HP Omen X 2S 15 review – Core i9 and two screens in a super tight chassis

Okay, we’ve seen a super thin gaming system. We’ve seen a super mild gaming laptop computer, we’ve got even seen a second show embedded beneath the touchpad (ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480), nevertheless, we have been yet to see a laptop like this one. It houses a Nintendo 3DS-like show in its base, so you need to use it for an infinite amount of purposes. HP says that a lot of the players are either on social media or are watching game-related streams on their smartphones during gameplay, in order that they determined – why don’t we take away the pressure of these poor handheld units.

Not solely that however they state they use a slightly totally different technique to extend thermal efficiency than different manufacturers – liquid metallic out of the field! That is definitely a risky first as we imagine they’ve gone by way of tens of millions of dollars perfecting the automatization of this course of in order to scale back the defective models. The outcome? Core i9-9880HK and RTX 2080 Max-Q in a 20mm chassis. What extra are you able to probably need?

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Specs Sheet

HP Omen X 2S technical specifications desk




15.6”, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS


362 x 262 x 20 mm (14.25″ x 10.31″ x zero.79″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Sort-C 3.1 (three.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt three, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • 3x USB Sort-A 3.0 (three.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI 2.zero
  • Displayport mini
  • Ethernet lan Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2×2)
  • Bluetooth 5.zero
  • Audio jack TRRS audio jack


  • Fingerprint reader
  • Net digital camera HP Broad Vision Full HD
  • Backlit keyboard RGB
  • Microphone
  • Audio system Bang & Olufsen
  • Optical drive

What’s in the field?

This laptop computer comes in a pretty box, that could be very nicely organized on the inside. Actually, it type of resembles a smartphone unboxing expertise. Upon opening the field, you’re greeted by the laptop, rigorously hidden in a protecting sleeve. Beneath it, you’ll discover the charging brick and if you decide up the plastic stand, you’ll see the facility cable.

Design and development

Given the hardware inside, we’re talking of a very tight package deal here. It’s made out of aluminum and has a 20mm profile, while the load is 2.35 kg. Nicely, definitely we’ve seen thinner, and undoubtedly lighter gaming laptops, however they don’t seem to be almost as bold as the one here. We discovered the construct quality to be extraordinarily strong.

Moreover, you’ll be able to simply open the lid with a single hand and right here is the place the system truly stands out. Firstly, we are comfortable to lastly see an satisfactory Full HD digital camera on prime of that show and second just take a take a look at the base.

In truth, this design appears a lot like what we’ve seen on Acer Predator Triton 700 and Triton 900, as well as the Zephyrus collection from ASUS. They have pulled the keyboard in the direction of the consumer and modified the place of the touchpad. Nevertheless, right here it isn’t carried out in order to point out off heat pipes or fans. Fairly the other truly – the free area is supposed for the second 6-inch display. In addition to that, this display has a touchscreen and works as an “extended display” in Windows. By default, HP’s Omen Command Middle ought to open instantly on that display, as an alternative of your important one.

Let’s speak a little about that custom keyboard. First, you’ll be able to notice a complete of 4 rubber legs, designed to hold the lid when the laptop is in a closed position. Then there’s the complete keyboard, which seems to be regular till you reach the place where the NumPad keys sit often. Nevertheless, right here, you’ll find the touchpad, and the custom controls for the second display. Left to proper they act to – present the numeric section on the display, flip the second display on/off, regulate the brightness of the second display and lastly, toggle the content material to point out on the primary or on the secondary display.

By the best way, we forgot to say that the keyboard has a designated click to it, but feels a little on the mushy aspect. Nevertheless, we are proud of the travel of the keys and we’ve got to note that it will keep even beneath heavy load on the laptop.

Wanting via the bottom plate you’ll be able to clearly see the followers and the warmth pipes of the laptop – this means there’s a good respiration room for the cooling, whereas the recent air comes from the again and from the fitting aspect.


Its I/O begins with the charging plug, an HDMI 2.zero connector, two USB Sort-A three.1 (Gen. 1) ports, an RJ-45 connector and an Audio jack on the left, whereas on the fitting there’s one other USB Sort-A three.1 (Gen. 1) port paired with a Thunderbolt 3 Sort-C connector.

