HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review

HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

 In comparison with many of its competitors, the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop has one significant advantage: It’s quiet. When you run demanding games, the fan provides ambient white noise. Compared to other modern gaming rigs’ jet engine sounds, the Omen 30L has a lot going for it, even as an everyday productivity machine.

Even so, the Omen 30L runs your favorite games beautifully, with high resolutions and fluid frame rates. Thanks to its Nvidia 3080 GPU, Intel Core i9 processor, and 32 GB of RAM, this machine can handle just about everything, from word processing and music to graphic design and video playback, as well as fully immersing you in demanding single- and multiplayer games.

Obviously, you can’t experience the power of the Omen 30L if you can’t locate one. Due to confusing availability and high prices, finding one of these machines can be tricky. Moreover, you have to uninstall a lot of unnecessary bloatware and replace the included mouse and keyboard as soon as possible.

HP OMEN 30L GAMING DESKTOP REVIEW: SPECS

Processor: Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K

RAM: Up to 64 GB

Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090

Storage: Up to 2 TB SSD + 2 TB HDD

Accessories: HP USB Wired Keyboard, HP USB Wired Mouse

Ports: USB-A, USB-C, SD card, 3.5 mm audio, Ethernet, DisplayPort, HDMI

Size: 17.1 x 16.6 x 6.7 inches

Weight: 28.4 pounds

HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Design

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A gorgeous machine, the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop. Probably the best-looking gaming desktop I’ve seen, with a sturdy black chassis, a striking front design, and a stylish glass side panel. The front of the machine has a glass face with a colored LED diamond and a colored LED fanlight; the sides of the machine will show off the gorgeous RGB components inside. On the sides, there are numerous ventilation holes that look like artistic choices instead of mechanical necessities.

Additionally, the device isn’t obnoxiously large or heavy: 17.1 x 16.6 x 6.7 inches, and 28.4 pounds. The machine could probably live on top of a sturdy desk, although I left the unit on the floor without any ill effects (as is the case with many of the best gaming desks). No matter the aesthetics, the Omen 30L illustrates that gaming desktops can look downright elegant with the right aesthetics.

HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Ports and upgradability

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The HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop has a lot of ports. The question is whether these are the ports you need, and where. There are two USB-A ports on the front, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a 3.5 mm microphone jack, and an SD card reader. The front of the device lacks a USB-C port; I certainly noticed it. It’s a strange oversight in a device that is otherwise so powerful.

There is a single USB-C port on the back, as well as five USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, and a few 3.5 mm audio ports. Depending on your GPU, you will also get DisplayPort and HDMI options. There is no optical audio port, which may disappoint audiophiles.

With the Omen 30L’s state-of-the-art components, only one USB-C port seems at odds with the device. Gaming peripherals (not to mention phones) have already embraced USB-C connectivity, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. There’s no way most gamers would prefer a front-facing SD card reader.

The Omen 30L is easier to upgrade, since you can remove the side panel without using tools, and the layout inside is spacious and clean.

HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Gaming performance

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With its Intel Core i9 processor and GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop delivers the kind of performance you’d expect from a PC. Here is a comparison between the Omen 30L and the Dell XPS 8940 and Corsair Vengeance i7200.

They are both powerful gaming desktops that can – but do not have to – cross the affordability threshold. In both 1080p and 4K resolutions with the game settings turned up to ultra, the chart measures frame rates in frames per second.

  HP Omen 30L Dell XPS 8940 Corsair Vengeance i7200
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 81 / 51 83 / 46 98 / 55
Grand Theft Auto V 150 / 54 135 / 42 161 / 56
Metro Exodus 118 / 64 99 / 49 126 / 68
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 143 / 56 118 / 41 151 / 59

Overall, the results are fairly clear. Corsair Vengeance i7200 outperformed the HP Omen 30L, but not as well as the XPS 8940. It makes sense in Dell’s case, as that machine has an RTX 3070 GPU instead of an RTX 3080. However, it’s interesting that the Vengeance i7200 performs better. Despite both systems having RTX 3080 GPUs, the Vengeance i7200 has a less powerful processor.

