Large displays as well as dual-monitor setups clearly improve productivity of office workers and creative professionals. Applying this to broader markets, HP thinks that gamers could also benefit from two displays by accessing messaging or media services, or even tweak performance of their components without quitting their games. To that end, HP is rolling out a new dual-screen laptop, the gaming-focused Omen X 2S 15. In addition to a typical 15.6-inch LCD as a main display, it also sports a secondary, 5.98-inch multitouch screen.

Being a high-performance gaming notebook, the HP Omen X 2S 15 comes in a relatively thin 2 cm (0.78 inch) chassis yet weighs 2.35 kg (5.18 lb). Depending on the configuration, the machine can be equipped with a 144Hz Full-HD IPS display, an even faster 240 Hz Full-HD IPS display, or a 60Hz Ultra-HD IPS display, with all configurations supporting NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Meanwhile all models of the Omen X 2S 15 are equipped with a 5.98-inch Full-HD multi-touch display, which is clearly intended to be one of its main selling points. As noted above, the screen can be used for messaging, monitoring system’s vitals, performance tweaking, customization of lighting, multimedia browsing, and so on.

When it comes to internals, the HP Omen X 2S 15 is based on Intel’s eight-core Core i9-9880H (2.3 – 4.8 GHz, 16 MB cache) processor, and paired with either NVIDIA’s Max-Q GeForce RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 graphics chips. Both key components are cooled down using the HP Omen Tempest cooling system featuring two 12V fans, multiple thick heat pipes, as well as multiple air intake and air exhaust openings. HP even uses a liquid metal compound from Thermal Grizzly to maximize cooling performance.

The system can also be equipped with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 memory as well as up to two 1 TB NVMe/PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 mode (see the table below for exact specs). Meanwhile, the CPU, GPU, DRAM, and storage can be easily accessed and upgraded when needed.

Like other high-end gaming notebooks of 2019, the HP Omen X 2S is outfitted with Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac + Bluetooth unit, a GbE port, a Thunderbolt 3-capable USB-C port, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, two display outputs (a mini DisplayPort and an HDMI 2.0b), a Full-HD webcam, and so on. The audio subsystem of the PC is comprised of built-in stereo speakers with Bang & Oluffsen badge as well as an amplifier, and a 3.5-mm headset jack. The laptop also comes with a per-key RGB-backlit keyboard with N-key rollover, and a touchpad.

General Specifications of HP's Omen X 2S 15
  FHD 144 Hz FHD 240 Hz 4K 60 Hz
Display Size 15.6"
Type  IPS
Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
Brightness ? cd/m²
Color Gamut ?
Refresh Rate 144 Hz 240 Hz 60 Hz
CPU Intel Core i9-9880H - 8C/16T, 2.3 - 4.8 GHz, 16 MB cache
Graphics Integrated UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
Discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GDDR6 with Max-Q design
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GDDR6 with Max-Q design
RAM up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4-3200
Storage Single Drive 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Dual Drive 2 × Intel Optane Memory 32GB SSD + 512 GB SSD
2 × 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD with RAID 0 configured
2 × 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD with RAID 0 configured
2 × 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD with RAID 0 configured
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Intel Wireless-AC 9560, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2 x 2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5
Thunderbolt 1 × USB Type-C TB3 port
USB 3 × USB 3.1 Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.3
1 × HDMI 2.0
GbE Yes
Webcam Front-facing HP Wide Vision Full-HD Webcam
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, trackpad, etc.
Battery, PSU Default ? Wh + 230 W PSU
Dimensions Thickness 20 mm | 0.78 inch
Width 36.21 cm | 14.26 inch
Depth 26.17 cm | 10.3 inch
Weight (average) 2.35 kilograms | 5.18 lbs
Operating System Windows 10

HP plans to start selling its OMEN X 2S laptop by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $2099.99. Models with a 240 Hz displays are expected to hit the market in July.

Last year ASUS released its ZenBook Pro 15 laptops with a 5.5-inch screen in the touchpad that were aimed at business users as well as demanding consumers. The machine received a lot of publicity at Computex 2018, but it is unclear how successful they have been commercially. HP for its part seems to think highly of the concept as it looks to try its luck with dual-screen notebooks, though it's interesting to note that the company will be positioning them them completely differently as it wants to address gamers.

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  • euler007 - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    If you look closely there's a laptop in that blonde woman picture. Reply
  • npz - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    After a streaming gameplay session with webcam, she now spends at least half the time reading and deleting messages from other gamers in that second screen. Reply
  • JonathonM13 - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    I'm proud to be part of humanity with comments like this Reply
  • Myrandex - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    There is a blonde woman reading this news article and these comments too, and the level of harassment and unsolicited messages like that is too real :( Reply
  • PeachNCream - Saturday, May 18, 2019 - link

    Confirming blonde hair is not a requirement for unwanted harassment. Reply
  • 69369369 - Friday, May 17, 2019 - link

    More like:

    After a streaming gameplay session with webcam, she deletes her Twitch account and quits gaming permanently.
    Reply
  • plewis00 - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    Anyone else think an 8-core CPU and RTX 2070 or 2080 is just not going to be cooled properly wiht a chassis that thin and small? Even if HP fits their special-marketing Omen Tempest cooling solution... Reply
  • notashill - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    The performance and power consumption of these chips are nowhere near their confusingly-similarly-named desktop counterparts because they are very heavily underclocked. The 9900H only has 2.3Ghz base clock and 45W TDP, and the Max-Q 2070 and 2080 are both 80W. Reply
  • Opencg - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    If that really is a 240hz IPS then it's the first I've ever heard of. Average response time would need to be around 4ms which would mean best case would be around 1ms and it would be advertised as that. I've never seen a 1ms IPS. It's either some amazing new IPS or its really a TN or its blurry as all hell at 240hz. Reply
  • GreenReaper - Friday, May 17, 2019 - link

    The dual screen position is better this time around, at least. Throw in a TrackPoint rather than having to use an external mouse and it could have wider uses. Reply

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