HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review: Specs
price: up to $3,280
Healer: Up to 10 Gen Intel Core i9-10900K
RAM: up to 64 GB
Photographers card: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
storage: Up to 2TB SSD + 2TB HDD
Supplements: HP USB Wired Keyboard, HP USB Wired Mouse
ports: USB-A, USB-C, SD Card, 3.5mm Audio, Ethernet, DisplayPort, HDMI
size: 17.1 x 16.6 x 6.7 inches
Weight: 28.4 pounds
Editor’s note: The HP Omen 30L won the honor of “Highly Recommended” for Best Gaming Desktop at the 2021 Tom’s Guide Gaming Awards.
The HP Omen 30L gaming desktop has one important advantage over many of its competitors: it’s quiet. It plays lightly, and provides ambient white noise when playing demanding games. Compare and contrast with the jet-engine sounds of other modern gaming platforms, the Omen 30L has a lot going for it, even as an everyday production machine.
However, once you load your favorite games, the Omen 30L renders them beautifully, and plays them at high definition, and at flexible frame rates. Equipped with an Nvidia 3080 GPU, Intel Core i9 processor, and 32GB of RAM, this machine can handle just about everything from word processing and music to graphic design and video playback, to full immersion in single and multiplayer games. .
Granted, you can’t try out the strength of the Omen 30L if you can’t find a unit. Tracking down one of these devices isn’t necessarily easy, due to the confusing availability and high prices. On top of that, you’ll have to uninstall a whole lot of unnecessary bloatware, and replace the included mouse and keyboard ASAP.
However, the Omen 30L is arguably one of the best gaming PCs, if you can get one. Read our full HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review for the full story.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review: Price and Availability
It’s not easy to get the HP Omen 30L – like many machines with Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs – right now. And if you can find one, it’s not cheap.
The least expensive Omen 30L on HP’s website is the GT13-0295xt. This costs $2000 and comes with an Intel Core i7-10700K CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD storage, and an air-cooling system. This is not available at the time of writing.
Compare and contrast with the most expensive model: the Omen 30L GT13-0380t, which starts at $3,280. This will get you an Intel Core i7-10700K CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD storage and liquid cooling system. This model is available – possibly due to the high asking price.
Our review model was the GT13-0093, which falls somewhere in the middle. It’s not currently available anywhere at MSRP, though Amazon’s listing pegs it at $3,699. This model comes with an Intel Core i9-10900K CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD + 2TB HDD storage and a liquid cooling system. It’s an incredibly powerful machine, and given the high demand for 3,080 GPUs, we’re not surprised that it’s on sale right now.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review: Design
The HP Omen 30L Gaming Computer is a great device. It might actually be the best gaming desktop I’ve ever reviewed, as it combines a sturdy black chassis, a stunning front design, and a gorgeous glass side panel. The front of the machine has a glass face with a colored LED diamond and a colored LED fan light; The side of the device allows you to see the cool RGB components inside. There are plenty of holes for ventilation on the sides, and they look like technical options rather than mechanical necessity.
The device isn’t obnoxiously large or heavy: 17.1 x 16.6 x 6.7 inches, and 28.4 pounds. This machine would probably live on top of a sturdy desk, although I kept our review unit on the floor without any ill influence (as is the case with many of the best gaming desks). Neither boring nor overly designed, the Omen 30L shows that gaming desktops can look totally stylish with the right aesthetics.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review: Ports and Upgrade
There are plenty of ports on the HP Omen 30L Gaming Computer. Whether those ports are where you need them, where you need them is another matter. On the front of the device, you get two USB-A ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.5mm microphone jack, and an SD card reader. You may notice that there is no USB-C port on the front; I definitely did. It’s a strange and inconvenient oversight of what is otherwise a powerful device.
You definitely get one USB-C port in the back, along with five other USB-A ports, an Ethernet port and a handful of 3.5mm audio ports. You’ll also get DisplayPort and HDMI options, depending on your GPU. There is no optical audio port, which may be a disappointment for audiophiles. Check out our picks for the best gaming headphones that will work with Omen.
The inclusion of only one USB-C port — on the back of the device, no less — seems at odds with the latest Omen 30L components. Many gaming peripherals (not to mention phones) have embraced USB-C connectivity, and this is unlikely to change within the next few years. I can’t imagine the majority of gamers would prefer to have a front-facing SD card reader.
