These both laptops worth every single penny you spend on them! But still, there are some differences that make one laptop better than the other.
Let’s look at those differences and see which is the better choice for you!
HP Omen 15 is a great choice if you want to play games as much as you want to work on your laptop. But, if you play only a few games once in a while like I only play Fortnite once every few days, you’re better off going with the MacBook Air M1. It’s a beast of a machine that breezes through general web browsing, sips battery power, and lasts you a full working day!
Let’s talk more about each of the specifications in a bit more detail.
Ryzen 7 4800H vs Apple M1
If you’re the type of person who likes to play games more, or plays games about 50% and then 50% of the time does their work on the same laptop, I’d say get the HP Omen 15 with the Ryzen 7 4800H.
Apple’s M1, on the other hand, is an efficient chip made on 5nm technology. It saves power, gives you a whole working day of battery life, and performs almost as good as Intel’s 11th Gen CPUs.
It is not good for gaming though, as it does not have a dedicated GPU.
But for other tasks like video editing and photo editing, it’s one of the best laptops you can get at this price range, there’s nothing that comes even close to its performance for $999.
You can even get it for $899 on student discount!
Check out this comparison between the Ryzen 7 vs the Apple M1 chip!
GTX 1660 Ti vs Apple M1 Integrated GPU
By far, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti beats Apple M1’s integrated GPU when it comes to gaming!
But, if your workflow doesn’t take a lot of advantage of a dedicated GPU like the one we have in the HP Omen 15, there’s not a reason you should not consider the MacBook Air M1, because its CPU is way faster in general web browsing than the AMD’s or even Intel’s CPUs.
I personally own an Intel-based gaming laptop from 7th Gen, and I’m expecting a difference of about 5X times in terms of performance, if not more, by switching to the MacBook Air M1.
I never thought that I’d ever considered buying a Mac, but the M1 chip has shifted a lot of people’s minds into considering this year’s MacBook Air.
In fact, I’ve already ordered mine! 😉
I watched maybe 30 videos or so? Before I decided to place an order!
I only play Fortnite sometimes and it runs great on the new MacBook Air M1. It maintains 60-fps on High settings on 1080p. So all my gaming needs of playing Fortnite will be satisfied.
16GB vs 8GB of Unified RAM
HP Omen 15 comes with 16GB DDR4 3200 MHz RAM, while the base model of MacBook Air M1 only has 8GB of it, which most people say is good enough and acts like a 16GB of a normal Windows laptop?
Apple’s swap memory technology is pretty good, so it utilizes your SSDs storage to store some of the things that RAM can not when it is almost full.
Check out this review from Computer Clan, he’ll show you how even 8GB of RAM is pretty good and handles multitasking like a champ!
I am also getting it for multitasking and mainly web browsing, so it’s a good thing for me that I don’t have to spend that extra $200 for only more GBs of RAM.
While the MacBook Air M1 only has 256GB of storage can’t be upgraded later, HP Omen 15 has 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD that you can swap out for even more storage capacity later down the road, in case you need to.
300-nits vs 400-nits Display
Now, this is a downside of the HP Omen 15 that it only comes with a 300-nits brightness display. The good thing is that it is a 144Hz refresh rate panel so a good one for gaming for sure, but not so great for portability as you won’t be able to take it outside.
MacBook Air M1’s display on the other hand is 400-nits bright, which’s good enough to see outside, but the MacBook Pro M1’s display is even more bright, coming in at 500-nits.
Also, the display on the MacBook Air M1 is more color accurate for your professional video editing or photo editing workflows.
Oh boy! Ports on the MacBook Air M1? What are those!
M1 MacBook Air only has 2 USB Type-C ports as its predecessor from early 2020 had, they only replaced the CPU this time around, unfortunately.
But we’re expected to see a design refresh, so hopefully, there’ll be more?
I’m not too hopeful though!
HP Omen 15 on the other hand has a lot of options!
There’s one USB Type-C port, THREE USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, the RJ-45 Ethernet port as well as an Audio Combo Jack.
Pretty good selection, huh!
While on the MacBook Air M1, you better have a Dongle that has all these ports, otherwise it’s not very operational.
I only needed a USB Type-C to USB 3.0 Type-A converter though, it should be enough for me for a while until I need more ports.
HP Omen 15 weighs around 5.22 lbs, which is a LOT compared to the 2.8 lbs for MacBook Air M1.
It’d be one of the lightest laptops I’ve ever used!
With its 5.22 lbs of weight, I don’t think you’ll be able to take it freely with you wherever you want, while the MacBook Air M1 is considerably more portable because of its light weight.
If you’re still confused and can’t pick one over the other, let me tell you what I’d pick and why.
I’d go with the MacBook Air M1 for anything that’s not gaming, but even then, I can play my favorite game which is Fortnite once in a while at fixed 60fps on High settings at 1080p.
While if you’re planning to do a lot of GPU-based rendering as well as a lot of gaming, yeah sure, go with the HP Omen 15, because the GPU in this bad boy is on another level compared to the integrated one on the M1.