It is noticeable that the Omen 30L and the Vengeance i7200 perform differently in 1080p; almost 20 fps in Assassin’s Creed and more than 10 in GTAV. The 4K performance between the two is comparable, though, so if you intend to play in UHD, keep that in mind.

In terms of quality, the Omen 30L runs games extremely well. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, Doom Eternal, Baldur’s Gate III, and Final Fantasy XIV were the games I tested on the machine. The frame rate on a QHD monitor usually exceeded 60 fps even with the graphics set to Ultra. Any PC game on the market can be played with ease with the Omen 30L, and the future looks promising as well.

As a matter of fact, HP will offer you HDD space by default if you wish to expand your storage options. Consider installing your own SSD instead; the difference in load times will be significant.

HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Overall performance

The HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop is no slouch, either, when it comes to everyday productivity. In running all the programs I use every day (word processor, music player, chat programs, e-mail client, etc. ), I used about one-third of the system’s memory and less than 10% of its CPU. The Omen 30L can handle office work just as well as gaming desktops.

In certain productivity metrics, the Omen 30L actually performs better than the XPS 8940 and the Vengeance i7200. A thumb drive can be copied at 1,166 MBps and over 25 GB can be copied. Compared to the XPS 8940 at 439 MBps or the Vengeance i7200 at 824 MBps.

Based on raw artificial metrics, the Omen 30L scored 11,258 on the Geekbench 5.4 benchmarking test. The Omen 30L has not yet been benchmarked against other gaming PCs using Geekbench 5.4, so it’s difficult to say how it compares to others. Nevertheless, it’s an impressive score. In comparison, everyday productivity machines can score around 1,500.

In addition to its excellent liquid cooling system (35 degrees Celsius in productivity mode; 80 degrees Celsius for gaming), the Omen 30L also has an extremely quiet system.

It is, however, the included mouse and keyboard that will hinder your workflow on the Omen 30L. I have never come across a set of pack-in peripherals that are worse than the HP USB Wired Keyboard and HP USB Wired Mouse, so I cannot recommend them even as a stopgap until you purchase better accessories.

Key travel is shallow, with little space between the keys, and the F and J keys are slightly off-centered because of the low profile and shallow key travel. It has a small, inefficient scroll wheel and is extremely low to the ground. Neither of these gadgets is good for gaming, nor are they good for productivity either. The company makes a handful of decent gaming accessories, and I cannot understand why it didn’t include them.

HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Software

There are also some issues with the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop’s included software package. There is a decent amount of preinstalled software, but none of it is particularly useful. Although there is an audio manager, it is no better than Windows’ regular sound system. HP JumpStarts is a program that seems to just display ads over serial numbers and not much else. This Omen Gaming Hub controls the PC’s lighting, which is useful – but it also delivers ads and offers to manage your games in ways that the Nvidia GeForce Experience already does better.

McAfee Antivirus preinstalled on the computer is the real problem. McAfee eats up a lot of system resources, while falsely flagging game files and forcing you to keep the program running at all times. You and your PC will both be happier if you uninstall it and install Windows Defender instead. Better yet, just wipe the Omen 30L clean and install Windows 10 immediately after receiving it. The Omen software can be downloaded separately to control lighting.

Pros Cons
Runs quietly Needless software and accessories
Striking design Expensive, confusing configurations
Excellent performance
Powerful components

HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Verdict

The HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop is a thing of beauty despite some questionable accessories and software. The machine is elegant, quiet, and powerful. It can also be quite confusing to buy the right one, so do some research if you think that’s the right gaming rig for you.

While the Corsair Vengeance i7200 is arguably a more powerful machine in the same price range, it’s also quite a pretty machine. Vengeance is also slightly larger and bulkier, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to save a little space on top of your desk – or underneath it.