HP unveils the Omen X 2S, a dual-screen gaming laptop

HP's Omen X 2s is a dual-screen gaming laptop

HP's Omen X 2s is a dual-screen gaming laptop

The Omen X 2S 15 isn't a complete dual-screen laptop - you've still got a regular keyboard on the bottom half, instead of the virtual keyboard that some dual-screen devices have shown off. Thus, the logic surely follows that you might as well ditch your phone altogether and just do everything from your trusty laptop - and pay loads more for the privilege, too.

It also features an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card, a 9th generation Intel Core processor with eight cores and up to 32GB of RAM. You can even use it as a separate second screen for viewing, much like that ASUS laptop that would let you browse the internet or watch videos through the touchpad.

With the Omen X 2S, the 1080p secondary screen can be used to run a variety of apps, watch YouTube, show system stats, view a Twitch stream, act as a second browser, double as a keypad, and more.

I don't think you'll be able to use it to remove that stuff from the main screen altogether, though - it still needs to mirror what's there, after all - so it may not actually be that useful after all once I try it out for myself. The new heat system enables heat dissipation at 10 times the thermal conductivity of silicon thermal grease.

The HP Omen X 25 laptop will go on sale in July for £2,499.99 (around $3,200, AU$4,600) for the version with an Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and RTX 2070 graphics card.

The example they give is Apex Legends, stating the Omen X 2S can provide a boost of up to 28fps compared to a standard thermal solution.

Personally, I'm more interested in seeing what HP's other newly-announced gaming laptops are capable of.

The second screen is powered by HP's own software, using a mix of the Omen Command Center UI and HP Mobile View, two software suites now available for HP laptops-with the former intended for gaming computers specifically. In its announcement today, HP cited a Lightspeed report from October that found 82% of respondents use their mobile phones for messaging while gaming, so it's clear that HP is targeting a specific niche of single-screen gamers by outfitting the Omen X 2S with a second display. That shakes out to just under $3100 locally, but with shipping and the Australia Tax, we could be looking at something close to $4000.

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