HP is launching its new OMEN Transcend laptops this week at CES 2024, and you’ll have a choice of going smaller (but not less powerful) with the new 14-inch machine — The HP OMEN Transcend 14 debuted as a versatile gaming laptop designed to blend into professional environments while delivering robust gaming capabilities.

Positioned between HP’s budget-friendly Victus laptops and the more potent Omen line, the Transcend 14 brings a slim profile, weighing 3.6 pounds, and features an impressive 2.8K OLED display with a 48-120Hz variable refresh rate. Powered by up to an Intel Core Ultra 9 185H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, it targets users seeking both gaming performance and work functionality.

The laptop emphasizes portability with a battery life of up to 11.5 hours in Eco mode. Rapid charging, facilitated by a USB-C 140-watt power adapter, can achieve a 50% charge in 30 minutes. Connectivity options include a USB-C port, HDMI 2.1 output, Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port, and two USB-A ports. Notably, the absence of microSD or SD card slots may disappoint creative professionals, a target demographic for this model.

Collaborating with gaming accessories brand HyperX, HP introduces audio tuned by HyperX for the Transcend 14, making it the first gaming laptop to feature such enhancements. The laptop incorporates a lattice-less keyboard design with edge-to-edge keycaps inspired by HyperX’s pudding caps, offering bright glowing borders. The keyboard supports either four-zone RGB lighting or per-key RGB lighting and will be available later this spring.

HP implements a new cooling system co-engineered with Intel to address the thermal challenge of slim gaming laptops. Utilizing a vapor chamber, the chassis creates a pressurized zone for efficient heat dissipation through rear vents, positioning the Transcend 14 as HP’s claim to be the “coolest 14-inch gaming laptop in the world.”

Availability and Price

Priced starting at $1,500, the HP OMEN Transcend 14 laptop is expected to be available for pre-order starting January 8.

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