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The legendary Omen line comes back in force with stylish new HP gaming PCs

Ian Paul | May 27, 2016
HP's late 2014 laptop was an omen of what was to come: a revamped gaming platform with new devices rolling out this summer.

In late 2014, HP teased the return of the Omen—a line of always-stylish luxury PCs produced by VoodooPC, which HP acquired in 2006—with a 15.6-inch laptop. Now, HP is bringing Omen back in full force with two sleek-looking laptops and a stylish, powerful desktop tower.

All three rock some interesting specs. Let’s dive in.

When we looked at the late 2014 Omen laptop we said the device offered “bags of style and reasonable gaming performance in a thin and fairly cool chassis.” In that respect, not a whole lot has changed with these new models.

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The 17.3-inch HP Omen.

The new Omen laptops come in 15.6- or 17.3-inch display sizes and up to a quad-core, 2.6GHz Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700HQ processor. Both laptops come with either 1080p or 3840-by-2160 display resolutions, up to 16GB of RAM, and a variety of storage options that max out at a dual-storage 4 terabytes worth of hard drive space and a 128GB hybrid drive. If you really want to go all out, you can also upgrade to an Intel RealSense cameras for various purposes, including gesture control on compatible games.

The graphics are where these Omen devices get into “reasonable gaming performance” territory. Both laptops come with up to Nvidia’s GTX 965M—a respectable little GPU, but one firmly in the entry-level gaming category.

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The upcoming HP Omen desktop.

It’s hard to describe the desktop as “reasonable,” however. For those who want the jaw-dropping best of the best, the HP Omen desktop can be kitted out with up to an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card—or, as we like to call it, “the most badass graphics card ever created.” There’s also an eminently respectable AMD R9 390X option.

HP says the Omen desktop is ready to work with HTC’s Vive VR headset out-of-the-box. Beyond the graphics card, options go up to an quad-core, 4GHz Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700K processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD and 3TB hard drive. The device has four USB 2.0 ports, two with USB 3.0, one USB 3.1 Typce C port (select models), a media card reader, and dual-HDMI out.

Overall, the new Omen PC's a nice, stylish-looking desktop, but it’s about what you’d expect if you married gamer sensibilities with the current trends in PC hardware design. It’s pretty, but hardly a conversation piece.

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The HP Omen 32-inch display.

 

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