The HP OMEN 16 (2022) is a high-end gaming laptop. It replaces the HP OMEN 16 from 2021 with Intel 11th Gen CPUs and NVIDIA discrete GPUs. This 2022 model sports the same design as its predecessor, so it's mainly a spec upgrade, with Intel 12th Gen CPUs, DDR5 memory, and the addition of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU option. Note that this isn't the same laptop as the HP OMEN 16 announced in May 2022, which has a different design with a more robust cooling system and a higher-end CPU option, the Core i9-12900H.
Our HP OMEN 16 has a 1080p 60Hz display, an Intel Core i5-12500H CPU, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 discrete GPU, 8GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. There's only one other CPU option: the Intel Core i7-12700H. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 is the lowest-end GPU configuration. You can upgrade the GPU to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, 3050 Ti, 3060, 3070, or 3070 Ti. For the display, you can choose between a 1080p 60Hz, 1080p 144Hz, or 1440p 165Hz panel.
The HP OMEN 16 is decent for school use. It feels well built, and while it's on the heavy side, it's still reasonably portable as it isn't overly bulky. The 16-inch display provides plenty of space for multitasking, the keyboard feels comfortable to type on, and the touchpad is large and responsive. Its Intel CPU and NVIDIA discrete GPU are powerful enough to handle nearly every type of workload, making it suitable for students in fields like graphic design. The main downside is its short battery life, which lasts only around 7 hours of light use.
The HP OMEN 16 has a wide range of display and GPU options, so the gaming experience will depend on which configuration you get. Its keyboard is comfortable for long gaming sessions, and there are plenty of ports for your peripherals and external displays. It doesn't get hot or loud under load, but there's some thermal throttling on the CPU. Its serviceability is excellent as you can easily access the internals to upgrade the memory and storage.
The HP OMEN 16 is okay for media consumption. It's relatively thin and compact for a 16-inch laptop; however, it's heavy, and its battery lasts only around 3 hours of video playback, meaning you'll need to carry the charger. The displays with 45% NTSC coverage look a bit dim and washed out, so it's best to go with the 100% sRGB panels for the best viewing experience. They're all IPS panels, which aren't ideal for dark room viewing. The speakers sound clear and get very loud, but they don't have much bass.
The HP OMEN 16 is excellent for use as a workstation. It's available with powerful Intel 12th Gen CPUs and discrete NVIDIA GPUs, providing more than enough processing horsepower to handle demanding workloads like video editing and 3D graphics. It has a comfortable keyboard, plenty of ports, and user-upgradeable memory and storage drive. It doesn't get hot or loud under load, although the CPU throttles a bit. Unfortunately, none of the available displays are suitable for content creators working in wider color spaces like Adobe RGB or DCI P3.
The HP OMEN 16 is good for business use. It's a well-built and reasonably portable laptop; however, you'll need to carry the charger because the battery doesn't last long enough to get you through a typical 8-hour workday. It has a 16-inch display that's great for multitasking, a keyboard that feels comfortable to type on, and a large and responsive touchpad. There are plenty of ports for peripherals and external displays, including an HDMI and USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 port. Its Intel 12th Gen CPU is powerful enough to handle everyday tasks like text formatting, spreadsheets, and presentations, and thanks to its NVIDIA discrete graphics, you can even do some photo and video editing for your business. The webcam is decent; it captures a detailed but underexposed image, and the microphone sounds muffled with some background noise.
The HP OMEN 16 has a fairly understated design for a gaming laptop. It has a matte black chassis with some branding on the keyboard deck and lid, a slightly off-center touchpad, and a TKL-style keyboard with navigation keys instead of a Numpad. There are air vents on the right side, the back, the bottom, and above the keyboard. The speakers are on the bottom near the front. There's only one color scheme: Shadow Black.
The HP OMEN laptop's build quality is good. Although it's mostly plastic, the laptop feels well-built and high-quality, with a finish that doesn't scratch or easily pick up fingerprints. The screen and keyboard deck flex a bit but not enough to be of concern. The feet feel strong and adhere firmly to the bottom of the laptop.
