The HP Omen 16 offers great value for gamers seeking a balance between power and portability. Equipped with upto an AMD Ryzen 7940HS processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, it delivers good performance for FHD gaming. The slim 23.3mm chassis weighs just 2.37kg, making it easy to carry around.
Our review unit features a 16-inch FHD IPS-Level display with a refresh rate of 165Hz. Under the hood, it boasts an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS processor, Nvidia RTX 4060 GPU with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, 16GB DDR5 5600MHz RAM, and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. Additional features include customizable keyboard backlighting, a practical FHD webcam, and an 83-watt-hour battery. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
|AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS (up to 5.1 GHz max boost clock, 16 MB L3 cache, 8 cores, 16 threads)
|16 GB DDR5-5600 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6
|512 GB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD (4×4 SSD)
|16.1″ diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080)
165 Hz, 7 ms response time, IPS, micro-edge, anti-glare
Low Blue Light, 300 nits
|1x USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate
1x USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge)
2x USB Type-C 10Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4a, HP Sleep and Charge)
1x HDMI 2.1 1x RJ-45
1x Headphone/microphone combo
1x Power connector
|Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (2×2) Bluetooth 5.3
|HP Wide Vision 720p HD camera
|Audio by Bang & Olufsen with dual speakers and HP Audio Boost 2.0 Integrated dual array digital microphones
|6-cell, 83 Wh Li-ion polymer 230 W Smart AC power adapter Supports battery fast charge: approximately 50% in 30 minutes
|369.06 x 259.33 x 23.62 mm
Approx. 2.37 kg
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Packaging, Design & Build Quality
The HP Omen 16 arrives in a simple brown cardboard box containing the laptop, charging adapter, and user manuals. Externally, it sports a sleek black plastic build with a prominent silver Omen logo on the lid.
The design is minimalistic, accentuated by subtle RGB lighting on the keyboard, giving it a premium look. While the plastic construction may feel somewhat hollow and there’s noticeable screen flex, these compromises likely contribute to its lightweight and compact design.
Measuring 369.06 x 259.33 x 23.62 mm (WxDxH) and weighing 2.4 kilograms, it’s slightly hefty but still manageable for on-the-go use.
The HP Omen 16 offers a variety of ports for connectivity. On the left side, you’ll find 2x USB Type-C ports and a headphone jack.
On the right, there’s a single USB Type-A port.
Additional ports at the back include the power connector, ethernet port, HDMI port, and a USB Type-A port with 5Gbps signaling rate (with charging capability). However, it lacks a microSD port.
The HP Omen 16 features a 16-inch FullHD non-touch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. This IPS screen features an anti-glare finish and slim bezels, supporting refresh rates up to 165 Hz with a 7ms response time.
While offering a brightness of 300 nits for comfortable indoor viewing, it may struggle in direct sunlight. The display delivers good colors without stutters or ghosting, although viewing angles are somewhat limited.
A 720p webcam with a privacy shutter is positioned at the top for video conferencing. Additionally, there’s an option to upgrade to a QHD 2560 x 1440 panel with 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The HP Omen 16 features a chiclet-style keyboard providing a quiet and satisfying typing experience.
Its 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard offers three brightness levels and includes dedicated shortcut buttons despite lacking a dedicated numpad.
Typing is comfortable with noticeable feedback, and it supports 26-Key Rollover Anti-Ghosting. The touchpad accurately recognizes gestures and tracks movements well, with no issues regarding palm rejection or dragging and dropping. However, the buttons could offer better tactility as they feel somewhat mushy.
The HP Omen 16 delivers powerful performance with the latest AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS processor, 16GB DDR5 5600MHz RAM, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU with 8GB VRAM, and 512GB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD storage.
The 7840HS processor features 8 cores reaching up to 5.1 GHz with 16 threads, ensuring exceptional multitasking capability.
The RTX 4060 GPU comes with improved ray tracing and tensor cores, offering 8GB GDDR6 graphics memory and 3072 CUDA cores.
The latest NVIDIA RTX 4060 GPUs for laptops no longer have a separate Max-Q variant that was designed for energy efficiency in thin and portable laptops to extend battery life. Instead, OEMs can choose to incorporate Max-Q technologies such as Dynamic Boost and Whisper mode to optimize performance and power consumption. However, the performance of the same 4060 GPU can vary on different laptops based on their thermal design.
The HP Omen 16 is equipped with a 16GB DDR5 5600 RAM, it is dual-channel capable.
Our review unit has a 512GB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD, although configurations can vary. The SSD offers excellent performance with read speeds of up to 7,122MB per second and write of up to 4,973 MB per second.
In benchmarks, the 7840HS scored 656 in Cinebench R20 single-core and 5,871 in multi-core, while achieving a notable PCMark 10 Benchmark score of 7,241.
|Cinebench R20 single core
|Cinebench R20 multi core
|PCMark 10 Benchmark
|3DMark Time Spy
|3DMark Fire Strike
|3Dmark Night Raid
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU in combination with AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS provides an excellent gaming experience on the default resolution at high to maximum quality settings in most games. It can run most modern games easily above 60fps on very high settings with zero stuttering or lagging in native 1080p.
Temperature & Noise
The keyboard remains cool during idle periods and only becomes mildly warm under heavy load, never reaching uncomfortable temperatures. Under load, the fans are audible but remain quiet, easily drowned out by surrounding noise.
The HP Omen 16 offers some excellent upgradeability with its 2x M.2 PCI-E slots and 2x DDR5 SO-DIMM slots.
Battery & Audio
The HP Omen 16 is equipped with a sizable 83Whr battery, offering approximately four to five hours of usage depending on screen brightness. It supports fast charging, reaching full capacity in just over an hour with the provided AC adapter.
Audio quality is enhanced with stereo speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen, providing impressive volume with minimal distortion even at higher levels. However, for the best audio experience, we recommend using a headset.
HP Omen 16 Verdict
The HP Omen 16 stands out as a well-built 16-inch gaming laptop, offering customizable configurations to suit various gaming preferences. Despite its slightly bulkier frame, average build quality and display, it remains a commendable value choice for gamers prioritizing power and portability.
The only downside here is the price as there are really some good alternatives currently available for much cheaper. Overall, it offers great value for gamers seeking a balance between power and portability.