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HP's New Dual-Screen Gaming Laptop Takes Apple's Touch Bar to the Next Level

HP today unveiled its first dual-screen gaming laptop, the OMEN X 2S. The notebook's primary 15-inch 1080p display is complemented by a secondary six-inch 1080p touchscreen integrated above the keyboard.


Like the Touch Bar on recent MacBook Pro models, the second screen on the OMEN X 2S is designed for multitasking. For instance, while gaming, players could use the screen to message teammates in Discord, browse music on Spotify, or stream Twitch or YouTube, complete with support for dedicated hotkeys.

One compromise of the second screen is that the trackpad is positioned to the right of the keyboard, rather than in a center position, but HP believes that most gamers would prefer using their own mice, according to Engadget.


As far as specs go, the OMEN X 2S is equipped with up to a ninth-generation Intel Core i9 processor, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, up to 2TB of SSD storage, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The notebook uses an advanced thermal solution with three-sided venting to enable five-way airflow.

The notebook is 20mm thick with a full metal chassis, but weight and battery life have yet to be disclosed. HP expects the OMEN X 2S to be available by June, with a starting price of $2,100 in the United States.

Tags: HP, Touch Bar


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18 weeks ago
Nintendo 3DS XXXL
Rating: 16 Votes
18 weeks ago
This seems so useless I don't even know where to start. Complexity precedes simplicity, it doesn't follow it.
Rating: 16 Votes
18 weeks ago
Because comparing Apple's **** implementation to a legic second screen makes sense. I'm not sure why you even bother to try and make the touchbar look good, MR.

Plenty of PC gamers use a 2nd screen for YouTube or Spotify; this is an obvious feature to add.

I can't think of any professional users who ever went "Hey, I know, lets get rid of the [ESC] key!"
Rating: 12 Votes
18 weeks ago
to the horribly ugly level.
Rating: 11 Votes
18 weeks ago

This seems so useless I don't even know where to start. Complexity precedes simplicity, it doesn't follow it.


That you don’t need it doesn’t make it “useless.”
Rating: 8 Votes
18 weeks ago
That trackpad looks like a delightful experience waiting to happen.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 weeks ago
Well, the concept is interesting, and I don't game enough to know if this is valuable ... but ... if I needed an extra 6" screen, would I just use my phone or iPad? That feels better and more useful.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 weeks ago
This is what a lot of posters seem to overlook.

It’s a gaming laptop, which the average user isn’t going to buy.

Buyers aren’t going to care if others think this machine is ‘ugly. This is built for the purpose of gaming, not a fashion accessory ( like what Apple laptops have become for a lot of owners ).


Pretty slick for a gaming laptop.
This is obviously not intended for the average user.

The keyboard customizations and system monitoring on the smaller screen is nice.
https://www8.hp.com/us/en/gaming/laptops/omen-x-2s-15.html

Rating: 7 Votes
18 weeks ago
What about the left-handed?
Rating: 7 Votes
18 weeks ago

Because one thing hard-core gamers (the target customers for these machines) have yearned for is the ability to play Spotify and stream YouTube videos while fully concentrating on mowing down their opponents?

You have not met my son, he's got three monitors, the middle one is the game, the left is you tube and the right is chat of some description.
Rating: 7 Votes

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