Play and Watch at the same time
By josh norem
HP and its Omen gaming brand have pulled the wraps off some swanky new PC gaming hardware just in time for Computex and E3 2019, and it includes a pretty novel laptop with dual displays. Overall HP’s announcement runs the gamut and includes new gaming laptops, mice, mousepads, monitors, and even apparel. For us though, the laptop is the real star of the show.
Dubbed the Omen X 2S, this 15-inch laptop has a standard 144Hz 1080p panel and a secondary 6-inch 1080p display with touch capability directly below it. According to HP, it can be used for a variety of functions including watching YouTube, running apps or a web browser, showing system vitals, watching a Twitch stream, and even turning into a virtual number pad. It also has the ability to mirror any part of the screen, so you could put your mini map on there if you wanted. It’s a pretty novel concept but we certainly question the utility of it since you’d have to take your eyes off the screen to view its contents. Still, it’s interesting, and we can’t wait to check it out for ourselves, hopefully soon.
Nifty display Dual Dual screen aside, the new Omen X2S has a few notable attributes. It’s only 20mm thick, has an RGB keyboard, up to an Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, and the company is also using Thermal Grizzly liquid metal instead of thermal paste to help cool the CPU. According to HP it’s ten times more effective than thermal paste, thereby improving performance by 28-percent better performance for higher frames per second in games like Apex Legends. Theoretically, we can see this being possible if the CPU avoids throttling and is overclocking one or all of its cores, but we’ll have to get it into our hands before we can say this claim is true.
The HP Omen X 2S will be available this June starting at $2,099 for an Intel Core i7-9750H and Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q model equipped with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD. There will also be a higher-end model packing the same processor, but an Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q and a full 1TB solid-state drive for $2,699. Users will also be able to configure this 15-inch dual-screen laptop with an octa-core processor and 240Hz 1080p display, though, HP has yet to announce what this SKU will cost.
If the secondary display isn’t your cup of tea, HP is also releasing Omen laptops without it, in both 15″ and 17″ sizes. Though it appears to use the same chassis as the 2S, HP says it is indeed different, though the two are quite similar.
The Omen 15 and 17 feature a more traditional design with a trackpad and palm rests positioned beneath the keyboard, but internally, the three machines are practically identical. Upgradable options max out with a Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q with up to an octa-core Intel Core i9 CPU, 32GB of memory, and a 240Hz 1080p display.
The Omen 17 will be available with a starting price of $1,099 this June—with the 240Hz model to follow soon after in October. You’ll also find the Omen 15 Laptop also arrive to online and retail shelves this June for $1,049 to start.
Screens and Mice
HP is also coming out with a 240Hz gaming monitor called the Omen X 25 that will be offered in both FreeSync and G-Sync versions—the former of which will also be G-Sync Compatible. This 24.5″ monitor sports a fast TN panel that’s designed for Esports and multi-monitor setups with its super-thin side bezels. The adjustable monitor also features customizable ambient lighting, 400 nit brightness, and a not surprising 1ms response time. The Omen X 25f, which is both FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible, is due to arrive by late June for $449, while the G-Sync version of the Omen X 25 will release in early September for $549.
Lastly, HP is releasing some new gaming mice and mousepads. The all-new Omen Photon wireless gaming mouse is reminiscent of the Reactor, sans the adjustable palm rest. While it might seem less customizable, this new mouse is designed to be completely wireless with HP’s new 2.4 GHz Proactive Wireless Technology that promises a 0.2ms click response time, and you can charge it on any Qi-enabled surface. And it just so happens that HP also took this opportunity to also announce a new new Qi charging mousepad called the Outpost.
Arriving this July, the Omen Photon wireless gaming mouse and Omen Outpost Mousepad will retail for $129 and $99, respectively.
Josh Norem is IGN’s Executive Editor for Tech. When he’s not upgrading his PC he’s trying to get his foster kittens adopted.
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