HP Omen 870

HP Omen 870 Review – A Good Prebuilt?

In Hardware Reviews, Reviewsby AustinLeave a Comment

Today I’m going to be talking about the HP OMEN 870-244 Desktop! Now I’m already going to tell you that this computer is amazing, but it does have some flaws.

For a prebuilt, it sure is a good deal because prebuilt’s tend to be a bit more expensive than building your own computer. I’m going to be going in depth and all detailed about this rig.

If you don’t want to build your own gaming rig, the value and power of this build is so good that it makes it one of the best gaming prebuilts that you can get your hands on.

It’s not the most powerful gaming build in the world, but it can run some of the most hardware demanding games because this thing is pretty powerful.

There are entry, mid, high, and epic gaming PC’s and I would classify this build in particular as somewhere in between the mid and high end, which is pretty high up there.

I’m going to let you know all the pros and cons so you can get a good of idea of what this system excels at and what it’s flaws are.

Then I’m going to be going over the aesthetics of the exterior along with the specifications and more information about the interior.

I’m going to do my best to let you know everything you need to know about this piece of computer machinery and give you my thoughts about it.

I will try to make this HP Omen 870 review as useful as possible!

Let’s Get Started!

Product: HP OMEN 870-244 Desktop Computer Intel Core i7 16GB Memory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 1TB Hard Drive

Price: Click here for current pricing on Amazon.

My Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Genius Stars

Bright 4 Star

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Lots of storage in hardrive
  • Great CPU
  • Really good graphics card
  • Good amount of memory
  • Great value
  • Has Windows 10 (Latest version of windows)
  • Really fast
  • Able to handle almost any game on high medium to high settings
  • Small and compact design
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • VR Ready for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift
  • Optimized for 1080p monitors
  • RGB lighting in front of the case
  • RGB can sync with the system’s CPU temperatures to let you know how hot it’s getting (e.g. red for really hot, yellow for pretty warm, green for okay, and blue for really cool)
  • Not too loud
  • Has an optical CD drive
  • Headphone jack port
  • SD card port
  • Plenty of easy to access USB’s on top of the case
  • Bluetooth 4.2 included so you can pair your wireless devices that support bluetooth
  • Included keyboard and mouse

Cons:

  • Doesn’t use SSD for storage (SSD is faster and makes your loading times faster)
  • CPU doesn’t overheat, but it does get pretty hot under a lot of stress
  • If you want to modify the inside of the case or remove certain parts it’s a mess to work with
  • Really difficult to unscrew the thumbscrew on the case
  • Not VR Ready for the HTC Vive PRO
  • Not optimal enough for 4k gaming monitors
  • Not liquid cooled
  • Terrible online support
  • Online documents have some errors in them
  • Keyboard and mouse that it comes with are bare bones
  • Comes with some preinstalled programs that you will most likely end up uninstalling (Like the McAfee LiveSafe 30-day Trial)

Design

The design, how should I describe it? The design is beautiful, compact, and modern! The case has a brushed aluminum design crawling up the front of it with streaks of RGB light.

The light can be customized in the OMEN Control program that comes preinstalled with the computer. The light can even be synced with the CPU’s temperature or the CPU’s usage too if you really wanted to.

The sides have ridges in them (from the top to bottom) which give it a stylish modern look, but make dusting off your computer a bit more difficult.

The compact and small case makes it easy for storing and placing almost anywhere. But with such a great exterior comes a price to pay for the interior.

The interior is a whole other story, but I will let you know more about that when I talk more about the interior further on in this post.

The optical drive is unnoticeable at glance, but with a press of a button it pops right out in a sideways formation. Kind of an odd move for an optical drive, but I sort of like it.

Stealth mode activated!

Computer Case Specifications

  • Height: 15.79 inches or 40.1 centimeters
  • Width: 16.54 inches or 42 centimeters
  • Depth: 6.50 inches or 16.5 centimeters
  • Weight: 23.20 pounds or 10.5 Kilograms

 

Looking at the Specifications


Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

  • Latest version of windows ensures that you can have the best support from programs

CPU: 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700 processor

  • 4 Cores
  • 8 Threads
  • Kaby Lake
  • Socket 1151 LGA
  • Hyperthreading Supported
  • Processor Speed: 3.6 GHz

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics

  • GPU Memory: 8 GB

RAM: 16 GB (2x8GB)

  • Total memory slots: 4
  • Used memory slots: 2
  • Free memory slots: 2
  • Type: DDR4

Storage: 1 TB (Although it says it’s 1 TB only 932 GBs are available)

  • Manufacturer: Western Digital
  • Speed: 7200 RPM
  • Interface: SATA

Motherboard: Thimphu-K

  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Mode: 830C (U3E1)
  • Chipset Vendor: Intel
  • Chipset Mode: Kaby Lake
  • Form factor: uATX: 24.0 x 24.0 cm (9.4 x 9.4 in)
  • Chipset: Z170
  • Memory sockets: 4 x DDR4
  • Processor socket: LGA1151

Optical Drive: hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH

  • Media Type: DVD Writer
  • Read capabilities: CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL
  • Write capabilities: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL

Power Supply: 500 W (100V-240V)


The Top Ports

The top ports from left to right:

  • A Memory Card Reader (Supports: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Select, Memory Stick PRO, & Memory Stick MagicGate).
  • Headphone Jack for plugging in headphones or earbuds.
  • Standard USB 2.0
  • Standard USB 2.0
  • Super Speed USB 3.0
  • Super Speed USB 3.0 (The lightning bolt indicates that you can charge things while the computer is off).

