Tech: A good Omen for gaming on-the-go
Picture the scene: We’re onboard a train heading to some far flung corner of the UK – we can’t quite remember where exactly. Anyway, on the table parallel to us sits a man who’s busy fiddling with something in an enormous holdall. We sat slack-jawed as this gentleman began to pull out and piece together an original Xbox complete with a viper’s nest of various cables, a stack of games and, almost unbelievably, a portable screen that he clipped onto the back of the console.
He wanted his HD gaming on the go, and far from becoming an irritant on the carriage he was inviting fellow passengers to pick up a controller and play a bit of Halo split-screen with him. What a hero. Fast forward the best part of a decade and a half, and gaming on the go is no longer a cumbersome affair thanks in part to companies like HP and it’s all-singing, all-dancing Omen X gaming laptop.
It has all of your HD needs without the need to pack up a living room’s worth of wires to get the party started. The Omen X is a trailblazer for gaming laptops. It’s one of the very first to allow “overclocking” (read: pushing beyond the standard limits) to pump out a performance that exceeds the factory settings. So games that depend heavily on the GPU and CPU can run smoothly without fear of burning out thanks to the rear exhausts. There’s an Nvidia Geforce graphics card tucked away under the hood, so Fortnite, Overwatch or that new Solitaire card game you’ve been playing, will always be displayed with crystal clear visuals. It also comes with an internal sound system created and supplied by Swedish sound stage experts, Bang & Olufsen.
What we love most about it is the mechanical keyboard. While some prefer keys to be as quiet as a mouse, we’re more into the clack, clack, clack of what the Omen X has. It makes every press seem incredibly important purposeful. It also has a little customisable light show under the keys that you can customise to your liking. Brilliant.
All this power comes at a price, mind. A big one at that. The Omen X base model will set you back a cool AED10,000. But if you’re in the market to upgrade your gaming rig, then investing in this offers pretty much everything you’d get from a standard build except, well, you can take this one on the road without having to pack up yards of cables just to make it work.
The HP Omen X is available from Jumbo and all good PC stockists across the UAE