No matter how comfy the headset, after a long gaming session it’s bound to become uncomfortable — especially if your ears feel like they’re in an oven.
HP has an interesting solution for that problem. The company’s new Mindframe headset has an active cooling solution that keeps your ears cool.
According to HP, there’s a “thermoelectric device inside the earcup that conducts heat from the acoustic chamber towards the outside.” This can be controlled through the Omen Command Center software, so you ideally shouldn’t worry about your ears getting too frosty.
Other than this innovation, the Mindframe headset boasts a suspension headband that makes it feel lighter on your head, noise cancellation, 3D audio with 7.1 virtual surround sound and DTS Headphone:X support, RGB lighting (also software-controlled) and a USB 2.0 Type-A connector.
HP also announced the new Omen 15, a new 15.6-inch gaming laptop. Unlike many of its predecessors, the Omen 15 actually boasts being portable and small. Of course, at 5.56 pounds it’s still way heavier than your typical business laptop, but it has noticeably thinner screen bezels and a smaller footprint than its predecessor.
The Omen 15 comes with Intel’s 8th gen i5 and i7 processors, up to 32GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, and a variety of storage options, including an SSD, an HDD, a combination of the two, or even a HDD enhanced with Intel’s Optane memory for faster performance. The screen is a 15.6-inch LCD with a variety of available resolutions, including 1080p at 144Hz or 4K at 60Hz, and the Bang & Olufsen-branded sound experience includes stereo speaker and a discrete audio amp.
HP says the new Omen 15 is especially good when it comes to cooling, with larger fans and vents on the back, bottom and rear corners of the laptop.
HP’s Mindframe headset will be available in the second half of 2018. The price has not been disclosed. The Omen 15 laptop will be available on July 29, starting at $979.99.