At the HP Summit in Beijing, China, the company launched their new Omen 15 laptop along with other related accessories that include a gaming keyboard and mouse.
What caught my attention is the laptop, the Omen 15 its much smaller than last years model, but HP claims its more powerful, judging by the listed specs, I would have to concur with their boasted claim. It features up to an 8th gen Intel Core i7 processor, having a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, as an option consumer can include Intel Optane memory which should boost overall performance, the 15.6-inch display will offer consumers between 144Hz 1080p or 60hZ 4k, the display according to HP will be embedded with Nvidia famed G-Sync technology.
Other revealed hardware specs by HP are up to 32GB DDR4-2666 RAM, storage options that will include SSD, HDD, SSD+HDD+ Optane memory. Cooling the Omen 15 laptop, because let's face it, all that nice powerful hardware needs to be cooled will include a large fan that features a 3-phase motor, and fluid dynamic bearings. Hot air from the components will be exhausted through vents situated on both the front and bottom of the laptop.
Though more compact, to me this is merely a hardware upgrade from last year's model. The Omen 15, the 2017 top spec model features a 7th gen Intel quad-core processor, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 which also had a Max-Q design. The only difference between this years model from last years is design, as mentioned earlier in this post the new Omen 15 is more compact and lighter at 2.5kg ( 5.5 pounds). Aside from the hardware, the compactness of the gaming laptop is probably the focal selling point.
As I stated earlier in the post, HP along with launching the new Omen 15 gaming laptop, also unveiled a few gaming accessories. Starting with the HP Sequencer Keyboard that features an optical-mechanical Blue switching technology that has a 0.2ms response time, as claimed by HP its supposedly 10 x times faster than traditional switches found on most keyboards. As a convenience, the keyboard grants an actual roller bar and a dedicated media keys. What's a gaming keyboard without the RGB LED lighting, which this particular keyboard does have, each individual keys are back-lit and can be controlled via the Omen Command Center. The price point for the gaming keyboard is rather heavy at $179.99.
Then we have the HP Omen Reactor Mouse featuring according to HP: "robust industry-first aluminum metal USB cable that helps reduce kinking and commands attention". The overall design of the mouse includes an optical mechanical switch technology with light beam detection that enables a 0.2ms click response time on both the left and right buttons. When it comes to any gaming rep the Omen Reactor have according to HP a sensor that is an advanced eSport-grade at 16,000 DPI which should deliver precision and speed during gaming. The features an adjustable palm rest and rubber grips which ergonomically give users a good feel and much like the keyboard the mouse does have programmable RGB LEDs. The price of this gaming mouse will retail for $79.99.
The actual release date for the Omen 15 July 29th, with a $979.99 . The gaming peripherals on the other hand will also be released to market in July, HP have no given a actual date. Via social media, I will update you readers as soon as these HP products hit the vendors websites and stores.