HP unveils OMEN 16 and 17 gaming laptops with incredible specs

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What you need to know

  • HP announced the OMEN 16 and OMEN 17 gaming laptops today.
  • The gaming laptops feature powerful internals, ranging up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU in the OMEN 17.
  • HP also announced the OMEN 25i Gaming Monitor and its OMEN OASIS Gaming Hub.

HP announced its OMEN 16 and OMEN 17 gaming laptops today. Both new devices feature powerful internals, quick displays, and can be easily expanded with additional RAM or storage. The OMEN 16 and OMEN 17 should arrive in June with starting prices of $1,050 and $1,370, respectively.

The more powerful OMEN 17 delivers "desktop-grade gaming," according to HP. It has up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU with a total graphics power (TGP) of 165W. That powerful GPU is paired with up to an Intel Core i9-11900H CPU. The laptop also features up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and up to two 1TB PCIe SSDs that support Raid 0.

While the OMEN 16 doesn't quite have the specs of its larger sibling, it still competes with the best gaming laptops in terms of internals. It runs on up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU. The OMEN 16 has options for either up to an Intel Core i7-11800H processor or an 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile CPU. It also features up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and up to two 1TB PCIe SSDs that support Raid 0.

To keep the powerful internals of the laptops cool, HP focused on thermal-friendly designs. The OMEN 16 has blades that are 2.5 times as thin with over a 200% increase in blade count compared to the OMEN 15. The OMEN 17 has 24 more blades which are 17% thinner than those in its predecessor. It also has an outlet that's 14% larger than the previous OMEN 17. HP claims that the new OMEN 17 has a reduction of 5 °C (9 °F) on the keyboard surface deck compared to previous generations.


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CategoryHP OMEN 16 (AMD)HP OMEN 16 (Intel)
OSWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 5800H11th Gen IntelCore i7-11800H
RAM16GB DDR4-3200MHzDual-channel16GB DDR4-3200MHzDual-channel
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti LaptopNVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop
Storage512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Display16.1 inches1920x1080 (FHD)144Hz, IPS250 nits, anti-glare16.1 inches1920x1080 (FHD)144Hz, IPS250 nits, anti-glare
PortsUSB-CThree USB-AEthernet3.5mm audioMini DisplayPortHDMI 2.1SD card readerThunderbolt 4Three USB-AEthernet3.5mm audioMini DisplayPortHDMI 2.1SD card reader
AudioDual speakersBang & OlufsenDual speakersBang & Olufsen
ConnectivityRealtek Wi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.2Intel Wi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5
CameraFront-facing 720pFront-facing 720p
KeyboardFour-zone RGBAnti-ghostingFour-zone RGBAnti-ghosting
Battery70Wh200W AC adapter70Wh230W AC adapter
Dimensions14.53 x 9.65 x 0.89 inches(369mm x 245.1mm x 22.6mm)14.54 x 9.76 x 0.91 inches(369.3mm x 247.9mm x 23.1mm)
Weight5.12 pounds (2.32kg)5.22 pounds (2.37kg)
ColorMica silverShadow black
PriceFrom $1,050From 1,150
AvailabilityJune 2021June 2021


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ProcessorUp to 11th Gen IntelCore i9-11900H
RAM32GB DDR4-3200MHzDual-channel
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA RTX 3080 Max-Q
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4 SSD
Display17.3 inches2560x1440 (QHD)165Hz, IPS
PortsThunderbolt 4Three USB-AHDMI 2.1Mini DisplayPort3.5mm audioEthernetSD card reader
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6EBluetooth 5.1
KeyboardPer-key RGBOptical mechanical1.7mm travel
Weight6.15 pounds(2.79kg)
PriceFrom $1,370
AvailabilityJune 2021


Both the OMEN 16 and 17 have up to QHD 165Hz displays with response times of 3ms. They also cover 100% sRGB and have Eyesafe display certifications by TÜVRheinlan. Sticking with the theme of color, both laptops have per-key RGB lighting that integrates with OMEN Gaming Hub Light Studio.

Alongside the OMEN 16 and 17, HP also announced the OMEN 25i Gaming Monitor. It features HP Eye Ease with Eyesafe certification, a first for an OMEN gaming monitor. It reduces excessive blue light by 30% percent compared to standard LCD displays. The OMEN 25i has a refresh rate of 165Hz and a 1ms response time with overdrive. It supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and is NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible.

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Screen size24.5 inches
Resolution1920x1080 (FHD)
Refresh rate165Hz
Aspect ratio16:9
Panel typeIPS
Bit depth8 bit
Brightness400 nits450 nits (HDR)
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (Static)12M:1 (Dynamic)
Response time1ms
HDRVESA DisplayHDR 400
PortsHDMI 2.0DisplayPort 1.4Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)USB-B3.5mm audio
Color99% sRGB90% DCI-P3
VESA100mm x 100mm
AvailabilityJuly 2021

The monitor has VESA DisplayHDR 400, covers 90% of DCI-P3, and reaches 400 nits of brightness. It also features Shadow Vision, which enhances image detail in dark areas of games. The OMEN 25i Gaming Monitor will be available in July starting at $350.

To easily share your gaming experience, HP also launched OMEN OASIS in beta. IT allows you to share gameplay, game nights, and have watch parties with your friends. You can use it to create up to a 16-person invite-only party.

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