Gamescom 2017 | HP announces the Omen X with an unlocked i7, GTX 1080, and mechanical keyboard

The edge of a case window can just be seen on the bottom of the laptop. (Source: HP)
The edge of a case window can just be seen on the bottom of the laptop. (Source: HP)
After months of teasing, HP has now made the 17-inch version of the HP Omen X official. It will release later this year with options including an overclock ready Kaby Lake i7, up to a GTX 1080, and a mechanical keyboard. Buyers can also choose between a 1080p 120 Hz G-Sync or 4K screen.

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When HP changed their Omen gaming laptops to resemble rebrands of the Pavilion notebook, there was quite a negative response on enthusiast forums. Complaints centered around the creaky build quality and subpar screen performance on a gaming branded laptop. HP has been teasing a refresh of their Omen laptop series, giving them a look that differentiates them from the Pavillion, and stuffing them with the performance parts we expect in a branded gaming laptop.

HP has now officially announced the 17-inch version of the HP Omen X, and this time they've shown that Omen laptops should go back on your list for consideration. Key specifications include:

  • Kaby Lake i7 CPUs including options with overclockable processors.
  • RAM support up to DDR4-2800 with overclocking support.
  • NVIDIA GPU options up to the GTX 1080 and factory overclocks.
  • Support for PCIe SSD in RAID0 and 2.5-inch hard drives.
  • Mechanical RGB keyboard with macro keys.
  • FullHD 120 Hz G-Sync or 4K screen options.
  • Three USB3.0, two Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0a, Mini DisplayPort, RJ45 LAN, card reader.

The HP Omen X will be available later this year from US$2000 (or 2600 Euro) upwards, although it is unclear what the base specifications are.


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Craig Ward, 2017-08-22 (Update: 2017-08-22)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.