There are so many easy to access top ports on the HP OMEN 870-244 that will make your life a lot easier. Below all these top ports is a WiFi connection indicator in the center that lights up when you are connected to a network.

It won’t light up if you are connected to the internet by other means, like with an Ethernet cable or simply if you are disconnected from the WiFi.

To the right of the WiFi connection indicator is the power button for turning on the computer, which lights up when you press it.

The Back Ports

In the back of the computer you have your typical power cord with a green LED light to indicate the powers on located to the top left of the case.

Towards the middle you have a DVI-D Dual Link display connector (in the photo I don’t have any of these plugged in/being used).

These are great for additional monitors and for better connection, but I prefer using DisplayPort or HDMI because they can carry audio while DVI-D Dual Link isn’t capable of carrying audio.

The DisplayPort has a connection in the photo below and is located below the empty DVI-D Dual Link connector to the very right of the case.

DisplayPorts tend to have faster speeds than HDMI, but it isn’t very noticeable to be honest, but I still use one anyways to get the best out of my monitor.

Directly to the left of the plugged in DisplayPort is another DisplayPort (empty in photo), and to the left of the empty DisplayPort is a plugged in HDMI port.

To the left of the plugged in HDMI port is another empty DisplayPort. So there is a total of three DisplayPorts and one HDMI port within that specific area.

Moving a little further down you will see a blue, green, and red jack below the connected DisplayPort cable. The following is what each cable does:

  • Blue Jack (In) – For any sounds going in your computer like music sources.
  • Green Jack (Out) – For any sounds coming out of your computer like speakers.
  • Red Jack (Mic) – For connecting a microphone to your computer.

Digging even deeper, going beyond the colored jacks are two USB 3.0 ports (they are being used/plugged in the picture below).

In addition, there are two different HDMI ports below the two USB 3.0 ports for any extra displays you want to connect. Near the very bottom of the case are four different USB 2.0 ports.

There is also a single Ethernet cable port with a green LED indicator when you plug it in.

Summary of all the ports:

  • 3 HDMI’s
  • 1 Ethernet
  • 6 USB 2.0’s
  • 4 USB 3.0’s
  • 1 Blue Jack (In)
  • 1 Green Jack (Out)
  • 1 Red Jack (Mic)
  • 3 DisplayPort’s
  • 1 DVI-D Dual Link Display Connector
  • 1 Headphone Jack
  • 1 Memory Card Reader

This machine has a wide variety of ports and should give you enough connections for all your available devices. I use so many USB ports yet there are still a couple empty ones left.

They definitely went overboard on all the different monitor connection ports and you should be able to connect any modern monitor to it.

I have a second monitor that is a bit old, but the connection on it uses a VGA connection. Since this computer doesn’t have a VGA port I haven’t been able to connect my second monitor to it.

If you find yourself in the same situation as me, the good news is that you can always get a monitor converter. For example there are cables out there called HDMI to VGA conversion cables.

Keep in mind though, if you rely solely on a single VGA, it doesn’t support audio, so you will not hear audio from your monitor. Also, be careful when picking a display conversion cable because some of them don’t support bi-directional ways.

An example of a cable that isn’t bi-directional is a cable that can only connect the VGA portion to your PC then the HDMI end to your monitor, but vice versa WON’T work (trying to connect the HDMI to your PC and then have the VGA connected to the monitor will NOT work if it isn’t bi-directional).

If you want to get a second monitor connected but only have a monitor with VGA, I think it would be the best just to get a new modern monitor with HDMI and DisplayPorts.

It will look a lot better, be less of a hassle of figuring out if a cable is going to convert and connect, and be able to transmit audio (if the monitor has built in speakers).

One more important thing, if you need an HDMI cable, DisplayPort cable, et cetera a lot of stores will have really expensive ones then really cheap ones.

The expensive ones are a waste of money in my opinion and you won’t notice anything different except a thinner wallet. Just look for a cheap connector with good reviews and read what it supports, it’s really that simple.

The Cooling

The cooling is one of the spots in where this system isn’t that great at. The CPU temperature is the most awkward part about the cooling because it tends to spike sometimes when the system isn’t even under any load.

For example, it will be at 36 degrees Celsius then it will randomly jump to 47 degrees Celsius even if you aren’t doing anything.

The graphics and storage temperatures don’t do too bad and seem to maintain some homeostasis when they aren’t under any load.

When you game on this rig, the CPU temperature can climb pretty high. The performance is still great even when the temperature gets a bit too high, but I’m sure the performance would be a bit better if the CPU temperature was lower.

