At the end of the day the HP Omen Pro is indeed the best-looking mobile workstation on the market … but that’s because it’s barely a mobile workstation. HP took its successful Omen gaming notebook, changed the internal hardware and slightly modified the chassis to make a more attractive mobile workstation. While the Omen Pro meets the technical definition of a mobile workstation this sheep in wolf’s clothing lacks many of the features a large number of enterprise users expect (and sometimes demand) from a mobile workstation.
The layout of the ports and lack of a dedicated docking station make the Omen Pro less convenient in many workplaces. Likewise, the absence of a dedicated number pad and the use of a buttonless touchpad without dedicated mouse buttons or a trackpoint may prove too limiting for some people. Once you combine those issues with limited options for processors, no option for more powerful graphics and mediocre battery life this mobile workstation starts to look like it’s more about form than function.
Despite these complaints, the Omen Pro has a distinct advantage in some workplaces simply because it doesn’t look like an old-fashioned mobile workstation. Companies with limited desktop space or startup businesses that emphasize a youthful corporate culture may value the clean looks and edgy design of the Omen Pro. This notebook is indeed capable of delivering true “mobile workstation” performance for some companies, but HP had to sacrifice quite a few things to bring sexy back to the world of business. IT managers and other professionals will have to decide if those sacrifices are worth the killer looks.
- Sleek and sexy design
- Nice LED-backlit keyboard
- Touchscreen for Windows 8.1 and 10
- Inconvenient layout of ports
- Unimpressive battery life
- Just “okay” performance for a mobile workstation