HP fills out its Omen gaming portfolio with new PCs and more


— 12:34 PM on August 17, 2016

Just in case you thought it wasn't serious about serving the gamer market, HP is growing its Omen gaming PC line again. A new desktop featuring a very distinctive case takes center stage, but the 17.3-inch Omen laptop is also getting its Pascal infusion. New Omen accessories—produced by SteelSeries—and an Omen-branded curved monitor are coming up, too.

HP's new Omen X desktop is a micro-ATX gaming PC packed into a roughly cuboid case that then rests up on one edge with the aid of a small stand. It has that peculiar Omen tribal logo on the front, and a triple-chambered interior design that HP says will optimize cooling. The internal components appear to be entirely off-the-shelf. That's a good thing for upgradeability and customization, both of which are focus points for the new PC.

HP will offer the Omen X with unlocked Intel Skylake Core i5 and i7 processors, while graphics options for the new desktop go all the way up to a pair of GeForce GTX 1080s or Radeon R9 Fury X cards. Perhaps the most curious part of this announcement is that the Omen X's cuboid chassis will be offered for sale separately. The empty case will be the same tool-less chassis that HP sells in the completed Omen X systems. If you're not the do-it-yourself type but you still want a customized or overclocked system, HP is also partnering with Maingear to sell customized Omen X desktops, although those won't be available until next year.

The Omen 17 laptops we talked about before are getting a minor refresh externally, with an additional mini-DisplayPort. The real changes are under the hood, where HP has equipped the laptops with Nvidia's brand-new mobile GTX 1060 and 1070. Those GPUs should pair nicely with the available G-Sync 4K display. HP claims these machines can manage up to seven and a half hours of run time.

Along with the new PCs, HP is bringing out a whole line of gaming peripherals with Omen branding. SteelSeries supplies the keyboard, headset, mouse, and mouse pad, while HP also vaguely mentions an Omen X curved G-Sync display. That will be HP's first G-Sync monitor, and that's really all HP had to say about it. Meanwhile, the keyboard and mouse both feature RGB lighting as any proper gaming accessory should.

The company is showing the new hardware at Gamescom in Cologne right now, but only the Omen X desktop is actually available for purchase. It starts at $1,799 on HP's website. HP says the desktop will be at US retailers on October 16th, but that model will start at $2099. The chassis alone is $599, while the Omen peripherals won't be available until mid-September. The 17.3" laptop will be starting at $1599, but HP doesn't specify when, or what parts it will include. Finally, the Omen X curved display is coming in early 2017.

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