HP’s Omen line of gaming PCs is making a comeback. Opting for more of a desktop replacement than an ultraportable form factor, the 15.6″ and 17.3″ laptops are recognisable if not by size then certainly by their distinctive backlit keyboard.
The 62″ battery sits flat and towards the front of the machine to allow more cooling surface area and airflow for thermal management without sacrificing performance thanks to Nvidia GTX 965M graphics and sixth generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processors.
Other features include a wide vision HD or Intel RealSense camera; up to 16Gb RAM; 512Gb PCIe SSD or up to 2Tb for single-storage or dual-storage with 2Tb HDD and 128Gb SSHD.
The Omen line is also certified for virtual reality.
Price: From €799 (15.6″ from 23 May), €999 (17.3” from 13 June)
Inspiron 17 7000
Dell’s 17” Inspiron 7000 hybrid laptop claims to balance a sturdy aluminium design and strong performance. It comes with a sixth generation Intel Core processor; 360-degree hinge with four modes and a wide-viewing angle HD screen; backlit keyboard; and an infrared camera that works with Windows Hello, so users to log in with just a look.
The standard precision touchpad delivers precise pointing and gesture recognition, and 802.11ac wireless provides improved connectivity.
The hybrid has an optional USB Type C adapter which has ports for HDMI and VGA displays, Ethernet, and a USB 3.0 port to support external devices.
Available from 2 June.
An Irish project currently working its way through Kickstarter, Ripcord is a way for musicians to make sure their equipment never runs out of juice by changing from a single battery/cable power source to USB. That means you can power your keyboard, effects pedal or any other trinket of your choice using anything from a wall socket adapter to a power bank to your mobile phone.
There’s only a week left on the campaign, so we recommend getting on board now.