HP Omen Transcend 14 review: Goes beyond what a thin laptop can do

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When one thinks of a gaming laptop, one imagines a large and heavy machine, and most of them are. However, there are some gaming laptops that take the thinner route. The HP Omen Transcend 14 is one of them. HP unveiled the laptop at CES 2024, and it is now available in India. It is a relatively thin laptop, but at the same time, it can run AAA titles with ease. The laptop doesn't have RGB strips like most gaming laptops and is completely stealthy. Apart from running games, the laptop can also perform all kinds of other tasks, like editing videos, running 100 tabs in Chrome, etc.

HP claims that the Omen Transcend 14 is the lightest and thinnest laptop in their portfolio. I was able to try out the laptop for about a week and was really impressed with what it could do.

HP Omen Transcend 14 price in India

HP Omen Transcend 14 is available in two color options in India. The Shadow Black option is priced at Rs. Whereas, the price of Ceramic White variant is Rs 1,74,999. 1,75,999. There is only one variant available in India, which is equipped with Intel Core Ultra 7 155H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU.

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The matte finish of the laptop attracts fingerprints a lot

You get the laptop, some paperwork, and a 140W charging brick in the box.

HP Omen Transcend 14 review: Design and display

HP has done a great job on the design of the Omen Transcend 14. At first glance it doesn't look like a gaming laptop at all. It is thin, compact at 0.79 inches and weighs around 1.6 kg. There are no flashy bits or RGB strips on the outside. We received the Shadow Black option, which has a matte finish and uses an aluminum chassis. There is no flexibility anywhere, and everything feels solid. However, the matte finish does attract some fingerprints.

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There is minimal branding on the laptop

You also get rounded edges and plenty of ports. The Omen logo is on the lid, and the slogan 'Designed and built to win' is on the thin ledge just behind the display hinge. Apart from that, there is no other branding on the outside.

There are two large intake vents for the dual fans at the bottom of the laptop. You'll also find bottom-firing dual speakers at the bottom. However, the output grilles are at the front edge. You have the exhaust ports at the back, where there is a thin edge. The display hinge sits slightly forward, which keeps heat away from the display and keyboard.

The rear edge also gets an HDMI 2.1 port and a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen 2) port, which can be used for charging or connecting to a display.

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Rear port placement is quite useful while gaming

The HP Omen Transcend 14 has more ports on the sides. You get dual USB Type-A 10Gbps ports on the right edge, while the left edge has a USB Type-C port and Thunderbolt 4 along with a combo audio jack. You only get so many ports on a laptop, and that's a lot of them. A 1080p webcam sits on the top bezel around the display along with an IR sensor for facial recognition. You get thin side bezels, but there is a noticeable chin with the Omen logo at the bottom.

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The laptop offers up to 120Hz refresh rate

Now let's talk about the display. The HP Omen Transcend 14 has an amazing display. It is a 14-inch 2.8K resolution OLED panel that offers 120Hz refresh rate, 16:10 aspect ratio, HDR support, 500 nits brightness (HDR mode) and is IMAX certified. The colours, blacks and contrast are amazing. HP claims the panel supports 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and I believe them. However, it does get a shiny reflective coating because of the Gorilla Glass protection, which can be annoying if you're using the laptop in a well-lit room or outside. Apart from that one thing, the display of the Omen Transcend 14 is really impressive.

I enjoyed watching content, especially HDR videos on the display. You will also enjoy playing games on the laptop as the response time of the panel is 0.2ms. However, try to sit in a dark room to avoid glare.

HP Omen Transcend 14 review: Keyboard, speakers, touchpad, and camera

As soon as you look down from the HP Omen Transcend 14's stunning display, you'll see the first hint that this is a gaming laptop. You get a full-sized 4-zone RGB keyboard which is different from most laptop keyboards.

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The keyboard design is inspired by the HyperX keyboard

The keycaps use zero-mesh translucent sky printing that lets RGB lighting surround the keys. HP says this is the world's first gaming laptop with a mesh-free sky-printing RGB keyboard, and I haven't seen it on any other laptop. It's comfortable to type on and has ample key travel despite not enough spacing between the keys. RGB lighting can be configured using the Omen app.

The design of the keyboard is inspired by the HyperX keyboard, which is why you'll find the HyperX logo below the keyboard on the left side. This is also because the audio is tuned by HyperX. Talking about audio, the speakers of the laptop sound good and have some bass too. I personally wish they were louder, but it should be plenty indoors.

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The audio quality of the laptop is not bad, but it could be better

Below the keyboard, you'll find a fairly large precision trackpad. It worked well and also offers support for multitouch gestures. It was nice to have a larger trackpad on a gaming laptop.

