With high refresh rates, smaller apertures, and Nvidia's Max-Q graphics technology, the HP Omen 15 gets slimmer and more powerful.
The beefed-up 15-inch gaming laptop was unveiled on Wednesday, a slight improvement over the existing HP Omen 15, but it adds some of the key features that we've been distributing in the middle and upper laptop market in recent months ,
The Most Notable Improvement HP Made The components of the Omen 15 replace the old seventh-generation Intel Core processors for the latest eighth-generation Coffee Lake models. You can choose between a Core i7-8750H with six cores and a Core i5-8300H with four cores. Add a Nvidia GeForce 1
A configuration with these tidbits will be expensive, perhaps over $ 2,000. HP has not yet announced the full price range, but we know that the base version with a Core i5 and a GTX 1050Ti will go on sale in July for $ 979.99. All new Omen 15 configurations have a narrow bezel – or bezel – that surrounds the display, keeping the system's weight at a manageable 5.4 pounds.
One of the problems with such a thin and lightweight laptop with a powerful GPU as the GTX 1070 is heat dissipation. Even with Max-Q, which is designed to slightly reduce frame rates to prevent the laptop from getting too hot, the Omen 15 are threatening to melt. We look forward to testing it at PC Labs, where we've seen several other Max-Q designs, such as the MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro, which are still too hot to use for extended gaming sessions ,
Cool Your Ears
If you're in the market for a new Omen 15 laptop, you may also be looking for gaming peripherals. You'd be fine if you headed straight for the Razer or Logitech tunnels, but remember that HP makes its own headsets, keyboards and the like.
The company announced several new gaming peripherals in addition to the new Omen 15, including a fascinating Omen Mindframe headset. Two tiny thermoelectric coolers are mounted in each ear cup to keep your ears cool. A novel, albeit non-functional, feature that actually works, based on the few minutes that I reviewed a pre-production version of the headset earlier this month.
I could feel the heat release from the outside of the thermoelectric cooler while the other side felt ice cold. It's unclear how much of a win in real life will be, but if you tend to overheat while playing, think of it as Max-Q for your ears.
There is no word on the price of the headset, but HP says it will
Other new omen gaming peripherals include the fairly expensive Sequencer Keyboard ($ 179.99), which recognizes mechanical key switches with built-in optical sensors Keystrokes combined, a setup that HP says is 10 times faster than mechanical switches themselves. As you would expect from a keyboard that costs more than $ 150, there is also per-key RGB backlighting and dedicated media keys to join new gaming mice in the Omen lineup. The outstanding feature of the Reactor ($ 79.99) is an aluminum USB cable that prevents it from snagging or kinking, while the budget-priced Omen Mouse 400 ($ 39.99) still features mechanical switches to support the buttons and a dedicated DPI Adjustment to increase precision when aiming] The mice and keyboards will be available in July.