There is a deluge of gaming laptops out there boasting the best of specs and engineering marvels. It is a tough task to stand out from the crowd and HP’s answer to this dilemma is – “World’s first dual-screen gaming laptop.” HP launched the Omen X 2S in India parading a rad look, top-shelf specs, and dual displays.
This new laptop from the game-centric Omen series features a secondary screen. During the launch event, the presentation did slide through a few use case scenarios of this second display. We have had hands-on experience with it and well, the overall package. So, here is what we think of it from our first impression.
HP Omen X 2S Design and Build
The engineering team at HP has hit the sweet spot with a slim and sleek design. Although a heavyweight specs-wise, its actual heft is around 2.38kg only. The gaming notebook has an all-metal body that’s 20mm in thickness. Turn up the lid to see the display duo – a primary 15.6-inch LCD panel (144Hz refresh, full HD resolution and NVIDIA’s G-Sync compatible), accompanied by a secondary, 5.98-inch 1080p multitouch screen right above the RGB lit keyboard.
The unique value proposition is the complementary touchscreen panel. We termed it complementary because it has some software tricks up its sleeve. You could drag and drop web browser, music applications, discord chat window, etc to it. There is a dedicated key too for this action. For example: While you’re playing a game, you could pin its map from the main display onto this one. So, you could multitask in a vertical field of view.
HP Omen X 2S Under the hood
In terms of raw hardware, HP Omen X 2S could blow your specs checklist out of water. This gaming rig comes out in two variants with obvious differences in specs. The high-end variant is geared by 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, aided by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (MaxQ) GPU. This is coupled with 32GB of DDR4 SDRAM and up to 2TB NVMe/PCIe SSD storage.
HP has included in multiple heat dissipation techniques such as HP Omen Tempest cooling system with two 12V fans, multiple thick heat pipes, multiple air intake, and air exhaust openings and Thermal Grizzly liquid metal cooling for the CPU. The latter of the lot is claimed to be used for the first time on a laptop. We will need to spend some more time with the laptop before we can vouch for the efficacy of the system.
Considering, the heavy draw of games and apps we’d throw on this high-end machine, HP has stuffed in a 77whr battery as well.
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