Welcome to another NCIX Tech Tips video, everybody! Here, we’ve got a, uh… um … actually, I uh… it’s like… a diagonal box, or something? I actually don’t know what this is.
Ah! I figured it out. Turns out this is the Omen X Gaming Desktop from HP. And man, did they turn normal PC design on its head! Or… slightly on its side, anyway. It took me a second to comprehend what was going on with the design of the Omen X when HP sent it to us to do a video – it’s this mysterious cube thing, with hard drives over here, and removeable panels all over the place, and eerie, customizable LED lighting – but it’s not all flash and no substance. There is actually some pretty cool reasons for its unusual configuration.
The Omen X is basically cube shaped PC chassis, tilted at a 45 degree angle, and split into 3 main chambers – the largest for the main system components, one for hard drives, and one for the power supply and cable management. The main compartment has what is more or less a traditional side panel, which you release by simply hitting this button at the back, allowing you to take the whole thing off. HP says the ability to get at the inner workings of the PC without laying it on its side was a big reason for its unusual design, and indeed, it does make it very easy to get in there and fiddle around if you need to do that. The other benefit is apparently that the case has more surface area exposed, which maximises cooling through the 3 distinct chambers. Not sure about that particular point, but the entire chassis is made with galvanized steel, so perhaps it does act like a bit of a big heatsink. Regardless, I think we all know the real reason for the Omen X’s radical design. It looks cool.
Now, back to the main chamber – lifting the panel off reveals a pretty standard ATX motherboard PC layout. Our particular unit has an Intel Core i7 6700 non-K processor, cooled by a custom HP tower air cooler, 16GB of DDR4 memory, a 256GB NVME m.2 SSD, and a Founders Edition Geforce GTX 1080, plus a Blu-ray combo drive, Bluetooth 4.0, and AC Wifi. But there are quite a few different variants of the Omen X, ranging from units with a Radeon RX 480 up to dual GTX 1080s and hard-tube water cooling. Our unit’s cooling consists of one fan for intake, and one for exhaust – although there are fans in the other chambers cooling the storage drives and power supply. Suffice to say, the build we have should be more than enough to handle demanding games and VR. And just a side note, it was cool to see this little support arm preventing GPU sag. It’s the little things. Now around the back, we can see more clearly how the chambers are divided, with that panel release button and Kensington Lock just above the rear I/O. There we have an Optical S/PDIF port, HDMI, 6 USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm audio port. The GPU ports will, of course, depend on your GPU. That should be somewhat obvious.
Let’s move on. On the other upward-facing side, we see the front I/O, or “side” I/O, rather, with the Power button, WiFi indicator, headphone and mic jacks, two USB 3 Type A ports, two USB 3.0 Type-C ports with fast charging, and an SD card reader. Below that are 4 storage drive bays, with a pretty cool tool-less design, one of which is loaded with our unit’s 2TB hard drive. Those drives have their own chamber, which is cooled by an exhaust fan at the back. On the bottom-facing side, we have the blu-ray combo disc drive separating the hard drive chamber from the very bottom chamber.
That chamber contains the power supply in the rear which is a 1300W unit in this case, and space for extra cables in front. But it’s also got this little tool set you can access by pulling off the front panel, which is adorned by an LED Omen logo. There’s a set of screws, a combo philips screwdriver and allen key, and this little tool for pulling the panels off. So that’s pretty cool. If you take that off, you can see the chamber that holds the extra lengths of cable, which you might need if you were to modify your rig’s components.
So that’s the Omen X. It’s definitely unique, to say the least, and whether it appeals to you or not depends on whether you prefer your PCs small and unobtrusive, or large and in charge. I think it’s quite obvious that this one falls into the latter category. It will also depend on how much you want to spend – as I said, there’s a number of configurations, but they start with the bare case, by itself, for 599 US. Our specific configuration goes for around 2400 US. There’s a lot of other PC cases and even full gaming systems out there for MUCH less, but will they make people as jealous, or confused, as the Omen X? Not likely.
Now HP wasn’t content to just create an eye-catching monster gaming PC, they had to make the whole setup. So they also sent us these OMEN peripherals to complete our gaming station. For a display, we got a 32-inch 1440p monitor with a 5ms response time, 75Hz refresh rate, and USB passthrough. HP also partnered with Steelseries to create special OMEN versions of the Steelseries Siberia 200 headset, Rival 300 gaming mouse, Apex 350 gaming keyboard with low profile membrane keys and a ridiculous amount of macro keys, and Qck mousepad. So if you want a fully cohesive Omen-branded battlestation… you can. Maybe you want that, maybe you don’t, but it’s nice to know the option’s there.
Now – is the Omen X for everyone? I think we all know the answer is no. A system that starts at 599 for just the case is going to be a tad expensive for a lot of people. So who is it for? Gamers who want to go full on beast mode. And who have some cash to spare. It’s a pre-built system, but it also does have pretty open options for expandability, with the 4 hard drive trays and included toolkit for installing more fans or watercooling if you so desire. If you are interested, or just want more details, the link is in the description below, and leave a comment, even if it’s completely impractical at the moment, would you be interested in a radically different case like this?
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