HP's Omen 17 Packs Desktop-Class Graphics, Sexy Design

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When HP revampled its line of Omen gaming machines last year, its laptops offered good looks but just middle-of-the road graphics. But with the latest Omen 17, HP has focused on performance, packing Nvidia's new desktop-level graphics chip into a sleek, 1.2-inch thick chassis and tagging it was a reasonable starting price of $1,599.

hp omen 17 lead 675403Available sometime in September, the Omen 17 is a surprisingly affordable way to get VR-ready. And for those who want to push the specs to the max, the Omen has you covered. You can select up to an Nvidia 1070 GPU, a 4K display with G-sync and an Intel Core i7 CPU.

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When I got chance to check out the Omen 17 at HP’s launch event in New York, I was really impressed by the laptop’s clean lines and overall restrained design. It was enough to make me look past the system’s red-and-black color scheme. something that almost every gaming PC maker tends to over use. 

hp omen lid 675403I really appreciate how HP positioned the Omen 17’s ports so that everything you need to hook up a a VR headset is on the same side. HP also claims that the Omen 17 can last up to 7.5 hours on a charge, although we’re going to have to wait until we got one in for review to confirm that.

hp omen right side 675403The one thing I wish I could have tested out a bit more is that system’s Bang and Olufsen tuned speakers, but since HP was hosting a Heroes of the Storm LAN event about 20 feet away, that wasn’t going to happen.

hp omen 17 display

When I think about the Omen, the thing I keep coming back to is its price. While we still don’t know exactly what the Omen 17’s $1,599 starting config entails, if HP can produce a VR-ready system for that kind of cost, it’ll once again have a machine that can live up to the Omen name.

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Sam Rutherford
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Sam is a former penguin trainer and archery instructor who dabbles in esports and has lived on three different continents. If you have some comments on new tech or the best noodle spots in NYC, drop a line @SamRutherford.
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  • Martdumb Says:

    Martin sounds like a moron. Z workstations out power crappy mac Pros using either Win or Linux. They're proven in the vfx and film industry.

  • Martin Says:

    Keep your finger away from HP. The cheapest and slowest hardware. Longlife systems, but not playable. Lot of notebooks get 20 bios updates in 2 years just for error corrections.

    We have 9thousand clients. Horrible slow,even the 4000 dollar grafic workstations - a Joke.
    Also the server techonolgy is slow. But their Systems run and run. That is because of low memory and bus speed and cheap motherboards where you can setup nothing. Thats bad for gaming and good for longtime aspects.

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