HP’s Omen X desktop PC comes from the future

We’re familiar with HP’s Omen range of PCs but we’re used to seeing the brand on notebooks. The HP Omen X is something different, a desktop machine that looks like it dropped whole and breathing out of a cyberpunk movie.

HP isn’t known for its gaming chops but the Omen X looks like an opportunity to change all that. It has been designed to look like a large glowing cube, in the Omen lineup’s trademark black and red. It’s more than just a pretty design, however.

The Omen X has been made to sit on a point, allowing for air-cooling from all sides. The cube shape has been divided into three sections, each of which can be individually cooled. Or, as HP puts it, the Omen X has “…support for up to three 120mm liquid cooling radiators with top mounted exhaust vents.”

On the hardware front the company has been a little more vague. A 6th-gen Core i5 or i7 from Intel is an option, and they’ve said that they’re including a “…VR-ready GPU”, which translates into up to two new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs, if you’re splashing out all of the money. Lucky you.

A new Omen 17 notebook is also on the cards, as well as a curved display and a range of Omen-branded peripherals made for HP by SteelSeries. A headset, keyboard, mouse, and mousepad will plump out the roster there.

Pricing for South Africa has yet to be confirmed but the Omen X will be coming to this country. Eventually. That hasn’t been confirmed either. Costs in Euro have been revealed and the units start at €2,299 (around R35,000 — which will be the entry-level Omen X). Just the chassis will run buyers at least €599 (R9,050). South African pricing will likely be different than a direct conversion, however. We’ll be updating once local information becomes available.

Stuff South Africa's online editor and print assistant editor, Brett Venter has churned out more words on more titles than most journalists will in a career. He's kind of shy.

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