HP Looks To Target Alienware, Razer Blade With Omen Gaming Laptop
I, being a PC gamer, brag about how PC gaming will always be better than console and laptop gaming. “You are not a true gamer until you are a PC gamer!” I have often said. Now I think this statement will become invalid — thanks to HP.
HP announced on Tuesday a new line of laptops especially made for gaming. Omen gaming laptops are meant to fill the hole created by Voodoo — HP’s previous attempt to dive into gaming world that failed.
What does HP have to offer this time? Omen laptops are powered by Intel Core i7 4710HQ CPU, clocked at 2.5GHz which can be overclocked up to 3.5GHz. One of the most important components of a gaming laptop is it GPU and Omen features powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M.
The screen is 15.6-inch 1080p, which is placed intelligently (more on this later). According to HP, the gaming laptop weighs 4.68 pounds and it is able to provide four hours and 45 minutes of battery time using its 4-cell, 58WHr lithium ion battery.
HP’s Mike Nash talked about the company’s new line of gaming laptops. Nash said that the company is aware of the importance of PC games and mentioned that 60 percent of gamers use PC games regularly. Their challenge in building this laptop was portability, performance in term of frame rate, and heating.
Another decision was to choose between 4K and 1080p resolution. Nash said that since their focus was on frame rates, they went for 1080p display. “Gamers care about frame rates. They prefer 30-plus fps at 1080p,” Nash explained.
4K resolution, despite being eye-candy, has negative impact on frame rates. Hardcore gamers prefer 30-plus fps on relatively low resolution, rather than low frame rate on 4K.
The biggest issue of high-end specs is heating. PCs and laptops heat up rapidly when graphics-intensive games like Crysis 3 are run on them. Moreover, heating significantly reduces CPU and GPU’s performance no matter how good they are. “We got our thermals right,” said Nash.
The chassis is made of aluminum and the bottom panel is fully vented, complementing smooth air flow. Dual intake fans pull in cool air from the front, and hot air exhausts out the back of the unit. The display is ‘intelligently’ raised to keep it away from hot exhaust.
With the laptop, you also get a bunch of utilities that can be used to tweak the gaming performance and you experience as a whole. Omen Central Ops collection lets you adjust lighting of keyboard, Beats Audio speakers and key assignments. There are utility keys at the left of the keyboard that can be programmed the way you like.
Omen laptops are now available for pre-order at $1499.
Will this laptop be able to compete with Alienware, MSI, and Razer laptops?