The HP OMEN laptop has a good hinge. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid, and it's stable; however, adjusting it to an exact position is a little finicky. The screen wobbles slightly when typing aggressively, but not enough to be an issue.
The HP OMEN laptop is reasonably portable. It isn't overly bulky; it's just heavy. The 150W charger is compact and lightweight, though the 230W power adapter included with the higher-end GPU configurations is more cumbersome.
The HP OMEN laptop's serviceability is excellent. To access the internals, you have to remove eight Philips screws of various sizes and pry open the bottom panel. Undoing the clips is a little challenging but still not too bad. All replaceable parts are easily accessible once you get the panel off. You can see the service manual here. Opening the laptop and changing the hardware may void the manufacturer's warranty.
Note: Models with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 or 3070 Ti have a 230W power adapter.
The HP OMEN 16 is available with the following displays:
On a 16-inch screen, the 1080p resolution looks reasonably sharp, fine for gaming but not the best for productivity or media consumption. If you plan on doing more than just gaming, the 1440p display is a better choice as it looks much sharper with a higher pixel density of 182 PPI. Like the resolution, the 16:9 aspect ratio is fairly standard for gaming; however, some might find it too short for work. A taller 16:10 aspect ratio would be preferable as it'll give you more vertical space so that you don't have to scroll as much when reading a document or website, and it would have shrunken the thick bottom bezel as well.
Our HP OMEN laptop has a 60Hz panel with a slow response time and no VRR support to reduce screen tearing. The slightly brighter 60Hz display with 100% sRGB coverage will perform similarly. The 1080p 144Hz and 1440p 165Hz displays are faster and will provide the best gaming experience; just make sure to pair the QHD panel with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 or 3070 Ti because the other GPUs aren't powerful enough to run demanding games at 1440p.
The HP OMEN laptop has a good contrast ratio for an IPS panel, though it's still relatively low compared to other display technologies like VA or OLED. This low contrast makes blacks look gray in dim settings. The contrast ratio can vary between individual units, but the difference is usually minor and isn't noticeable. The other display options will perform similarly.
The HP OMEN laptop's display gets reasonably bright, exceeding the advertised 250 cd/m² brightness. It's enough for use in most indoor settings but not quite for sunny environments or outdoors in broad daylight. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting to make dark room viewing more comfortable and less fatiguing on the eyes. The 300 cd/m² panels will only be slightly brighter, not enough to make much difference.
The HP OMEN laptop has good reflection handling. The matte anti-reflective coating works well against direct reflections like a lamp or open window during the day but struggles with indirect, ambient lighting. In most lighting conditions, reflections aren't an issue when viewing bright-color content with the screen at maximum brightness; however, they make dark-color scenes much harder to see.
The HP OMEN laptop's black uniformity is okay. Although there's some clouding, the backlight bleed at the bottom edge of the screen is the most noticeable and distracting. That said, it's only visible when viewing dark scenes in a dim setting. Black uniformity varies between individual units due to manufacturing tolerances. The amount of backlight bleed will differ, but you can expect the rest of the screen to be fairly similar.
The HP OMEN 16 has okay horizontal viewing angles. The image dims and washes out fairly quickly when moving off-center. The picture quality is still good enough from the side to share text documents and other casual content, but you have to be close or directly in front of the screen if you want perfect accuracy. The other panels likely have similar viewing angles.
The HP OMEN laptop has okay vertical viewing angles. Image accuracy doesn't degrade significantly when viewing the screen from slightly above or below; it's only when you look at it from a steep angle. It's useful when you don't have much space to tilt the screen to a comfortable viewing position, like on a bus or airplane.
The HP OMEN laptop has good color accuracy out of the box. The white balance is excellent, and the color temperature is about as close as it can be to the standard 6500K target. However, most colors are inaccurate due to the panel's narrow color gamut. The gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve all that well, making most scenes appear brighter than they should while over-darkening dark scenes. The displays with 100% sRGB coverage will likely be more accurate. Color accuracy varies between individual units, but the difference is usually minimal.
