 TB Western Digital SATA-3 HDD with 64 MB cache ----Realtek ALC3863-CG HD Audio **Asus MX27AQ 27" WQHD (2560x1440) IPS monitor (not included with the Omen) **HP USB keyboard (wired) (included with the Omen) **HP USB optical mouse (wired) (included with the Omen) **Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse stereo speakers (not included with the Omen) The first game I played to test out the Omen was Middle Earth Shadow of War (just released in October 2017). The in-game settings I used is as follows: --Resolution: 2560 x 1440 --Lighting Quality = Ultra --Mesh Quality = Ultra --Motion Blur = On --Anti-Aliasing = FXAA Only --Shadow Quality = Ultra --Texture Filtering = Ultra --Texture Quality = High --Ambient Occlusion = High --Vegetation Range = Ultra --Depth of Field = On --Tessellation = On The game ran & played like a dream. I tried setting the Texture Quality at "Ultra" but the Radeon RX 580 couldn't handle it due to lack of enough GPU memory (the game became a lag-fest). To use the "Ultra" Texture Quality setting, one needs a GPU with at least 8 GB of RAM. But you don't lose out on much quality by going to "High" instead of "Ultra." I ran Shadow of War on my other gaming rig with a nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and I didn't notice much, if any, difference between the two texture settings. I next fired up one of my favorite games of all time - The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, an action role-playing game from 2015. I set the Graphics Preset to "Ultra" and the game ran beautifully on the HD Omen at 2560 x 1440. Playing Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) at 2560 x 1440 with quality set to "Ultra" was another awesome & smooth gaming experience. No stutters or lags and just smooth & consistent gameplay experience. These were the scores I got when I ran the game's built-in bechmark: --Mountain Peak: 51.87 FPS (min: 24.86, max: 113.29) --Syria: 46.25 FPS (min: 11.61, max 80.65) --Geothermal valley: 43.98 FPS (min: 14.33, max: 69.33) --Overall score: 47.42 FPS In addition to playing games, I also benchmarked with a synthetic benchmark - Geekbench 4.1.4. My Single-Core score was 3,575 and the Multi-Core score was 11,708. The GPU Compute score was 116,608 (my GeForce GTX 1080 scored 175,740). Summing it all up, the HP Omen system is an excellent gaming rig that can easily handle both modern and older games at the sweetly balanced resolution of 2560 x 1440 (WQHD). If your monitor has a resolution of 1080P or below, then you'll experience even greater performance and higher framerates. You'll be able to play every single game out there with "Very High" or "Ultra" quality settings easily. The Omen, however, cannot comfortably run games with high-quality graphics settings at the 4K display level. To do that, you'll need to buy a GPU like the nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti which costs ~$700. And systems with such GPU power cost way more than this HP Omen in the neighborhood of ~$2,000 and up. ======= Ports & Connectivity ======= The Omen offers all the most commonly used ports and connections. On the back, you have a DP port, an HDMI port, 6 USB ports, 3 audio ports, an ethernet port, and more DP and HDMI ports from the RX 580 graphics card. On the top of the case, you have 4 USB ports (2 are USB Type-C~!!), 1 headphone port, 1 mic-in port and a 3-in-1 card reader. No issues or complaints here when it comes to ports & connections. I believe most people will be perfectly content and happy as I am. ======= Future Upgradeability ======= The Omen is FULL of upgrade potential~! As of right now, you can upgrade the CPU to the 95W 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 1800X CPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory, a GeForce GTX 1080 GPU (or any others that require up to 500 W power supply), and your choice of any SATA and/or PCIe M.2 hard drives. With AMD promising long support for the AM4 CPU socket and the trend of CPUs and GPUs requiring less power, this HP Omen system can offer many, many years of upgrades and enjoyment. There is one thing, however, you cannot do. You can't run two GPUs because the motherboard supports only one PCIe x16 slot. For the majority of gamers out there, however, this shouldn't even be an issue. I personally prefer a single-GPU setup because there is a lot less game and driver compatibility issues. In addition, not all games will benefit in a significant way from a multi-GPU setup and the cost-to-benefit ratio is not always good. With that said, all of this upgrade potential is bolstered by how easy HP made it to access the internal components and how spacious it is inside the case. Good job, HP~!! ======= So, is it any good? Is it a good buy? ======= Absolutely~! HP has designed and built a solid gaming machine that will play most games at high resolutions with all the eye-candy settings turned on. Playing games at 2560 x 1440 is the best sweet spot for smooth framerates and high-quality visuals. The Omen looks good, has great internal organization and airflow, has a great upgrade potential, and most importantly, offers great value for your money.
