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HP’s new gaming laptop has 2 screens

HP’s newest gaming laptop embeds a mini LED touch screen above the keyboard so you can view other applications while you play your favorite games.

The Omen X 2S is the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop, according to HP. The device’s main screen comes in at 15 inches, but in the event you’d like to chat over Twitch or access Spotify while you game, you can easily do so with the help of the 6-inch screen below.

HP designed the product to appeal to gamers, particularly in China, who often use their smartphones to chat with friends, listen to music, or watch videos while they game over a PC.

The second screen—which has a 1080p resolution—can also be used to enhance your existing gaming experience. According to HP, you’ll be able to mirror any portion of the laptop’s main screen on to the smaller panel below. For example, you can make it display the in-game map to a strategy title or a first-person shooter. The touch screen can also let you view the Omen Command Center app, so you can view how well a game performs on the laptop and adjust its hardware settings accordingly.

Of course, the second screen will eat into the laptop’s battery life, but it can be configured to dim after a period of idle time to help save on energy.

The Omen X 2S will arrive next month starting at $2,099. As a high-end gaming laptop, it’ll come equipped with a Max-Q version of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. You can also configure it with a ninth-generation Intel Core H-series CPU running six or eight cores.

Other configurable specs include the 1080p display, which can support 144Hz, 240Hz, or you can swap it out for a higher resolution 4K HDR 400 60Hz panel.

HP isn’t the first to unveil a laptop with more than one screen. In 2017, Razer unveiled a notebook with three screens, but the whole idea appears to have remained a concept. Before that, Acer came out with the Iconia 6120, a laptop that replaced the keyboard with a touch screen. However, the device received largely negative reviews.

So we’re interested to see if the Omen X 2S’s second screen is worth the high price. Stay tuned for our full review.

More Omen Laptops Coming Next Month

The company has also refreshed the standard Omen line with new Nvidia RTX cards and ninth-gen Intel Core processors. The cooling vents on the Omen 15 and Omen 17 are larger for better airflow, but the redesigned laptops are still 18 and 20 percent thinner than their predecessors, respectively.

The Omen 15 can be configured with a 1080p 240Hz display; a 240Hz option for the Omen 17 is expected to be available in October. The Omen 17 can be configured to support up to 3TB of storage and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 card, minus the Max-Q design.

Both products will arrive next month. The Omen 15 will start at $1,049 while the Omen 17 will go for $1,099.

If you’re looking for a new monitor, HP also has two new 1080p displays—the Omen X 25 and Omen X 25f—which both have a 240Hz refresh rate.

The 24.5-inch displays come with an adjustable stand, which you can use to raise, lower, and tilt the screen. The Omen X 25, which supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, will go on sale in North America in early September for a starting price of $549. The Omen X 25f, which offers adaptive sync, will arrive in late June for $449.

For Gamers Less Inclined to Spend

HP is also refreshing the Pavilion gaming laptop line, which is more affordable and designed for casual gamers.

Both the 15- and 17-inch Pavilion gaming laptops will be able to support up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design graphics card. Buyers can also configure them with ninth-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. In terms of the display, choose from a 144Hz 1080p display or upgrade to a 4K panel.

Like the Omen series, HP redesigned the Pavilion laptops for better airflow. Both laptops will drop next month with the 15-inch model starting at $799, while the 17-inch model will go for $849.

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This article originally published at PCMag

HP Chromebook 14 review: Does the job, but value is questionable

Sturdy construction • with a better keyboard than a MacBook Pro • An optimal number and variety of ports • Easy setup and basic web browsing and work tasks are just fine
It runs hot and the battery life isn’t outstanding • The screen is a little too reflective • It can get slow when things get serious
The HP Chromebook 14 is mostly fine, but very little about it stands out.

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You need a laptop and you don’t want to spend a fortune on it. That’s totally understandable; maybe you’re a student or just someone who occasionally needs something a little bit more powerful than a phone or a tablet. 

In recent years, Chromebooks have occupied a useful niche in the laptop space. They’re generally cheap and can facilitate most daily computing tasks well enough. The only catch is that they exist outside of the Windows/Mac dichotomy, instead running on Google’s closed ChromeOS ecosystem.

