Aside from its new Omen gaming laptops, HP has also announced several new desktop models under the same gaming brand. That being said, one of them – the Omen X Compact Desktop – is not exactly a traditional desktop machine.
It is essentially a refined version of Omen X VR PC Pack that the company launched a while ago, the new name reflects its capability as a desktop machine when plugged into its dock. Nevertheless, it still can be used as backpack when paired together with the optional USD 599 (about RM 2,556) harness which also comes together with four hot-swappable batteries, charging dock, and shortened cable for HTC Vive.
The Omen X Compact Desktop itself comes together with a 7th generation Intel Core i7 mobile quad-core chip, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, and 1TB PCIe solid state drive. On the machine itself, there are four USB Type-A ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 port, combo audio jack, HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort, and power-out port for HTC Vive.
Its hot-swappable desktop dock provides five additional USB Type-A ports alongside another set of USB Type-C, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort. The dock comes as standard with Omen X Compact Desktop and together, they are priced at USD 2,499 (about RM 10,662).
At the same time, HP has also announced a brand new Omen desktop which features an all-new chassis that looked less orthodox when compared to its boxy predecessor. The new 32L case not only larger by 15% but it also provides better airflow at more than 50% as well as more fans than previous Omen desktop.
Additionally, it also features swappable drive bays on its top that are hidden under the case’s flip-open doors. There are also two USB 3.0 Type-A and two USB 3.0 Type C ports within the same area alongside combo audio jack that supports DTS Headphone:X, dedicated microphone input jack, and card reader.
On the back of the case, there are also four USB 3.0 Type A, two USB 2.0 Type A, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort, and three audio outputs. Aside from the lowest-spec configurations, the new Omen desktop comes with a see-through access panel.
In terms of internal hardware, customers can choose to have the new Omen desktop with either Intel Core or AMD Ryzen processors with Core i7-7700K and Ryzen 7 1800X being the highest model for respective option. The machine can also be installed with up to dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics cards.
The new Omen desktop is also able to support up to 32GB DDR RAM together with four 3.5-inch hard drive, inclusive of the two swappable drive bays on the top of its case. PCIe solid state drive and liquid cooling are also available as optional addition to the machine.
Price-wise, the new Omen desktop apparently starts from USD 900 (about RM 3,840) and available in United States from today onwards. When it comes to Malaysian release date and pricing, we don’t expect such information to be made available any time soon as HP’s new products usually take some time before they made their way into our market.