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The OMEN Transcend 14 Gaming Laptop: A Complete Review

Dwight Pavlovic
While developers and studios are raising the bar for games, new developments in laptop technology are also making it easier for users to enjoy a truly immersive portable gaming experience. That means smaller and more powerful options than ever before, like the OMEN Transcend 14 gaming laptop.
Equipped with an Intel® Core™ Ultra 9 processor, high-resolution 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED display, and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070 graphics, it’s a strong option whether intended as your sole PC gaming platform or to supplement an existing desktop rig.
We’ll talk more about those features and explore the rest of the new OMEN Transcend 14 announced at CES 2024.

OMEN 14’s distinctive design and superior quality

The Transcend 14 builds on several generations of distinctive in-house OMEN design, doubling down on familiar elements like RGB lighting customization and trends toward sleeker, more minimalist exterior design. As a result, Transcend 14 offers an especially personalizable option without sacrificing portability.

High-quality materials and stylish trim

The Transcend 14 gaming laptop is a premium build with a lightweight, all-metal aluminum body made with sustainably sourced, recycled materials. It can stand up to travel and frequent use and seamlessly segue from the office to your home gaming environment with its sandblasted anodized finish and metal build.

Slim laptop dimensions and lightweight

Trim measurements and lightweight design make gaming or creating on the go easier, as you don’t have to strain or lug a carry-on to travel with it. The Transcend 14 gaming laptop weighs in at a feathery light 3.6 lbs and features a tapered front-to-back build that measures well under an inch at both ends - 0.71 inches at the rear and just 0.67 inches at the front.

Vibrant RGB backlighting and reliable inputs

Personalization is pretty deeply baked into OMEN’s DNA, so for many of us, the unboxing ritual will necessarily include tailoring the shadow black keyboard’s RGB backlighting. That means defining color for four zones of the keyboard, including the right quadrant, left, middle, and a special WASD zone that emphasizes the all-important navigation keys.

Performance hardware for top-tier PC gaming

Laptop gaming can sometimes be a hedge between PC and peripherals, especially if you depend on external drives and selective installations to keep bandwidth high. Truly portable gaming requires better-than-average components, with particular pressure on your processor, graphics card, memory, and storage.

Powerful Intel processing potential

The OMEN Transcend 14 gaming laptop is a good fit for most routines thanks largely to its Intel Core Ultra 9 processor, which packs 16 cores, 22 threads, and the extra oomph of Turbo Boost Technology. It can easily keep up with the rigors of frequent gaming and running more demanding software, so you’re well equipped in and out of your favorite triple-A (AAA) video games.

Dedicated NVIDIA graphics chips

As important as your choice of processor, the right graphics card can be a strong indicator of a gaming laptop’s competitiveness. That’s why the Transcend 14 laptop packs integrated Intel Arc™ graphics and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU. Just sit back and enjoy the latest ray-tracing technology and AI-enhanced gaming, thanks to NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace architecture.

Deep laptop memory and storage

In addition to supporting great graphics and processing performance, the OMEN Transcend 14 also offers ample built-in memory and storage. Keep your games and applications close at all times thanks to 2TB of efficient solid-state drive (SSD) storage, and expect speedy response times and smooth running thanks to 32GB of energy-efficient LPDDR5x-7467 MHz RAM.

2.8K laptop gaming with OLED

Alongside high-performance components and comfortable peripherals, your display has a high impact on your gaming experience. Equipped with a high-res 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED display, the Transcend 14 gaming laptop loads on additional display features to maximize comfort and address the typical concerns of a gaming audience.
That includes the latest variable frame rate technology, which uses AI to optimize your frame rate and reduce unnecessary wear on your laptop battery. Gamers will also appreciate the 0.2 ms response time, edge-to-edge glass, ultrawide viewing angle (UWVA), and improved brightness of up to 500 nits for HDR. It even features a low blue light mode to reduce eye strain.

