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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.

HP's also pairing the desktop with a new 32-inch 2560-by-1440 FreeSync-compatible display with two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and a USB hub. Pricing for the display wasn't announced, but it will release in August around the same time as the desktop, which is also lacking a pricing announcement. The new OMEN laptops roll out on July 10 with prices starting at $900 for the 15.6-inch and $980 for the 17.3-inch.

The story behind the story: What’s interesting about HP’s announcement isn’t so much what it said, but what it didn’t. HP is introducing its new devices less than a week before the Computex trade show begins—and less than a week before AMD is also expected to potentially introduce its first graphics cards rocking the Polaris architecture. If AMD was rolling out new high end gear to match the GTX 1080, you’d think HP would hold off on this announcement. That suggests the rumors may be spot on when they claim AMD will start with mid-range graphics products for Polaris.

It’s also curious that the laptops will rock the 965M and not something new. Perhaps that means new mobile parts also aren’t coming for gamers at Computex next week as the new graphics generation is only just now lurching to life. Typically, companies that are including unannounced components in their new hardware will say things like “this laptop features an Nvidia GPU” or something similar without getting into specifics. That’s not the case here.

That’s all speculation though. We should have a better idea of what’s going on in the graphics world once Computex wraps up.

 

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