The HP OMEN laptop's color performance depends on which display you choose. The panels with 45% NTSC coverage perform poorly, making most colors appear slightly washed out. The panels with 100% sRGB will look better, though it's unlikely they have enough Adobe RGB, DCI P3, or Rec. 2020 coverage to make them suitable for professional color work.
The HP OMEN 16 has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain for people sensitive to screen flickering.
The HP OMEN laptop has a great keyboard. It feels spacious and has a fairly standard layout that's easy to get used to. The plastic used for the keycaps feels okay; not particularly premium, but not cheap. The keys are stable, have a lot of travel, and provide good tactile feedback. The operating force is a little high, but it doesn't make the keyboard tiring to type on for extended periods. Typing noise is relatively low and won't be a problem in quiet settings. The white backlight isn't adjustable because there's just one brightness level, so you can only turn it on or off.
The HP OMEN laptop has an excellent touchpad. It's large, smooth, and responsive. It tracks all movements and gestures well, and there aren't any issues with palm rejection or actions like dragging and dropping. You can click anywhere on the touchpad, though it requires more force towards the top. The only thing that could be better is the click mechanism itself because it feels a little mushy.
The HP OMEN laptop has excellent speakers that get very loud with minimal degradation in sound quality. They sound clear with good instrument separation and a hint of bass but a little unnatural. You can tweak the sound via the OMEN Audio Control app, which contains some preset profiles and an EQ.
The HP OMEN 16's webcam video quality is decent. Although the image looks a little underexposed, there's still a good amount of fine details, and the colors look fairly accurate. The microphone makes voices sound slightly muffled and nasal and also picks up some background noise.
The HP OMEN laptop has an outstanding port selection. All three USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed (up to 5Gbps). The only difference between them is that the one on the left supports HP Sleep and Charge, meaning you can use it to charge a mobile device, even when the laptop is in sleep mode. The USB-C port supports Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and video output to two external 4k displays at 60Hz), DisplayPort 1.4, and HP Sleep and Charge. You can charge the laptop via USB-C; however, it'll charge at a slower rate, and the battery will continue to drain if you perform demanding tasks as the USB-C port can only accept up to 100W of power. Models with an NVIDIA RTX 30-series GPU have an HDMI 2.1 port.
The HP OMEN 16 has a MediaTek MT7921 wireless adapter. You can also configure the laptop with an Intel AX211 Wi-Fi 6e adapter.
The HP OMEN laptop is available with the following CPUs:
The Intel Core i5-12500H and the Core i7-12700H are high-power CPUs typically found in gaming laptops and mobile workstations. Unlike Intel's 11th Gen processors, the 12th Gen CPUs have a hybrid architecture with a mix of performance and efficiency cores. The Core i5-12500H has four performance and eight efficiency cores, while the Core i7-12700H sports six performance and eight efficiency cores. Only the performance cores support Hyper-Threading, which is why the number of cores and threads seems a bit odd. For gaming, the Core i5-12500H is more than capable of providing a smooth experience. The Core i7-12700H is faster and will boost frame rates, particularly in CPU-intensive open-world or real-time strategy games. However, the increase is minimal, and you likely won't see any performance difference in GPU-limited games. That said, the Core i7-12700H might still be a good option if you plan on using the laptop for production workloads, like video editing and 3D graphics.
The HP OMEN laptop is available with the following discrete GPUs:
The HP OMEN 16's GPU options range from the entry-level GTX 1650 to the high-end RTX 3070 Ti. The GTX 1650, RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti, and RTX 3060 are best suited for 1080p gaming. The GTX 1650 can reach 60fps at 1080p, but you'll have to play at low settings for the most part. If you plan on playing at 1080p only, it's best to get at least an RTX 3050, as it will bring you closer to 60fps with medium or high settings. The RTX 3050 Ti is only marginally faster than the 3050, with less than a 10% performance increase on average. The RTX 3060, on the other hand, is a significant step up from the 3050 and capable of pushing much higher frame rates at 1080p, making it the best option for the 1080p 144Hz panel. The RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti are the two top-end configurations and are best suited for the 1440p 165Hz display. The 3070 Ti is only about 5 to 10% faster than the 3070.