I would recommend this to a friend
Looks AWESOME! But Short on the Performance...November 2, 2017
OMEN by HP (880-020) Setup/Testing/Conclusion First impressions… I must say that the box itself attracted me. I like the black and red that HP used for the OMEN. Great choice! Upon opening the box you will notice the quality packaging foam that HP used. It’s not your typical foam that you normally get. It doesn’t flake! Also, the OMEN comes in a nice protective bag that is also black. As you’re removing the bag you’ll see the nice handle on top of the case. The system weighs about 30lbs or so, it’s not TOO heavy… Especially when compared to my full size tower that I already have. HP did a really great job with marketing and packaging. Setting up the OMEN was not difficult at all. You’ll be able to remove the protective film on the case here and there. The OMEN case is definitely nice. I like the design and carbon fiber look. The finish on it is just simply wonderful in my opinion. Black and red again of course which is beautiful. On the top of the case you’ll see the ports described below in the specs I provided. You of course have your headphone and microphone jack on the top of the case as well. On the front of the case you’ll notice the 2 easy to remove hard drive bays. The actual mechanical hard drive that is included is inside the system itself. I don’t see a way to mount SSDs to the hard drive bays which is quite interesting as so many gamers are adapting/switching to SSDs now. Removing the side panel was really easy to do and I like the fact that you don’t need to remove any screws to do so. All you literally do is unlock it in the back by sliding a plastic piece and then push the top back of the case down where it says “side panel release button”. Once the side panel was removed I was then able to inspect the parts. So personally I haven’t bought a pre-built gaming computer in a VERY long time. But this is where the disappointment begins for me. The SSD is not your traditional SSD, it's the type of SSD that plugs into the motherboard itself. The video card has a single fan and is reference model, instead of it being an aftermarket one. Not really an issue I guess…? BUT, none of the actual components (motherboard, video card, memory, SSD) are from actual reputable companies that a lot of gamers know. When I previously bought Dell systems prior to me building my own custom gaming rigs, it was the same thing. So I can see none of that has changed… But I thought, HEY why not just boot this sexy beast up and see what I can get out of it. After setting up Windows I went ahead and started installing games. I installed a pretty old game which is Counter-Strike Global Offense. Although old, it is still a widely played FPS. I then installed my BF1 and started testing this rig on both FPS. Counter-Strike GO was pretty standard. I mean like I said, it’s an old game so it’s not very demanding. The OMEN held its own during this game. BF1 was released October 2016 which makes it a year old game. This was where I honestly noticed the difference… Note that the OMEN (880-020) is running an AMD Ryzen 5 1400 processor along with a RX 580 which was released in 2017. My old setup is running an Intel i5 3570K and a GTX 1060. First thing I noticed on the OMEN was the auto settings defaulted to medium. So… I tried cranking it up to Ultra. I mean it’s a system that is running parts that were made in 2017 for a game that was made 1 year ago. So it should play flawlessly right? To my surprise… It was NOT playable. Gameplay was not smooth and I could tell the frame rates I was getting was not in anywhere enjoyable for a gamer. My PC that is at least 4-~5 years old (except for the video card) can run BF1 on Ultra with smooth gameplay and great frame rates. I understand that this specific model wasn’t made to be a top of the line gaming PC and instead it’s a low-mid end gaming rig. And note this… The AMD RX 470/480 series was released to compete with the GTX 1060. The RX 570/580 is an overclocked version of the 470/480. So.. Shouldn’t it technically do better than the 1060? For the MSRP… I honestly expected a lot more. There are a couple other things I didn’t like. On idle the OMEN is pretty quiet which was NICE! But as soon as there was any load, you can hear a turbine jet start on and off and it's sorta annoying after a while. A couple things I would’ve done differently is perhaps an aftermarket CPU cooler, perhaps better quality case fans, aftermarket parts (MSI, Kingston, Corsair, ASUS, etc. - for the video card, motherboard, memory), and filters for the case fans (WHY HP! WHY?!?!?!). Perhaps having aftermarket parts it would’ve made a difference when it comes to things like gaming, I mean afterall… OMEN is a gaming rig! As for the filters, I’m sure others out there agree with me when I say that every gaming rig needs filters. When it comes time to clean your gaming rig, having filters makes a huge difference in keeping your internal components clean as well as it makes it WAY EASIER to clean your tower. Performance wasn’t the only let down for me in my opinion. The RX 580 during BF1 got up to 82c… I mean I guess it’s not terrible but my 1060 only got up to 62c. That's literally a 20 degree difference. What I can say though is that the OMEN performs better than my wife’s build which has an AMD FX 8350 black edition and a GTX 770. In conclusion… The thing I liked the MOST about the OMEN is the case itself. When I say the case itself I mean the design and look. It definitely is sexy. But when it comes to the components/parts; I was really disappointed on the outcome of performance. This is all my opinion but I feel like if you’re going to build a gaming rig, the parts you put in it MUST be as good as how the PC looks. Think of it like this. You can drive a really slow vehicle with a shell of a lamborghini. But when it comes time to perform… Well, you get what I’m saying. