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HP has just taken the wraps of their latest Omen gaming laptop at gamescom in Cologne, Germany and it’s an absolute beast of a thing. The new Omen X laptop from HP packs basically everything any self-respecting hardcore PC gamer would need into a portable (yet slightly heavy) gaming laptop. Following on from their gaming PC and peripherals announcements at E3 this year, HP have decided to use gamescom, Europe’s largest gaming event, to show of their most impressive gaming laptop yet.



Measuring in at 16.73 x 12.88 x 1.43inches and weighing over 10 pounds, the Omen X is pushing it when it comes to being “a portable device.” Now, all this size and weight can be quickly equated for when you see just how much HP have crammed in.

One of the biggest things HP are pushing about their new Omen X laptop is its overclocking abilities. The device comes with Intel’s 7th gen Core i7 CPU which is unlocked for over-clocking and this will be music to competitive gaming enthusiasts’ ears as they’re always keen to get the most out of their CPU as possible.

All of this overclocking can easily overheat an ill-prepared device though but HP has made sure to design the Omen X in such a way to ensure this doesn’t happen. With the removal of the optical drive and inclusion of higher performance fans, the HP Omen X shouldn’t ever get too hot to affect performance.


For GPU options, you can choose between the Nvidia GTX 1070 or 1080 (no AMD support at launch unfortunately) and both come factory overclocked. There is also the optional DDR4-2800 RAM with Intel XMP which can be overclocked too.

As expected, the Omen X also has all the keyboard and macro keys customisation options you’d expect from such an impressive device with each key having its own tiny RGB LED that can be customised to your own preferences.



In terms of display options, you can choose between either a 1080p FHD with 120Hz refresh rate or a 4K display (which doesn’t support HDR unfortunately), both of which are Nvidia G-Sync compatible to reduce screen-tearing. You can also avail of 32GB of RAM with multiple storage options including single HDD, single SSD, combination HDD and SSD and PCIe SSD variations.

They’ve also included DTS Headphone:X support for simulated surround sound and premium sound featuring HP Dual Speakers with Audio by Bang & Olufsen.

HP Audio Boost to ensure peak performance without overloading the speakers[vii]

For connectivity options, the Omen X has three USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port with HDR support, one miniDisplay Port, an Ethernet port, a media card reader and a dual audio jack with mic input and a headset jack (for all you professional game streamers out there.)



Another big feature HP are highlighting with the new Omen X is its single-access panel which will allow users to upgrade memory and storage on their own but unfortunately, the GPU can’t be accessed via this panel so therefore can’t be upgraded.

The Omen X laptop by HP will be available in November starting at €2,799. You can read the full official press release below:



HP’s First OMEN X Laptop is a Force to be Reckoned With

New rig gives gaming enthusiasts desktop power on a laptop

COLONGE, Germany, August 22, 2017  HP Inc. today unleashed its most powerful gaming laptop to date, the OMEN X by HP Laptop. Built for gaming enthusiasts and esports athletes seeking maximum performance, the OMEN X Laptop is engineered with the thermals to support unlocked CPUs to allow for overclocking5, and factory-overclocked GPUs and memory options for superb gaming performance in a stunning design.

Competitive gamers demand optimal and configurable desktop-level performance to deliver the best frame rates and responsiveness to beat the competition. They also crave a device that doesn’t compromise performance for mobility. Studying how gamers compete at the highest levels, HP created a device to respond to their needs, while delivering high-end components, advanced thermal solutions, fast and responsive displays, a fully customizable mechanical keyboard, and software tools that let gamers push the Omen X Laptop hardware to the limit.

“Esports is one of the fastest growing categories in gaming and we are excited by the popularity of HP’s OMEN family of products,” said Anne-Sophie Hadberg, head of Consumer Personal Systems EMEA, HP Inc. “With the release of the OMEN X Laptop, HP is bringing key innovations to performance, industrial design and customizability that were once only possible on a desktop, to give gamers a competitive edge.”

Engineered for Gaming Performance

The latest AAA titles and esports tournaments require high-performing graphics and raw-computing horsepower, so HP packed the OMEN X Laptop with industry-leading technology and custom-tuning capabilities, including:

  • The OMEN Command Center Software to custom tune and push hardware to its limits, with the ability to manage CPU overclocking5; optimize gaming network traffic with a network booster to reduce latency in online games[i]; and, customize system lighting to streamline gaming controls
  • Intel® 7th gen unlocked Intel® Core™ i7 CPU[ii], XMP memory options for memory overclocking5 and tested profiles up to DDR4-2800, and factory-overclocked GPUs up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 – ideal for fast-paced or multi-player games running at 4K resolutions[iii]
  • RAID0 SSD option for ultra-fast boot and game loading and PCIe SSD+HDD storage options for quick responsiveness and massive storage capacity.[iv]
  • Thermal management to push high-end hardware beyond factory settings[v], including high-performance fans to increase airflow and an integrated vapor chamber with four 3.5 mm heat pipes to improve heat transfer from the GPU and CPU to the four rear corner-mounted radiators[vi]

Designed for Immersion

Gaming is an immersive experience, so HP optimized the OMEN X Laptop to be VR ready on all configurations and includes features that enhance gameplay and limit outside distractions for full immersion:

  • Mechanical and RGB LED-per key backlit keyboard, including 2.5 mm travel with tactile feel and mechanical switches to provide instant feedback and comfort for intense gaming sessions; RGB LED per key for customizable key maps; independent, programmable macro keys; and, N-Key rollover on every key for anti-ghosting functions
  • 17-inch diagonal 4K display3 option for ultimate high-resolution gaming, or 120Hz 1080p display options for fast refresh rates and smooth visuals; and all configurations are NVIDIA G-Sync™ enabled for reduced image tearing
  • DTS Headphone:X® for simulated surround sound with any headset7 and premium sound featuring HP Dual Speakers with Audio by Bang & Olufsen
  • HP Audio Boost to ensure peak performance without overloading the speakers[vii]
  • A translucent window to see inside the laptop, along with custom lighting and an aluminum finish for a premium look and feel that can be personalized and customized for the individual gamer

Crafted for Expansion

To give gamers a constant edge on the competition, the OMEN X Laptop is crafted for expansion with easy upgrading of the system capabilities or swapping parts:

  • Single access panel to HDD, SSDs, and RAM, so all end-user replaceable components are easily accessible
  • Generous port selection with support for up to four external displays
  • Connect to a range of different gaming accessories with: three USB 3.0 Type A, two Thunderbolt™ 3-certified USB 3.1 TypeC™, HDMI 2.0a with HDR support, Mini DisplayPort™, RJ45 and a multi-format media card reader
  • Dual audio jack with separate microphone input and headset jacks (input/output) to support the latest gaming headsets or external speakers

The OMEN X Laptop is expected to be available in EMEA in November, starting at €2,799[viii].

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal.

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