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HP Omen Vs Alienware Gaming Laptop: Which Laptop to Choose?

HP Omen v Alienware Gaming Laptops

When comparing HP Omen Vs Alienware gaming laptops. You must first understand, the comparison is like comparing Mike Tyson to Mohamed Ali, the two heavyweight champions of the world.

The HP Omen and Dell Alienware gaming laptops are amongst the best and most popular due to their range of mid to high-end gaming performance.

Alienware has built a reputation for producing large, powerful gaming desktops. Dell’s reputation is built on supplying basic home use and business computers and now gaming laptops.

In this post, I will dive into the rich history of the HP Omen Vs Dell Alienware products. And I will compare similar gaming laptop models by design, gaming performance and price.

My goal is to help you choose the best laptop for your gaming, and that could be the impressive HP Omen. Or an equally impressive Dell Alienware gaming machine.

Omen vs Alienware two Amazing Gaming laptops

My current gaming machine is the HP Omen 15 with an AMD Ryzen 4800H mobile processor. And, previously, I owned the Dell G3 gaming laptop. Therefore, I believe that I have the experience and the knowledge to be in a relatively good position to compare the two brands.

The two amazing Omen vs Alienware gaming laptops chosen for this comparison both pair the same 2.6GHz Intel 10th Gen Processor and an Nvidia 6GB RTX2060 graphics card. And these laptops have become best sellers and for good reason.

Alienware m15 R2 15.6-Inch FHD 144Hz Tobii Eye-Tracking Gaming Laptop
Intel Core i7-10750H, 144Hz 7ms 300-nits 72% NTSC Colour Gamut Display, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GDDR6, Win 10 Home

Last update on 2021-07-31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

HP OMEN 15-dh1005na/15-dh1005sa 15.6 Inch Full HD, 144 Hz Gaming Laptop
Intel Core i7-10750H, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB Dedicated) Graphics, Windows 10 Home

Last update on 2021-07-31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Comparing HP Omen Vs Alienware Gaming Laptop Brands

Dell Alienware Vs HP Omen Brands

It’s easy to compare the Omen Vs Alienware gaming laptop brands simply because their information is readily available. Which just goes to show how well-known and popular their brands are.

The HP Omen and Dell Alienware gaming laptops are manufactured by two of the worlds most successful computer companies,

Who have built similar size companies with thousands of employees located all around the world and they both materialised around the same time. Also, in remarkably similar environments.

Dell computers started out in a dorm room at the Texas University. Whereas the idea behind HP came about inside a residential car garage. Which is remarkably similar to how Amazon started.

HP Omen Gaming Laptop History

As you may already know, the Omen laptops are manufactured by HP.

The name HP is a shortened down version of Hewlett-Packard and it is an American company that started in 1939 by two close friends, Bill Hewlett and David Packard.

Unfortunately, those guys are no longer with us but deserve a big thanks for what they have achieved.

Now, fast forward to the turn of the 21st century when HP computers became the world’s number-one selling PC brand and with so many amazing brands to compete with this is by no means an easy feat.

Moreover, HP kept the number one position for a number of years, from 2001 until 2005 and then again, from 2011 until 2015. At which point, Lenovo took over as the number one brand.

And that’s been the case ever since. Well, at least until the end of 2020. It will be interesting to see if Lenovo takes top spot this year? Although, my money is on Dell, but you just never know.

The Omen Brand Started in 2009

In 2006 Hewlett Packard acquired the Voodoo computer company that originally specialized in high-performance desktop computers. And a few years later, they introduced the Omen range into its portfolio, which included high-performance desktop computers and also gaming laptops.

HP did keep Voodoo’s original “Tribal Mask” logo (shown below) for Omen gaming products until 2020. At which point, they changed the logo to the diamond Omen logo used today. (Also shown below)

The Original Omen Logo, and the Latest Omen Logo

HP Omen Computer Brand Logos

HP Omen gaming products consist of a wide range of high quality, Desktop computers, Monitors, Gaming Headsets, Mice, Keyboards and off course the HP Omen 15 .

Unfortunately many of these products have been discontinued and I believe this coincided with the rise of the HP Omen gaming laptop range.

Which has gone from strength to strength and the next couple of years could be amazing for HP with the release of the Omen Ryzen 5000 series and Intel 11th Gen gaming laptops. And, as a dedicated Omen gamer myself, this is definitely something I am looking forward too.

