Hands on: HP Omen X 2S Review

Main Image
  • Like
  • Comment
  • Share

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.

ALSO READ: Dell India launches Alienware Area-51m, Alienware m15, and Dell G7 gaming laptops

HP Omen X 2S Design and Build

HP Omen X 2S

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

That seems handy for sure! However, a second display would sip some of your battery juice. We are not sure whether all the apps and instances would perfectly function in this small display. As for nitpicking, we also doubt the display could become distracting while gaming in a dark environment.
HP Omen X 2S
Since, this display takes up some space up top, the keyboard is positioned a little lower than the usual case. The keys are satisfactorily clicky. However, we were scratching our head seeing the placement of touchpad at the far right side. HP, did you forget about the lefties amongst us? Granted, we would be using a mouse, still a weird design choice. You also get a detachable palm rest at the bottom.
Rest, it comes with B&O stereo speakers plus an amplifier, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and all the traditional network and connectivity ports and standards. There are exhaust vents at multiple places on the peripheral. With that, let’s dive deep into the internals.

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 Omen X 2S India

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.

HP Omen X 2S 15 laptop: Our initial impression

HP Omen X 2S India

We have already witnessed the dual display treatment on a few other laptops like the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo. However, that in itself can’t entice a gamer. We will see how HP ramps up the applications for the 6-inch panel. Overall, we dig the visual appeal of the laptop and its helluva hardware. No doubt, HP has cranked up the specs for graphics demanding titles. This laundry list of specs should also future proof you for the heavy hitters around the corner.
In India, the HP Omen X 2S starts at a price of INR 2,09,990. Thus once the laptops hit the various online outlets including the HP store from July 1, your buying decision would trickle down to this price as well.
All that said we would reserve our final verdict till we spend more time on the machine. Until then, let us know down in the comments, what do you think of this new beast on the block?
Vasan G.S.Vasan G.S.
An inquisitive mind who spends a big chunk of the day keenly tracking every emerging detail and is responsible for quickly passing on important developments to Smartprix followers. He loves to stay in his bubble scripting his destiny involving amazing technology and people with good character, passion, and brilliance.

Related Articles

ImageGoogle ready to take on ChatGPT threat with competitor on Feb 8

ChatGPT garnered more than 100 million active users in just two months of its debut. On the other hand, even after a decade of AI models and use cases in the works, Google failed to generate enough momentum like OpenAI and ChatGPT. Turns out things are up for a change as Google is holding an …

ImageHP Omen X 2S 15 dual-screen gaming laptop with liquid metal cooling launched in India

HP has unveiled its Omen X 2S 15 dual screen gaming notebook in India. This machine targetted at the gamers is a spec beast featuring liquid cooling and top rung hardware. The primary attraction is the secondary 5.8-inch touch screen that HP believes will help gamers avoid distractions and address necessary controls without pausing or …

ImageHP Omen 16 (2021) edition is now available in India: Know all details about this new gaming laptop

HP has brought the Omen 16 gaming laptop to India. As evident from its name, this one has got a 16.1-inch display that’s IPS in nature and boasts up to 165Hz refresh rate, and QHD resolution. Inside, it is packing Intel 11th gen CPUs and Nvidia RTX 30 series GPUs. Along with claims of running …

ImageRealme launches Pad X, Watch 3, Buds Wireless 2S, Buds Air 3 Neo & more at ‘Hey Creatives’

Realme has launched a handful of devices at its ‘Hey Creatives’ launch event on July 26th. You will find Realme Watch 3, Realme Buds Air 3 Neo TWS, Realme Wireless 2S neckband, and Realme Pad X tablet. Of course, the tab has arrived in 5G and WiFi-only models. The event also introduced a stylus aka …

ImageBenQ TH690ST review with Pros and Cons

BenQ TH690ST review summary: Editor’s rating: 3.9/5 Features Ease of use Performance Value Pros Cons From PS5 to Xbox Series X, new consoles are being paired up with new gaming projectors as well. And a crisply-detailed, low latency and low input lag screen is bliss which comes with gaming projectors. With many major competing brands …


Be the first to leave a comment.