The newest HP Chromebook 14 model packs in a new AMD processor, a full HD touchscreen, and a 14-inch display for $329. Does it stand above the competition or should you look elsewhere for an affordable laptop?

Build quality above its pay grade

Look at those ports!

Look at those ports!

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Before we talk about its performance (and there’s plenty to say about that), the HP Chromebook 14’s build quality is worth addressing. It’s a nice, sturdy laptop that feels better than some machines I’ve used with significantly higher price points.

For reference, I use a MacBook Pro for work. For all the benefits that come from Apple’s hardware design, it’s not without problems. Four USB-C ports without a single regular USB port is a problem, and I wouldn’t wish its cramped, clicky keyboard on my worst enemy.

Look at that keyboard!

Look at that keyboard!

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By comparison, the Chromebook 14 feels surprisingly pleasant. Its keyboard is substantial, with keys that have just enough elevation to feel like real buttons without feeling mushy. The hinge can bend back a full 180 degrees, so you can lay the screen flat on a surface, just in case that sounds appealing to you. 

At 3.5 pounds, it’s also not especially heavy. This Chromebook isn’t tiny by any means, but in my time with it, it never felt cumbersome to carry around. I would have preferred a touchpad with defined left and right click buttons, but what’s there is usable. 

Where it really won my heart was its port situation. There are two USB Type-A ports and two USB-C ports, with one of each on both sides of the Chromebook. In addition, the right side has a MicroSD slot and a headphone jack, so pretty much all of your bases are covered here. 

Maybe cool down a little bit

The touchscreen works fine, and is often an easier way to navigate some of the Chromebook 14's menus.

The touchscreen works fine, and is often an easier way to navigate some of the Chromebook 14’s menus.

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Laptops are more than just their build quality, though, and that’s where the Chromebook 14 stumbles a bit. The model we used came with an AMD dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Those aren’t the most eye-popping stats for a Chromebook, even taking the price into consideration.

Still, getting the Chromebook 14 up and running was a breeze. As long as you have a functional Google login handy, you can get to work within minutes of unboxing the laptop.

For doing basic, daily tasks like browsing the web, checking emails and taking notes in Google Docs, the Chromebook 14 works just fine. It’s not speediest machine in the world by any means, but it gets the job done as long as you don’t have dozens of tabs open. 

More intensive tasks are a different story. Trying to watch YouTube content at resolutions above 720p proved to be a jittery experience, while HD content on Netflix also stuttered a bit. Gaming is limited to whatever is on the Google Play Store and optimized for ChromeOS. Even on low settings, the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ran poorly.

Regardless of what you’re actually doing with the Chromebook 14, the underside gets warm in a shockingly short amount of time. Even while plugged into a power source with just a couple of tabs open, I noticed it sizzling it a little bit. The heat levels never got dangerous, but it was definitely noteworthy. 

Touchscreen first, mirror second

The Chromebook 14 has a highly reflective screen.

The Chromebook 14 has a highly reflective screen.

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The $329 model of the Chromebook 14 comes with an HD touch display that works well enough. Responsiveness isn’t a major issue and sometimes it’s just easier to navigate some ChromeOS menus that way. 

As far as the screen is concerned, it’s bright and has an acceptable viewing angle. It isn’t the most gorgeous laptop screen on Earth, but for around $300, I don’t expect that. 

My only major gripe with the display is that it’s a little too reflective for my tastes. Anytime I watched a video that cut to black, it just became a mirror. This is going to be true of most modern displays, but I noticed it more with the Chromebook 14 than I do with other devices I regularly use.

I should also note that the Chromebook 14’s battery life doesn’t impress. It boasts somewhere between five and seven hours of use depending on what you’re doing with it, but I noticed it running low well before the end of a regular work day.

It may not be a terrific value

Is the HP Chromebook 14 worth it over similarly priced products?

Is the HP Chromebook 14 worth it over similarly priced products?

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The problem I keep coming back to with the Chromebook 14, above all else, is value. In the world of laptops, $329 is certainly a modest price on paper, and there are $270 and $300 variants with inferior screens, if you so desire. 

Still, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there might be better options out there. A cursory glance at Amazon reveals that there are plenty of other Chromebooks with similar amounts of storage and RAM in the sub-$300 range. 