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to recommend this specific rig to my peers because I do game via PC and my peers know that I am a gamer. When my 4~5 year old PC runs games better than something that was just released this year (2017); that is scary. UNLESS you’re running something like an AMD FX 8350 and a GTX 770, I wouldn’t necessarily make the leap. Specs AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Processor 8GB DDR4 - 2400 SDRAM memory (1 x 8 GB) 1TB Hard Drive - stores up to 176,000 photos 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth 4.2 DVD-Writer HP 3 in 1 Media Card Reader, 6 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.o Type C, HDMI Out, 3 DisplayPorts AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card with 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated memory HP USB wired keyboard with volume control and wired optical mouse DTS Headphone X: Produces spatially accure 3D sound through any headphones for immersive sound quality 1 Year limited hardware warranty and 90 days limited technical support for software and initial setup (from the date of purchase) Bundled Software Windows 10 Home McAfee LiveSafe: Free 1 year subscription Dropbox: If you don’t have it today, sign up to get 25 GB of Dropbox space free for 12 months with your HP device HP Orbit: Share your content between mobile and PC instantly over WiFi OMEN Command Center: Included software deliverys easy to use overclocking and optimizes your network performance What's in the box? OMEN by HP (880-020) Keyboard Mouse Manuals\Warranty Guide\Extra Screws
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Supreme ReignNovember 3, 2017
The first thing noticeable is the super sleek, futuristic design of the HP's Omen 880. The look is straight out of a science fiction movie and the look is awesome. Be prepared to conquer and reign over all of your gaming pleasures with this gem of a desktop/gaming platform. This is an awesome computer that boasts a 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen 5 1400 quad-core processor, which is coupled up with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. This combination allows you to destroy multiplayer opponents and solo adventures without so much as a blink of an eye. The unit is very responsive and quick and I encountered no lag times.......just pure speed. The HP's Omen runs with high-bandwidth RAM which very smoothly handle your games and photo and video-editing projects, as well as simultaneously running multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.The Omen has internal fans which are pretty quiet. The Omen is driven by 3GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory which is exactly why you are able to quickly render high-quality images for videos and games. This is what the Omen 880 is loaded with: The Omen 880-010 desktop comes complete with a hard wired keyboard and an optical mouse. Premium Services suite digital download Windows 10 operating system 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen 5 1400 quad-core processor 8GB DDR4 2400MHz SDRAM (which incidentally is expandable to 32GB)........ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive DVD+/-RW The DVD/CD burner reads and writes to a variety of formats, which include DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW. Huge 1TB hard drive which holds a significant collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology. Connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. Connect to a Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N. Gigabit LAN port also plugs into wired networks. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics with 3GB GDDR5 memory SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot Two USB-C ports Six USB 3.0 ports T he USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds). Two USB 2.0 ports Three DisplayPorts HDMI, DVI, ethernet ports Headphone/microphone jackHP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, Netflix, McAfee LiveSafe (1 year subscription), CyberLink Power Media Player, and more. Missing from HP's Omen is a VGA adapter or an HDMI to HDMI cable which you need to connect a monitor. Note that the HP's Omen does not have a VGA port. Chances are that your current computer monitor is using a VGA to VGA cable which allows connection from your monitor to the back of your computer. Guess what? HP's Omen does not allow a VGA to VGA connection. You will have to go out and purchase an adapter, or a HDMI to HDMI cable. HP does not supply any cables for this product, and for me this turned out to be an inconvenience. One IMPORTANT note: On the back of the Omen tower there is a HDMI connection port that has a little black cover in it. When you are connecting