Thu, 11/24/2016 - 19:03

HP Omen - A gaming powerhouse in an attractive package.

The products HP offer have always been targeted towards businesses and they have never been known for their gaming computers. Bu,t the HP Omen is a testament to HP testing waters in the gaming rig.

HP offers a wide range of laptops for gaming enthusiasts, ranging from the super affordable HP Omen 15t to the crazy high-end Omen X. The Omen 15t gaming starts at $849.99 and for that price, you get a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor (Kaby Lake) coupled with 2 gigs of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dedicated graphics card, 8 gigs of RAM, 1 terabyte hard drive and a 15.6-inch 1080p Full HD display. The laptop has 2 USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a HDMI port, a card reader and a headphone-microphone combo. It even has a full-size island-style backlit keyboard and it weighs around 4.85 lbs. HP claims that the laptop would last 8 hours 30 minutes on a single charge.

There is also a 17-inch model that can be bumped up to an Intel Core i7 processor with 32 gigs of RAM, a 2-terabyte hard drive coupled with a 256 gig SSD and 8 gigs of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, a 17.3-inch 4K display and would run you $ 1899. The laptop weighs around 8.23 lbs and the 17-inch 4K model will only last around 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Now let's get to the important stuff, the HP Omen X. It is the company’s top of the line gaming laptop, that was launched at Gamescom on 22nd August, 2017. You can choose between a 4K display or a 120Hz 1080p Full HD display (if you don’t want to sacrifice on performance). Both the models are NVIDIA G-Sync enabled and boast of a factory overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and features an Intel 7th generation Core i7 processor. The Omen X is also VR (Virtual Reality) ready, which means that you can now readily connect VR headsets like the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift to the Omen X and start playing games and watch movies in virtual reality.

One of the biggest selling points for the Omen X is that it is easily upgradable. HP provides a single panel access to the hard drives, SSD’s and RAM.

The base model ships with a 1080p display, 16 gigs of RAM, either 256 gigs of SSD or 1 TB hard drive and costs $1999. You can go all the way up to an overclockable Core i7-7820HK processor with 32 gigs of RAM and 2X 1TB SSD or 1TB HDD. The laptop also has a mechanical keyboard with customizable RGB LED backlights. It has 2 USB-C thunderbolt ports to transfer data at high speeds and to hook up the laptop to an external monitor. It also has 3 regular USB ports, a HDMI port, a mini display port, an Ethernet port and a card reader. The high-end model will set you back $3699. The Omen X will be available for purchase in November.

Comparing the other options, you have at a similar price point, the Omen X stands neck and neck in both specifications and performance with the Alienware. If you’re looking for a solid gaming laptop or even an alternative to the Alienware, you cannot go wrong with this.