expired HP Omen 15 (2018 Model) - i7-8750H, 16GB RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, GTX 1060, 144hz IPS G-Sync Screen ~ $1800 Shipped @ eBay

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PROPER10

Update:
Another seller on eBay has it cheaper, see:
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HP-Gaming-Laptop-Omen-GTX1060-6G...

OP:
After several weeks of research, this is the best 15 inch laptop deal I've found for a gaming laptop, as far as an advanced screen goes. Only question mark is thermals but doesn't seem like a dealbreaker (undervolt, update BIOS, etc recommended).
Bonuses not commonly found include dual channel RAM config, 7200 RPM on the HDD, NVMe on the SSD. But mainly that screen <3

The seller has listed the auctions poorly, hence why quantities remain. I suspect they won't in 24 hours though :)

This is the laptop the auction is referring to, since the auction doesn't provide details. Unsure why seller has such a barebones listing, but our gain: https://support.hp.com/au-en/document/c06064463
Specs from that link:

Product name

OMEN by HP - 15-dc0110tx

Microprocessor

Intel® Core™ i7-8750H (2.2 GHz base frequency, up to 4.1 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 9 MB cache, 6 cores)

Memory, standard

16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)

Video graphics

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5 dedicated)

Hard drive

1 TB 7200 rpm SATA
(NOTE: Not mentioned for some reason, but it has a 256GB NVMe SSD also)

Display

15.6" diagonal FHD 144 Hz IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
(NOTE: Not mentioned, but it has G-Sync also)

The seller also has two upgraded models:

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Comments

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    Is there warranty?

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    Thanks again!

    What about the same laptop by the same seller fot $70 less?

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    This is actually a very good price point for a laptop with this kind of hardware.

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    That's a damn good laptop. The 144hz screen is amazing. The value for money is really good here.

    • +1 vote

      But can a 1060 deliver 144 fps?

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        Depends on games you'll play and the visual settings you prefer

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        E-Sport titles, yes.

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        Even if it can't in games, a 144Hz screen will make everyday tasks much smoother. It's definitely worth it even if you aren't gonna game.

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          definitely worth it even if you aren't gonna game

          Er … not really.

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            @Diji1: In this case yes. I'm just saying 144hz on this laptop won't be completely useless and will be worth the money to a lot of people. Once you go 144hz you never go back…unless you're weird.

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          Yeah man, I need that 144Hz for my gmail and ozb reading. Makes all the difference ;)

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            @serpserpserp: You seem to be missing my point. It's really hard to explain to someone who doesn't use a 144hz screen but I'm just saying it's not completely useless in this specific scenario. It makes a difference. Not all the difference but a difference that you will notice nevertheless.

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              @Lolno234: The big thing about the screen is its future proofness, which means if you go the Thunderbolt 3 external graphics down the line, you will still be displaying on a great screen with G Sync and high refresh. If you go with a 60Hz screen in particular you are banking on your machine going obsolete, or at least dooming yourself with a subpar screen for the price even if you do upgrade components or graphics.

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              @Lolno234: I have a desktop monitor with a 144 hz g-sync IPS panel for my desktop powered by a 1080 ti. Yeah, it's smoother than the 60hz on my laptop. But does it give me any utility or additional 'use',other than in gaming? No.

              Having the pixels change faster when I'm typing up presentations or browsing stuff or even watching videos is only a very, very mild quality of life improvement that I don't think most will think is worth the premium.

              That said, if it is for a gaming system, definitely worth it. Smoothness in games correlates with a better experience and sometimes better performance imo. However, the GTX 1060 mobile version won't get you anywhere close to 144 frames in most (if not all) modern AAA titles. As op has mentioned to get that you'll need to hook up a desktop card. In which case, why not just get a desktop?

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        True. 1070 would be better.

  • -1 vote

    still cheaper than an apple (laptop)

  • +2 votes

    Spend the extra 300 and get the 1070 one, much better espcially max q variant, more efficent and cooler

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      I question the validity of that statement. A 1070 Max Q vs normal 1060 is a mixed bag. Some games will give you higher FPS depending on the graphics quality.

      Both cards are running within 80-90 watts and in the same chassis you could potentially overclock the 1060 slightly to close the gap even more.
      Realistically you'd probably be looking at a 5% improvement with the 1070 max q over the 1060 for around $300. Terrible value.

      There's the potential to overclock the 1070max q though, however I don't know what the thermal capability of this chassis is.

