HP recently launched its dual-screen gaming laptop with liquid metal cooling, the HP Omen X 2S. Omen X is HP’s premium gaming brand and they have launched quality products under this brand name. So does HP Omen X 2S continue that tradition? Is HP Omen X 2S the most powerful gaming laptop? Is its Dual Screen actually useful? Should you buy this latest gaming laptop? In this article of Laptopedia, we will review this latest HP laptop and help you reach a conclusion, whether you should consider buying this or not.
Specifications of HP Omen X 2S
|Primary Screen||15.6 inch|
|Resolution||4K UHD (3840 x 2160)|
|Refresh Rate||240 Hz|
|Secondary Screen||6 inch (1080p)|
|CPU||Intel Core i9-9880H|
|GPU||Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q (8 GB VRAM)|
|RAM||32 GB DDR4|
|Storage type||SSD (up to 1 TB)|
|Connectivity||3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, HDMI port, Bluetooth 5.0, |
|Ports||Web camera, TRRS audio jack|
|Battery||77 Watt Hour Battery|
|Dimensions||362 x 262 x 20 mm (14.25″ x 10.31″ x 0.79″)|
|OS||Windows 10 Home (64 bit)|
Design of HP OMEN X 2S
The HP OMEN X 2S has an all-metal build which makes it look and feel very premium. Secondly, it has a liquid metal cooling system as opposed to a normal cooling paste, along with 3 sided ventilation for enhanced performance of the system. As a result, considering its thickness which is a mere 20mm its thermal performance is very good. i.e it doesn’t get too hot. Also, the laptop weighs 2.35 Kg which is normal with respect to any other gaming laptop which in most cases weighs more than 2.5 Kg.
Display of HP Omen X 2S
While choosing the display of HP OMEN X 2S you get two options. Firstly, a 15-inch display which has a resolution of 1080p and a 144Hz refresh rate. Secondly, a 4K display with a 240Hz refresh rate for dedicated gamers and E-sports players who need to react faster than their enemies. In addition to this, there is also a secondary display on the keyboard deck. This secondary display has a 6-inch touch screen and a resolution of 1080p which makes it different from other gaming laptops from HP.
There are various different features that you can enjoy by taking advantage of the secondary screen. Firstly, this secondary screen can be used to display additional information that you couldn’t fit on the primary screen. Information such as having discord turned on on the secondary display while the main game is running on the primary display. Secondly, there is a feature called screen mirroring. In this case, you could choose a particular portion of the screen and mirror it on the small screen. For example, you could select the map of a game and display it on the second screen.
Is the Secondary Display really helpful?
It depends. For instance, if you are going to mirror a game map then you would have to look into the keyboard which would be a little difficult since the keyboard is not tilted at an angle rather it sits flat on the surface. Practically speaking, we noticed that it becomes extremely difficult to look at both screens simultaneously. On the other hand, it is extremely useful when displaying secondary applications such as discord or slack or any other such apps while using the complete primary screen.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The Keyboard is an RGB backlit keyboard, and it looks and feels really good. This is majorly due to the placement of the secondary screen in the keyboard deck the entire keyboard is shifted down. In fact, it is so down on the keyboard deck that your palms will mostly rest on the surface on which the laptop is kept. In addition, the trackpad is placed on the far right side of the keyboard deck where the number pad usually is situated and this might be a problem for left-handed people. Nonetheless, connecting an external mouse is always an option to work it out.
Processors in HP OMEN X 2S
Considering the price of HP OMEN X 2S, it comes with the best in class CPU and GPU. For instance, it has the powerful Intel Core i9-9880H which can do multitasking and other resource-demanding tasks easily. Furthermore, to make your experience smoother, it has Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q with ray tracing support with 8 Gb of VRAM with it. As a result, you will get realistic graphics and immersing gaming experience.
Ram and Storage
The HP OMEN X 2S has 32 GB of DDR4 RAM to support its Intel Core i9-9880H processor. Because of this, you could do multitasking with ease. For example, you can easily run Discord with heavy games like Metro Exodus maintaining your desired FPS. There is a 1 TB Hard Disk with SSD Storage Type to store your heavy Triple-A titles.
Battery Life and Thermal performance
Considering the thickness of HP Omen X 2S which is a mere 20mm, making it thermally stable would have been really difficult for engineers at HP. For this reason, OMEN X 2S has a liquid metal cooling system as opposed to the thermal paste. Moreover, there are two 12V fans, multiple thick heat pipes, and three-sided ventilation. For battery life, it has 77 Wh Battery, but we could safely assume that RGB lighted keyboard, secondary 6-inch display, an Intel i9 processor along with RTX 2080 Max-Q will draw battery really fast.
Connectivity and Ports
HP OMEN X2S has one USB Type C, Three USB Type-A ports, along with Thunderbolt 3, Display Port and HDMI 2.0 port. In addition, it has support for Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 802.11ac (2×2). There is also a webcam and Microphone and audio jack but there is no fingerprint sensor. To conclude, there are plenty of ports for you to insert your additional peripherals.
Considering the serious competition for the tag of the most powerful gaming laptop, this latest HP laptop, is a serious contender. Moreover, In India, its price starts from 2,09,990 INR which is roughly 3012 USD. But considering all the specifications this seems a reasonable price to pay for this heavily packaged product.
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