Disassembly and upgrade options

At first, it seems to be like it is extremely straightforward to dig inside this laptop computer. There are only 6 T5 screws – no hidden screws, no rubber covers – nothing. Nevertheless, as soon as you start prying up the plate, you’ll understand it isn’t that straightforward in any respect. If we may give you any hints – use a suction cup to carry the center of the underside plate and stick your pry software (no pun meant) into the front of the plate. Make sure that your device is robust sufficient, by the best way.

So after we are inside we see a very substantial a part of the chassis is taken by the cooling system. There are two somewhat huge plates overlaying every of the chips. Moreover, there are a complete of four heat pipes – one is shared between the CPU and the GPU, two are allocated only to the graphics card and one only for the processor, respectively. Not only that but HP state they use Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid metallic to reinforce thermal conductivity.

On the reminiscence aspect, there are two RAM DIMMs, that help the whopping 3200 MHz of DDR4 memory with a complete capacity of 64GB. Storage-wise there isn’t a SATA connector to be found, nevertheless, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of two M.2 PCIe slots that help RAID 0 and Optane H10.

On the bottom aspect of the machine, you’ll be able to see a 73Wh battery pack.

Show high quality

HP Omen X 2S 15’s primary display has a UHD panel. It bears a mannequin quantity AUO30EB and has a diagonal of 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels. The display ratio is 16:9, and we are taking a look at a pixel density of – 282 ppi, and a pitch of 0.09 х 0.09 mm. The display turns into Retina when seen at distance equal to or higher than 30cm (12″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it is regular for taking a look at a laptop).

Its secondary show has a Full HD panel, mannequin number ANX7530 and has a diagonal of 6″ (15.2 cm), and the decision 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display ratio is 16:9, and we’re taking a look at a pixel density of – 367 ppi, and a pitch of 0.07 х zero.07 mm. The display turns into Retina when seen at distance equal to or higher than 23cm (9″)

Either of them has wonderful viewing angles. We provide pictures at 45° to guage image quality.

The measured maximum brightness of 324 nits in the middle of the display and 324 nits as a mean for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of just four%. The Correlated Shade Temperature on a white display is 8660Okay – considerably colder than the optimal for the sRGB commonplace of 6500Okay. The typical colour temperature by way of the gray scale earlier than profiling is even warmer – 8940Okay.
Within the illustration under you possibly can see how the show performs from a uniformity perspective. In different words, the leakage of sunshine from the light supply.

Values of dE2000 over 4.0 shouldn’t occur, and this parameter is likely one of the first it is best to verify in the event you intend to make use of the laptop for shade sensitive work. The distinction ratio is astonishing – 1440:1 (1240:1 after profiling).

The utmost brightness we measured on the second display could be very excessive – 517 nits.

To ensure we’re on the identical page, we want to offer you a little introduction to the sRGB shade gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start out, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the seen specter of colours by the human eye, supplying you with a better perception of the color gamut protection and the colour accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will notice the standard colour gamut (sRGB) that’s being used by hundreds of thousands of individuals in HDTV and on the internet. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, screens, and so forth for printing. Principally, colors contained in the black triangle are used by everyone and that is the essential part of the color high quality and shade accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included different shade spaces like the famous DCI-P3 commonplace used by movie studios, in addition to the digital UHD Rec.2020 commonplace. Rec.2020, nevertheless, continues to be a thing of the longer term and it’s troublesome for in the present day’s displays to cowl that nicely. We’ve additionally included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally happen around us every single day.

The yellow dotted line exhibits HP Omen X 2S 15’s primary show colour gamut protection.

Its show covers 96% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (net/HDTV normal) in CIE1976.

What we saw from the secondary display was much more spectacular – it utterly covers the colours of sRGB and even spreads out to the DCI-P3 gamut.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal shade temperature (6500Okay) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We examined the accuracy of the display with 24 generally used colors like mild and darkish human pores and skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, and so forth. You’ll be able to take a look at the results at manufacturing unit condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Under you possibly can examine the scores of HP Omen X 2S 15 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The subsequent figure exhibits how properly the display is ready to reproduce really dark elements of an image, which is important when watching films or enjoying games in low ambient mild.

The left aspect of the picture represents the display with inventory settings, whereas the appropriate one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will see the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the show. On the two graphs under you’ll be able to simply verify for your self how your display handles the darkest nuances but hold in mind that this also is determined by the settings of your current show, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the encompassing mild circumstances.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We check the reaction time of the pixels with the standard “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” technique from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 26 ms – undoubtedly not the fastest available on the market.

