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HP Inc debuts top-of-the-range gaming laptop

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HP Inc has launched the OMEN X by HP Laptop, built for gaming enthusiasts and esports athletes seeking maximum performance.
The OMEN X Laptop is engineered with the thermals to support unlocked CPUs to allow for overclocking, and factory-overclocked GPUs and memory options to enhance performance.
Competitive gamers demand optimal and configurable desktop-level performance to deliver the best frame rates and responsiveness to beat the competition. They also want a device that doesn’t compromise performance for mobility.
Studying how gamers compete at the highest levels, HP created a device to respond to their needs, while delivering high-end components, advanced thermal solutions, fast and responsive displays, a fully customisable mechanical keyboard, and software tools that let gamers push the Omen X Laptop hardware to the limit.
“Esports is one of the fastest growing categories in gaming and we are excited by the popularity of HP’s OMEN family of products,” says Ravi Perumal, category manager: personal systems at HP South Africa “With the release of the OMEN X Laptop, HP is bringing key innovations to performance, industrial design and customizability that were once only possible on a desktop, to give gamers a competitive edge.”
The latest AAA titles and esports tournaments require high-performing graphics and raw-computing horsepower, so HP packed the OMEN X Laptop with custom-tuning capabilities, including:
* The OMEN Command Centre Software to custom tune and push hardware to its limits, with the ability to manage CPU overclocking; optimise gaming network traffic with a network booster to reduce latency in online games[1]; and, customize system lighting to streamline gaming controls.
* Intel 7th gen unlocked Intel Core i7 CPU, XMP memory options for memory overclocking5 and tested profiles up to DDR4-2800, and factory-overclocked GPUs up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 — ideal for fast-paced or multi-player games running at 4K resolutions.
* RAID0 SSD option for ultra-fast boot and game loading and PCIe SSD+HDD storage options for quick responsiveness and massive storage capacity.
* Thermal management to push high-end hardware beyond factory settings[2], including high-performance fans to increase airflow and an integrated vapour chamber with four 3,5mm heat pipes to improve heat transfer from the GPU and CPU to the four rear corner-mounted radiators.
Gaming is an immersive experience, so HP optimised the OMEN X Laptop to be VR ready on all configurations and includes features that enhance gameplay and limit outside distractions for full immersion:
* Mechanical and RGB LED-per key backlit keyboard, including 2,5mm travel with tactile feel and mechanical switches to provide instant feedback and comfort for intense gaming sessions; RGB LED per key for customizable key maps; independent, programmable macro keys; and, N-Key rollover on every key for anti-ghosting functions.
* 17-inch diagonal 4K display option for ultimate high-resolution gaming, or 120Hz 1080p display options for fast refresh rates and smooth visuals; and all configurations are NVIDIA G-Sync enabled for reduced image tearing.
* DTS Headphone:X for simulated surround sound with any headset7 and premium sound featuring HP Dual Speakers with Audio by Bang & Olufsen.
* HP Audio Boost to ensure peak performance without overloading the speakers.
* A translucent window to see inside the laptop, along with custom lighting and an aluminum finish for a premium look and feel that can be personalised and customised for the individual gamers.
To give gamers a constant edge on the competition, the OMEN X Laptop is crafted for expansion with easy upgrading of the system capabilities or swapping parts:
* Single access panel to HDD, SSDs, and RAM, so all end-user replaceable components are easily accessible.
* Generous port selection with support for up to four external displays.
* Connect to a range of different gaming accessories with: three USB 3.0 Type A, two Thunderbolt 3-certified USB 3.1 TypeC, HDMI 2.0a with HDR support, Mini DisplayPort, RJ45 and a multi-format media card reader.
* Dual audio jack with separate microphone input and headset jacks (input/output) to support the latest gaming headsets or external speakers.
The OMEN X Laptop is expected to be available in South Africa in January 2018, starting at R59 000.