Hands-on with HP's new beastly OMEN gaming desktop and laptops

HP unveiled its new OMEN products today for gamers. OMEN isn't a new brand for HP, but it's been fallow for a few years now — they're reviving it for mid-range gaming rigs, placed under the more expensive Phoenix family. We got our hands on the new OMEN laptops and desktop, so make sure to watch the videos.

OMEN by HP Laptops

The HP OMEN laptop is available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models. They both feature a red-backlit keyboard, OMEN branding on the keyboard deck, and OMEN badge on the lid. The black shadow mesh material featured on these laptops remind us of carbon fiber, but HP has assured us, it is not.

For those who crave performance, the HP OMEN laptops can be spec'd up to NVIDIA GTX 965M, up to 6th Generation Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of memory, and up to 512GB PCIe SSD. There's also a dual storage option with up to 4TB HDD and 128GB SSD on select models.

For visuals, you have the option to go with the Full HD display or 4K IPS display. There are also dual speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen. Intel Realsense Camera is also optional for 3D experiences, gesture controls, and Windows Hello authentication.

The HP OMEN laptops will be available at HP.com and Best Buy starting July 10th. The 15.6-inch model starts at $899.99 while the 17.3-inch model starts at $979.99.

OMEN by HP Desktop

The OMEN Desktop features a collaboration between HP and HTC to deliver a certified VR-ready desktop PC for gamers. It has a brushed-metal chassis and customizable LED lighting. The design is upgradeable with tool-less access to the hardware. The OMEN desktop was designed to be VR-capable from the start and is already tuned for the HTC Vive right out of the box. Options include upgrading to Intel Core i7 processors and to NVIDIA GeForce 1080 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics cards. You can pack in up to 32GB memory, as well as a 512GB SSD with 3TB HDD for plenty of space to store all of your games. There's even optional liquid cooling to keep the PC cool and quiet.

The HP OMEN desktop is planned to be available on HP.com and select retailers in August, though we have no details yet on pricing.

Which of these products from the HP OMEN lineup are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim

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