HP Omen Transcend 14 is a gaming beast in an office-friendly frame

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Instead of opting to create a gaming beast with eye-searing RGB and aggressively sized grills, the new HP Omen Transcend 14 gaming laptop aims to hide your true nature inside a work friendly frame.

The new HP device aims to the lightest and coolest 14-inch laptop on the market. Revealed at CES 2024, the thin 12mm laptop chassis is cooled by an Intel-developed vapor chamber with a brand-new thermal solution to keep the device from overheating.

Powered by either an Intel Core Ultra 7 155H and the Core Ultra 9 185H Meteor Lake CPU, the laptop is certainly no slouch in terms of gaming performance. Paired with laptop-grade SKUs of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050, RTX 4060, or RTX 4070 GPUs, and up to 32 GB of LPDDR5x-7467 RAM, it’s certainly the most powerful thin 14-inch laptop around. The device can also be fitted with either Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 or Wi-Fi 6E AX211 WLAN cards.

Just as impressive as its gaming specs is the screen. Sporting an IMAX-enhanced 2.8K 120 Hz OLED VRR-capable screen, the HP Omen Transcend 14 is VESA True Black HDR 400 certified with a HDR output of 500 nits. It’s nowhere near as bright as, say, Samsung’s ridiculous 2024 QD-OLEDs, but in a panel that’s just 14-inches, it’s a damn good option.

The port selection is rather robust as well, especially for such a thin device. HP has fitted the laptop with a single USB-C rated at 10 Gbps alongside two USB-A rated for the same bandwidth. Furthermore, HDMI 2.1-out is paired with Thunderbolt 4 via DisplayPort 1.4 and an audio jack.

With a 71 WHr battery, we wouldn’t expect the HP Omen Transcend 14 to last very long while gaming, but should get some decent usage for word documents and browsing. How well the device’s new cooling solution holds up though is yet to be seen.

The HP Omen Transcend 14 is available in Shadow Black and Ceramic White variants starting at US$1,499.99.

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