By far one particular of the very best hardware announcements to come out of final year’s Gamescom was HP’s ear-cooling Omen Mindframe headset. The name was just pure, unbridled brilliance, and its chilly, sweat-blasting thermoelectric ear cups have been novel and worked surprisingly properly in practice, even if its suspension-style headband didn’t rather hold up comfort-smart when I got one particular in for assessment. Now, the Mindframe is back for a second generation. Enter the HP Omen Mindframe Prime, the new king of gaming headset naming conventions and our newest contender for the very best issue to come out of Gamescom 2019 – like the rest of HP’s new hardware announcements, like their Omen X 27 monitor, Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop and pair of keyboards. Study on beneath for specifics on all of them.
The greatest improvement HP have produced to the Mindframe Prime is its flip-down microphone. I didn’t have as well a lot of a difficulty with the initially one particular, in all honesty, but the Prime’s new mic now comes with Xear environmental noise cancellation assistance to assist reduce down on ambient background noise. It does this by working with two internal microphones to listen for typical sounds up to 40dB. If they each recognize the identical noise, it gets reduce out, which ought to hopefully make your voice sound a lot clearer and significantly less hissy for your on the net gaming mates.
HP have also added a new heat spreader to the Mindframe Prime’s ear cups to assist push heat even additional away from your skin (which will hopefully make the outer ear cups significantly less hot to the touch, as well), as properly as altering their shape slightly from round to oval to make them extra comfy. They’ve also spruced up their HP Omen Command Centre application to give you extra customisation alternatives, as well, like a variety of EQ settings and personalised profiles, the choice to turn its 7.1 virtual surround sound on or off (prior to it was just on by default and there was no way to disable it), plus all the usual lighting and cooling settings you had on the old Mindframe. All in all, it sounds like a lot of complaints have been addressed right here, and I appear forward to testing it myself when assessment samples are out there subsequent month.
The Mindframe Prime is not the only new issue HP have announced these days, even though. There are also a bunch of new displays – the 1440p, FreeSync two HDR-enabled Omen X 27 (see above) getting the most important headline act – as properly as their initially gaming laptop with an AMD CPU inside it, the Pavilion Gaming 15. Beginning with the monitors, the $650 Omen X 27 appears quite swish with its 3-sided micro-edge bezels and minuscule height-adjustable stand, and its TN panel is supposedly meant to cover at least 90% of the HDR-grade DCI-P3 colour gamut, as well.
I’ll be impressed if that holds up in practice, as TN panels are not typically recognized for their prime notch image excellent. That stated, I’m not truly holding out a lot hope for its common HDR wow-aspect chops, as HP have stated its peak brightness will only attain 400cd/m2 when its HDR is switched on (and 300cd/m2 with it switched off). That is not a lot brighter than a lot of frequent gaming displays, truly, but even if its HDR does not finish up getting a lot cop, I’d consider its 240Hz refresh price will nonetheless make it an appealing providing when it launches in September, particularly when paired with its 2560×1440 resolution.
For these soon after one thing a small significantly less flashy, there’s also the new HP 24X and 22X gaming displays (see beneath), which each come out later this month. The 22X (left) is, as its name implies, a 22in screen with a 1920×1080 resolution, and it also comes with a 144Hz refresh price and AMD FreeSync assistance. The 24X (correct), meanwhile, is a 24in, 1080p, 144Hz FreeSync screen, only this one particular is G-Sync Compatible like its 2018 predecessor so you can nonetheless get the advantage of its tear-totally free gaming tech regardless of what sort of graphics card you have got. It is also got a height-adjustable stand, creating it extra versatile than its fixed smaller sized sibling.
Then there’s the Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop, which is HP’s initially such laptop to have an AMD processor sitting at the heart of it. Aimed at these who will need one thing for each function and play, the Pavilion Gaming 15 is going to come with up to an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q graphics chip in it, up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage, plus 60Hz and 144Hz 1920×1080 show alternatives.
As you can see in the image beneath, it is nonetheless rather angular and gamery searching for what’s meant to be a function-friendly laptop, but at least it is only got a compact HP logo when you open it up as an alternative of a giant Omen X one particular. Its keyboard only has a plain green backlight, as well, rather than a rainbow-infused RGB one particular, so here’s hoping its gaming efficiency and screen excellent will be up to snuff to make it an appealing spending budget option to these soon after a gaming machine on the go.
Admittedly, it is not but clear what the prime spec will expense but, but the entry-level one particular is set to go on sale for $700 later this month. That one particular will only have a 3GB GTX 1050 chip inside it, all told, but fingers crossed its prime GTX 1660 Ti model will nonetheless come in beneath $1000.
And to round items off, HP have also got two new gaming keyboards in the offing, as well. Very first is the Omen Encoder (a further brilliant name, if you ask me), which will come with Cherry MX red and brown switches when it launches for $100 in October, and the second is the Pavilion Gaming 800, which is out there now for $80, but only has non-descript “red mechanical” switches, according to HP. It does, nonetheless, come with a three.5mm headset jack, as properly as committed media keys.
As usual, I’ll do my very best to get all of these tested and reviewed in the coming months as and when samples are out there, so verify back quickly for my official verdict.