- HP Omen hardware leverage on power, customisability and improved cooling
- HP to organise community-driven DOTA 2 tournament
PC MAKER HP is looking to dominate the gaming landscape with its newly-launched line of Omen by HP products in Malaysia. The highlights of the new line consist of the new Omen by HP Desktop PC along with the Omen by HP 15 and Omen by HP 17 laptops.
The refreshed line-up features devices that sport new designs and powerful hardware that HP hopes will resonate with eSports athletes and competitive gamers.
For true gamers looking for a high-performance desktop PC that can handle triple A games look no further as HP’s new Omen Desktop not only looks the part of the serious gaming machine but is designed for maximum customisability for users who want to take their game further.
With the capability to run the most demanding games at maxed out settings and resolutions higher than full HD, gamers have the choice of outfitting the new Omen Desktop with high-performance graphics solutions up to dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or dual Radeon RX580 (Crossfire).
The Omen Desktop can also be configured with 7th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs with unlocked options for overclocking. HP also went to great lengths to ensure that the Omen Desktop’s thermal engineering is well designed with all-around edge vents and optional liquid cooling for more efficient heat dissipation.
As for storage, gamers have a choice between optional PCIe SSD or SSD + HDD storage options for quick responsiveness, fast boot up and game loading.
HP said it has a range of Omen products that complement the Omen Desktop with displays and other accessories that are optimised for competitive gaming.
The Omen Desktop is available now with a starting price of US$1,397 (RM5,999).
Serious games for the road
Not forgetting gamers who are on the go, HP introduced two new Omen laptops available in two screen sizes: 15-inch and 17-inch. Featuring a redesigned look largely inspired by fighter jets and spacecraft, HP said the two laptops are built for gamers and come with more expansion capabilities, additional ports and VR compatibility too.
The Omen 15 is said to deliver gaming grade performance with the option to outfit up to a Radeon RX550 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. Meanwhile, the Omen 17 can be configured up to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or Radeon RX580.
Both laptops come with Intel Core i-Quad Core CPUs for raw computing power to handle demanding games.
Just like its desktop counterpart, the Omen 15 and 17 focus on high-performance cooling with a new thermal engineering design that features multiple fans, heat pipes and exhausts to keep them running cool in the midst of a heated online battle.
The Omen laptops offer a bevy of display options that include a 4K display for high-resolution content playback, 120Hz 1080p display option for fast refresh rates with Nvidia G-Sync options or a 60Hz 1080p display with FreeSync for Radeon GPUs.
Just below the display, gamers will find the prominent dragon-red backlit keyboard that is optimised for gaming with an anti-ghosting function for a fast and accurate response while gaming. The all-important WASD keys, commonly used for first person shooter games, have a nice red accented that help them stand out.
The laptop’s dual speakers are tuned by audio experts Bang & Olufsen while DTS Headphone:X gives immersive surround sound with any headset.
To top it all off, the laptops are said to be easily upgradeable with a single access panel to the HDD, SSD and RAM.
According to HP the Omen 15 and 17 are available now with a retail price of US$1,048 (RM4,499) and US$2,073 (RM8,899) respectively.
HP steps into the realm of eSports
Apart from the new hardware announcement, HP is making an investment in the gaming space by way of sponsoring its first major eSports event
“With the launch of the new cutting-edge Omen by HP gaming products, HP is celebrating the competitive spirit that burns inside all gamers,” said HP PPS Sales managing director Kym Lim.
“These are exciting times for us as it marks a significant milestone for HP in gaming. “
Together Astro’s eGG Network, HP intends to support the local eSports industry with the Omen by HP DOTA 2 tournament. The community-driven tournament will see up to 256 teams nationwide battle it out online and the finale will be held on Aug 12, 2017.
Four teams stand a chance to win prizes from a pool of RM20,000.
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