Most laptops have a single display for obvious reasons, but you could make the argument that Apple’s Touch Bar is a second display. It can adjust to show useful buttons and even run various tools and apps. The newest HP gaming laptop has what is essentially a Touch Bar on steroids. Most of the action takes place on the big 15-inch on the HP Omen X 2S, but there’s a secondary 6-inch display right above the keyboard.
The main display of the HP Omen X 2S is a 15-inch IPS LCD with support for 144Hz refresh via Nvidia G-Sync. There are also 240Hz G-Sync and 4K versions of the laptop. The secondary touchscreen display is the same on all models. It’s 6 inches and clocks in at 1080p, just like the main display. HP didn’t say how much it weighs, but it’s a relatively slim (for a gaming laptop) 20mm.
According to HP, gamers it surveyed say they often keep their phone on the desk next to the computer in order to access chat apps and media. So, the second display of the HP Omen X 2S might theoretically help declutter some desks. It also includes minimap functionality for select games, zoomed aim for some shooters, and an array of system performance monitors. Gamers can quickly move any window to the secondary screen with a dedicated button on the far right. Press that, and the current in-focus window moves to the smaller display.
HP placed the secondary screen near the main one to make it easier to glance at. However, that has consequences for the rest of the design. The keyboard has been pushed down to the bottom of the laptop. So, you won’t have the benefit of wrist rests while typing or gaming. The trackpad is far off to the lower right where the number pad would be on other similarly sized laptops. You can toggle on a number pad on the secondary display, but that’s a rather awkward place for a number pad.
Inside, the HP Omen X 2S will have the option for an Intel Core i9 eight-core CPU, an Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, and up to 32GB of RAM. HP also touts the new 5-way cooling system and “liquid metal” thermal paste to keep temperatures down. The base model starts at $2,100, but it’ll cost you $2,700 with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and the RTX 2080. HP also announced a few cheaper gaming laptops — the Omen 15 and 17 also sport Max-Q GPUs and G-Sync displays, and they start at $1,050 and $1,100, respectively. They only have the one display, though.
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