HP’s overclockable OMEN X laptop is a 4K gaming beast

HP has unveiled its latest gaming laptop, the OMEN X by HP. With an overclockable CPU, 120Hz display and easily upgradeable components, it’s designed to be the ultimate enthusiast machine.

HP’s OMEN X brand is all about being extreme, and the OMEN X laptop certainly seems to fit the bill. As well as all the above, this laptop packs in G-Sync, up to a 4K resolution screen, up to a GTX 1080, a mechanical keyboard and much more.

HP is also touting the laptop’s customisation, even pointing out that it has a single removable panel on the bottom to provide unfettered access to its innards. This panel is also held in place with conventional Philips screws, rather than some type of awkward security screw.

Upgradeable components consist of the two sticks of RAM, 2 x PCIe SSDs and 2.5-inch hard drive/SSD.

Partially clad in aluminium, this is a typically aggressive looking gaming laptop, and with its 17-inch screen it should come as no surprise that it’s not exactly a thin and light ultrabook-type machine. A desktop replacement it most certainly is.

However, its mechanical keyboard doesn’t use the same Cherry MX keyswitches as most desktop keyboards but rather special low-profile keys and keycaps, which help keep the laptop at least relatively slim. The keys are also fully RGB backlit.

The keyboard backlighting is controlled through HP’s OMEN Command Centre software, which also provides overclocking options right from the desktop, saving you having to jump into the BIOS.

Connectivity consists of three normal USB ports, two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port with HDR-output support, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and a card reader.

Perhaps the biggest deal for gamers, however, is the screen’s 120Hz refresh rate. This is double the speed of a standard 60Hz panel, and it also comes equipped with Nvidia G-Sync for tear-free gaming.

With a starting price of $1999 for a model that includes a GTX 1070, 7700HQ, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1080p screen, the OMEN X rises all the way to $3699  for a its top spec model. For that outlay you get an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, 32GB RAM, 1 x 1TB PCIe SSDs and 1TB HDD, plus a 4K G-Sync screen.

HP is aiming for a release date for the OMEN X laptop of November.

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