HP today announced the latest in the Omen gaming range — and we’ve got all the details on the X Desktop, 17 Laptop and SteelSeries accessories.
HP says the Omen X Desktop was built for “serious gamers who need fierce performance out-of-the-box” in a fully customisable chassis — something not typically available from traditional PC manufacturers. HP went for a design that maximises thermal management with support for industry standard components, so you can more easily update and customise your setup.
The Omen X brand focuses on overbuilt and over-engineered products, which HP says is meant to deliver “bold innovation”.
For graphics you’re looking at up to dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, and there’s a 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor with overclocking capability paired with a Virtual Reality-ready GPU and 4K capabilities.
In terms of thermal management, there’s a tri-chamber design to separate components and optimise thermals with dedicated cooling in each chamber. It also has support for up to three 120mm liquid cooling radiators with top mounted exhaust vents and a stand that lifts the case off the ground to help pull cool air in.
Rounding out the features is Omen control software for all your shiny LED light customisation wishes, and tool-less access to the internals and a hidden toolkit in the chassis for upgrades.
The ability to build a PC from the ground up is crucial for true enthusiast gamers, HP says, and this is one of the most significant differentiators of the Omen X Desktop. You can grab an empty Omen X chassis as a standalone option for a completely immersive do-it-yourself (DIY) PC experience. The standalone chassis provides the same thermal benefits of the tri-chamber design and industry standards.
You’ll be able to pick up the Omen X Desktop from October with a configuration starting at $4,499, the empty Omen X chassis is available from November starting at $999.
HP says the latest 17.3-inch diagonal Omen Laptop is designed from top-to-bottom with the “performance gamer” in mind. It’s now one of the highest performing gaming laptops on the market with the inclusion of the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and 1070 graphics, and one of the most portable measuring just 32.9 mm thin and weighing three kilograms.
New features include: G-Sync display technology synchronising the display refresh rates to the GPU, quad speakers with audio by Bang & Olufsen and HP Audio Boost, the addition of a mini display port for dual 2K or 4K output and streaming and up to 4K display resolution with 300 nits.
There’s also VR-Ready support and a 95W polymer battery for up to 7.55 hours of run time.
It will be available in October, with the base model starting at $1,999, and the model with an updated graphics card starting at $3,699.
HP is collaborating with SteelSeries on a line of accessories — the $119 headset features lightweight suspension construction, the $159 keyboard focuses on personalisation with over 16.8 million colours, and the $89 mouse promises RGB illumination, 6 fully programmable buttons and zero hardware acceleration for 1:1 tracking and precise movements.
There’s even a a high quality, non-slip rubber base $29 mouse pad. Fancy.
The Omen platform software is pre-installed on Omen PCs and is offered for both the keyboard and mouse with cross platform support, and features a cloud syncing system for your settings.