HP OMEN 15-5020nr Review

July 14, 2015
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Touchscreen gaming laptop, so is the HP OMEN 15-5020nr labeled on one vendors’ website. It indeed looks like you can play games on this rig, or what do you think about specifications like i7 processor and a GTX 860M graphics card? There’s also half a terabyte SSD, much better than a traditional hard drive. But the price is also very high, so the laptop must be examined closer to see if it’s really worth the money…


The processor of HP OMEN 15-5020nr is impressive. It is Core i7-4710HQ, a high end CPU of Intel’s, offering quad-core design, 2.5GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo. The chip has similar performance than the popular i7-4720HQ, with CPU Mark score being around 8000. i7-4710HQ is one of the beefier processors, and you’ll have tough times finding an application that doesn’t run well on it.

The notebook has 16GB on-board 1600MHz DDR3L memory. It’s not upgradeable, but sixteen gigabytes should get you going nicely. Multitasking and heavier software are a smooth sail, and for the fast i7 processor it’s a perfect match. The storage drive must be praised too, it is a big 512GB SATA SSD giving both plenty of storage and excellent performance. You should experience less than 10 seconds boot up times on such a drive.

Display and graphics

HP OMEN 15-5020nr features a 15.6″ display with some nice keywords: 1920×1080 support and IPS. Full HD is welcome news for power users, giving a lot of screen estate to play with. IPS type panel is generally considered better than regular TN, offering more accurate colors and better viewing angles. It also happens to be a touch display, you can try which you like better with Windows 8.1: the touch functions or operating with keyboard and trackpad.

Being an expensive laptop it only makes sense to include an appropriate graphics card. There’s the dedicated GeForce GTX 860M (2GB GDDR5) commanding your games, allowing for titles such as Grand Theft Auto V run on 40-50 FPS played with high settings and Full HD. If lightweight games are your thing, you can use full eye candy and keep much higher frame rates than that.


HP OMEN 15-5020nr includes four USB 3.0 ports, quite a good setup for 15.6″ notebook but considering the price very understandable choice. For HDTV or other kind of external monitor there are HDMI output and mini DisplayPort available as well.

You should have no problems connecting to networks, although there’s only dedicated adapter for wireless (2×2 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0). Ethernet would be accessible with a simple dongle connecting to USB port on the back.

The laptop is very thin, it has no space for an optical drive, but an external one can always be used. The SD card reader is handy too, at least if you have files ready on memory cards.

There’s a front-facing Full HD webcam so Skype video sessions can be enjoyed on this notebook.

Miscellaneous things

Despite being a 15.6″ model, HP OMEN 15-5020nr seems to be quite portable. It weighs only 4.68 pounds, most of these laptops are 5 pounds. Also the maximum thickness is just 0.78 inches which contributes to sleek yet professional look. There are hardly any reports about operating time, but the 4-cell 58Whr battery should give four hours tops with these power hungry components.

The keyboard is backlit and no 10-key pad is present, this puts the trackpad in a comfortable, perfectly centered position.


If you’re a person with very taxing applications, getting HP OMEN 15-5020nr might make sense. Its i7 CPU, a huge RAM amount and solid-state drive can do the trick for you. But to get most out of this rig, you should enjoy gaming too. The GeForce GTX860M works for any title, but it also ups the price, so it would be silly to buy something you don’t really have use for. If gaming is your hobby and you have a lot of spare money, this HP should offer you decent value, indeed.

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