Numbers never lie and Vickram Bedi, Senior Director of the Personal Systems business for HP claims there are a billion gamers active and it's the fastest growing PC category for them.
In order to bring the joys of the virtual world to a more accessible level for the mainstream, the new Pavilion and Omen laptops make a strong case by lowering the price point and adding enough design and performance value to lure a casual gamer into the vortex. Starting at ₹74,990, the Pavilion 15 is specced with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 H-series processor along with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU. To announce its supercharged intentions, it is dressed in a Shadow Black finish with a backlit keyboard that has UV accents and colour-matched port labels. The 15.6in 1080p screen itself has the narrowest of bezels, measuring an anorexic 9.8mm.
The thermals required to cool this performer down have been redesigned too with a 3-phase motor fan that gets the job done without waking up the fellow passenger. A 2x2 antenna on all configurations ensures fast connectivity but if you want to fly through an MMOG party, Gigabit options are also available. Sonically, both the Pavilion and the Omen get a little help from the specialists at Bang & Olufsen but the Pavilion simply gets their software tweaks, while the Omen benefits from specially designed drivers and acoustical tuning.
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The Omen also gets a similar 1080p screen but with a faster 144Hz refresh rate and a 7ms response time. NVIDIA G-Sync tech is an option too on select configurations. The Omen Command Centre software and Game Stream also make an appearance on this model so you can access your games even remotely.
Additionally, the Omen gets the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with MAX-Q Design4 for even more gaming horsepower under the hood. Dual storage with SSD+HDD is an option as is Core i7 processors with six cores and up to 16Gb DDR4-266 RAM. Cooling on this model is more elaborate too for the additional heat generated by more powerful processors. The Omen starts at ₹1,05,990 and a host of new, purpose-built accessories include a world-first headset with active ear cup cooling technology, Sequencer keyboard, Reactor Mouse and Transceptor Backpack.
Pricing for the accessories is as follows:
OMEN by HP Sequencer Keyboard will be available from August 2018 at a price of ₹10,999
OMEN by HP Reactor Mouse will be available from August 2018 at a price of ₹3499
OMEN X by HP Transceptor Backpack will be from available from August 2018 at a price of ₹11,999
OMEN by HP Mouse 600 is now available at a price of ₹4999
OMEN by HP Mouse 800 is now available at a price of ₹6999