HP unveils new Omen and Pavilion laptops and accessories for players in self-isolation, which can extend longer after the difficult events of the past week. Online gaming has been a balm, first during the pandemic and now in the midst of social unrest.
HP said its own study found that 64% of people who started playing video games during the pandemic feel more optimistic. Meanwhile, 80% of players in the United States agree that playing games is an escape, and 73% cite relaxation as the reason they play.
Once people start playing, they’ll probably want to upgrade to better hardware, either to win online games, or to discover better graphics. Whatever the reason, HP is ready to provide more.
Omen is HP’s player-focused brand that rivals Razer, Dell’s Alienware brand, and other gaming hardware looking for warmth in the market. HP’s strategy is to provide a balance between cool hardware and low prices to disrupt rivals and win over players. New products arrive after HP unveils new virtual reality headset for gamers and commercial users.
“We are currently experiencing an unprecedented period and, with events taking place around the world, we are all living in the new normal,” said Judy Johnson, director of games and electronic sports at HP, at a point hurry. “Today more than ever, entertainment is an essential part of our lives. Movies, music and games have become a stress reliever, a welcome distraction. “
Omen 15 laptop
HP unveils a new Omen 15 laptop, which has a smaller chassis than the previous generation and a new Omen diamond logo in a blue-green gradient.
The Omen 15 laptop is available in silver and black, with optional full RGB button lighting on the keyboard. Additional features include Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super with Max-Q, a 10th generation Intel Core i7 H-series processor and an option for an Advanced Micro Devices Ryzen 7 H-series processor.
The laptop has up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB PCIe SSD or dual PCIe SSD supporting RAID 010 for fast loading speeds, and a 15.6 inch diagonal screen. The screen has a new 180-degree flat hinge for added stability, with options for OLED, UHD 120 Hz or FHD 300 Hz screens and Nvidia G-Sync technology. The Omen 15 also has an IR thermopile sensor to optimize thermal efficiency and maintain stable and quiet fan acoustic control. You can set the performance level from the dynamic power function in Omen Command Center.
Angelica Yang, manager at HP gaming, said in a briefing that the sensor helps take the machine a step further when it comes to thermal controls that allow faster gameplay. It uses Omen Tempest cooling technology to keep the machine cool, and it has enlarged ventilation openings and a fan up to 12 volts, which uses three-side ventilation to allow a five-way air flow and push the laptop closer to the central office level the performance of the processing unit (CPU).
HP has also released an update for the Omen Command Center. It has a new graphics switch that allows hybrid adjustment for up to 12.5 hours of battery life – great for watching movies or working. Performance customization in the Omen Command Center makes it easier to control thermals and fan speed. And it includes a performance mode – offering a 17% increase in processor and graphics unit (GPU) power. The Omen 15 is 8% shorter and 11% thinner than the previous model. It weighs 5.4 pounds and is a balanced gaming machine in a compact housing.
HP also introduces the Omen vector mouse and the Omen essential vector mouse, both with codeveloped sensors from the component manufacturer PixArt. Mice are designed to be comfortable during long gaming sessions.
They both have ergonomic and lightweight designs, textured rubber grips and Omen Command Center integration to save preferred settings for RGB control up to 16.8 million colors, six programmable buttons and high performance.
The Omen vector mouse has the esports quality Omen Radar 3 sensor and supports up to 16,000 DPI with 99% accuracy, 400 IPS, acceleration and auto-calibration. The Omen Vector Essential mouse has the Omen Radar 1 sensor and supports up to 7,200 DPI. It weighs 3.1 ounces and can last more than 20 million clicks, said HP. You can add up to an ounce of weight with custom weights.
For prices of $ 100 for the Vector and $ 30 for the Vector Essential, HP offers a competitive gaming product that its rivals will find it hard to match.
New Pavilion laptop
HP is also launching a new HP Pavilion Gaming 16 laptop for consumer gamers. The company sees the machine as the smallest 16-inch gaming laptop under $ 1,000 and the very first 16-inch diagonal gaming PC from HP. It includes a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q graphics in an angular black chassis.
The IPS screen has a brightness of 300 nits, refresh rates of up to 144 Hz at 1080p, and comes with the Omen command center and Wi-Fi 6 networking. It’s the kind of machine who needs a boss key so you can make people believe you are working at the touch of a button. If you are someone who likes to play after a day of long Zoom sessions, you will not have to change machines to do so.
HP introduces a new 24-inch curved gaming monitor. The HP X24c Game Monitor has a 1500R curvature with Full HD resolution.
It uses AMD FreeSync Premium technology, with a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a response time of 4 milliseconds. A height-adjustable stand helps you spend long playing sessions.
The HP X1000 Wireless Gaming Headset can operate for 20 hours on a battery charge in wireless mode. It has thick pads and a hanging headband for more comfort. The device also has 7.1 virtual surround sound, which is supported by a large 50-millimeter driver. You can easily access the headset control buttons or through the Omen command center.
What’s great about this headset is that it has a magnetic earpiece on the left so you can put your wireless dongle in there and make sure you never lose it.
HP is also launching its HP Gaming Speakers X1000, a desktop speaker with a 2.1 system with a continuous power of 30 W RMS and a subwoofer. It has RGB lighting options and an adjustable equalizer – both controlled in the Omen Command Center.
Price and availability
- Omen 15 (Intel) is expected to be available June 2 via BestBuy and HP.com for a starting price of $ 1,000.
- Omen 15 (AMD) is expected to be available June 2 via BestBuy and June 10 via HP.com for a starting price of $ 1,000.
- Omen Vector Mouse is expected to be available in June via HP.com for a starting price of $ 50.
- The Omen Vector Essential mouse is expected to be available in June via HP.com for a starting price of $ 30.
- Pavilion Gaming 16 is expected to be available in June via HP.com for a starting price of $ 800.
- The HP X24c Game Monitor is expected to be available by October via HP.com for a starting price of $ 250.
- The HP X1000 Wireless Gaming Headset is expected to be available in August via HP.com for a starting price of $ 100.
- The HP Gaming Speakers X1000 is expected to be available in October via HP.com for a starting price of $ 100.