You can even get a Windows laptop with significantly more internal storage and RAM for less than $400. Obviously, those in the market for a Chromebook might not want that, but the option is there and worth considering.

Ultimately, the new HP Chromebook 14 is as advertised. It does basic things well, but shouldn’t be used for anything particularly intense. I had a mostly decent time using it, but nothing about it jumped out at me as particularly recommendable. You could do much worse, but it might be smart to check out some other options in the same price range before committing to it.

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HP expands fire risk laptop battery recall

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Back in January 2018, HP issued a battery recall covering 50,000 laptop batteries which had the potential to overheat and become either a burn of fire hazard. A year on, and the recall has been expanded to include a further 28,500 batteries taking the total up to 78,500.

The faulty batteries were shipped in a wide range of products or sold as accessories for those products. As the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website explains, the complete list includes “HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series, 4xx G4 series), HPx360 (310 G2), HP Pavilion x360 11inch Notebook PC, HP 11 Notebook PC, HP ZBook (17 G3, and Studio G3) mobile workstations. The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation, HP ProBook 4xx G5 series, HP ENVY 15, HP Mobile Thin Clients (mt21, mt22, and mt31).”

As Tom’s Hardware reports, HP actually updated the recall in January this year, but not many people heard about it. The CPSC forms part of the US government, which was stuck in a shutdown at the time and therefore sharing of this new information didn’t happen on its website immediately. That changed on March 12.

The advice for these newly added batteries is the same as it was last year. Visit the website to check if your battery is included in the recall. If it is, then instructions are provided on how to place your battery in a “Battery Safety Mode.” Replacing them will require HP provide an authorized technician to remove the old, faulty unit and install a new one as the customer can’t do it themselves.

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You’ve gone without a printer for long enough — this one from HP is on sale for just $59

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Cover your walls with the best photos possible.
Cover your walls with the best photos possible.

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If you enjoy decorating your space with photos of loved ones, modern art, or maybe just pictures of cute animals, you need to make sure you buy a printer that produces high-quality copies of them. Nobody wants to see a framed low-res portrait on regular printer paper on your mantle — go glossy. The HP Envy 5052 will do just the trick and will help you keep your decor up to date. 

Now $40 off at Walmart, the HP Envy 5052 has dropped down to $59.99 from $99.99. Printers usually aren’t on the cheap side of the spectrum, so grab this one while it’s available. 

Great looking borderless photos are just the tip of the iceberg with the HP Envy 5052. Also included in this wireless all-in-one printer is a touch screen that assists you in easily navigating the device’s many options (print, copy, scan, etc.), double-sided printing, and Bluetooth capabilities. One of the coolest features here is the HP companion app, which can connect to the Envy’s dual band WiFi and help you manage (and print, of course) your photos by communicating with your printer right from your smartphone. With its vast features and intuitive design, the HP Envy 5052 is a superb printer to have at your side. 

Check out the HP Envy Wireless All-in-One Printer for just $59 at Walmart while you can still score this deal. 

Create instant photos with the HP Sprocket Camera Printer, on sale for $60 off at Best Buy

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This portable camera doubles as an instant photo printer.
This portable camera doubles as an instant photo printer.

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Instant pictures are a fun way to have physical reminders of some of your favorite memories. But lugging around a camera that prints instant photos isn’t always the most convenient. Yeah, you could just print photos at the drugstore, but that takes away the fun of being in the moment. 

The HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Camera Printer is a camera with a built-in printer and it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The neat thing about the Sprocket is you’re not limited to just printing photos you take with the camera — you can connect your smartphone and print photos from your camera roll as well. 

The only thing that would make this better is if it was on sale. On wait, it is!

Right now, you can get this nifty gadget for $99.95 at Best Buy.

When you purchase the camera you’ll also receive a 20-pack of photo paper, a USB cable, a wrist strap, and an 8GB microSD card. This bundle is currently $60 cheaper than usual.

The free HP Sprocket app allows you to customize your photos before you print them. You can add a filter, frame, text, stickers, emojis, or crop your pictures. You can also pull in images from social media and print them using the Sprocket. The printed photos can also double as stickers — just peel off the back.

Start capturing your moments with the HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Camera Printer bundle for $99.95 at Best Buy.