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

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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    • EndlessWaves
    • 3 years ago

    It looks like the red bits are only backlighting. With that turned off it’s actually a rather attractive Micro ATX case. Even the silly logo doesn’t look awful in white.

    I’m tempted. Give me the case with a mainstream i5 + RX 480 8GB config with no more than a 15% premium over a boring tower and I’ll bite.

    Of course, that’s not likely to happen. Chances are it’ll only be available with expensive silliness like closed loop coolers and 1300W PSUs and come in at a 40% premium if I’m lucky.

    • UberGerbil
    • 3 years ago

    It’s not often the first glimpse of a new case design makes me genuinely, audibly, lol.

    Good job, HP.

    • cegras
    • 3 years ago

    I have always coveted the HP Blackbird chassis. Ahead of its time, and truly beautiful.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Agree! I wish I had bought one when I had the chance–and the money.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Suggested alternative names:

    Omen Why
    Omen Borg

      • Bomber
      • 3 years ago

      Omen Borg because resistance is futile…

      Marketing done.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]Suggested alternative names: Omen Why Omen Borg[/quote<] Omen Y.

      • flip-mode
      • 3 years ago

      Haha, both those are good.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 3 years ago

    Looks like hp is confident that they a quality case on their hands.

      • cygnus1
      • 3 years ago

      Or somebody had some terrible projections and they ordered too many to be produced, many more than they think they’ll sell as complete systems. So they decide to offer them for sale to clear them out. We’ll see if prices drop on them after a few months.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, maybe they needed a certain minimum order size to justify creating a fancy new case.

        Also, I bet the high price is an attempt to justify the massive margins on the completed systems. If you try to spec out an “equivalent” system, one might argue that you should include the specific case in your build, which will inevitably jack the build’s price up and make the completed system’s price look not-terrible.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Homage to this?

    [url<]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/NeXTcube.jpg[/url<] Still miss the designs from right after/slightly before the buyout. The original Omen desktop, the Blackbird 002.... [url<]http://s3images.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/original_101122_FTjI_SOka6TomjFjZsSHWQoWF.jpg[/url<] [url<]http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/5829_large_hp_blackbird_2.jpg[/url<]

      • biffzinker
      • 3 years ago


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