HP’s first Omen X gaming laptop includes easy access to upgrade parts – The Verge

HP returned to the gaming world earlier this year with a new line of Omen products. 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. At Gamescom today, HP is launching the Omen X laptop, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a high-end gaming laptop.

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 configurations are Nvidia G-Sync enabled, and you can pick models with up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (factory overclocked) inside. You can connect two external displays, and there’s even support for overclocking both the GPU and RAM.

One of the more unique aspects of this Omen X is the ability to easily upgrade some of its parts. 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. While the base model ships with a GTX 1070 with a 1080p display, 16GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD / 1TB HDD for $1,999, you can go all the way and spend $3699 on a GTX 1080 with 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. If you’re interested in a 4K display model with a GTX 1080 and 32GB of RAM, there’s a middle model that’s priced at $2,349.

On the laptop itself HP is using mechanical switches for its keyboard, producing 2.5mm of key travel. Each key also has a customizable RGB LED for programming lighting animations, 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.


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