Why gamers are attracted to the AMD-powered HP OMEN 15 alternative

Today the line OMEN 15 is the true technology showcase for HP gaming laptops. The company strives to provide it with all the latest components and is confidently fighting for leadership in the premium class.

However, good assembly is determined not only and notas much top-end hardware as a rational approach to the selection of components. Even though gamers are staring at flagship models, more balanced intermediate assemblies are often considered for purchase. The ones that will still provide a good gaming experience, but won't hit your pocket as hard.

Sure, in almost every line of gaming laptopsthere are models that sacrifice power for a more attractive price tag. But below we will consider the case where the increase in availability does not entail a noticeable loss in performance. This is the OMEN Laptop 15-en0038ur. Let's take a closer look at it.

Alternative processor

The first and most important difference between this model andbrothers - this is a processor from AMD Ryzen 7 4800H. By today's standards, it has an average peak frequency of 4.2 GHz, but more than compensates for this with the number of cores - as many as 8 pieces. Add to that the 16-thread split and you get quite premium performance.

Despite the fact that AMD processors have beenproved their competitiveness and conquered a solid part of the market, the company is still trying to lure users over to its side with a more favorable price-quality ratio. This directly affected the price of the OMEN Laptop 15-en0038ur.

Competent choice of video card

NVIDIA is responsible for the gaming potential of the deviceA GeForce RTX 2060 that needs no introduction. At first it may seem that for the sake of lowering the price the manufacturer simply chose the youngest model from the 20th series from NVIDIA, but in our opinion this is a rather competent decision.

The closest alternative to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060the RTX 2070 Max-Q is in favor, which is considered an older model and costs an order of magnitude more. However, simple tests show that the average performance difference between the full mobile 2060 and the stripped-down 2070 Max-Q is only 6%. In most games, this gives a performance boost of literally a couple of FPS. Of course, there are players who will be willing to pay a little extra for such an increase. However, for those who do not think this difference is critical, an RTX 2060 laptop is a way to save money without tangible losses. At the same time, the 2060 shakes as little energy as its optimized big brother, which has a good effect on the battery life (in this case, more than 10 hours without recharging are declared).

In the context of performance, we add that HPboasts one of the best cooling systems in its segment: the OMEN range is rightfully considered one of the coolest on the market. This is not surprising considering that almost half of the laptop's bottom is open for air intake.

Versatile design

General impression of the appearance OMEN 15 you could already make it from the photo.We can only add that for a gaming laptop, the device is quite thin - only 2.25 cm. The keyboard frame is made of aluminum, and the rest of the case is made of high-quality matte plastic.

Otherwise, the design completely departs from the typicalaggression of gaming laptops and has a very personable appearance. From purely gaming paraphernalia, only the abundance of air intakes on the rear end and the zonal RGB backlight of the keyboard have been preserved.

Fast memory and maximum port selection

In terms of storage standards and interfacesConnectivity OMEN Laptop 15-en0038ur is no different from the top models of the line. The laptop has 512GB of PCIe NVMe M.2 removable storage and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

The number of ports can be estimated from the photo below. We only note that all USB Type-A inputs transmit data at a speed of 5 Gbps, and the USB Type-C port supports video transmission via DisplayPort 1.4.

Optimal screen and signature sound

The screen of this laptop is another way tosave money without tangible losses. It's built to handle standard programs with confidence: Full HD resolution, 250 nits brightness, and 45% NTSC color coverage. This is a configuration for those who do not want to pay extra for ultra-accurate display of the entire color gamut or for a clear picture even in extremely bright sun. However, this screen will perfectly show itself indoors and convey the beauty of your favorite games in full.

Sound quality in OMEN 15 is traditionally the responsibility of speakers from B&O, a premium audio brand that has a long history of partnership with HP to help make their notebooks even better.


By developing OMEN Laptop 15-en0038ur, HP decided to deviate a little from the limitcapacities and look at alternative build options that could make their premium laptops a little more affordable for the general user. As a result, we got a laptop that lowers its cost due to a few clever concessions, but this does not cease to be a high-end gaming device.