In addition, these high CPU temperatures can cause the CPU to not last as long since one of the biggest enemies for computers is heat.

My CPU hasn’t overheated, but like I said it gets really hot, which can damage it over time and reduce the life span of this piece of hardware.

For example if the CPU was cooler it might last 5 years, but because it gets pretty hot then the lifespan could be reduced to only 3 years. (Not an actual estimate of how long it could survive, just an example!)

The Performance

This machine runs really well and can run some games on epic settings. If the game is really beefy though, it usually can only run it from medium to high settings.

The startup speed is really fast and my last BIOS time was 5.9 seconds. You don’t have to worry about this system taking forever to startup.

For me, it can easily handle multitasking such as opening Chrome while gaming or some other programs. But don’t push it too far!

It’s definitely not ready for a 4k gaming monitor, but it flawlessly handles 1080p like a boss! I’m hitting 60 fps on a lot of games and 30 fps on really beefy games (if they are on epic settings).

It can handle dual displays as well! So if you like to game with another screen nearby, it can do it!

Benchmarks

Are You Ready For VR?

This system’s performance is amazing and is definitely ready for handling virtual reality straight out of the box. It can’t support an HTC Vive PRO, but it can support an HTC Vive and an Oculus Rift.

The results in the images below are the results from the HP OMEN 870-244 with an Oculus Rift. If you want to learn more about my experience with the Oculus Rift, specifically using this computer, you can read more here.

If you are planning on getting system that is VR ready and you want to learn more about VR headsets, it’s definitely a post you don’t want to miss!

I’m going to give you all the information you need to know about the Oculus Rift and the experiences with it just blew my mind! First time VR experiences are unforgettable and jaw dropping!

It can be difficult to find the right headset because you have to consider the other ones like the HTC Vive, so it should help steer you in the right direction when deciding what VR headset you are interested in.

What’s Included?

Peripherals:


HP USB Optical Mouse:

  • Cable length: 1.8 m or 5 feet and 11 inches

HP USB Keyboard:

  • Cable length: 1.8 m or 5 feet and 11 inches
  • Keyboard Dimensions: Length – 380.2 mm (15 inches), Width – 133 mm (5.2 inches), Height – 26.5 mm (1 inch)
  • Volume up, down, and mute buttons on the keyboard

It’s awesome that it comes with a mouse, keyboard and all, but to be honest they are really cheap and not something I would use for gaming.

So when I got the keyboard and mouse I got rid of the mouse and kept the keyboard as a spare in my storage. It’s a good keyboard and mouse if you are doing regular tasks, but definitely not for gaming.

The mouse doesn’t have any extra buttons on it and it’s built cheaply. The keyboard is also built cheaply and only has a volume up, down, and mute button.

If you can’t afford a gaming mouse or keyboard, but can afford this computer it’s still okay to use the keyboard and mouse that it comes with, but you might not get the most out of your gaming if you do.

hp-included-keyboard

The Inside Is Spaghetti

When removing the side panel it is nearly impossible to unscrew the thumbscrew and you will most likely need to wrap electrical tape around it (so the pliers don’t put a dent in the thumbscrew) and then grab a pair of pliers for unscrewing it.

Only one of the side panels is really removal and the other isn’t. (If facing the front of the HP OMEN, the right side is the only removal side panel).

While I said the exteriors design is great, the inside is a whole different story. The inside is a mess and difficult to find what you are looking for because the hardware is placed in the most awkward positions.

Not a very good interior environment for if you are planning on upgrading, fixing, or removing any of the parts. So just to give you a head up so you can be aware of the complications this may cause!

In a Nutshell…

This system is fantastic for a prebuilt, but honestly I would just recommend building your own PC. But if you don’t feel like figuring out how to build a PC, then I would have to say this build may be for you.

Although I said it’s a good deal for a prebuilt earlier, you could probably save more money and get better performance making your own PC. Instead of dealing with an awkward interior you could find whatever case you wanted.

You could customize how cool you want your PC to run and just do so much more with your own build. But if you don’t want to do any of that and just get your hands on something that’s ready to be used out of the box, then the HP OMEN 870-244 is for you.

I find that it’s very powerful in its performance and great for a prebuilt. Probably one of the top prebuilts when it comes to value and power.

I just wish the case wasn’t awkward and such a mess, and that the CPU had better cooling because it does get pretty warm.

If you ever buy this prebuilt then decide you want to upgrade or swap cases you could always remove some of the parts it comes with and put them in your new build. (Like the GTX 1070).

It’s a great PC for high end gaming, but I wouldn’t say extreme gaming (such as beefy games with all max settings at 60fps). Don’t get me wrong, this system is awesome, but with such awesomeness comes some flaws!

And I think that covers everything that I wanted to let you know. As always, I encourage you to ask any questions you may have regarding this post or feel free to leave any thoughts you have down in the comments.

I would be more than happy to help you out, so I wish you the best and happy gaming!

Austin

Leave a Comment