      • +6 votes

        I checked to see if your post had any validity and it does.

        So when it comes to graphics heavy games at ultra settings, the 1070 Max-Q is much better, the thing is, those games typical are running at 60fps or just a little higher invalidating the 144hz monitor. Games where the desire is for high fps, such as e-sports titles or games set to lower settings, the 1060 actually performs faster than the 1070 Max-Q, making the 1070 option invalid. So in both situations, the 1070 Max-Q is the poorer option, especially for $300 more.

        Video Comparison

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    Is it worth the extra $270 for 1070 MaxQ?

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        Most of the benchmarks have marginal performance gain, and Overwatch and CSGO for some reason performs significantly worse on the MaxQ.

        What would you suggest overall?

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          I originally was going to go for the 1070 variant, but saving the 270 not only doesn't change performance much, you have the option of undervolting the desktop 1060 for further temp gains.

          Finally, that savings can go towards a TB3 external graphics card holder and card. Currently be about a grand, but in a couple years I am hoping about 500 for something much better than a Max Q 1070.

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            @Spikey699: Also temps.
            I have a 1050Ti which Nvidia has a super aggressive 60 degree temp cap on and cannot be increased. Overclocking the core does absolutely nothing for performance due to the temp limit. This is with twin cooling fans and radiators and massive bottom intakes.

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              @Viper8: Viper8: Are you saying the lesser cards cool better, or something else? Sorry, a bit confused.

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                @Spikey699: I'm sure he means because of driver or design configurations, the graphics card performance/ heat is capped to maintain 60 degrees as max temps. So it'll down clock itself if needed to stay under 60

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                @Spikey699: Yes, they use less power and therefore generate less heat. Laptops are heat constrained relative to PC's using the same hardware. Thus higher power hardware is likely to suffer more from thermal throttling. So diminishing returns under sustained loads. Not to mention that extra heat negatively impacting your CPU and other components.

        • +1 vote

          1060, as $270 for marginal performance gain seems anti-OzBargain.

          If you get it, use software to undervolt the CPU and the GPU, that way, the GPU will heat up less, reducing or even preventing throttling allowing for better performance. I undervolt my laptop and it works well enough, marginal benefit for my mobile components, but a benefit and the 1060 GPU is beefier and probably benefits more from an undervolt.

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    On the official HP website, it states the SSD is 128GB.
    https://h20386.www2.hp.com/AustraliaStore/Merch/Product.aspx...

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      And on the eBay website, they state 256GB. If you get a 128GB you demand a full refund. Simple as that.

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      You have linked a different configuration. Your link is for 4ZD60PA. OP already posted link to the correct specs for 4TK02PA.

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    How is this computer for content creation - specifically photography?

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      Should be fine, I use my XPS15 9550 (similar hardware, just the older versions) and it works perfectly fine.

      You might want to pair with a decent UHD monitor though for detailed work.

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      Not a good choice due to resolution.

  • +4 votes

    Thanks for sharing all your hard research results with us!

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      Pleasure. I was getting frustrated at all the "decent deals" basically being refurbs with questionable quality and mostly poor thermals, and not great screens either. This shows up, and then next day Proper10 code, couldn't believe it.

  • +2 votes

    I normally dont thumbs up these "gaming name" deals because they're usually worse value than the same brand same spec laptop without the gaming brand.

    This however is actually a sweet deal.

  • +1 vote

    Wow. 144Hz + IPS + G-Sync. Amazing if it's true.

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    Great price for the spec. That hinge looks a little weak though.

  • +5 votes

    There is cheaper on eBay, search with the part numbers:
    4TK02PA (1060 6gb)
    4TK00PA (1070 8gb)

    At least $100 to $150 cheaper

  • +1 vote

    That is a great deal. I ended up paying $1950 or so for a Dell G7 with the same specs without the 144hz IPS screen and Gsync

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    Updated OP with better deal that has come out. Great deal gets better, until midnight anyway :)

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    Wish I had a spare 2k I'd grab the 1070 version ASAP

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    How's the screen's colour accuracy? Would love a colour accurate screen for some photo editing

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    Anyone get one? What's the " Auspost standard shipping"? Is it signed and tracked or not? I couldn't get a clear answer from the seller.

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      I bought from the original seller (ebking aka Centrecom), and was tracked and signed I believe. Arrives Monday.

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    I think you can remove the EXPIRED tag as the seller decreased the list price even further from 2k to 1.9k. Even without a coupon, this is a great deal

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