HP goes huge on gaming with new Omen laptops and desktop
HP gave us a quick style of the legendary Voodoo PC gaming model with its Omen laptop computer over almost two years in the past. Now, the corporate is bringing the Omen identify to all of its gaming hardware — a brand new lineup of laptops and desktops, in addition to a 32-inch quad-HD monitor. On the laptop computer aspect, HP goes goes for extra aggressive pricing, beginning at $899 for the 15.6-inch mannequin ($980 for the 17.three-inch mannequin). And with its new Omen desktop, HP is aiming to be VR prepared with sufficient energy to run the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Whereas it is good to see Omen laptops at a lower cost, HP needed to downgrade the machines a bit to make that occur. (In some ways they’re extra harking back to final yr’s Pavilion gaming laptop computer.) The most important distinction: as an alternative of aluminum unibody instances, the brand new laptops have plastic instances with a “black shadow mesh” design. And as an alternative of multi-coloured keyboard lighting, they solely function purple lights. The laptops felt fairly strong in my temporary arms-on time, although you’d by no means mistake them for a premium metallic design. The hinges additionally felt a bit extra wobbly this time round.
The Omen laptops now help as much as NVIDIA GTX 965M graphics and sixth-gen Intel Core i7 processors. They will maintain a most 16GB of RAM, and you will have the selection of as much as a 512GB SSD or 2TB onerous drive (some configurations additionally permit for mixture of SSD and a standard exhausting drive). As with many laptops at present, you may also add in an Intel RealSense Digital camera for a further value.
As for that Omen desktop, it appears like… your typical mid-tower desktop. The temporary bits of design accent are the brushed metallic facade and pink lighting on the entrance. In any other case, it is pretty ho-hum. On the highest finish, you’ll be able to configure it with an Intel Core i7-6700K processor, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 3TB commonplace exhausting drive. Naturally, it’s also possible to configure the desktop with NVIDIA’s new GTX 1080 Founder Version card, or should you choose AMD, a Radeon R9 390X. There’s additionally non-compulsory water-cooling, which could possibly be useful when you decide up an overclockable CPU.
Rounding out the motley crew of Omen merchandise is a brand new 32-inch monitor with help for AMD’s FreeSync know-how, which helps clean out efficiency as a consequence of framerate variability. As I discussed above, it is a quad-HD show, which suggests it packs in a 2,560 x 1440 pixel decision. Whereas it would be good to see a 4K show from HP, quad-HD can also be a much more smart decision for many gaming rigs. There isn’t any pricing for the Omen monitor but, sadly.
The Omen laptops will probably be obtainable on July 10 at Greatest Purchase and HP’s web site, whereas the desktop and monitor will ship in August.
The large information right here, actually, is the brand new branding. HP has provided highly effective techniques throughout a number of product strains over the yr, however by specializing in the Omen model, it provides shoppers a simple approach to know which machines are highly effective sufficient for critical gaming.