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HP's slim 'Omen' gaming laptop conjures up Voodoo memories

Sean Buckley, @seaniccus
November 4, 2014
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Remember that gaming laptop HP was rumored to be building, the one @evleaks said would rival Alienware's rigs? Well, it's here -- and it's not quite what the retired leaker expected. Instead of a thick, meaty machine to match the Alienware 14 and 17, HP is putting out the Omen, a 15-inch gaming notebook that measures only 0.78-inches at its thickest point. Don't let its svelte chassis fool you, though, there's more than enough under the Omen's hood to compete in today's laptop market.

Like the Razer Blade before it, HP's Omen seems bent on packing as much power as possible into its tiny frame. The $1,500 notebook comes with a 15.6-inch touchscreen, 8GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GTX 860M graphics with 2GB of video memory and a 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU at it's heart. The base configuration has a 128GB SSD, but HP will double that for an additional $100. The storage space is expandable up to 512GB, and particularly power-hungry users can double the the RAM and video memory as well.

The Omen is available for order right now, and should ship this month. Oh, and don't worry if that name sounds a little too familiar to you: it's a reference to Voodoo -- a gaming-focused subsidiary the company acquired way back in 2006. Curious about that history? Feel free to click right here.

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