HP today showed off a new segment of its Omen gaming lineup, with a high-end monitor and two new desktops launching today and tomorrow.
The two new desktops are the Omen 25L and Omen 30L, which are entry-level and midrange-to-high-end options, respectively. Both will feature a new color scheme and fresh branding, replacing the previous Omen look and the Omen Obelisk desktop line. They also also include Intel’s latest 10th Generation “Comet Lake-S” desktop CPUs, though AMD configurations are also available.
A Look at the Omen 25L
The Omen 25L starts at $899.99, making it the affordable option compared to the 30L. HP offers two variants of the 25L, with some external and internal differences, but they’re the same desktop at their core. In both cases, the tower is an all-black metal chassis with an RGB logo and a brushed front panel.
The more basic of the two Omen 25L models comes with two opaque side panels, so you can’t see inside, and therefore does not feature internal RGB lighting. As the cheaper option, it also employs only air cooling for the processor. The upgraded version of the 25L features an EMI-coated glass side door, the option for liquid cooling, and internal RGB lighting.
These are the two possible physical chassis, and each is configurable with a wide array of components. The $899.99 starter price nets you an Intel Core i5-10400, 8GB of memory, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, and a 256GB M.2 SSD. There is an alternative model at the same price that swaps out the Intel CPU for the AMD Ryzen 5 3500.
Components scale up from there, with plenty of configurations that can include more potent (but still entry-level-friendly) parts like a Core i7-10700 CPU, part of Intel’s new 10th Generation desktop-processor line, and a GeForce RTX 2060 Super graphics card. The Omen 25L will be available tomorrow, May 5.
A Step Up From Basic: The Omen 30L
The Omen 30L is the step-up version of the 25L in terms of features and power, though the two models share a similar look. Its starting price is $1,199.99, and for that you get an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, a Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card, and a 256GB SSD.
Components scale much higher on the Omen 30L than with the 25L, with Intel’s new 10th Generation processors also on tap here. One $1,999.99 configuration, for example, includes a Core i7-10700K processor, 16GB of memory, a GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU, and both a 512GB M.2 SSD and a 2TB hard drive.
Other configurations also include equivalent high-end Ryzen chips, and mix-and-match parts in various combinations among Intel, AMD, and Nvidia—you don’t have to go full-AMD, or Intel and Nvidia only. Model availability depends on timing and region, but those mentioned above are among the first detailed for the US with pricing. The Omen 30L will also be available on May 5.
PC-component partners for these desktops will be HyperX for the memory, WD Black for the SSDs, and Cooler Master for the power supplies. It’s worth noting that previous-generation HP Omen Obelisk desktop products will be available through the rest of the year, but they will be phased out by the end of 2020 and replaced entirely by the Omen 25L and 30L.
Also, a Gaming Panel Worth Looking Out For
Finally, HP detailed a new monitor, the Omen 27i. As the Omen family name suggests, this is a 27-inch gaming display, and it comes packed with advanced features—certainly a product for enthusiasts and esports hounds.
The panel itself is Nano IPS, and HP claims up to 98 percent DCI-P3 coverage (a wider color gamut than sRGB). In addition to its 1440p resolution, the Omen 27i boasts a 165Hz top refresh rate and a 1-millisecond response time. It’s also compatible with both of the major adaptive-sync technologies, Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync. It is available today for $499.99.