At Computex earlier this year, Intel unveiled a range of dual-screen laptop concepts, including a wild power user model with two hinges and a smaller one that is more geared towards content consumption. We also learned that Intel contributed to the development of the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo series and the HP Omen X 2S, which were announced around the same time. We had the opportunity to personally test these devices at Intel's Pre-IFA 2019 Open House event in Berlin. HP's design was developed specifically for the needs of gamers and has caught our attention.
The HP Omen X 2S has already been delivered and launched in India at the end of June. This device has a small secondary display above the keyboard and is considered the world's first gaming notebook with two screens. The additional display supports gamers in multitasking and retains information at system level, such as: B. temperatures, in the eye without having to interrupt a game. You can even use it to manage a live stream or keep an eye on a website without interrupting your game. According to HP, many gamers keep educational programs or mini-cards open or want to interact with people for whom they normally need a second monitor or even an entire separate PC when streaming live.
The additional screen is a 6-inch touchscreen with 1080p. HP has redesigned its Omen Command Center app to take advantage. Users can choose between different thermal profiles and manage RGB lighting effects directly via the touchscreen. Twitch, Spotify and Discord can also run while you are playing.
The rest of the laptop is a fairly normal player with an aggressive design and an angled design that places the hinge in the middle of the back and seems to raise the screen. The backlit Omen logo on the lid and the dark metal surface give the laptop an unmistakable, high-quality look.
The trackpad has been moved to the right to accommodate the additional screen above the keyboard. This can be a problem for lefties and it takes getting used to. You may need the external wrist because the keyboard is right on the front edge of the case. In our short time with this laptop, both the keyboard and trackpad felt comfortable enough for occasional use.
The second screen is flanked by glossy plastic, which we think collides a bit with the overall picture, and just reminded us that there are a lot of gaps that could have accommodated a much larger second screen, like the Asus ZenBook Per duo. There are numerous ports on the left and right, including a Thunderbolt 3 port, a collapsible Ethernet port and a full-size HDMI video output.
The HP Omen X 2S has already been launched around the world, including India. 2.09.990 and up to Rs. 3.14.990. The housing is 20 mm thin and has a new airflow design. The technical data include up to a 9th generation Intel Core i9 CPU and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with a 240 Hz G-Sync-capable screen as well as up to 16 GB RAM and two SSDs.
Disclosure: Flights and hotels for the correspondent's visit to IFA 2019 were sponsored by Intel.