The Good The HP Omen X 2S not only relies on the laurels of its small but useful second screen. It offers very good performance for its class, not always the loudest indoor fan, stylish yet functional design and excellent keyboard.
The Bad No dedicated DisplayPort connection means no G-Sync on the external monitor, and no wrist rest makes it work anywhere but the desk. In addition, the battery will not last long.
The Bottom Line You’ll probably find use for the small second screen on the HP Omen X 2S, a fast, well-designed gaming laptop for enthusiasts.
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The Omen X 2S has three main features: a 6-inch 1080p touchscreen above the keyboard and a new performance mode that optimizes CPU and GPU power distribution based on game requirements (or any software you use). Third? It’s just a nice gaming laptop for enthusiasts.
And you’ll have to like to shove it. It’s not an anchor, but about 5.2 pounds (2.4 kg) thick and 0.8 inches (20 mm) thick, it’s less compact than many of the fresher models in its class, like Acer Predator Triton 500 . For what it’s worth, at least it has one of the nicer power bricks modeled on HP consumer laptops. But this is a compromise for this extra screen.
We checked the $ 2,900 configuration, but it’s a configuration and it has a secondary display. It is not yet available in the UK (listed as “coming soon”) or in Australia, but the US price of our test model directly translates to about £ 2,400 and $ 4,275.
I threw in the tests for Lenovo Legion Y545 to show what you give away if you want to save $ 1500. Options include: Core i7-9880H (eight cores, compared to 650 9750 cores), GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q , more or less storage, and 4K or 240 Hz display at 1,920 x 180 pixels.
The only update I think would be generally useful is the extra memory. I think it’s still a relatively small number of people hitting the frame rate north of 240 Hz in games where artifacts such as tearing and shaking would be apparent on the 144 Hz screen of this system, at least with the components inside this laptop . I hit over 200 frames per second in Doom without any visual interference. And if you’re going to go 4K, think instead of OLED – which is not an option for this model.
If you want to save money, you can upgrade to RTX 2070 Max-Q for $ 700 less. Otherwise, you can cut down a lot, except for repositories, and this is usually a pretty inelastic need.
HP Omen X 2S
|Price as reviewed||$2,899|
|Display size, resolution, refresh rate||15.6-inch, 1,920×1,080, 144Hz|
|PC CPU||Intel Core i7-9750H|
|PC Memory||16GB 2,666Hz DDR4|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q|
|Ports||1x USB-C/Thunderbolt port, 3x USB-A 3.1, 1x HDMI 2.0, headphone|
|Networking||Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows Home (64-bit)|
|Weight||5.2 pounds (2.4 kg)|
HP puts out a second display for gamers who typically used phones to watch stream, chat, listen to music, waste time waiting for a match, or monitor your system statistics through the command center. For Windows, it’s like a second monitor, which means you can drag any window to it and display any type of content.
I stick by my initial thoughts on the small secondary display . This is not much better than using a phone for these materials. You can also display on it a portion of the main display that doesn’t really seem that comfortable. And it’s useful for monitoring system statistics, but I really wanted to switch between the lighting profiles there, and you can’t while the command center is on this screen (only animated profiles have shortcuts, not static ones).
The other day, though, I watched a video meeting, working on something else, and had a “Haha!” moment. This small screen with the ability to switch back and forth to the home screen is perfect for situations where you only need a third of your brain (or less) or when you need to take notes of something you are looking at. Yes, I just confessed that I have a careless meeting syndrome.
Sometimes I kind of even prefer to put it on the second big display because it’s less distracting; look down, read the slide and get back to work. Something important is coming up? Just press the toggle button to move it to the big screen.
I still think that Asus ZenBook Duo The second screen, which is in the same place but raised to a small angle by means of a hinge, seems a bit more ergonomic.
Most laptops – gaming or not – have a “performance” mode. It’s usually a “devil sound, full speed forward” option that pushes fans to the max and then boosts CPU and GPU speeds as far as the chilled system can handle. HP says its new Dynamic Power delivers increased power to two processors based on the needs of the application or game. In other words, it increases efficiency.
And what’s really nice is that instead of just spinning the fans and leaving them subversive, it doesn’t go to maximum; if you don’t stress the system, it doesn’t stress the fans. So you do not have to choose between peace and quiet or power every time.
This is part of an upgraded cooling system that includes a transition from thermal paste to a Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid-metal compound for better heat removal from the CPU (better heat removal means it should be able to run longer at higher frequencies without overheating), and improved fans and vents.
Switching HP from its default power setting to Performance raises the frame rate – from about 6% to 12%, which means about 9 frames per second at Shadow of the Tomb Raider, 11 frames per second at Far Cry 5, and so on – and RTX tracking performance of around 8%. However, for loads that are primarily CPU or GPU, performance was the same or even slightly worse.
Considering that the comparatively tuned models we tested that performed better than HP (the default, balanced setting) all had 32GB of RAM compared to 16GB of HP, HP provided pretty good performance. With the exception of battery life, it is almost 2.3 hours for a gaming laptop.
The HP Omen X 2S’ second screen is just a perk
A soft touch
The overall design is quite sharp and can handle both a “work day” and “night time” laptop. Although not as smooth as some other Max-Q models Black (or white) Razer plates , it is not decorated with many flashing lights. The only connection he lacks is a dedicated DisplayPort; although it has a Thunderbolt 3 connection, it does not support G-Sync Ultimate for the external monitor since it is not on the GPU bus.
However, the main display works with G-Sync. This is nothing new, just the standard 144hz narrow FHD panel we see everywhere. It’s bright enough, and since it’s matte, there’s no problem with the display, except that it’s reflected in the glass that covers the section above the keyboard with a small display.
The keyboard has some really nice touches, such as selectively highlighting the corresponding keys while pressing the Fn key, locking the Windows keys with an LED so you know it is locked or not, and highlighting offset functions (for example, it disables “#” and “3”), a personal look. There is no backlight for the right button panel, but if the buttons above it are illuminated, it is not difficult to find them in the dark. And the keyboard itself feels really good for both typing and gaming, with a decent amount of stroke and a tangible trigger point (if you don’t like it) , and nothing is in a non-standard location.
But if you’re looking for macro keys – or any programmable keys for that matter – you won’t find them here. And since the screen and cooling system sit between the keyboard and the main monitor, there is no room for wrist rest. It has one that can be glued to the laptop, but it is not useful if you want to put the laptop on your lap. It is also large, heavy and made of rubber material that attracts and clings to every piece of shumz nearby.
|Acer Predator Triton 500||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design; (2) 512GB SSD RAID 0|
|HP Omen X 2S||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-9750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 with Max-Q Design; 1TB SSD|
|Lenovo Legion Y545||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-9750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,667MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeFroce GTX 1660Ti; 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 with Max-Q Design; 512GB SSD|
|Origin PC Evo16-S||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design; 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD|
|Razer Blade Advanced (2019, OLED)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-9750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design; 512GB SSD|