The RTX GPUs have features that aren't available on the GTX 1650, like ray-tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling). DLSS is a feature that improves frame rates by rendering games at a lower resolution. It's especially important if you want to enable ray-tracing, as ray-tracing's high performance cost will cause the frame rate to drop significantly.
The HP OMEN 16 supports NVIDIA Optimus, meaning the system switches to the CPU's integrated graphics in lighter workloads to prolong battery life. However, there's no MUX (multiplexer) switch, so all information processed by the dedicated GPU passes through the integrated GPU, which typically results in a slight performance loss. HP doesn't specify the RTX 30-series GPUs' TGP (Total Graphics Power), though there are online reports that the RTX 3070 runs at 115W with Dynamic Boost, which means that the lower-end GPUs likely run at the higher end of their respective power range.
You can configure the HP OMEN laptop with 8, 16, or 32GB of DDR5 memory. It's best to opt for 16GB or 32GB for gaming, as 8GB will cause a performance drop in some games. Also, the 8GB model is in single-channel mode, further reducing performance. HP uses rank x16 memory modules, which are typically slower; however, that's normal for DDR5, and unlike DDR4, DDR5's memory rank has little to no effect on performance.
You can configure the HP OMEN 16 with a 512GB or 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD.
The HP OMEN laptop's overall score in Geekbench 5 is outstanding. The Intel Core i5-12500H performs remarkably well in single- and multi-thread workloads, capable of handling demanding tasks like video editing, simulations, and 3D graphics. If you plan on performing heavily multi-threaded tasks, it might be worth upgrading to the Intel Core i7-12700H; it's faster as it has two additional performance cores and slightly faster clock speeds.
As for GPU compute tasks, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 performs well and can get the job done. However, you may experience frame drops or stutters when playing or editing high-resolution material, and it'll take longer to complete renders.
The HP OMEN 16 performs exceptionally well in the Cinebench R23 benchmark, making it suitable for professional rendering work. The Intel Core i5-12500H has remarkable single- and multi-thread performance, beating even a top-end Apple M1 Max SoC. Upgrading to the Core i7-12700H will give you better multi-thread performance as it has two additional performance cores.
The HP OMEN laptop's performance in Blender is excellent. Although the CPU renders the bmw27 scene fairly quickly, the NVIDIA discrete GPU is significantly faster. The RTX GPUs are even quicker as they support NVIDIA Optix hardware acceleration, with average render times of 10 to 25 seconds depending on the GPU.
The HP OMEN 16 2022 with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 performs decently well in the Basemark GPU benchmark. The score is reflective of an entry-level GPU designed for 1080p gaming. You can get 60 fps in most games with the GTX 1650, but you'll have to play at low settings to get there. As noted in the GPU section, the other GPU options are more powerful and provide a better gaming experience at 1080p or 1440p. Beyond pure graphical horsepower, the RTX GPUs also support DLSS, which can dramatically improve performance in supported games.
The HP OMEN 16's storage drive performance is outstanding. It has a PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD with exceptionally fast sequential read speed, which is great for gaming as it shortens game loading times. The SSD's performance may vary depending on the size, as larger SSDs tend to perform better.
The HP OMEN laptop has poor battery life. Although the system switches to the integrated graphics in lighter workloads, it still doesn't last long enough to get you through a typical work day of light productivity, and it's even worse for video playback. You'll have to use the laptop plugged in when performing demanding tasks like gaming or video editing. Battery life varies greatly depending on the GPU configuration and your usage.
Borderlands 3 runs poorly on the HP OMEN 16 at 1080p with high settings. You'll have to turn down the settings to reach 60 fps with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Although the GPU is the main bottleneck, increasing the memory and switching to dual-channel mode will improve performance and make the game feel less stuttery. The RTX 3050 and 3050Ti will get you closer to 60 fps with fewer tweaks in the settings, while the RTX 3060 will likely be able to push between 80 and 90 fps. The RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti can likely reach 80 to 95 fps at 1440p with medium or high settings.