On the other hand, the Omen 30L is not difficult to upgrade. You can remove the side panel without the use of tools, and the interior is spacious and clean.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review: Gaming Performance
The HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop offers the kind of performance you’d expect from a PC with an Intel Core i9 processor and GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. In the following chart, we’ve compared the Omen 30L to both Dell XPS 8940 and the pirate revenge i7200. Both are powerful gaming desktops that can – but don’t have to – push the limits of affordability. The histogram measures frame rates in frames per second, in 1080p and 4K resolution, with game settings converted to Ultra.
|HP Omen 30L||Dell XPS 8940||pirate revenge i7200|
|Assassin’s Creed Valhalla||81/51||83/46||98/55|
|Grand Theft Auto V||150/54||135/42||161/56|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||143/56||118/41||151/59|
The results are very clear across the board. The HP Omen 30L performed better than the XPS 8940, but not as good as the Corsair Vengeance i7200. In the case of Dell, this makes sense, as this machine has an RTX 3070 GPU instead of an RTX 3080. Interestingly, however, the Vengeance i7200 performs better. While both systems have RTX 3080 GPUs, the Vengeance i7200 actually has a less powerful processor.
There are some significant differences in 1080p performance between the Omen 30L and the Vengeance i7200; Nearly 20 fps in Assassin’s Creed and over 10 in GTAV. 4K performance is comparable between the two, so keep that in mind if you plan to play in UHD.
Qualitatively speaking, the Omen 30L runs games beautifully. I tested the machine with Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, Doom Eternal, Baldur’s Gate III, and Final Fantasy XIV. Even with graphics upped to Ultra on a QHD screen, frame rates typically exceeded 60fps, and the games themselves looked exceptional. The Omen 30L can handle just about any PC game on the market with ease, and the outlook for the next few years looks good too.
It’s worth noting that if you want to expand your storage options, HP will offer you hard drive space by default. You may simply want to install your own SSD instead; The difference in loading times is huge.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review: Overall Performance
When it comes to everyday productivity, the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop doesn’t slack off either. Running all my daily programs at full tilt (word processor, music player, chat programs, email client, etc.) As with most gaming desktops, office work can’t do much to impress the Omen 30L.
Likewise, the Omen 30L actually performs better than the XPS 8940 and Vengeance i7200 on some productivity metrics. It can copy more than 25 GB of media from a thumb drive at a rate of 1166 MB per second. Compare and contrast the XPS 8940 at 439Mbps or the Vengeance i7200 at 824Mbps.
In terms of raw synthetic benchmarks, the Omen 30L scored 11258 on the Geekbench 5.4 benchmark test. We haven’t used Geekbench 5.4 yet to rate other gaming PCs, so it’s hard to say how the Omen 30L stacks up against the competition. In a vacuum, it’s a high score, though. Daily productivity machines can score about 1500 points for comparison.
As mentioned earlier, the Omen 30L’s liquid cooling system is a nice thing, keeping the GPU cool (up to 35°C for productivity; up to 80°C for gaming) and the system extremely quiet.
However, there are two components of the Omen 30L that will hinder your workflow, the included mouse and keyboard. The HP USB Wired Keyboard and USB Wired Mouse from HP are, without a doubt, the worst peripherals I’ve ever tested, and I can’t recommend them, even as a temporary hiatus while choosing better accessories.
The keyboard has a very low profile and a shallow transition key, with a small space between the keys and a design that places the dynamic F and J keys slightly off center. The mouse is also very low off the ground, and has a small and ineffective scroll wheel. These are not good gaming tools; They are not even good productivity tools. HP actually makes quite a few decent gaming accessories, and I can’t understand why they didn’t include some of them.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review: Software
Another area where the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop is lacking is the included software package. There is a fair amount of pre-installed software, and none of them are really useful. There is a sound manager, which is no better than the regular Windows sound system. There is HP JumpStarts, which looks like a whole lot of ads above the serial number, not much else. The Omen Gaming Hub controls your PC’s lighting, which is useful — but it also introduces ads, offering to manage your games in ways that Nvidia GeForce Experience already does best.
However, the real fault is the pre-installed McAfee Antivirus. I’ve written before about how McAfee is consuming system resources, while wrongly flagging game files and forcing you to run the program at all times. Uninstall it and use Windows Defender instead; You and your computer will be happier. Even better: once you have the Omen 30L, simply wipe it clean and install a fresh copy of Windows 10. You can download the Omen lighting management software separately.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review: Verdict
Despite some questionable accessories and software, the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop is a nice thing. It is elegant, calm and powerful. It’s also expensive, and it can be a little overwhelming to buy the right one, so be prepared to do a little research if it sounds like the gaming device to you.
The Corsair Vengeance i7200 is arguably a more powerful machine in the same overall price range, and it’s also quite a nice machine. But Vengeance is also a little bigger and bulkier, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting a little space above your desk — or under it.