Its trapezoidal design makes immediately obvious that the Omen breaks away from the pack, with Gizmodo finding the shape "amazing and intriguing by comparison" to other gaming laptops, which tend to resemble black MacBook Pros. HotHardware says the edges are deep enough that the Omen "appears to hover over the desk," with the beveled edges of the screen giving "the sense that the screen is floating." Unfortunately, though the design wins its share of accolades, it also leaves very little room for ports, with only an SD slot on the side and everything else moved to the back of the machine. Notebookcheck feels this has its pros and cons, calling the placement "pretty perfect because there are no annoying cables or devices at the sides," but also "pretty laborious when you often attach devices."
The minimalist, ethereal exterior only serves to hide the power contained on the inside of the Omen, with it earning "top honors" in Computer Shopper's general-usage benchmark tests. However, in gaming performance the Omen faltered a bit, with newer games like Titanfall and Far Cry 4 coming in rough for Gizmodo at 1080p. However, CNET found that dialing down the settings slightly can still give you "an excellent real-world gaming experience."
The HP Omen is a machine that values looks over performance, but that doesn't mean you should count it out. Coming in just shy of five pounds, it's slim and light enough to fit comfortably in a laptop or messenger bag, and the battery life isn't too shabby for a gaming machine. You might have to sacrifice a bit of performance, but it's an acceptable trade-off if you want to game on the road.