your monitor to a HDMI port (on the back of your Omen), do not remove this black plastic tab. This particular port does not work. There are other HDMI port connections on the lower side of the unit. Please use the other HDMI ports, otherwise your monitor will not receive a signal/input. I should know, it happened to me. A few words about the supplied HP keyboard. The keyboard is small, compact, and for me not the easiest of keyboards to get along with. I found the layout cramped.The supplied mouse was easy to use, operated with smoothness, and felt good. Product manual you may ask? NONE. At a minimum I would have liked to have seen a more comprehensive set up guide, with illustrations. Overall, the HP Omen is a winner. It's super fast, and will blaze through every task and chore you need it to do. You will have many fun filled hours with this product. Highly recommended.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good PC, but Upgrades are needed to become EliteNovember 7, 2017
Out of the box, this gaming PC tower looks for real. It includes a sturdy built-in handle to carry with, and has a sleek look about it. Box includes the tower, keyboard, mouse, power cable, and a little metal rectangular tool which HP is unable to identify after calling their tech support. They said it went with the Omen X series but it was packed with my PC. I'm not sure what it is for at this time other than a tool for another desktop possibly. I'm not going to bore you with SW included, stats, measurements, and basic tech specs of the machine as there would be a ton to post here - and they are already available via this Best Buy ad and also on HP.com, not to mention other reviews. I won't reinvent the wheel here... but instead will offer up my observations after playing for about 3-4 days now. PROS: * Easy to pick up and move with built-in durable handle on top of the unit. * Great design and look. Looks very cool on the front with the red lighting. * Great for gaming as it was designed to do. I saw some improvement in performance over my previous system in the games HearthStone Heroes of Warcraft and another game, League of Legends. Transitions were very smooth though a hiccup every now and then did occur, possibly due to internet connection or possible RAM limitations (8GB). * Plenty of 'regular' USB 3.0 ports, 4 on the back, 2 on the top/front * Nicely placed and covert DVD drive - on the front - hardly detectable, masked very well. * Roomy inside the tower itself. Great access to RAM slots, 2 extra HDD slots on the front top (nice camouflaged location), spare slots for cards on the back. * PC is generally very quiet even with the multiple fans running inside. During gaming sessions, it remains relatively quiet. CONS: * The keyboard, OMG the keyboard. Gamers don't want crammed and compacted keyboards. If a keyboard comes with a gaming system, then it should be a gaming one. I know most people will have aftermarket keyboards, and this may be a cost-savings thing by HP... "they're not going to use it anyway, so let's just give them a bad one". That appears to be the reason. Be prepared to use your current keyboard or buy a new one. For gaming purposes, this keyboard is rendered practically useless. * The mouse - same issue. Basic, and rendered practically useless for gaming. I loathe this mouse. Previous HP mice iterations work better IMO. * 8GB of DDR4 RAM? Ok, the system is upgradeable to 32GB, but a gaming computer should start out with 16GB out of the box in my opinion. Windows 10 struggles with 8GB by itself. And generally, you can buy RAM at better pricing in pairs... you can't buy 3 as a pair which is how many slots are left in the tower. * Biggest complaint - No VGA or DVI connections available. Only 1 HDMI port and 3 DP ports are available. * No DP (display port) converter to VGA/DVI. Personally, I like using DVI the most. Without a DP converter, your only option out-of-the-box is to use HDMI for connecting your display/TV. The sound provided by the PC is of normal quality. Nothing good or bad there. I have a Logitech sourround sound hooked up using the audio jack and it sounds fine. Overally, a good gaming PC. It's also priced well if you want the minimum requirements (AMD, minimalistic keyboard/mouse, 8GB RAM, etc) of gaming online. By the time you pay for upgrades to the system, you have spent more than you would normally spend on a better out-of-the-box system. If this is all you need, then the price and specs are right. If you need more, you may want to explore other options before spending more money on upgrades.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good gaming systemNovember 4, 2017
