Amid a growing crowd of super-thin, super-light and super-fast gaming laptops, HP’s Omen X 2S 15 just jumped above the noise.

Sure this sub-five-pound laptop features an 8-core, 9th-gen Core i9-9880H CPU and a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU—those specs are a given on any high-end laptop. But all those other laptops don’t have a six-inch touchscreen in the keyboard deck. The Omen X 2S 15 does.  

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The HP Omen X 2S 15 features an 8-core 9th gen Intel chip with factory-installed Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid metal, along with a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU.

Dual-screen laptops aren’t new, but they’re rare. Lenovo tried it way back in 2009 with its beefy W700ds, with a screen that slid out from behind the main screen. Asus did it recently with the ZenBook Pro, which integrated a screen into the trackpad. Add in any number of dual-screen attempts along the way, such as Acer’s 2011-era Iconia 6120, and it’s a pretty old concept.

None of those are gaming laptops, though, which lets HP claim the mantle of being the “World’s first dual screen gaming laptop.” (You can exclude 2014’s Razer Blade Pro because the second screen wasn’t an extension of the desktop display, technically. And no, Razer’s three-screen Project Valerie was never sold.)

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The new HP Omen X 2s 15 features up to a Core i9-9880H and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, yet it weighs just five pounds and is relatively thin, too.

But that short list of dual-screen laptops should also tell you just how precipitous the concepts are. After the early “oohs and ahhs” died down, dual-screen laptops mostly cratered.

With the Omen X 2S 15, HP hopes to make its concept actually usable with some pretty cool software tricks. The six-inch secondary screen is essentially a 1920×1080-resolution LCD that Windows sees as a second display. You can push a button and have the active window moved from the main display (a 1920×1080 240Hz G-Sync panel) to the secondary display. This will let you watch your favorite YouTube show or monitor for breaking PC deals. You can also monitor the laptop’s vital statistics, such as CPU or GPU temperature. 

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Why the dual-screen matters

Those aren’t exactly hot gamer tasks, though. HP takes its dual-screen approach further with a nifty feature called screen mirroring that lets you zoom in on a portion of a game and show it on the second display. This is critical to the success of the Omen X 2S, because very few games today are designed with dual monitors in mind. HP gets around it by basically making it work in any game.

HP’s nifty utility lets you, for example, take a map from Counter Strike: Global Operations, or the mini map from World of Warships or a track map from any racing game you play, and display it on the six-inch screen.



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