Gaming laptops underwent a massive overhaul last year, effectively going from large chunky designs to sleek looking machines like the Asus ROG Zephyrus.
Now, HP is planning to push gaming laptops further with its first Omen 15 gaming laptop rocking a 240Hz display.
This will be one of the first laptops to come with such a high refresh rate, alongside Dell’s Alienware M15 that will come with a similar display.
Of course, the laptop itself needs to be powerful enough to make use of that refresh rate in the first place. HP took care of that with an 8th gen Intel Core processor and Nvidia’s new RTX 2000 series graphics card. There will be two different models of the Omen 15, one with a regular 60Hz display and the other with a 240Hz panel.
Let’s see what the new Omen 15 is all about.
The Omen 15 is a chunky laptop, 0.98 inches at its thickest point, weighing around 2.38 KG. It comes with a 15.6-inch IPS display at a 240 Hz refresh rate (4ms response time) and a 1080p resolution.
The bezels on the sides of its display are very thin, which sort of makes up for its thick top and bottom bezels.
The large design allows HP to equip the Omen 15 with a dual-fan cooling system with big radiators and four large heatpipes for great heat dissipation. All in all, it’s capable of dissipating over 100W of heat.
There’s a full-size RGB keyboard on the Omen 15, because why not, and a large trackpad as well.
Hardware and Connectivity Upgrades
All that heat dissipation allows HP to include Intel’s more powerful 8th Gen Core i7-8750H processor (6 cores, 12 threads) with a boost clock of 4.1 GHz. You can add up to 16 GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM and 2 TB of storage. There’s a single M.2 slot on the Omen 15, supporting up to 128 GB of SSD storage.
For the graphics, the Omen 15 is outfitted with a new Nvidia RTX 2000-series Max-Q card (2070 on the 240 Hz model).
There’s also the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ax controller onboard, or as the Wi-Fi Alliance likes to call it, Wi-Fi 6. There’s a couple of USB 3.1 ports on the sides of the Omen 15, with a Thunderbolt 3 port at the back as well as Ethernet, HDMI and another regular USB port.
Price and Availability
Starting next month, the new Omen 15 will be on sale for $1370 for the 60 Hz model. The 240Hz model won’t be available until July this year.
HP didn’t mention the price for the high-end model so we don’t know about its price until July.