HP has launched a new line of Omen desktops, the 25L and 30L, with improved specs and a clean new design that outshines the edgy gamer aesthetic for something more subtle. Compared to the older Omen desktop designs from HP – especially one that we call the Death Cube – the new design is far less fissile and much more elegant.
The striking, old logo has been removed and the appearance of the chassis has been simplified. Of course, you can set the LEDs to show the color you want, but it is important that this looks more subtle than HP's previous approach to desktop design. Aside from the aesthetics, these machines should better stay cool, as HP has made the case feet almost four times higher to allow for better airflow.
The two new 2020 desktops are simply named after the amount of liters that are in each – admittedly a strange way of differentiating the models. They're all strong black, but if you spend more, you'll get a couple of design improvements like glass panels to expose the interior lights and an illuminated front case fan.
The lineup starts at $ 899.99 for the HP Omen 25L, but becomes more expensive if you want to improve the standard specifications. These specifications include the Intel Core i5-10400 or the AMD Ryzen 5-3500 processor to start. For graphics, it has the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 or the AMD Radeon RX 5500. This device has 8 GB HyperX Fury DDR4-3200 MHz RAM, a 256 GB WD Black M.2 NVMe SSD and a 500 W Cooler Master Bronze power supply ( HP is clearly trying to attract more component manufacturers to the new desktop builds).
These are all decent specs when you're ready to play the most demanding PC games with medium graphics settings, but you'll need more GPU performance, more RAM, and more memory (in most cases, along with a more powerful PSU) cases to do so to play the latest and upcoming games in their highest settings.
The inside of the 30L and a look at the top mounting plate.
If you want a larger case and better specs without changing the default configuration, the HP Omen 30L may be faster. It starts at $ 1,199.99 and offers the AMD Ryzen 5-3600 processor, the AMD Radeon RX 5700XT GPU, for this price. and it complies with the RAM, memory and power specifications of the 25L base model. If you choose an Intel Core i5-10600K processor and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, the price goes up to $ 1,299.99, though the build is otherwise exactly the same. HP also supports the Ryzen 7-3700X processor for the Omen 30L if you prefer an AMD CPU.
There is also a high-end Omen 30L configuration that costs $ 1,999.99. It has the Intel Core i7-10700K processor and the GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card from Nvidia as well as 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD storage. The power supply also gets a boost over what is available in the $ 1,199 model for Cooler Master's 750W platinum model.
Both sizes of HP's latest Omen desktops will be available directly from HP tomorrow, May 5.