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Whether you’re a casual gamer, an avid gamer, or find yourself somewhere in between, a truth remains: gear is everything. Having the right equipment to game with can make a huge difference in your daily gaming experience, especially if you spend a lot of time playing online or streaming your games. HP, especially their OMEN gaming line, is host to a lot of great pieces for gamers. What's more, a lot of their gear can be customized to the exact specs you need, so you don't have to sacrifice quality for a prebuilt setup.
OMEN and HP also partner with 100 Thieves, a lifestyle and gaming organization, so it's likely they'll have even more great releases as the partnership develops. In the meantime, check out these great laptops, monitors, keyboards, and more.
1. A well-loved laptop with solid specs
The HP Omen series is potentially the better known gaming series from HP, but the HP Pavilion has solid specs for a lower priced gaming laptop. The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop can host a 6-core Intel i5 processor, can be customized to include up to 32 GB of memory, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. You can also adjust the specs to make the most out of the 15.6-inch laptop. If you're looking for a cheaper-end entry-level portable gaming computer, especially if you have kids that are interested in having a gaming machine, the Pavilion is a great option.
Reviewers recommended the Pavilion Gaming Laptop for its high-powered cooling system and solid graphics.
2. A 240Hz gaming monitor
If you're a PC gamer (or if you're like me and you use a monitor for your console display as well) having a monitor you can rely on is crucial. The HP Omen X 27 Display is a great option if you're looking for pixel quality, low latency, and wide adaptive refresh rate ranges. Reviewers loved the X 27 monitor for its speed and high resolution.
3. A great mouse with tons of adjustable features
If you’re a gamer, you know the struggles of having a tenuous infrastructure of cords (my life is spent untangling cords). If you want to eliminate at least one cord from your set up, the USB-compatible OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse is a precision-controlled, customizable mouse with wireless technology. Reviewers enjoyed the Photon mouse for the light and color customization as well as its long battery life.
4. A desktop with liquid cooling and up to 10 cores
Not only does the OMEN series of desktops look great, there's also plenty of room for upgrading them and making sure you're getting the exact machine you want. The OMEN 30L Desktop GT13-0255st comes wrapped in a classic, muted OMEN chassis and has tons of options for customization, including memory up to 64 GB and a range of NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards. If you're looking for a solid prebuilt PC, it's a great option.
5. A cord-saving hub
Here's another cord-saving item for big-time gamers. This USB-C hub is a lifesaver if you plan on combining any elements of your setup (especially if you have a USB-C port on your device). It has ports for USB cables, an HDMI port, and more. It's compatible with HP laptops, Windows 7, Windows 10, MacOS, and Chrome OS.
6. A wired headset
Immerse yourself fully in another world with the OMEN Headset 800. Boasting a 53 mm driver and intended to function flawlessly with other OMEN products, the Headset 800 is a great move if you're looking for a wired headphones that you can wear for long periods of time while gaming. Reviewers loved the Headset 800 for its ability to convey directional sound and comfortable over-ear fit.
7. A spacer keyboard to save your wrists
If you're used to spending long hours flexing your wrists as you type, work, or game, look no further than the OMEN Spacer Wireless TKL keyboard. The Spacer keyboard is designed for smooth, lag-free gameplay, with a consistent 2.4GHz connection and 1ms response time keys. Reviewers loved pairing the Spacer keyboard with their other HP gear and recommended it for the responsiveness of the keys and customization features.
8. A beautiful monitor that's built to last
The NVIDIA validated OMEN 27i monitor will help you take your gaming to the next level. Boasting a 165HZ refresh rate and QHD resolution, as well as a stylish, clean look, the 27i is the next generation in HP's gaming monitors and would be a good move if you're looking for an upgrade. The 27i monitor is a reviewer favorite for its beautiful display and the ease with which it handled wide angles.
9. Our favorite gaming laptop
The OMEN X 2S laptop came out on top as our favorite gaming laptop this year, and it's easy to see why. The X 2S 15-dg0010nr comes with a second screen built into its base—perfect for using streaming software while you play games—and has great visual specs and excessively fast GPUs. It's also highly customizable, lightweight, and powerful. While the 15-dg0010nr has a 1080p, 144Hz display, those who want an even more dazzling display can spring for this 15-dg0026nr Studio edition, which has a 4K screen.
10. A lightweight mousepad
If the last piece of your gaming setup is as simple as a mousepad, look no further than this non-slip mousepad from HP. The OMEN Mouse Pad 100 is a reviewer favorite for its reasonable price and sturdy surface. Don't overlook this piece of equipment for gaming: A sticky mouse could just be your downfall on a tough level!
11. A reliable, portable gaming computer
While the HP OMEN 15z-en000 is not the most high-powered of the OMEN line's gaming laptops, it is well-priced for the specs. One of the best features of the 15z-en000 is its sleek, no-fuss design—if you wanted to use this laptop as a work machine on top of gaming, no one would bat an eye. Reviewers recommended buying this model with the optional SSD storage in order to get the most from your purchase.
12. The OMEN Gaming Hub
Much like Amazon and other companies, HP has begun to develop its own gaming hub. While the capabilities of the HP OMEN Gaming Hub are not quite up to the standard of Steam or Origin, it seems like the software is going to be developed over time, with more games appearing on the platform as time goes on. The OMEN Gaming Hub will also host original games, including Route 96, which was developed with DigixArt. The OMEN Gaming Hub will allow users to coordinate the color scheme of their OMEN devices, play and download free games, and more. Currently, the hub is only available for Windows.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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