Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

HP Takes Aim At GPU Dock Market With The Omen Accelerator

HP Takes Aim At GPU Dock Market With The Omen Accelerator

HP got back into gaming previous year with the debut of its Omen line of gaming PCs, and today the product line is getting a series of updates. The smaller model has a 144Hz refresh rate, and uses AMD FreeSync technology, whereas the larger one is 165Hz, with Nvidia G-Sync. It starts at $899 and includes a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card and a choice between Intel's Core i and AMD's Ryzen processors. But that's not all, as graphics power can be up to a dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or dual AMD Radeon RX 580. While previously this kit could only be used for VR experiences on the go, this dock solves the device's biggest problem, easily transforming the gimmicky kit into a regular desktop-friendly PC. HP wasn't clear on whether or not the Omen Accelerator would work with other brands of Thunderbolt-certified notebooks, but we'd guess that the non-proprietary USB 3.1 Type-C connection makes it possible.

Let's start with the docking station, or "Omen by HP Accelerator", as HP calls it.

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The Omen Accelerator is a Thunderbolt 3-powered eGPU enclosure that overrides the integrated or dedicated graphics of your HP-branded Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptop (or Ultrabook) to provide increased performance with a full-sized desktop GPU. In theory, other laptops that support external graphics over Thunderbolt 3 should work too but there's no guarantee from HP. As with most laptops, the RAM and storage options can also be user upgraded. On its own, the computer has 4 USB Type-A, 1 USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, HTC Vive power-out, mini DisplayPort, and an audio jack. They look even more gamery than they did past year, with what HP describes as "fighter jet and spacecraft-inspired designs". A premium $1,599 configuration includes an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU with 4GB video RAM, a 4K UHD panel with 60Hz refresh, 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB HDD alongside a 512GB SSD for storage. In addition the dock also holds five USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and a Display port.

Notably, the backpack accessory will further cost buyers $599.99 (roughly Rs. 38,700).

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Both monitors appear to be using TN panels-HP indicates a TN panel outright for the 27-inch model but doesn't mention the panel type for the 25-inch version. HP says response time is as low as 1 millisecond on both. The'll all be available starting June 8. The OMEN Keyboard 1100 has mechanical keys and N-key rollover for anti-ghosting, and the OMEN Mouse 600 has customizable weight features and added durability.

Omen desktops are available today starting at $900.

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