HP Introduces Omen 15 Laptop With 144Hz Narrow Bezel Display

HP has updated its Omen 15 laptop. The laptop optionally gets a 144Hz screen and is more compact in size than the model that the company released in 2017. The most expensive version also gets a more powerful video card with the GTX 1070 with Max-Q.

According to HP, a better screen was high on the wish list when customers were asked what could be done better with the Omen 15 from 2017. The manufacturer is releasing models with a 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate in the configurations of the 2018 variant. 4k display at 60Hz and a 1080p display at 60Hz. Optionally, there is support for Nvidia’s G-Sync, which then works in combination with the video card. The most powerful card that the Omen gets is the GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q. The previous Omen 15 had at most a less powerful GTX 1060 with Max-Q. However, the basic models of the Omen 15 are equipped with a GTX 1050 Ti and a GTX 1060.

The thickness of the screen bezel has decreased from 18.86mm to 12.79mm at the top and from 20.10mm to 7.03mm on the sides. Partly because of this, the entire laptop is 7.4 percent narrower and 4.6 percent less deep. The keyboard is illuminated in two zones in red and in four zones with RGB, depending on the model, and this lighting can be controlled with the renewed Omen Command Center. This software also monitors and manages temperatures, fan speeds and performance. In addition, there is a function to wirelessly stream games to an external screen.

The processors HP uses for the laptops are Coffee Lake models from Intel, including quadcores and hexacores. There is a maximum of 32GBddr4-2666 of ram and for storage, HP uses combinations of HDDs, PCI-e SSDs and Intel Optane memory. According to HP, the RAM and storage are easy to replace: the plate at the bottom is attached with Philips screws and can be opened.

The laptop has three USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.1 type-c port that in some cases is combined with Thunderbolt 3. There are two video outputs: hdmi 2.0a and mini-displayport.

Update, 12.00: The Omen 15 will be released in July in the Benelux, for a starting price of 999 euros.

Base models HP Omen 15
Screen 1080p, 60Hz 1080p, 60Hz 4k, 60Hz
video card GTX 1050Ti, 4GB GTX 1060, 6GB GTX 1060, 6GB
Processors Core i5-8300H Core i7-8750H Core i7-8750H
Ram 8GB, ddr4-2666 16GB DDR4-2666 16GB DDR4-2666
Storage 128GB pci-e nvme m2 ssd
1TB HDD, 7200rpm
128GB pci-e nvme m2 ssd
1TB HDD, 7200rpm
512GB pci-e nvme m2 ssd
1TB HDD, 7200rpm
Keyboard 2 zones 4 zones 2 zones
Price in dollars $979,- $1299,- $1699,-