OUR STREAMERS

Looking for a new gaming machine that's powered by AMD's latest Ryzen processors? HP has got some devices for you. The company recently announced that its new HP Omen 15 laptop and HP Omen Gaming Desktop PC will soon be available to purchase in Malaysia. Packing AMD Ryzen processors and NVIDIA graphics cards, you can't go wrong if you're looking to run the latest games without breaking the bank.

HP Omen 15 Laptop

This portable computer features a 15.6" 144hz FHD (1920x1080) IPS display, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU, Audio by Bang & Olufsen, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD - all contained in a nice and sleek shell that looks professional on the outside. The device will be available in configurations with an AMD Ryzen 5000 processor and GeForce RTX 3060/3070 graphics. Prices start at RM3,899 when it goes on sale.

HP Omen 25L Desktop PC

For those who don't need portability, the Omen 25L also has powerful components in a nice and sleek case. With an up to AMD Ryzen 7 processor and latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics, side tempered glass panels and RGB, it's definitely a machine that screams 'gamer aesthetic'. The case also comes with plenty of space for you to implement your own upgrades in the future if you're so inclined, and prices will start at RM6,899.

To top off the gaming experience, HP is also selling the Omen Blast Headset (RM319) and Omen Vector Essential Mouse (RM159) to go along with the machines. Keen on picking up the aforementioned products? Check out HP's official store.

Disclaimer: We were loaned a review unit, courtesy of Illegear in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and not influenced by Illegear, and/or its affiliates, in any way.

For the longest time, people have been streaming games on their desktop computers. Usually due to how intensive the process is and how expensive it is to build a computer that is capable of doing so. However, as time passed and technology became more powerful, cheaper, and small enough to fit into a small form factor device like a laptop. Enter the Illegear Onyx V - a Ryzen-powered gaming laptop with beefy enough specs to handle everything thrown at it, including streaming.

Here are the specs of the review unit:

At this point in time, we know that the laptop’s specs are good enough to run any game you throw at it, so I won’t spend any time on it and get right to the meat of this article - is this machine good enough for your streaming needs? In short, yes. I installed two popular, intensive games on the laptop, set up a stream and put it to the test.

Streaming Setup:

Here are the results:

Dota 2

Dota 2 [SEA]

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Under normal conditions, I had Dota 2 running in high settings, at 120 FPS. When I started streaming the game, it dropped to around 60 FPS - still playable, but not optimal. However, during the stream, there were no other issues. The game ran smoothly, and there were no hitches with performance at all.

Fortnite

Fornite 😂

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I decided to limit the frame rate to 60FPS for Fortnite, and during streaming, I didn’t notice it drop, so it looks like 60FPS might be the sweet spot to stream at. Depending on where you’re streaming to, that’s usually the max frame rate you’ll be able to stream at, so it shouldn’t be a problem. The game looked and played great, no performance issues at all either.

Conclusion

I was impressed by the results. Based on my tests, it’s safe to say that the Illegear Onyx V is perfectly capable of being a streaming machine.

However, the machine is not perfect - during heavy load, the fans get extremely loud, to a point where I got worried about the laptop. Fortunately, the CPU/GPU never got too hot when I monitored them, but parts of the laptop were extremely warm to the touch. If you don’t plan on using the onboard keyboard, this heat isn’t going to be a problem (something I’d recommend anyway, as laptop keyboards aren’t the best to use) but I would recommend a keyboard stand of some sort to cool the laptop while it is in use. Most importantly, it didn’t affect gaming performance or cause any crashes.

The laptop works best when it’s connected to a power-outlet - not a huge issue, but if you’re planning to game on the go, expect framerates to drop if you don’t lower your settings.

The Onyx V is also noticeably heavy (1.85kg with the battery), but that’s a given seeing how it’s a desktop replacement. But for what it’s worth, it’s much lighter than desktop replacement laptops I’ve used in the past.

My favourite feature of the Onyx V is its 120Hz FHD display - high refresh rate displays aren't very common on laptops, and the one on this machine was a joy to use. Everything felt buttery smooth - even dragging around windows and scrolling through websites. If you don't plan to stream with this machine, I would say the gorgeous display would be its next best selling point.

If you’re buying a laptop for regular wordprocessing and email usage - there are more suitable and lightweight machines out there. But if you want a laptop that is capable of gaming and streaming, the Illegear Onyx V is definitely one of the best devices for the job.

The starting price for the Illegear Onyx V is RM3,499 and can be purchased through their official website.

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