Dell Alienware Gaming laptop History

Dell and its hugely popular gaming laptop brand, Alienware, have a similar story behind its history to that of HP. Although there is one notable difference, Dell came into existence later in the 20th century.

Dell computers were first created in 1984 by solo entrepreneur and now multi-billionaire Michael Saul Dell. Amazingly, from his dormitory room at his University in Texas.

And, exactly one year later he completed his first computer build, which he named the Turbo PC.

Dell Computers first ever PC, the Turbo PC
Image Credit: Wikipedia

First Dell Computer

Michael Dell’s first ever computer was built at the tender age of 21, and sold for nearly £3000.

The Turbo PC, had a 10MB hard drive, and inside an Intel 8088 processor that ran at 8MHz.

This equates to 8 million cycles per second and when you think the latest Intel 11th Gen processors run at 5.20GHz or 5.2 billion cycles per second. It’s amazing how far the latest computers have come.

In terms of comparisons to the number of units sold per year (this century). Unlike HP, Dell has only managed to get the number one selling computer brand once, and that was from 2006 to 2011.

But every other year since the year 2000 they have been in the top 3 rivalling HP and Lenovo. So, they must be doing something right.

The Alienware Brand was Acquired by Dell in 2006

In 2006 Dell acquired Alienware which was already a gaming computer company with nearly 20 years of experience manufacturing high-end gaming desktops. Their portfolio included, desktop computers, notebooks, and gaming consoles.

The name Alienware originated from a taste for the hit TV series the X-files, hence the name Alienware and Area 51 amongst others.

And, it wasn’t until 2009 they released their first gaming laptop offerings, the Alienware M17x gaming laptop. It featured a powerful 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and it weighed a little over 4.5kg. Also, running on the Windows 7 OS.

Alienware M17x Gaming laptops

The graphics card offerings were limited. One such card it had was an Nvidia GTX 675M which first brought NVIDIA PhysX technology and 3D Vision to notebook gaming.

The Alienware M17x gaming laptop had mixed reviews, some good and some extremely bad. But still, 91% of customers recommended the Alienware gaming laptop.

At the time, the Alienware M17 laptop was an impressive beast.

Alienware Vs Omen Gaming Laptop Specs

Currently, there are huge differences between Alienware Vs Omen gaming laptop available specs. The Alienware offerings are streets ahead, with an abundance of RTX 30 series laptops available.

Whereas the HP Omen RTX 30 series laptops are few and far between and especially in the UK. But, things are slightly different the USA where you will find a wider selection of Omen laptops with an RTX 30 series graphics card.

Furthermore, the Omen range is soon to receive an exciting boost with the release of the Ryzen 5000 series laptops and the Intel i5 and i7 11th Gen HP Omen gaming machines.

And, if the Omen 2020 version with the Ryzen 4000 series CPU is anything to go by, dedicated Omen fans are in for a real treat with me being one of them.

Comparing Similar Spec Omen Vs Alienware Gaming laptops

To compare Omen Vs Alienware gaming laptops we chose the HP Omen 17 10th Gen Intel version and the Dell Alienware M15 R3 gaming laptop. Also pairing, an Intel 10th 10750H Gen processor.

Both laptops would be decent for video editing and Photoshop design. And, they will run the latest games on relatively high settings. Additionally, they both offer Nvidia Ray Tracing and DLSS.

Below is the full spec list for the Alienware M15 R3 Vs Omen 17 Intel 10th Gen gaming laptops. Take a good look and compare the two in a little more detail before we move onto gaming performance.

ALIENWARE M15 R3 Intel LaptopHP OMEN Intel 17″ Laptop
Size17 Inch15.6 Inch
PORTSThunderbolt 3 Port with USB Type-C
2 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 Port
Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 Port
HDMI 2.0b
Mini-Display Port 1.4
RJ-45 Killer™ Ethernet E3000
Power/DC-in Port
Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
Audio Out 1/8″ Ports
Thunderbolt 3 with USB Type-C
SuperSpeed USB Type-A
2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A
Mini DisplayPort™
HDMI 2.0a
AC smart pin
Headphone/microphone combo
Microphone Port
Battery86 Watthour83 Watthour Li-ion polymer
CoolingVapor Chamber TechnologyTempest Cooling Technology
Display144Hz 7ms 300-nits 72% NTSC (300Hz available)144Hz, IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits, 100% sRGB
RAM16 GB DDR4-2666 MHz (2 x 8 GB)16 GB DDR4-2933 MHz (2 x 8 GB)
Storage1 TB NVMe M.2 SSD1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Features4-zone RGB N-Key rollover
An OLED 4K UHD display option
Next-gen Tobii eye tracking
LED light on the rear
Full-size, 4-zone RGB backlit
26-Key Rollover Anti-Ghosting
100 GB Dropbox storage for 12 months
Bang & Olufsen DTS:X® Ultra Audio

Editors Verdict: Omen vs Alienware

The Omen vs Alienware gaming laptops are excellent mid-range machines. And the ones above showcase the nippy 10th Gen Intel processor and RTX2060 graphics card.

