HP Brings New Gaming Laptop Omen X for Gamers: Review
Earlier this year, HP came up with a whole new range of gaming products with the name, Omen. While we’ve seen HP produce some cheaper gaming laptops and a high-end glowing desktop cube so far, we’ve been waiting for a high-end Omen laptop for enthusiasts. Today at GAMESCOM, HP is going to bring forward the Omen X laptop, what is expected to offer you high definition gaming to the consumers.
HP has opted for a 17-inch 4K display for the top model, or a 120Hz 1080p display for those who want more performance instead of a higher resolution. Both of these models possess the Nvidia Sync technology, making it easer for the consumer’s freedom to pick any one they like. Not only that, the users will also have an option to connect two external display along with it. There is a separate support for people who love overclocking their GPUs and CPUs.
There is another unique feature that HP offers to the buyers along with the laptop. Many of the gamers wish to upgrade their laptop with one or the other internal part, HP Omen allows, you to upgrade quite a few of them. HP is providing single panel access to the HDDs, SSDs, and RAM, making it easy to upgrade all three with just a Philips screwdriver. Otherwise, it’s a relatively standard high-end laptop.
HP is using Intel’s 7th generation Core i7 CPUs inside, not the newly announced 8th generation. The base model of HP Omen will ship along with a GTX 1070 with a 1080p display, 16GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD / 1TB HDD for $1,999. You will have to spend around $369 for the better model which comes along with GTX 1080 and 4K display, 32GB of RAM, and 2 x 1TB of SSD storage / 1TB HDD. The top model also includes an overclockable Core i7-7820HK processor instead of the Core i7-7700HQ found on the entry and mid-level models. There is a mid ranged model as well which offers a 4K display with a GTX 1080 and 32GB of RAM, priced at $2,349.
On the laptop itself, HP has used mechanical switches for its keyboard, producing 2.5mm of key travel. You have an option to optimize each and every key with RGB LED lighting, and there’s an oversized space bar you can reach for during frantic gaming sessions. Connectivity includes three regular USB ports, two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, a HDMI port with HDR support, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and a card reader slot.
HP is planning to make the Omen X laptop available in November, starting at $1,999.
Reasons Why OMEN By HP Might Be The Perfect Gaming Laptop
We’ve said before that nothing beats gaming on a PC. Computers are easier to upgrade, offer superior controls and the best part is, they can double as powerful productivity tools. The problem is that people need their devices to be mobile.
Stationary gaming desktop PCs are great, but what if we found you something that offered that kind of user experience in a portable package?
Well, we think we have. It’s the OMEN by HP Gaming Laptop. There are plenty of laptops that are capable of gaming, but the way HP has packaged this particular machine definitely has its advantages. Let’s run you through them now.
1.Tonnes of Options Available
Before touching on any other aspect, the first thing to note is that this laptop can be customised to suit your budget and needs. Want an affordable all-in-one solution? The base model still comes with a quad-core i7 Processor and an Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card. Got some extra cash to spend? Opt for a better screen, more RAM or a larger battery.
2.It’s an absolute Audio as well as Visual Treat
If you’re familiar with PC building, you’ll know just how expensive the peripherals can get. A decent set of speakers and a good monitor can end up costing as much as the computer itself. On the OMEN by HP, you get HP Audio Boost, Bang & Olufsen speakers as well as a DTS Headphone:X jack. What’s more, you can have the Omen by HP laptop in two sizes: 15.6” or 17.3”.
It doesn’t stop there. The 1080p IPS display has a super high refresh rate of 120Hz, but if you want some extra pop to your visuals, there’s an FHD display available for a small fee. Rest assured, the laptop can handle that kind of video output.
3. There is Effective Heat dispersion
For one, the components that get warm – the CPU and GPU – are placed on the top right corner. This means that you don’t feel much heat emanating near the W, S, A, D keys. When gaming, a warm keyboard can lead to sweaty fingers and an overall unpleasant experience.
As these are pretty powerful chips, the OMEN by HP has two large fans to cool them off. The smaller 15” model has three heat pipes while the 17” has four to ensure maximum heat transfer and dissipation.
4. HP Omen possesses the best hardware
The OMEN by HP is one powerful laptop. Even its base configuration, it comes with the latest Intel Core i7 processor. This is a true quad core i7, unlike some other laptop-grade i7 chips. Not only that, but you can upgrade the graphics card up to a GTX 1070 with 8GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM for video and up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM for the entire system. Way more than what’s necessary to play all the latest game at high settings.
What’s more, you even get an SD card reader. This will allow you to use one laptop for work and play.
5. A quality approach to construction
You also get a really tough hinge mechanism which feels like it’ll last the lifetime of the product. Another smart decision by HP is the use of materials. The palm rests below the keyboard are finished in high-grade plastic which will age well without discoloration. Meanwhile, there’s a soft touch exterior that gives it a premium look and feel.
6. Plenty of Storage options
HP does not want to give any chance to the consumers to complain regarding the storage space. That’s because the laptop has room for both M.2 as well as traditional SATA drive. M.2 SSDs are 17 times faster than your regular laptop hard drives, but they are also extremely expensive. This laptop will let you have a smaller SSD for Windows and a couple of games, as well as a 1 Terabyte hard disk for your videos, music, and pictures.
7. It possesses spectacular looks
If any one of us is investing so much in a gaming laptop, it is important to make sure it looks good as well. Well, the OMEN by HP has some powerful looks. The red-on-black theme is really quite aggressive looking and they’ve gone the extra mile to make sure even the USB ports are color-matched.
15” and 17” aren’t exactly ultraportable, but HP has done well to cut down the unnecessary bulk. The power adapter, for instance, is rather slim for the kind of workload it can take.
8. HP Omen Laptop is user-upgradeable
In 2017, we saw a lot of smartphones with sealed batteries. We also saw more laptops with sealed in components. Thankfully, this is not the case with the OMEN by HP. Even if you get the base model when it arrives, you can easily upgrade the RAM, add an SSD or get a bigger hard drive when you have the money. Of course, you ought to only do this after the warranty period is over.
This is one of the new OMEN by HP’s strongest selling points. The FHD display, processor, and graphics card are going to be relevant for years, so it’s great that you can push other aspects of the hardware as time goes by.