An Outlook for the HP OMEN X 2S: Perhaps A True Victor Against the Asus ZenBook Duo

HP has come out with a rather strong answer for the dual-screen trend that Asus started with their ZenBook Duo, and it is a rather strong statement. It carries a dual-screen set-up that does differ from its Asus counterpart, a bit more on that later. In the specs department, it completely stands shoulder to shoulder with any gaming rig that you can think of.

It has an Intel i7-9750H CPU with a 2.60 GHz clock speed with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 w/Max-Q graphical powerhouse. It has 32 gigs of memory with a 1 TB storage. It comes with a 15.6” Full HD Anti-glare WLED panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. The design department of the Omen will not surprise existing users as all the slick lines around the laptop make it seems like any regular Omen series device. However, new users will certainly be enticed.

The secondary screen lies above the keyboard and is simply a 6’ secondary display, which in perspective does not provide much use amid providing an additional aesthetic presence. It features a non-traditional keyboard set-up that takes a similar design outlook from what Asus adopted for their Zephyrus and Mothership devices. The keyboard has a great travel length while typing and is not too loud when pressed.

The main display is a meager 1080p unit with a brightness of 300 nits. It does its job of providing vivid, bright and crisp images in a matte finish case. The main unit also features G-SYNC. The secondary screen does work in tandem with the primary design, however, HP fails to wow us with its usability as Asus did. The secondary screen can be used to pull up stats, control heat functions and set the color of your keyboard. The most useful function of the secondary screen was that it could be switched off completely.

For most tasks, the Omen will certainly cope up and heat up in the most daunting tasks. HP clearly fails to utilize its real-estate in a similarly ingenious manner that Asus managed to pull off. And the price which is aimed at upwards of $4,000 certainly does not help pull the weight into their favor.