The biggest standout differences besides the price is the Omen laptop 17-inch, whereas the Alienware laptop is only 15-inch. However, they both come with a 1 TB M.2 SSD, but if you were to purchase the Omen directly from HP, it also comes with a 512 GB SSD and 1 TB SATA HDD at little extra cost.

In terms of ports, both laptops have the much sought after Thunderbolt 3 port and the super-fast USB Type-C. And these ports are superb for fast charging.

Both Laptops have a Plethora of Ports

And there is also a plethora of other ports but the Alienware does have a connection for Alienware’s external graphics amplifier, which will give you a performance boost.

Battery power on both models is ok but not the best. That said, they are gaming laptops, so they should be used plugged into a power source for best performance. For me, battery power isn’t all that important, but you may think otherwise.

Both displays are remarkably similar in terms of response time and refresh rate. But, the Alienware laptop offers 4K and 300Hz options. Whereas the Omen laptop only brings 144 Hz to the table.

In addition, both Omen vs Alienware laptops come with 16 GB dual-channel memory. Notably, the Omen laptop Memory Clock Speed is higher, and both laptops can accommodate up to 32 GB RAM.

Overall in terms of specs for the Alienware Vs Omen Intel 10th Gen laptops. If you are willing to pay extra, there is much more flexibility with the Alienware Laptop range. But the Omen laptop still has enough and is a slightly more consistent based on user reviews.

Alienware Vs Omen Laptops Design & Appearance

When comparing the design and appearance of the Alienware Vs Omen gaming laptops, what stands out is the futuristic look of the Alienware model.

It looks how a gaming laptop should look, but the Omen laptop isn’t exactly an ugly duckling by any means. And both machines are made of sturdy materials, which are strong and durable.

Alienware Vs HP Omen laptop Design

The Dell Alienware M15 R3 gaming laptop features premium magnesium alloy materials, and even though the chassis looks metal, it isn’t. The outer chassis is plastic, but the laptop is sleek and sturdy.

Amazingly, the Alienware laptop is much lighter than the Omen 17 laptop, even though the Omen is a much bigger machine. Not only that, but the Alienware laptop is also 1 cm thinner.

As for the Omen, it has an aluminium frame surrounding the panel and keyboard. With hard plastic throughout the build. There are no sharp edges, and even the corners are nicely rounded.

But, the big kicker with the Omen design is the hinge. The HP Omen 15 has a much better hinge design, with 2 x 2-inch hinges that looks and feels better as opposed to one big hinge.

Overall the Alienware laptop design stands out over the Omen laptop because of the RGB strip design surrounding the back of the laptop. Which is a nice touch.

But they both have exhausts across the back and sides. Although the Alienware offerings are much bigger, and they have a classy hexagon pattern. That said, they both offer fantastic airflow.

HP Omen Vs Alienware Gaming Laptop Features

The port design is different on each model. The HP Omen ports are littered across the sides. Whereas the Dell Alienware ports are across the back and the sides. With the most important ports at the back.

The layout of both keyboards are similar, and they have soft keys with little travel. They have similar size trackpads but the Omen trackpad is just off dead centre whereas the Alienware trackpad is centred.

And the Omen keyboard does have a number pad, whereas the Alienware machine doesn’t, but that’s no Biggy as you can get by without one. Equally, both laptops have decent 4-zone RGB and anti-ghosting technology. But the Alienware gaming laptop keyboard looks especially nice against the white chassis.

Overall, I prefer the look of the Alienware Keyboard Vs the Omen laptop keyboard because it does have a sexy smooth look, but you may have different idea’s.

HP Omen Vs Alienware Gaming Performance

When comparing HP Omen Vs Dell Alienware laptop performance. You need to first understand they both offer medium to high-end laptops for gaming that will run the latest AAA games on high to ultra settings.

