When you think of high-end gaming notebooks, HP is typically near the bottom of a list dominated by names like Alienware, Maingear and Razer. But that’s exactly what HP has announced today with the Omen, a gaming notebook that conjures up memories of the past.
The Omen looks to do battle with the current crop of thin gaming notebooks already on the market. It ships with a 15.6-inch, 1080p HD touchscreen display, a quad-core Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor clocked at 2.5GHz, Nvidia GTX 860M graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. For an additional fee, HP will add more storage space, RAM and video memory.
The Omen measures 19.9mm thick and tips the scales at 4.68 pounds.
For those not up to speed, HP purchased a small boutique gaming PC builder by the name of VoodooPC more than eight years ago. The company released a few more systems under the Voodoo brand but since 2009, things have been silent. Given the brand recognition at the time, it’s a bit puzzling that HP let it completely die out.
And just to be clear, the Voodoo brand hasn’t been resurrected because of the Omen. One could think of it as more of a spiritual successor than anything.
HP is now accepting pre-orders for the Omen starting at $1,499.99 although as of writing, the pre-order page isn’t loading for me.