Civilization VI runs decently well on the HP OMEN 16 at 1080p with high settings. The average frame rate is good, and there are only occasional, barely noticeable stutters. The other GPUs can run this game smoothly without issues at 1080p, or 1440p in the case of the RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti. The average turn time is decent and in the same ballpark as other Intel 11th Gen, 12th Gen, and AMD Ryzen 6000 series CPUs. Upgrading to the Intel Core i7-12700H won't improve the turn time much.
CS:GO runs very smoothly on the HP OMEN laptop. Motion is incredibly fluid, with almost no stutter at all. Every configuration of this laptop can run this game well with no issues.
The HP OMEN laptop's performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is mediocre. It can't quite reach an average of 60 fps at high settings, and the frame rate often dips below 30 fps, causing noticeable stutters. You can increase the average frame rate by turning down some graphical settings, but you'll likely still encounter some stutters. That said, this is the performance of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. You can get much better performance with any of the RTX GPUs, even without enabling DLSS, which this game supports.
The HP OMEN laptop has great thermal and noise handling. The keyboard is cool when idle and only gets mildly warm under load, nowhere near hot enough to cause discomfort. The fans are only audible under load, but they're still very quiet and easily get drowned out by surrounding noise. You can tweak the fan settings via the OMEN Gaming Hub application. There's a 'Max' and a 'Manual' mode; the latter lets you create a custom fan profile.
The HP OMEN laptop has good performance over time. The GPU is relatively cool under load, and while its performance dips a little at times, it's minimal and isn't noticeable in real-world use. Unfortunately, the CPU gets very hot and throttles almost as soon as there's a demanding load.
The HP OMEN 16 has many pre-installed applications, including:
We tested the HP OMEN 16 (model 16t-b100) with an Intel Core i5-12500H CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 discrete GPU, 8GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. The screen, CPU, GPU, memory, and storage are configurable; you can see the available options in the table below.
Note: Our review applies only to the 16t-b100 model released at the beginning of 2022, not to be confused with the HP OMEN 16 announced in May of 2022 (16t-k000 series), which has a different design, cooling system, and higher-end configuration options. There are also models with AMD Ryzen 6000 CPUs and AMD Radeon discrete graphics; however, we consider them separate models.
Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration we tested. If you come across a different configuration option not listed above, or you have a similar HP OMEN 16 2022 that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update it. Some tests, like black uniformity and color accuracy, may vary between individual units.
You can see our unit's label here.
The HP OMEN 16 is among the best 16-inch gaming laptops on the market, offering good performance in a relatively thin chassis. However, it doesn't have a wide gamut display option, making it less ideal for content creators. It also lacks a MUX switch, meaning it won't perform as well as other similarly-specced laptops with one.
The HP OMEN 16 (2022) is better than the HP Victus 16 (2021). The OMEN 16 is a more premium laptop that offers a better user experience with better thermals, quieter fans, and a more compact chassis for better portability. It also has newer Intel 12th Gen CPUs and more powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti GPU options.
The HP OMEN 16 (2022) and the Lenovo Legion 5 Gen 6 15 (2021) are both gaming laptops with many similar NVIDIA discrete GPU options; however, the HP uses Intel 12th Gen CPUs, while the Lenovo has AMD Ryzen 5000-series. The HP is more portable and offers a better user experience as it doesn't get as hot or loud under load. The performance will depend on which configuration you get, though the Lenovo laptop has an advantage due to the presence of a MUX switch, which the HP lacks.
The HP OMEN 16 (2022) and the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) are very different gaming laptops. The HP is a 16-inch device with Intel 12th Gen and NVIDIA GPUs, while the ASUS is a 14-inch device with AMD CPUs and GPUs. The ASUS is more portable, but its smaller chassis comes at a cost as it gets hotter and louder under load. The HP has more display options, including a 1440p panel with a higher refresh rate than the ASUS; however, the ASUS laptop's display gets brighter and supports a wide color gamut with full DCI P3 coverage, making it more suitable for content creators.