Is HP’s first gaming notebook a good Omen for serious gamers? At the very least, it could be a bad omen for the competition, as it looks HP is positioning its gaming machine as a serious match for the Razer Blade and similar notebooks.
“Gamers play to win and expect their PCs to do the same. The HP OMEN delivers the power to dominate with a stunning design to give gamers the ultimate gaming experience,” said Mike Nash, HP’s vice president of product management and consumer personal systems, in a press release.
HP promises strong performance from every facet of this gaming laptop. To that end, HP has outfitted the Omen with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics and an Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor, along with a 15.6-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The Omen measures 19.9mm and weighs 4.68 lbs. The black chassis is composed of aluminum with a black finish. A full array of ports (including four USB 3.0 slots, HDMI, and mini DisplayPort), a backlit keyboard with six programmable keys, and titanium exhaust ports round out the Omen’s build.
HP’s first foray into gaming will be available in various configurations. For $1,499.99, gamers get a version with NVIDIA GTX860M with 2 GB GDDR5, Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor, 8GB DDR3 system memory, and a 128 GB SSD. An additional $100 includes an upgrade to a 256 GB PCle Drive. Alternatively, consumers can get that same drive and 4 GB GDDR5 graphics memory for $1,699.99.
Could HP make a dent in the gaming notebook market, with Asus, Razer, Alienware, MSI, and others all vying for dollars? We’ll have to take it for a spin to see it lives up to our (and gamers’) expectations. We’ll work to have a full review in the coming weeks.