I've given some thought as to how I should proceed this review, and instead of testing this laptop with a lot of benchmarks and technical gibberish, I've decided to just go ahead and install several type of games and provide you with real-world experience. In my opinion, this is what really counts after all is said and done.
The OMEN HP 15 Gaming Laptop is aesthetically pleasing, and the black and red color scheme gives it a classy look. The laptop is very lightweight and easy to carry around.
Instead of providing a detailed installation manual, an illustrated "Quick Setup" chart was included and connecting the cords was fast and easy. My WIFI details were quickly detected and in a matter of seconds internet connectivity was established.
This laptop is configured with top-of-the-line high-performance hardware components, and my compressed games were installed in record time. For testing purposes, I chose the following games due to their varying graphics and sound complexities along with system resource demands: 1). Shadow of The Tomb Raider [Croft Edition], 2). Battlefield V, 3). Project CARS 2, 4). Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. After each installation, all of the games were maxed out on Ultra settings.
The graphics were visually stunning to say the least, and the clarity and ambient environments easily rivals my 2K desktop gaming monitor. Also, during gameplay there were no stuttering or freezing issues, and I didn't notice or observe any frame rate drops or any other performance degradation due to such high settings. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands have *some* of the best scenery I've seen in a game. I was very impressed with crystal clear rivers, breathtaking forests and lush greenery, along with beautiful mountainsides. The night scenes were spectacular, too. Project Cars 2 greatly benefited from the gaming laptop monitor's low response time, and I couldn't detect any input lag at all. The fast refresh rate of 144Hz also resulted in smoother gameplay in Shadow of The Tomb Raider and Battlefield V as compared to my 60Hz flat-screen desktop monitor.
In my opinion, the laptop's onboard speakers are not adequate for gaming, so I used a decent set of headphones and further improved the sound quality with a software program called "DFX Audio Enhancer" instead. This resulted in a much more satisfying and immersive gaming experience that the speakers cannot provide. I was able to hear loads of surround sound effects as well as considerable loudness. The sound of Helicopters swirling above, stunning and life-like weapons and distant conversations and also powerful and rich sounds of muscle car engines were very mesmerizing and exciting to hear.
All of this gaming fun comes at an expense, and that would be hot system temperatures and faster battery power drain.
For example, the CPU temperature readings in Project CARS 2 started at 55-57 Celsius, but when the game loaded the temps rose to 90-92 Celsius in a very short amount of time. During only 14 minutes of Shadow of The Tomb Raider gameplay, the battery went from %100 to %82. I didn't need to try and play the game continuously to know how much time will it take to reach zero: From that reading alone I already know that it is recommended to play such games with the unit plugged into an AC outlet, and not attempt to do any demanding tasks on battery power. It's also a good idea to buy a cooling pad as well.
In my conclusion; I have to admit that when I first started playing games with this gaming laptop, I was quite skeptical due to performance issues and thinking that laptops are just too under powered to handle the type of games I play on my gaming desktop computer. However, this OMEN HP 15 Gaming Laptop has exceeded my expectations and changed my whole perspective of what laptops are capable of. This stylish gaming Laptop is an excellent and I heartily recommend it!