In late 2014, HP introduced a compact gaming laptop called the HP Omen with a 15.6 inch display, NVIDIA graphics, and an Intel Haswell processor. Now HP is giving the gaming notebook a business-friendly makeover.

Meet the HP Omen Pro mobile workstation.

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Like the original HP Omen, the new model features a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Core i7 Haswell processor, and NDVIDIA graphics.

But the mobile workstation has a slightly more powerful processor and NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics (instead of GeForce GTX 860M).

Starting prices for the HP Omen Pro are a bit higher than for the gamer-friendly version of the laptop: The business model sells for $2199 and up. But that price gets you a model with 256GB of PCIe storage, an Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, 8GB of RAM, Windows 7 Pro and a 3 year warranty.

You can also opt for a more expensive model with 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM and HP says it’ll offer models with Core i7-4870HQ chips as well. Each model has a touchscreen display, 58 Wh battery, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, headset jack, and mini DisplayPort.

If you don’t mind using a laptop with a backlit keyboard the glows red for professional purposes, you could just get the original HP Omen which sells for $1499 and up. Note that you’ll only get a 1-year warranty and you’ll have to spend a little extra to add Windows Pro software and PCIe storage. But even after that, the Omen will be cheaper than the HP Omen Pro.

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9 replies on “HP Omen Pro is a mobile workstation (based on a gaming laptop design)”

  1. What kind of business use requires this powerful of a device? Those must be some really powerful emails and Word documents!

    1. Mobile CAD workstations? They’re pretty popular with engineering and architectural companies, especially when an engineer has to go on-site.

    1. Glare-ridden.. I love my HP Omen for all reasons but this..
      It’s a great GREAT GREAT laptop.. Takes on anything I throw at it and that msata2 PCI-E SSD is ridiculously fast.

      My biggest hopes for this new “pro” series is the advent of a new Omen compatible docking station!!.. That would make this the perfect laptop.

  2. $2200 and then just 8GB RAM sounds ridiculous (and $2600 for that minor upgrade even more)

    but then so does this whole concept of using a “gaming notebook” for business purposes. They don’t even mention if there is a dock available.

    How i wish back for the days where such business devices carried distinctive features that you otherwise wouldn’t get. Like having easy exchangeable drive trays (i had a siemens notebook once that had two ports where you could insert each a optical drive/battery/internal power-supply/.. with a single movement)

    1. Those days are over. With chassis thickness under an inch you’d be lucky to get a single fixed optical drive. And the Quadro-equipped Omen is hardly a gaming notebook. It’s considered too underpowered by the mobile gaming elitists. Face facts: slim is in and docking ports are being replaced by “USB port replicators” Makes my job harder too trying to get my clients what they want from what is available.

      1. well i don’t really miss optical drives. i really think that’s a thing of the past.
        usb-port-replicators on the other hand are still a stupid idea. even more so if you want to attach displays.

        my main problem with this device is that it doesn’t seem to appeal to the typical “mobile workstation”-crowd. But it has a price tag like one.
        But maybe i just don’t get it.

        1. Yah, I agree, it’s getting a bit stupid, but mobile workstations are getting the “ultrabook” treatment too.

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