HP OMEN 15-5099nr is one of the faster models from the famous Palo Alto computer manufacturer. It contains a high-end Core i7 processor, 8GB memory and a solid-state drive. It’s also very thin, lightweight and in general, professional looking. Oh, and there’s a dedicated graphics card for gamers, too. But this all costs quite a bit, so whether the laptop is worth your money is a good question. That’s what we’ll find out below.
With HP OMEN 15-5099nr you shouldn’t ever run to processor problems. It has Intel Core i7-4710HQ, an extremely fast mobile CPU with quad-core setup, 2.5GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo boost. This thing happens to be one of the fastest laptop processors as of 2015, with hardly any drawbacks. All advanced software, like virtual machines, programming apps and video editors will run smooth as silk. Everyday programs even more so, although for lightweight use this processor might be an overkill.
HP OMEN 15-5099nr contains 8GB memory. That’s not a bad amount, although often this expensive notebooks come with 16GB. And you can’t add more since the RAM is installed on-board in this model. You’ll have to deal with the 8GB, which for the 99% of people is however sufficient.
I can’t complain about the storage. It’s a 256GB solid-state drive, so very fast boot up times and program operations are guaranteed. The space itself isn’t really comparable to large terabyte hard drives, but that’s the sacrifice you have to make to get SSD speeds. In any case, if you’re not planning to store tens of thousands of big files – like photos – you should be very happy with this solid-state drive.
Screen and graphics
HP OMEN 15-5099nr has a 15.6″ screen with all the bells and whistles: 10-finger touch support, Full HD resolution and IPS panel. As such, sharpness and color accuracy should be better than on common displays. Viewing 1920×1080 content is no problem on it, and using Windows 8.1’s touch features work as well. There were not many real-world user reports available, but I’d expect great quality from screen planted in this expensive laptop.
Continuing the list of useful features, the laptop has a dedicated GeForce GTX 860M graphics engine installed. It’s totally different from those cheap Intel HD models that have tough times running latest games smoothly. Indeed, the GTX 860M can run most titles with high settings and appropriate resolution. For example, the very demanding Assassin’s Creed IV should get around 40FPS on high settings and Full HD resolution. With similar eye candy on, Battlefield 4 should reach at least 50 frames per second.
Connectivity is great, although the location is also rather unique: all the ports reside in the back panel, while usually they’re found in the left or right side. Anyway, the ports in HP OMEN 15-5099nr include four USB 3.0 and HDMI & miniDP outputs, so plugging in a lot of peripherals and many kinds of external monitors (including HDTV) works.
HP dediced to leave a dedicated RJ-45 out of this unit. However, a USB to Ethernet adapter is included, so you can indeed connect to internet with cable. Wireless networking is provided by the excellent 801.11ac adapter with Miracast and Bluetooth 4.0 enabled.
Another thing the laptop doesn’t have is an optical drive. Not everybody cares, because pretty much everything can be streamed or downloaded from Internet. SD card reader is integrated, meaning you can plug in those small memory cards and upload data from them.
A Full HD webcamera is fixed on top of the screen. That should give you clear image on Skype video chats.
Other things to keep in mind
HP OMEN 15-5099nr doesn’t weigh too much. It’s 4.74 pounds, most 15 inch laptops are about 5 pounds. The battery life isn’t over 4 hours, the unit has high-end components that drain power quickly from the 4-cell 58WHr battery.
Of course, the keyboard is backlit on this model. There is no 10-key pad on the right which I don’t personally mind. The keyboard and trackpad are centered, and in my opinion it’s easier to type on them this way.
The shell is aluminum, giving HP OMEN 15-5099nr a professional look but also making it prone to visible scratches.
The notebook is a so called signature edition, which basically means there is no junkware preloaded. Thus, the system will work as fast as it should right from the beginning, you don’t need to remove crapware yourself.
HP OMEN 15-5099nr surely is a premium laptop. And that goes for all the aspects. Its components are solid, with Core i7-4710HQ processor and solid-state drive making the system run smoothly no matter what you throw at it. The GTX 860M card runs most games with a lot of eye candy and Full HD resolution on. Extra points must be given for compact size: 4.7 pounds weight and 0.78 inches thickness mean you may conveniently travel with it. All this is reflected in the price, the system costing much more than a starter laptop. But if you can appreciate all this HP OMEN offers, I’d say it’s totally worth its current price.