There are quite a few configurations of the HP Omen with the older GTX Nvidia cards and few Omen models with the 20 and 30 series. But the Alienware gaming laptops are far more readily available with RTX 30 series graphics cards.

The gaming laptops in this post have the RTX 2060 6 GB card, which offers ray tracing and DLSS in games. And should easily turn out 100+ fps @1080p and way above 60 fps when ray tracing is enabled.

DLSS stands for deep learning super sampling, a rendering technique to help boost frames rates without affecting your images. Only available with Nvidia RTX graphics cards.

Gaming Thermal Performance – Doom Eternal

Alienware M15 R3, Intel version30w and 86°c115 W and 81°c
HP Omen 17, Intel version55w and 88°c99w and 71°c

Gaming Performance RTX 2060

Ultra Setting, @ 1080pAlienwareHP Omen
Tomb Raider 106 fps101 fps
Doom Eternal 128 fps125 fps
Battlefield 587 fps99 fps
Team Fortress 2260 fps280 fps

Clearly, from the results above there are slight differences in frame rates, with the Omen 17 marginally coming out on top. Whereas the thermal performance were similar apart from a notable 10°c difference.

As you can see, these laptops will offer decent frames in most high fidelity games and more than enough for an enjoyable gaming experience.

Don’t be alarmed with the CPU temps, this is normal in full on game mode, but if you are worries your can turn off boost mode which will dramatically reduce CPU temperatures.

Dell Alienware Vs HP Omen Customer Service

When choosing a gaming laptop, the customer service part is sometimes left behind, understandably, you just want to grab your shiny new toy and get home and play your favourite games.

Remember these machines cost a pretty penny, so, if anything was too wrong, the company needs to be there to help you resolve or fix your problems. And, especially if the problem turns out to be a manufacturing default.

The quality of the after-sales customer service must be good, and the same applies to any business-to-consumer (B2C) business. For the most part, the companies behind manufacturing and selling gaming laptops have decent customer service.

For companies like HP and Dell who have been in the trade a long time, should have this down to a fine art but you just never know.

So I decided to research and see which company has the best customer service. Also, checked out the kind of services they offer to find out how easy it is to make contact to fix a laptop issue.

Dell and HP Contact Options

HP Omen Customer Service

  1. ASK Rose Online Bot
  2. Live Chat 12 Hours Per Day
  3. Email Support (24 hours)
  4. Contact Number (15 Hours)

Dell Alienware Customer Service

  1. Live Chat 12 Hours Per Day
  2. Email Support (24 hours)
  3. Watts App Messaging
  4. Freephone Number

HP Omen Customer Service

After visiting the HP website, within seconds, I was able to click on the customer service tab. You are then presented with a well laid out webpage offering loads of resources and guides, with steps on how to fix common problems.

There is also a community forum full of HP users who seem to actively discuss the latest HP software and hardware problems.

On reading through some of the threads, I can clearly see that other HP product users are more than happy to assist in fixing issues or offer a solution. And, I can imagine most laptop issues could be resolved this way without speaking to an actual HP representative.

That’s where the fun could stop because Laptop Mag carried out a test phone call with an HP rep and ran into a couple of issues and there were pushy staff trying to sell additional warranties etc.

But I don’t think that’s all bad because the same would happen if you were to call Sky Tv or Virgin Media. Overall, HP offer loads of helpful resources, guides, and even tips.

Therefore, if you decide on the Omen laptop you should be ok with the aftersales help. Just be prepared to say no if they offer you something you don’t need.

Dell Alienware Customer Service

When visiting the Dell website you are presented with a small pop up box on the right of the screen. Offering email support, technical support, freephone contact number and WhatsApp messenger.

And you will find loads of resources and guides to help fix common laptop computer problems. It is easy to navigate and find what you need. And very similar to what is on offer with the HP website.

Again, Laptop Mag completed a test call, this time, the call was a little easier. Overall, it was a decent experience, and you should be fine ordering your Dell Alienware gaming laptop. And be confident you will be looked after for some time to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What's so Special about Alienware?

    Dell Alienware laptops are amongst the best on the planet, although not very budget friendly as even the weakest model is upwards of £1500. They are special because of the quality materials used and their designs are awesome.
    They feature highly responsive display’s with up to 360 Hz refresh rate and the latest NVIDIA® graphics technology. There are laptops with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 8GB GDDR6 graphics cards and Intel i9 10th Gen fast processors.
    You will easily enjoy high fps in the latest AAA games even on the so-called weakest Alienware laptop spec. The M15 R3 15″ laptop pairs an impressive Intel i7 10750H processor and an Nvidia RTX2060 GPU, and that’s just the base Alienware model.
    Not only that, Dell Alienware laptops receive rave reviews from big tech review companies such as Laptop Mag, Tech Radar, and Notebook-check.