Reliable connectivity with plenty of ports

Strong connectivity is an increasingly common assumption in the tech market, but that doesn’t always mean your hardware can keep up. The OMEN Transcend 14 includes high-quality Intel WiFi 7 BE200 wireless to provide dense, efficient data transmission, with a Bluetooth 5.4 wireless card to expand your range and boost your audio output quality.
This gaming laptop also includes plenty of ports and connections, including a Thunderbolt™ 4 with USB Type-C so you can support dual 4K monitor setups and high-efficiency data transmission for multiple devices. To back that up, you can also find dual USB Type-A connections, HDMI 2.1, and, of course, an audio jack for headphones or external speakers.

Excellent audio output featuring HyperX tuning

While we’re on the topic of audio, the Transcend 14 gaming laptop is no slouch when it comes to sound quality. Skip the headphones and speakers, and enjoy your content with rich audio clarity thanks to dual speakers with optimized performance thanks to HyperX tuning. You can expect a more balanced audio experience that allows you to filter and distinguish sounds easily during gameplay.
Do you prefer audiophile equipment and premium listening? Use the DTS:X® Ultra to micromanage your audio experience down to the last detail, providing immersive panoramic sound that you can tweak based on the type of content. For gamers, that means more realistic gameplay, making voices, music, and in-game events easier to distinguish.

Robust local security features

Though it’s sometimes a neglected feature concerning portability, local security is especially important for laptops and travel devices. When you travel regularly for work or frequently find yourself using your laptop in busy, public spaces, your potential exposure to threats is much higher than at home or in a typical office environment.
The OMEN Transcend 14 laptop incorporates Trusted Platform Module (TPM) support to maximize security while minimizing complexity for users. The latest laptops incorporate TPM 2.0, an updated security standard that provides extra encryption on your device and makes it easier to detect tampering with your system.

Long laptop battery life and support for fast charging

The last critical concern for portability is battery life, which is typically a challenge for gaming laptops. Big hardware and software requirements run down your battery faster than streaming and web browsing. Typical routines for laptop gamers include staying plugged in to save charge for emergencies or simply rationing power supply when you can’t count on public hook-ups for charging.
To compensate, the Transcend 14 gaming laptop uses a long-lasting 6-cell, 71Wh Li-ion polymer battery rated for up to 8 hours and 15 minutes of gameplay (or up to 13 hours of video playback). Stuck with a dead battery and limited time to charge? Support for fast charging means the Transcend 14 can recharge up to 50% of capacity in as little as 30 minutes.

OMEN Tempest Cooling Go

Given the demands of modern gaming and running larger applications, it’s not uncommon for hardware to run a little hot - that makes laptop cooling a key consideration when it comes to extending the life of your hardware. The right cooling solution can be the difference between years in usability, making it easier to stick with the same device for longer and saving you money on replacement parts.
That’s where OMEN Tempest Cooling Go comes in. Using Intel Hyperbaric cooling technology, the OMEN Transcend 14 keeps the air circulating in your device cooler with less strain on the device. That means you can stay cool without hearing a constant fan whir or resorting to external solutions. You can even manually tweak fan settings based on temperature stats using the OMEN Gaming Hub.

Finetune your experience with the OMEN Gaming Hub

The OMEN Gaming Hub is your one-stop shop for customization and oversight, including things like cooling management. In addition to using it to manage and tweak your cooling outlay, the OMEN Gaming Hub can help organize your game library, as well as optimize your gaming experience.
Start by using the included Booster tool to automatically increase output for gaming applications - just set the toggle, and you’re ready to go. Feeling laggy? You can also use the Cleaner tool to remove unnecessary files. The Gaming Hub is also where you need to go when you’re ready to tweak your RGB keyboard backlighting, which includes four distinct keyboard zones to customize lighting through pudding-inspired keycaps.


Overall, the OMEN Transcend 14 gaming laptop is an effective balance of portability and performance. Weighing just 3.6 lbs and measuring well tinder an inch makes it extremely travel-friendly, while an Intel Core Ultra 9 processor and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics make it the equal of any AAA game.
Extensive optimization for performance and high-quality visual output also make it a good candidate for the world beyond gaming. Minimalist design and high portability make it an effective work and travel laptop, while top-shelf components allow it to keep up with otherwise prohibitive applications and complex creative tasks.

About the Author

Dwight Pavlovic is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Dwight is a music, gaming, and technology writer based out of West Virginia.

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