HP is taking aim at the gaming laptop space with a new $1499 notebook called the HP Omen.

It’s a laptop with a 15.6 inch display, an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics. But it’s relatively compact for a machine with that kind of power: the HP Omen measures less than 20mm (0.8 inches) thick and weighs about 4.7 pounds.

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The system has a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, and 128GB to 512GB of solid state storage. It also sports HDMI and mini DisplayPort, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and Ethernet (with a USB to Ethernet adapter.

HP isn’t a company that’s typically known for offering gaming laptops, but the company did acquire gaming PC maker VoodooPC in 2006. The VoodooPC brand is now defunct, but the HP Omen borrows some of its design cues from Voodoo including a Voodoo logo on the splash screen when you turn on the computer.

The Omen features an aluminum unibody case, dual fans to help keep the system cool, along with rubber feet at the bottom of the notebook to help improve air flow.

HP will also offer optional accessories including a $60 Omen Gaming Mouse X9000 and an $80 HP Open Gaming Backpack, both of which should be available this month.

HP isn’t the only company making reasonably portable gaming laptops these days. Dell’s Alienware brand also has relatively compact models, along with Gigabyte, Origin, MaingearAsus, and Razer.

via Gizmodo

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5 replies on “HP OMEN is a thin and (kinda) light gaming laptop”

  1. This should be a nice laptop for the non-elitist “gamer” …if the price were lower. At $1500 it’s about $200 to $300 too high for it’s specs and build quality…unless they’re going for the “Apple crowd”. Then they need to put OSX on it and charge an additional $300….oh and double the markup on any upgrades and accessories. 🙂

    1. I’d agree that its GTX 860 is outdated, though at least that’s a Maxwell part, unlike the GTX 870 really being a re-branded Kepler part. Therefore, the price should be lower.

      I don’t know what your complaint about the build quality though. Aluminum uni-body would point in the direction of high build quality. So if you know something specific about the build quality, you should say so, instead of just making a general, unfounded complaint.

      I do share your disdain for Apple’s ripoff tactics.

      1. Actually, I don’t feel the GTX 860M is outdated, more like a different market segment than the more recent 970M. My apologies if my comment wasn’t obvious.

        I don’t have a complaint about the Apple aluminum unibody, just the price HP was charging, which lead to a semi-snide comparison to Apple’s pricing schemes…

  2. I would not game on this laptop, It’s just another regular high performance laptop for me. I would put a warning saying, not for gaming. I call it a lightning fast and thin laptop, not a gaming laptop. I declared that thinner and powerful laptops should help keep our family members interested in computing (for their daily tasks) as soon as possible. Thin laptops are for tomorrow and I believe that reducing weight should be going forward. Stop calling regular performance laptops a gaming laptops.
    HP, make sure you start building a thin and powerful gaming laptop with Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M with 5th generation Intel Core i7-5770HQ processor. You should never build gaming laptops with lover graphics specs.
    Macs are not great for gaming, they are for power horse workstations.
    Will you please also offer gaming laptop with Windows 7 pro with business functions disabled and $100 dollars permanent discount? Same goes with pre-installing classic shell on all of your laptops and desktops.

    1. A gaming laptop with Windows 7 makes no sense, because you’d be stuck with an old version of DirectX.

      I despise windows 8 as much as the next person, but it takes 5 minutes to make it look and act like Windows 7, but with various under-the-hood improvements.

      Only thing that really pisses me off about Windows 8 is the lacking GIF support that XP had…

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