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Trackpad supports multitouch gestures

Moving on to the webcam, the HP Omen Transcend 14 has a 1080p camera that works well in all types of lighting conditions.

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The webcam works well and doesn't make much noise in good lighting

The laptop also uses the built-in NPU to improve camera performance. You also get Intel AI Boost, which helps with broadcast/meeting tools like OBS Studio.

HP Omen Transcend 14 review: Specifications and software

While the Omen Transcend 14 isn't equipped with the best in the industry, it still comes equipped with powerful innards. The laptop has the latest Intel Core Ultra 7 155H processor with 4.8 GHz clock speed and 15W TDP. You also get a built-in Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that helps bring some camera and other small improvements to the laptop. The chipset is paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU that gets a maximum TGP of 65W. You get 8GB of GDDR6 video RAM, 16GB of LPDDR5x RAM (soldered), and 1TB of PCIe Gen4 NVMe M.2 storage.

HP has packed a 71 Wh 6-cell battery inside, which supports fast charging via a 140W USB Type-C power adapter. HP claims the charger can charge up to 50 percent in 30 minutes, and during my review, the numbers were nearly identical. For wireless connectivity, HP has provided Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 in this unit. In terms of software, Windows 11 Home includes some HP software, such as the Omen Gaming Hub that lets you adjust keyboard lighting zones, change power modes, etc.

HP Omen Transcend 14 review: Performance and gaming

Although it may not perform as well as a high-end gaming laptop, you will be amazed at what this little guy can do. The HP Omen Transcend 14 is an excellent laptop for creators and gamers who want a compact, portable alternative to larger, heavier gaming laptops.

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I was able to easily get 60fps+ in most games

Although the laptop doesn't have the best of the new Intel Core Ultra SoCs, it still packs a punch. The Intel Core Ultra 7 155H is good enough for all types of tasks and even some heavy gaming. I obviously ran some benchmarks on the laptop to find out just how good it is, and here are the results. On PC Mark 10, the laptop achieved an overall score of 6262. Individually, it scored 8949 in the Essentials test, 8145 in the Productivity test, and 9145 in the Content Creation test. The folks at PC Mark 10 recommend a score of 4,500 or higher for a PC you can use for content creation, editing, productivity, and light gaming, and HP laptops score much higher.

We also ran Cinebench R23 on the system and got a single-core CPU score of 1684 and a multi-core score of 13997. If you're looking for excellent gaming performance from a CPU, its single-core score should ideally be above 1,000. , As you can see, HP performed quite well here. I wasn't able to run the 3DMark benchmark because I didn't get enough time, but I'm sure it would have given very favorable scores.

From the numbers and my personal experience playing Marvel's Spider-Man on a laptop with no drops in frame rate and finishing the game, the HP Omen Transcend 14 performed well. I tried a few more games and consistently got over 60fps. This is an excellent slim and compact machine for gaming for those who are on the move a lot. The laptop gets quite hot while gaming, but as soon as you launch a game the fans kick in and keep the heat away from the keyboard. The back edge, where the exhausts sit, gets very hot to the touch, and we'd recommend leaving the laptop on the desk for a while after you've finished a long gaming session.

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Rear exhaust vents work well to keep heat away from the keyboard area

The 2.8K OLED display is also a great choice for playing games. Marvel's Spider-Man looked amazing on the laptop, with excellent colors, deep blacks and good contrast. However, in most cases, games will not be able to utilize the full display resolution as it is too high for the laptop to handle. I would recommend running the game at full-HD+ resolution, where the laptop can easily render 60+ frames per second even with fully dialed-up graphics settings.

HP Omen Transcend 14 review: Battery life

Now, gaming laptops are known to have poor battery life, but things are a little different on the HP Omen Transcend 14. When gaming in battery power mode, I get 1 to 2 hours of battery life from the laptop. , However, it is best to play games with the AC adapter plugged in. When not gaming, the laptop offers about 5 hours of battery life with normal usage like browsing, web streaming and some work. I'm sure you can get more out of the laptop by lowering the brightness, turning off the RGB lights on the keyboard, switching to 60Hz, and using the Balanced Power Mode in Windows 11.

HP Omen Transcend 14 review: Verdict

The new HP Omen Transcend 14 is an excellent gaming laptop for its size. It has enough power to run most games and is portable enough to carry anywhere in a backpack. And not only this, laptops can also be used for creative work like video editing and content creation. You also get a stunning IMAX-certified 2.8K resolution OLED display and good battery life. The keyboard and touchpad in the laptop are also quite good.

If you're looking to buy a compact and lightweight gaming laptop that can also be a creative work machine, the HP Omen Transcend 14 is a great buy at this price. This is truly beyond what a thin laptop can do.