This gaming/processing desktop is quite a sight. I like the style and design of the casing. It has an easy release button to open the side panel for access to the internal components. I will note that there is minimal documentation in the box regarding setup and PC feature explanations. I suppose HP expects anyone that buys a gaming PC to already know the ins and outs but having more thorough instructions would be good for someone new to gaming and high-end PCs. As others have mentioned, the corded keyboard and mouse aren’t anything worth writing home about. The Omen has a quick start-up thanks to Windows 10 being installed on the 256GB SSD. All apps, games, pictures, and files are defaulted to save to the SSD for fast access and loading. However, each of these individual types can be changed to save to the 1TB hard drive in the settings. There is also very little ‘bloatware’ which is nice. However, I did choose to uninstall the McAfee Antivirus since Microsoft Windows already has their own free antivirus. Although it comes with the lower end of the Ryzen 5 series graphics card at 1400 rating, it still can handle many games that I tested it on. One game in particular was the popular PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds. I also own another gaming machine that has an AMD RX 480 and the Ryzen 5 is pretty comparable, if not better. On the HP Omen, I could set the game to Ultra versus High on my other PC. Also worth mentioning is the included 8GB RAM. To improve multitasking and gaming, it would have been nice if the Omen came with at least 16GB RAM since 8GB is basically entry level. The consumer is now responsible for expanding the RAM at their own cost but at least it’s an easy process to open the side panel. For connectivity, the Omen has wireless-AC which gives a stronger connection to a Wi-Fi router with those capabilities. Also, the Bluetooth feature is great for easily connecting an Xbox One controller for gaming. Overall, this is a good gaming system. For the price, including a better keyboard/mouse (or at least wireless) and 16GB RAM minimum would have been a bonus but it is not a deal-breaker.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great gaming computer!November 10, 2017
I will start by saying that I am using this for not only a gaming computer, but for my everyday computer as well. Taking this computer out of the box it definitely turns some heads. Everyone in my house that walked by it stopped to take a second look. It just looks cool with the non-typical design and the glowing red lights. The computer is very solidly built. Would be very easy to leave in one place, or to take over to a friends house if you were having a gaming party. It even has a handy carrying handle built into the top of the case! As far as connectivity goes, this computer has every port you could ever need. A whopping 10 USB ports, 3 display ports for multiple monitors, HDMI, wireless built in, DVD-RW drive, even 2 bays on the top that you can use to put in removable hard drives! I love that this has a 256GB solid state drive with the OS on it. This thing starts up in like 10-12 seconds. I also put all my applications and games on there well so they load up really quickly! There is also a 1TB SATA drive in there as well for file storage. As far as performance. For gaming, I found it to be a very solid performer. Definitely above average. Obviously its not going to perform as well as some high end gaming machines. But I was able to play some very current games with great results. I mainly loaded up Call of Duty: WWII just to see how it would perform since thats about as new of a game as you can get. I was able to run it at a very goo quality with no frame drops at all. Everything was very fluid and there was no jittering at all. It did take a little tweaking of the graphics card settings, but this computer is definitely a solid performer! The only thing I would recommend is maybe at least doubling the RAM on it. It only comes with 8GB stock, but I think it would really purr if it had 16 or 32 in it. I also do some video editing and graphic design work in Photoshop. This computer also was a very solid performer with that was well. I was able to open multiple large files in Photoshop and quickly move around between images with no hiccups. Video rendering times were also lightning fast on this machine as well. This will serve me very well as my daily computer for work as well as gaming in my free time. This is a very solid machine, and at a great price! You will need to tweak it a little when you take it out of the box to get the best performance, and possibly add a little more RAM, but this will serve me very well for years to come! I highly recommend it!
I would recommend this to a friend
Monster Power For Your Dollar!November 10, 2017
I first cannot say I am a daily gamer but I do play FPS and Racing games regularly. I have a full chair setup with ever Thrustmaster product you can buy and enjoy a good few hours a week running against friends. The computer I purpose built 3 years ago was starting to show its age, I needed an upgrade. Enter the Omen by HP. The model I received is not the high end one they offer by any means but all I can say is WOW! The speed, graphics, and consistent power is amazing out of the Omen. Instantly once setup, I noticed all my games worked better, smoother and looked amazing, even on my 65" 4K TV. I enjoyed running a few benchmark tests between my 2 computers and the differences were amazing. The Omen passed for every game available to date for speed, graphics, and processing power. I purposely tried to over work the CPU in any way I could, even overclocking it by 20%, it never overheated and it kept on ticking. I also tried out the graphics with my 3D CAD CAM software, it worked better than my work computer, and that was over $3k. I am really impressed with the Omen series, I love it is easily upgradable, making this a computer that can easily last you 10 years until it just becomes outdated hardware. Great job HP, you did Great!