    They have said things like;

    Techrader: Alienware’s 15″ gaming laptop is a beast and it has got even better thanks to design tweaks and new components.
    PC-Mag: The Alienware M15 R3 is a powerful high-end gaming machine, with a uniquely styled design that sets it apart from the rest of the field.
    Notebook Check: It may look the same on the outside, but it’s a different beast on the inside.
    So, when you have these guys saying such good things about the Alienware laptops, they are obviously something special. Dell has really pushed the envelope with these laptops. And, if you can afford one you should get one.

  2. Does HP Omen last long?

    My current gaming laptop is an HP Omen 15 RTX2060 which is now 6 months old. But still, everyday I ensure the display, the grilles, and the exhausts are wiped to remove dust and dirt.
    And I also clean my files and scan the laptop with anti virus software and keep my drivers updated. During game time the laptop is plugged into a power source and only use battery power if needs must. (Best Performance)
    And I believe all these tasks are required to ensure my HP Omen lasts longer. Even though, they say a gaming laptop has a three to four year life span, but I disagree, I believe if you look after your laptop it will last a lot longer.
    Other things will reduce its lifespan, like pushing the processor and graphics card to their limits for hours on end. Your GPU should not exceed 70/80 degrees Celsius and your processor should stay around the 80/90 mark and not above.
    High CPU and GPU temps will dramatically shorten its lifespan and have an effect on other components like your battery.
    So to answer the question, How long does an HP Omen last?
    An HP Omen laptop will last longer if you take good care of it and treat the laptop how it deserves to be treated. If you do, you will enjoy many more years than the estimated 3 to 4 years.

  3. Which is Better HP Omen or Alienware 17?

    Choosing between the HP Omen or Alienware 17 gaming laptops will come down to your budget. Overall, Alienware laptops are far more expensive and they are known to be really high quality.
    But that’s not to say HP Omen machines are not, the Omen design is solid but if you are looking for a gaming laptop to show off at the party, the Alienware 17″ laptop would certainly raise a few eyebrows.
    And when it comes to design, the Alienware 17 laptops are top of the tree, they look amazing and the customization options are almost endless.
    Because you can pick and choose your components to match your budget and your gaming requirements, and these laptops are geared towards the gaming enthusiast.
    For instance, the new ALIENWARE M15 R6 Gaming laptop which is the base model starting at £1495. With that you are treated to an Intel 11th Gen i5 processor, an RTX 3080 GPU and you can even upgrade to a 360 Hz display.
    But, when it comes to the HP Omen range, their top line model is on par with Alienware’s base model. Ok, you get the RTX 3080 but the best processor they can offer is an Intel 10th Gen. And price is in and around the £1200 mark
    So looking at that, you’re not gonna pick up a budget laptop carrying an Alienware logo. You can however find a decent budget HP Omen laptop.
    Having said all that, HP Omen laptops have improved in recent years, and when they release the high-end Ryzen 5000 series laptops and Intel 11th Gen gaming machines. The gap between these laptop brands will not be as wide.

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Final Thoughts..

Hopefully, you now have a little more in-depth knowledge regarding HP Omen Vs Alienware gaming laptop models and deciding between the two is easier.

My honest opinion is that HP Omen Vs Alienware produces superb laptops for gaming. Dell have definitely pushed the envelope with their Alienware range and they are far more superior to what HP Omen has to offer.

Consumers can better choose an Alienware laptop spec to suit their budgets and gaming requirements. Take the base Alienware M15 model, it comes with an Intel Core i7-10750H processor with 16GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 priced at around £1400.

And if you decide you want a little more graphics power you can swap out the RTX 2060 for an impressive RTX 2070 super for around £2229. You will find many Alienware laptops with the RT3070 and 3080 graphics cards, something the Omen cannot match. Not yet anyway.

When it comes to the Omen range and especially here in the UK the options are limited. You can choose an RTX 2060 and an RTX 2070 laptop but that’s it. However, in the USA you get the chance to grab an RTX 3060 HP Omen.

Hopefully soon when HP releases the Ryzen 5000 series and Intel 11th Gen gaming machines we will have more options. At which point, I will update this page with the latest and greatest.

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