How the Powerful HP Omen Shows There's Still a Place for Desktop PCs

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-05-30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How the Powerful HP Omen Shows There's Still a Place for Desktop PCs
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    How the Powerful HP Omen Shows There's Still a Place for Desktop PCs

    With an attractive design and price, as well as easily upgradeable parts, HP's Omen is an appealing desktop PC for sophisticated business users and gamers.
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    It's Not the Usual Boring Desktop Design
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    It's Not the Usual Boring Desktop Design

    Desktops might be big and bulky, but the Omen Desktop is surprisingly attractive. The device comes with a brushed-metal chassis and has customizable LED lights that allow users to change the color of the computer whenever they see fit. It's also relatively small and thin for a desktop, allowing it to be placed in most locations without detracting from an office's design. The Omen's design stands in contrast to the typical staid designs users are accustomed to.
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    Windows 10 Comes Preinstalled
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    Windows 10 Comes Preinstalled

    HP is offering only Windows 10 in the Omen, meaning customers won't be able to downgrade to an earlier version of the operating system. Since the Omen is a gaming desktop first, users should be happy it comes with Windows 10: The operating system allows them to connect to the Xbox One and play console games directly from the computer.
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    You Can Over-Clock the Intel Core i7 Processor
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    You Can Over-Clock the Intel Core i7 Processor

    Like many other high-end desktops, the Omen comes with the sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor. However, it's important to note that HP has unlocked the chips, meaning users will be able to over-clock them for faster speed and performance. For those who are gaming or using resource-intensive apps, that's a huge advantage.
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    The Storage Options Are Strong
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    The Storage Options Are Strong

    Storage shouldn't be an issue at all with the Omen. Depending on the customization customers choose, they can get up to 3TB of hard drive storage. However, HP is also offering a solid-state drive (SSD) for those who want faster performance. The company's SSDs top out at 512GB of storage. One other note about performance: The Omen can be configured with up to 32GB of memory.
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    Choose Graphics Processors From Nvidia or AMD
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    Choose Graphics Processors From Nvidia or AMD

    HP is giving customers the option of Nvidia or AMD graphics processors in the Omen. Those who prefer Nvidia can choose the Nvidia GTX 1080 Founder Edition, an extremely high-end card that delivers smooth frame rates. On the AMD side, customers will be able to get their hands on the AMD Radeon R9 390X, a similarly powerful option.
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    Liquid Cooling Is an Option for Serious Gamers
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    Liquid Cooling Is an Option for Serious Gamers

    Cooling is an important feature for high-end desktops, especially among serious gamers and even for processor-intensive business or academic applications. HP will launch the Omen Desktop with optional liquid cooling to help the processors run at peak performance. HP says that the computer was specifically designed with an "advanced thermal system" that ensures it'll run quietly and cool even without the add-on liquid system.
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    It Was Designed for a Long Useful Life
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    It Was Designed for a Long Useful Life

    One of the nice things about desktops is that they're upgradeable. But HP has taken that a step further. The company announced that Omen will require no tools to access internal components and swap them out for something better. So, in a few years when improved CPUs or GPUs are available, owners will be able to upgrade the Omen with new components to extend the usable life of the machine. That factor alone might make the device an attractive investment.
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    HP Offers Some Omen Accessories
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    HP Offers Some Omen Accessories

    HP has developed several accessories to enhance the desktop user's experience. They include a 32-inch Omen display that features a quad-HD resolution. Up to four of those displays can be used simultaneously with Omen Desktop. HP also designed a gamer-friendly mouse especially for Omen.
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    The Omen Is Ready to Run Virtual Reality Games, Applications
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    The Omen Is Ready to Run Virtual Reality Games, Applications

    HP bundled support for virtual reality technology with its Omen Desktop on the assumption it's the next killer app for PCs and mobile devices. Regardless of the Omen model that buyers choose, the desktop will be able to support virtual reality devices, including the HTC Vive, among others, that rely on PCs to deliver content. As Oculus VR's Website shows, there are few desktops that can actually accommodate resource-heavy virtual reality games. But the Omen is one of them.
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    You'll Be Surprised How Affordable Omen Is
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    You'll Be Surprised How Affordable Omen Is

    All these features would suggest that Omen Desktop is an expensive computer with an entry-level price of about $2,000. While the highest-end model could reach that price, the desktop starts at the surprisingly affordable price of $1,000. Add-ons, like more storage and more memory, will quickly boost the cost. But given the features, HP's Omen Desktop promises to deliver strong value for the price.
 

HP on May 26 introduced a new high-end line of desktop and laptop PCs as it seeks to maintain its position as one of the world's top hardware manufacturers. These Windows 10 PCs come with strong designs and high-powered components. But the powerful Omen Desktop is interesting as much for HP's decision to invest in the design of a high-end desktop as for the design itself. This decision might surprise those who have watched the steady decline of desktop PC shipments over the past several years. In fact, most PC makers have mostly moved away from introducing significant new desktop models to focus on more popular notebooks and two-in-one hybrids. However, closer inspection of recent market reports from research firms IDC and Gartner shows that while the broad desktop market is weak, high-end desktops designed for sophisticated business users and gamers are actually helping to prop up sales. HP, undoubtedly analyzing its own business, likely used those findings to guide the design of the Omen Desktop. As a result, it looks like the company delivered a model that will ensure that desktops remain an important part of the PC market well into the future. Read on to learn more about HP's new Omen Desktop.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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