I would recommend this to a friend
Beast of a MachineNovember 9, 2017
Tons of speed, storage and room to upgrade for years to come. This HP OMEN is a beast of a machine that can handle normal day to day computing tasks like web surfing, word processing and spreadsheet reporting, image editing, etc. as well as gaming and video editing. You name it, this machine can handle it. Design: This tower has a pretty large footprint. Not the biggest out there, but be prepared to give it enough room wherever you’re planning to place it. It’s not something that might tuck neatly away in a desk. The look is awesome, with a nice black and carbon fiber like finish. When powered on the front glows a cool red and gives it a very ominous feel. All of the connections are very easy to get to, with lots of USB ports running down the front of the machine, and the rest of the USB, HDMI, Display Port etc around back. The front top panels open up like Lamborghini doors, and this is where you can install extra HDDs. Simply pop the doors open, slide in your HDDs and you’re ready to go. Internal expansion if very easy, simply pop one button on the back of the unit and the side opens up giving you full access to all the components inside if you want to upgrade RAM or other components. Connections and Software: Tons and tons of connections, over 25 in all. You have 8 USB 3.0 connections as well as a few USB 2.0 and even a USB-C port. Whatever you will want to connect to this tower, you have the room to do it. Not only the hard line connections, but it also has Bluetooth 4.2 and it’s very easy to connect your Bluetooth devices. Network connections include a Gigabit Ethernet jack as well as Wireless-AC up to 867 Mbps. This makes the unit so flexible in you don’t have to have a landline Ethernet cable to get online, simply join your AC wireless network and you’re blazing away. This also makes it very easy to take the tower with you if you need to, and not worry about network connections where you’ll be. as long as there is a wi-fi network, you’re good to go. There is no VGA connection, so be aware of that when thinking about your monitor connections. You get HDMI and Display ports here. However they do not give you any cables in the box, so be ready to have HDMI, DisplayPort or adapters on hand in order to get up and running. It runs Windows 10 Home 64-bit and gives you the option to activate Office 365 if you want. Very few bloatware items come preinstalled which is very welcome, the machine comes lean and mean. Some other software items that do come installed are HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, Netflix, McAfee LiveSafe (1 year subscription), CyberLink Power Media Player, Dropbox (25 GB Cloud Storage) (free for 1 year), HP JumpStart, HP Orbit, DTS Headphone X and HP OMEN Command Center. I will say the coolest feature of the PC so far for me has been the HP OMEN Command Center. Here you can fine tune the PC to get the most performance. You can set CPU/GPU/RAM settings and configurations and even Overclock. Very easy to get started, especially if you’re not familiar with Overclocking, and you can really get this thing to scream performance wise. And if you ever run into trouble, you can always reset to defaults, so very fun to play with. Performance: Right out of the box, this thing flies. I was skeptical of only 8GB of RAM, but that was quickly put to rest once I started to push the machine. I paced it through normal computing and some gaming scenarios, and it never flinched or lagged once. The 3.2 Ghz AMD Ryzen (this is the first computer I’ve used with this chip) performs very well under all scenarios, coupled with the onboard 8GB of DDR4 2400 RAM. It never slowed or felt sluggish, it feels nice and zippy all around. Graphics render smooth and accurately thanks to the AMD Radeon RX580 GPU running with 4GB of DDR5 video RAM. Gaming scenarios in both standard and high frame rates felt very snappy and never lagged. Video and image editing was also very nice, never feeling sluggish even when tasking the machine pretty heavily. You can also get into the HP OMEN Command Center and fine tune any of the specs of the CPU/GPU and RAM and squeeze all the performance you can out of this PC, and put the performance exactly where you need it. The PC comes set up with the 256GB SSD loaded with the OS and operating software, leaving you the full 1TB 7200 RPM for storage, and also comes with a third partition for just recovery. I’ve been easily able to push dual HP monitors at 4K resolution. So impressed with this machine.
I would recommend this to a friend
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