05 October 2017
HP's first laptop in the Omen X series is designed not just for the gamer, but the enthusiast who likes to go above and beyond, where performance is just as important as the visual appeal. Such a trait is commonly found in desktop enthusiasts, and rarely does any laptop attempt to cross over the bar.
The Omen X, however, does a great job at that.
Let's talk about the specs first. The laptop comes with a regular Core i7-7700 HQ, or the i7-7820 HK. Both excellent processors, but the latter is unlocked, which means you can easily overclock it if you so desire. The integrated vapor chamber and high-performance fans alongside a frame optimized for the best air flow means that the CPU can take the punishment if you decide to go the overclocking way.
The next big point of consideration for gamers is obviously the GPU. The laptop comes with a choice of GPUs, between an Nvidia GTX 1070 or 1080. Both of these are factory over-clocked, and you can push them even further if you need. The GPU drives a 17 inch FHD Display (120 Hz) or a 4K display, both Nvidia's G-Sync compatible.
Even the RAM on this thing is over-clockable. Like the CPU and GPU, RAM options are versatile as well, and you can have up to 32 GB of DDR4 2800 Mhz RAM with it. There are a number of storage options, including a single HDD, single SSD, an HDD and SSD bundled together, and even support for ultra high-speed PCIe SSDs. There are three USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port with HDR, a miniDisplay port, an Ethernet port, a media card reader, and a dual audio jack with microphone input.
What gaming system would be complete without a mechanical keyboard and RGB lighting? Ofcourse the laptop has both! The mechanical keyboard supports programmable macros as well, like any external gaming keyboard. And besides the RGB lighting on the keys, there's also a translucent window to let you see inside.
Tempered glass desktop casing fans, are you interesting yet?
The Omen X Laptop should hit the European, Middle Eastern and African markets around November, and is expected to cost around €2,799 (~$3,300). That's quite reasonable when you compare this machine to Acer's Predator X lineup or Asus' ROG series.