HP Omen 15-AX033DX 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 960M, 1TB HDD+128GB SSD, Onyx Black)


In the world of gaming laptops, the 15.6-inch HP Omen series and the 15-AX033DX model certainly aren’t the most powerful. But on the positive side, they can handle most of the modern games well and are sleek and stylish.

The 4.8 pound HP Omen 15-AX033DX with a 1″ thick profile sports a chassis made of plastics, with onyx black finish resembling carbon fiber. It’s supplemented with red gloving logo and red keyboard backlight. The plastic hinges hold a 15.6″ Full HD anti-glare display with IPS wide-viewing angle technology and without touchscreen. The display and game rendering are powered by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory. It’s a mid-range gaming-class GPU with enough power to crunch many of the popular games on maximal detail settings and some very hardware-demanding titles on mid-to-high settings. You can read more about it here. As for main computing, it relies on the 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core processor which is a standard among gaming laptops. This robust CPU can easily handle gaming calculations, daily computing chores, and multimedia playback. As for system memory, 8GB is a bare minimum in the gaming notebook category. Most today’s games don’t require more than 8GB to run properly, but it is questionable whether upcoming game releases will. On the other hand, 8GB of included DDR4 RAM is capacious enough for heavy multitasking in day-to-day computing scenarios. The HP Omen 15-AX033DX is admirably equipped when it comes to storage. It features a spacious 1-Terabyte 7,200 rpm hard disk on which you can put your large game installations (oftentimes exceeding 50GB) and also a snappy 128GB solid state drive carrying Windows 10 Home OS. This laptop doesn’t feature a built-in DVD drive.

An excellent selling point of this model is its very powerful 61.5 WHr battery. Per HP, it can provide a battery life of “up to six hours” which is an excellent result for a laptop with powerful components. Of course, if you want to play games off the power grid, the battery life will be noticeably shorter.

The Omen isn’t exciting when it comes to the rest of the specs, but it can meet all requirements of normal PC users and gamers. The laptop has Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, a 720p web camera, one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI video output, a media card reader, 802.11AC wireless, Ethernet LAN port, Bluetooth, and a combo headphones / microphone audio port.

HP Omen 15-AX033DX 15.6" Laptop (Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, 1TB HDD+128GB SSD, Onyx Black)

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Brand

HP

Screen Size

15.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

1920×1080

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

Anti-glare coating, IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Processor

Intel Core i7-6700HQ 6th Gen Skylake quad-core 2.6-3.5GHz 6MB cache (~8,000 PassMark CPU benchmark points)

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated Video Card

RAM

8GB

Storage

1000GB (1TB) HDD + 128GB SSD

Optical Drive

None

Input

Backlit Keyboard with Numeric Pad, Multi-Touch Trackpad with Integrated Buttons

Speakers and Audio

Combo Mic and Headphones Audio Jack, Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

2 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes

Battery

“Up to 6 hours” of battery life (not gaming), 3-cell 61.5 Whr

Weight

4.8 pounds

Height

1″

Width

15.1″

Depth

9.9″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

1 review for HP Omen 15-AX033DX 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 960M, 1TB HDD+128GB SSD, Onyx Black)

  1. 3 out of 5

    SteveHeist – May 17, 2017:

    The laptop functions as expected. It’s “good enough” but nothing close to exceptional. I have, however, noticed that during heavy load, the laptop develops a heat issue near the numpad due to cooling basically all exhausting from the bottom of the system and having issues escaping due to the low foot clearance. I ran it through a benchmark (Futuremark 3DMark Time Spy) and it performed… not terribly, but not exactly great (It landed near their “Notebook” marker, rather than their “Gaming Laptop” marker or even “[Non-gaming] Desktop” marker) and then ran an AIDA64 stress test and found, under it’s own cooling abilities, the CPU thermal throttled up to 14%. I can’t recommend the system to anyone not willing to build their desk around it (laptop cooler AND external desk fan blowing on the numpad), but it does perform reasonably well on relatively modern titles (Bioshock Remastered, CS:GO, DiRT 3, Dirty Bomb, and Rainbow 6: Siege among the games I play on a daily basis on the system with relatively little issue), so the issue is not in the processor hardware, but rather in HP’s wish to make the OMEN in the same mold as their significantly less expensive and less powerful Pavilion line.


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