HP Omen Notebook Targets Razer Blade

Look out Razer, HP is nipping at your heels with its newest notebook PC. Dubbed Omen, the gaming PC is set to give the Razer Blade a run for its money.

Just take a look under the hood. The HP Omen carries an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M and Intel Core i7 quad-core processor for high performance. Designed with the reality that most games are developed to run in HD, Omen delivers a 15.6-inch diagonal 1080p touch-enabled display thatEUs optimized for smooth frame rates with a 72 percent color gamut.

All that is set against the backdrop of a standard 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) that lets games load two to three times faster than traditional hard drives. Gamers can also opt for 256 GB or 512 GB PCIe SSD drives that offer load times six to nine times faster than traditional hard drives. Memory options are 8GB or 16GB DDR3 and graphic memory options are 2GB or 4GB GDDR5. Pricing for the HP Omen starts at $1,500. The Razer Blade has a 14-inch, 3200x1800 screen and similar overall specs at a cost of $2,199.

Ground Up for Gamers

The HP Omen was built from the ground up with gaming in mind. That includes managing heat, which is the enemy of gaming PC performance. The machine totes two fans that pull cool air through the bottom of the system and push hot air through exhaust fans at the rear. That keeps hot air away from the keyboard where it can flow to gamers' hands. At the same time, the machine sports rubber feet on the bottom that are engineered to channel cold air into the dual fan inlets and keep hot air from recirculating back into the notebook.

The HP Omen is lightweight (4.68 pounds) and thin (19.9mm), making it portable enough to take to gaming...

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