Thursday, 26 May 2016

HP introduces new line of gaming laptops, desktops, and accessories

HP is back with a breakthrough in the gaming world, this time the tech giants come out with a new line of products called Omen. The Omen series will feature laptops, desktops, and accessories targeted across different price ranges, from cheaper notebooks up to higher-end towers for serious gamers with a lot of disposable income.


The line is kicking off today with the official introduction of four products: two laptops, a tower, and a display. For the most part, these first products are starting toward the higher end of the market.

The Omen series leads off with two laptops simply called the Omen. They're identical black notebooks with "dragon red" highlights, according to HP — around each key and on the lid. HP's logo only shows up on the inside; instead, the back of the laptops display as it does on the previous devices. Instead there a strange red diamond that looks pretty attractive.

The line is kicking off today with the announcement of four products: two laptops, a tower, and a display. For the most part, these first products are starting toward the higher end of the market.

The two Omen laptops are differentiated by size and specs. The smaller model has a 15.6-inch display and starts with one of Intel's Core i3 processors; the larger model has a 17.3-inch display and starts with an i5 processor. Both can be configured with up to an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 965M GPU, and a 4K display.

Pricing starts at $899.99 for the smaller model and $979.99 for the larger model. Both will be available starting July 10th. (Oh, and in case you're wondering: yes, the Omen name was introduced on another gaming laptop — and a mouse and for some reason a backpack — two years ago. Today marks Omen's expansion into a larger brand meant to encompass all future HP gaming products.)

The Omen Desktop will be coming soon sometime in August. HP hasn't announced full specs or pricing yet, but you can expect something at least as expensive and probably a lot more expensive.

The tower will use the smaller microATX form factor and offer options like Nvidia's Founders Edition graphics cards and water cooling. During a briefing, HP spoke expensively about designing the Omen Desktop to be a good machine for VR gaming, so even the machine's base specs are supposed to be powerful enough for a good experience.

Naturally, since it's a gaming machine, the Omen Desktop will also have glowing LEDs. These will, unfortunately, not be visible while in VR.


Source: The Verge

Photo Credit: HP

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