Looking for a powerful and sober PC to play and work in? The HP Omen 15-ek0130nf is the perfect candidate for this. Behind its compact, versatile chassis, it houses a powerful RTX 2060 graphics card ideal for demanding gaming with the support of a borderless 144Hz screen. A powerful base accompanies it shared between a 10th generation Intel Core i7 Hexa Core, a 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM, enough to satisfy all types of users. Backlit keyboard, full connectivity with TB3, neat metal design, Wifi 6, OMEN Tempest cooling technology, everything is there to accompany you in the heart of the action. Be aware, however, of the rather present noise in game and the backlighting of the simple red keyboard.
Features of the HP Omen 15-ek0130nf
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD LED IPS 144 Hz 300nits micro-edge (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10750H Comet Lake (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2933 MHz, 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB Dedicated GDDR6, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||4 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, SD / SDXC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, red|
|Audio system||2 Bang & Olufsen Audio Boost 2.0 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||6 hours / Li-ion 6 cells 70.9Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.36 Kg / 359 x 239 x 22.5|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the HP Omen 15-ek0130nf
For this Omen 15 2020, HP is clearly committed to its turn for a consensual design started with the Omen 15-dh of last year. The HP Omen 15-ek0130nf seeks to blur the lines between gaming PCs and consumer PCs with its smooth matte black case with a geometric but sober silhouette and whose flashy elements have almost all disappeared. Only the new Omen logo, a diamond in a blue / green gradient that replaces the red Voodoo logo, takes place on the cover. Inside, the neutral side also predominates with a shiny code on the right, a small detail which nevertheless marks the Omen’s membership in the world of players.
Still in a desire for sobriety, the two hinges are now spaced under the cover and the overall silhouette is homogenized compared to its predecessor. In addition, the frame is made entirely of metal for more robustness during handling and movement and better longevity of surfaces.
The measurements are also reviewed, but not necessarily in the direction that we believe. Indeed, the trend which sought finesse and compactness at all costs seems to be changing course in the gaming world. We can thus observe in several manufacturers a little backtracking on this point with 2020 PCs significantly thicker than their successor in order to serve performance before thinking about the nomadic side. HP made the same calculation since the beautiful fineness (20 mm) of the 15-dh gave way to a thickness of 22.5 mm , still well optimized that said. Format side, HP succeeds in compacting its gaming PC in depth thanks to the new hinge design in particular, passing 359 x 239 mm (against 360 x 260 on the 15-dh). The weight also gains on this generation with 2.36kg on the scale.
On this specific model, the keyboard offers red backlighting on 1 zone , which is rather limited for its range where PCs now offer configurable multicolor on several zones. In addition, we observe that HP has removed the numeric keypad to position function keys and directional arrows, very comfortable with the empty space around. HP has also equipped its keyboard with NKRO technology for a full rollover on 26 keys which allows a variety of combinations without limit.
When opening the PC, we discover a convincing 15.6-inch screen given the choice to spoil players with a refresh rate of 144 Hz , offering a quality gaming experience, especially in fast actions. Its Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) with high display density allows you to view your High Definition content in the best conditions (YouTube videos in 1080p) but also to modulate the positioning of the windows without losing sharpness. The IPS technology is welcomed with viewing angles and colors faithful while the matte treatment will be barrier inconveniences associated with the use in bright environments.
The connection is present in number and do not forget the small novelties, in particular the Thunderbolt 3 port (USB-C Gen2). You also benefit from Wifi 6 802.11 AX and Bluetooth 5.0 as well as Gigabit Ethernet with “Network Booster Dual Force” technology to give priority to games. For the rest, there is an SD card reader, a mini-DisplayPort, an HDMI output as well as four USB 3.2 ports.
Performance, battery life of the HP Omen 15-ek0130nf
The HP Omen 15-ek0130nf grows in scope with the discovery of its graphics card entrusted to the NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2060 (2019). This is a high-end solution intended for expert players who will be able to launch the most recent and greedy titles in High / Ultra with 60 FPS minimum. It also makes it possible to use Ray-Tracing in compatible games and thus benefit from advanced realism. Creatives are also on the front lines to take advantage of this powerful card that can speed up processing in compatible applications.
Now let’s see what the HP Omen has in the belly. Based on the 10th Gen Core i7-10750H Hexa Core Comet Lake processor , the PC offers around 10% more performance compared to a configuration with Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake from 2019. Overall this translates into full management of the versatile use consisting of video editing, 3D animation, programming or parallelization, with complex calculations. The 16 GB RAM in front is comfortable and offers the necessary flexibility in multitasking, enough to ensure the next few years.
Storage is also receiving attention since it is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe SSD . This type of solution supplants the hard disk thanks to its excellent reactivity attributed to the system. On a daily basis, this translates into a perfectly fluid Windows environment with short load times and zero latency execution. What’s more, the SSD is overall quieter, robust and energy efficient than a mechanical drive and its capacity is just as good as it can accommodate a good part of your game library.
Finally, thanks to its decent capacity battery (70.9 Whr), the HP Omen 15-ek0130nf should go the distance for more than 5 hours in current use. It is average.