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HP Announces New OMEN Gaming Products Including Laptops and Active Cooling Headset


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Today HP announced a number of new additions to its OMEN lineup targeting gamers, including a more powerful OMEN 15 laptop, improved OMEN Command Center, and a gaming headset with active earcup cooling. According to the company, gaming is a billion-dollar business for it and gaming is among the fastest growing PC categories in the world.

First up, the newest version of the OMEN 15 laptop will feature 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, offering up to six cores, and can be paired with up to 32 GB of DDR4 2666 RAM. For the GPU an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with MAX-Q Design is used and for storage you have a number of options: SSD; HDD; SSD + HDD; and HDD + Intel Optane. If that is not enough, the laptop has single-panel access to storage and memory, so with a Philips-head screwdriver you can get in there and upgrade components yourself. Larger fans are used for better cooling, and these fans feature a 3-phase motor and fluid-dynamic bearings for more consistent speeds. The 15.6 in display can be a 1080p 144 Hz, 4K 60 Hz, or 1080p 60 Hz with NVIDIA G-Sync for some configurations.

The OMAN Command Center improvements will allow you to stream your gameplay from an OMEN PC to other Windows 10 devices.

The OMEN Mindframe headset is the world's first to offer active earcup cooling technology. It uses a thermoelectric device within the earcup to convert heat within the acoustic chamber to electricity and then pull it away. This is controlled with OMEN Command Center software. The OMEN Mindframe also offers 3D spatial awareness through DTS Headphone:X and 7.1 virtual surround sound. The microphone is noise-cancelling and unidirectional that disables when flipped up and can be adjusted with a volume knob on the earcup.

Other OMEN devices announced were the new Sequencer Keyboard, Reactor Mouse, Transceptor Backpack, Mouse 400, and Mouse Pad 200, which will also be available in a hard version. The Sequencer features optical-mechanical Blue switch technology for a 0.2 ms response time, which is about ten times faster than traditional mechanical switches. The Reactor mouse also uses optical-mechanical switch technology to bring its response time down to 0.2 ms for the left and right buttons. The Mouse 400 features OMRON mechanical switches and a sniper mode can be activated to lower DPI on the front button. The Transceptor backpack is made from weather resistant materials, has a hard shell bottom, an RFID-blocking pocket, and for travelers, its 17 in compartment is TSA compliant and there is a trollely handle pass-through.

The OMEN 15 Laptop should be available July 29 with a starting price of $979.99. The Mindframe Headset is expected to be available sometime in the second half of the year. Everything else is marked for availability in July at their respective prices: Sequencer Keyboard for $179.99; Reactor mouse for $79.99; Mouse 400 for $39.99; Transceptor backpack for $249.99; Mouse Pad 200 for $19.99; and Hard Mouse Pad 200 for $29.99.

Source: HP

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