By Dan Ackerman
At CES 2024, HP's big gaming launch is the Omen Transcend 14. At 3.6 pounds, the company says this is the world's lightest 14-inch gaming laptop. From my brief hands-on time with the system, it's definitely very light, while also not compromising on power and features.
I especially like that it comes in both black and white options -- HP calls the colors Shadow Black and Ceramic White, and I always find that white gaming laptops look especially cool.
Inside, you can choose from Intel Core Ultra 9 185H or Ultra 7 155H processors, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070, 4060, or 4050 GPUs. That's paired with up to 32GB of RAM and up to a 2TB hard drive.
For connectivity, you get Thunderbolt 4, and HDMI 2.1, plus Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4.
HP claims up to 11.5 hours of battery life, but obviously that'll be shorter while gaming. A fast-charge feature should get you to 50 percent battery in 30 minutes.
But the biggest plus to me is the OLED display. I've long been a fan of OLED screens on laptops -- especially gaming laptops. Here you get a 14-inch 2,880x1,800 display at 120Hz that can hit 500 nits of brightness and covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 spectrum.
Compared to the current 16-inch Omen Transcend 16, this 14-inch version adds a few adjustments, like a centered touchpad and it saves a little space by cutting the up and down arrows to half-size.
That big brother Omen Transcend 16 is also getting some upgrades, available with up to an Intel Core i9-14900HX, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070. It also has an OLED display, but the refresh rate goes up to 240Hz, which competitive gamers will appreciate.
We don't have an exact release date or prices for these systems yet, so stay tuned for updates.
Micro Center Editor-in-Chief Dan Ackerman is a veteran tech reporter and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo and Editorial Director at CNET. He's been testing and reviewing laptops and other consumer tech for almost 20 years and is the author of The Tetris Effect, a Cold War history of the world's most influential video game. Contact Dan at [email protected].
This laptop looks awesome! Hopefully we begin to carry it soon, it'll be very popular.
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I love that most laptops are becoming oled it looks so beautiful on the small screens
We get a sizable amount of customers who are mobile gamers and this light weight little powerhouse is well positioned to sell. 😎
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