PWM (Display flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is a simple solution to control monitor brightness. Whenever you lower the brightness, the sunshine depth of the backlight is just not lowered, but as an alternative turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these mild impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You possibly can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

HP Omen X 2S 15 doesn’t use PWM to adjust the brightness of its fundamental show at any level. This makes it snug for long work durations, with out being additional harsh on the eyes.

Shifting to the smaller display – we noticed sparkles with extremely high frequency – 107 kHz, which makes it snug as properly.

Blue mild emissions

Putting in our Well being-Guard profile not solely eliminates PWM but in addition reduces the harmful Blue Mild emissions whereas preserving the colours of the display perceptually correct. When you’re not conversant in the Blue mild, the TL;DR model is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin and your entire body. Yow will discover more details about that in our devoted article on Blue Mild.


HP Omen X 2S 15’s UHD important display produces a super crisp image with good distinction ratio, snug viewing angles and covers 96% of sRGB. Moreover, whenever you apply the suitable profile, the colors get in the online design standards. On the opposite aspect, players gained’t be very proud of the 60 Hz nature of the display.

As far as the second show, it has an extremely extensive colour coverage and maximum brightness. It can be super helpful as properly, as you’ll never miss a aim, like in the Heineken business.

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HP Omen X 2S 15’s sound has a fairly good quality and common quantity. It’s low, mid and excessive tones are away from deviations.


As quickly as the HP Omen X 2S 15 hits the market we’re going to supply you with details about its drivers.

CPU choices

We anticipate the laptop to be bought with the hexa-core Core i7-9750H and the octa-core Core i9-98800H. Definitely, the Core i9 goes to be a large burden to cool, but we shall see if the liquid metallic thermal paste goes to do its magic.

GPU choices

GPU-wise, at present there’s the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q that shines. Nevertheless, there must be some variants with the RTX 2070 Max-Q and probably the RTX 2060, which is the most cost effective from the bunch however clearly shouldn’t be underestimated.

Gaming checks


Temperatures and comfort

We are going to replace the temperature part with in-depth outcomes as soon as attainable…


We had our arms on a clearly revolutionizing gadget. In fact, it has its execs and cons, as every laptop on the market, but we felt that it has extra of the primary. Its well-built chassis and apparently designed base will certainly be observed by players. Nevertheless, in case you are a hardcore gamer we might advocate getting the 144Hz Full HD display choice, because the 4K panel works at only 60Hz.

This isn’t to say that the 4K choice isn’t appetizing. Quite the other, in reality. In case you are more into net design, structure and other forms of creativity, this can be a excellent laptop computer in your wants. Its show covers 96% of sRGB and because of the Gaming and Net design profile, the colour accuracy falls under a dE 2.zero, which is principally the standard for net design.

Additionally, there’s the secondary display, that may inevitably assist you with the multitasking. Regardless of the very fact it’s still early on drivers and we had one or two mishaps with it, we’re sure that when it hits the market each difficulty goes to be resolved. At the very least the keyboard is comparatively snug each for gaming and for typing and has a per-key RGB backlight.

One other potential challenge we discovered is that this can be very troublesome to take away the bottom plate. You want the assistance of a suction cup and a very robust plastic software in order to dig inside and begin prying it up – nothing we’ve seen thus far on a laptop computer. Otherwise, there are the two M.2 PCIe slots, that help RAID 0 and Optane H10. Moreover, this laptop computer might be configured with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory that is overclockable up to 3200MHz.

If we have now to place this laptop aspect by aspect a totally different gadget, we might in all probability do it towards the MSI GS65 Stealth or in all probability the Acer Predator Triton 500 – each excellent skinny and mild gaming laptops. Nevertheless, they’re flawed by a widespread mishap – loudness and heat. Clearly, the Omen X 2S 15 is a bit costlier, however you must determine for your self for those who want the second display at all, or not.


  • Wonderful construct high quality
  • Magnificent 4K display choice with 96% sRGB protection, respectable brightness and correct colors (AUO30EB)
  • Doesn’t use dangerous PWM (AUO30EB)
  • Very vibrant (and useful) second show
  • Supports RAID 0 and Optane H10
  • Liquid metallic thermal compound
  • Up to 3200 MHz, DDR4 RAM overclock


  • Not yet finalized software program that has some issues
  • Arduous to pry the underside plate

You possibly can examine the costs and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-omen-x-2s/