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The Best Gifts for PC Gamers this Holiday
November 14, 2020
Do you have friends, family, or a significant other who are serious PC gamers? Are you looking for great holiday gaming gift ideas for them? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Discover the best gift ideas for your PC gamer this holiday. HP® has what both serious and casual PC gamers alike need at prices you can afford. Help them up their gameplay without overspending…or going through your entire holiday shopping budget in one clip.
Holiday gift ideas for gamers
If you’ve got a big budget for the gamer on your list, why not treat them to a brand new gaming computer. They’ll flip for these powerful gaming laptops and desktops. Are they already sporting a top-notch gaming setup? Add style and comfort to their gameplay with accessories and upgrades.
1. HP OMEN 15t laptop
The HP OMEN brand, which offers systems with maximum gaming performance and cutting-edge features, was made for gamers. This HP OMEN 15.6-inch laptop has a 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, one of Intel’s fastest family of processors, an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Ti graphics card, a 512GB hard drive, and 8GB of RAM.
To accelerate system responsiveness and performance without sacrificing your gamer’s hard drive storage, it features Intel’s game-changing memory upgrade, Intel Optane™ memory at up to 32GB.
The 15.6-inch diagonal display has Full High Definition (FHD) at 1080p or optional 4K resolution and is anti-glare, micro-edge, and energy-efficient WLED-backlit for your gamer’s viewing pleasure. And they’ll enjoy a zoned backlit keyboard with a 26-key rollover that’s strategically designed to accelerate their gaming reflexes.
2. HP OMEN 17t gaming laptop
If you want to get your gamer similar specs on a larger display, check out the HP OMEN 17.3-inch laptop. It comes equipped with a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics. The 17.3-inch FHD display with a narrow bezel delivers edge-to-edge immersion and a larger viewing area with 120 Hz refresh rate to play, fight, and explore without experiencing frustrating lag and image ghosting.
The HP OMEN 17t laptop’s sleek, modern design is engineered to produce desktop-grade power. It has an advanced thermal cooling solution and easy single-panel access to internals for upgrade should your gamer’s future gaming requirements change.
Like the 15.6-inch model, it features a backlit keyboard that detects their every keystroke. And they’ll enjoy the rich audio experience for their gameplay that HP OMEN laptops are renowned for, with Bang & Olufsen (B&O) dual speakers and HP Audio Boost.
And if they want to plug in gaming peripherals and monitors, they’ll have external ports (HDMI, Thunderbolt,™ USB, and Mini DisplayPort™) and Bluetooth wireless.
3. HP Pavilion 15t gaming laptop
For gamers who want an excellent system at a more cost-effective price point, you’ll want to look to the HP Pavilion line of laptops. These systems are part of a trusted brand of mainstream platforms with performance features. The HP Pavilion 15t gaming laptop in particular is very reasonably priced and is, in fact, one of the lowest-priced and affordable gaming laptops under $1,000 in the HP Pavilion line.
Equipped with a solid, responsive 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB hard drive, this is an ideal baseline laptop to satisfy all of their gaming needs.
An edge-to-edge 15.6-inch display and a 3GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card ensure that they’re clearly seeing the gaming action. It’s not integrated, either, so they can easily swap out that card if another model comes out at a later date.
Front-firing speakers, HP Audio Boost, and tuning by B&O Play mean that they’ll enjoy rich and authentic audio. Connectivity won’t be a bottleneck for their gameplay; there is WiFi supporting gigabit speeds on select models. And battery life won’t impede the action with battery fast charge support of approximately 50% in 45 minutes.
4. HP Pavilion gaming desktop
The HP Pavilion gaming line offers powerful desktops, too. The HP Pavilion gaming desktop has a high-performance 10th Generation Intel Core i5 CPU with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD storage that will help your gamer easily play the most demanding triple-A (AAA) titles as well as create and multitask. And it has an enhanced thermal solution to keep it cool and quiet while running the most resource-draining games.
With a customizable and compact design, this desktop is a sleek, space-saving tower that gives gamers the ability to expand and upgrade components if or when they need to. It also features customizable LED lights to give them the freedom to play how they want to.
5. HP OMEN gaming backpack
Make sure that your gamer is outfitted with the right gear to carry one of these laptops. The OMEN by HP gaming backpack is functional and efficient with dual padded and protective compartments for up to a 17.3-inch diagonal laptop and a tablet. It’s also well-organized with icon-labeled pockets for your gamer’s mouse, keyboard, and cables with a hanging clasp to store their headset.
With a cool black and red color combination, it is sleek and minimal yet smartly designed and rugged. Cushioned for comfort, padded shoulder straps and a mesh padded back panel keep gamers cool and comfortable.
6. HP OMEN headset 800
If your gamer enjoys playing competitively online, then they’ll appreciate an elite gaming headset like the HP OMEN headset 800. Incredible tech specs and an immersive soundscape (like multi-dimensional audio) help ensure that they’ll be able to communicate with friends, teammates, and maybe even enemies on the battlefield or in the arena. The lightweight suspension headband evenly distributes its weight for comfortable extended gameplay.
7. HP X1000 wireless gaming headset
Give your gamer the experience of freedom to move about while playing with the HP X1000 wireless gaming headset. With a wireless connection via USB, they’ll be able to play virtually non-stop on up to 20 hours of battery life, while staying connected and immersed in-game for longer periods of time. It features 7.1 virtual surround sound, which provides greater precision, depth, and clarity for their gaming experience: enabling them to hear everything in-game, and even pinpoint minute sounds.
8. HP OMEN Mindframe Prime headset
If your gamer enjoys playing competitively online, and wants to have a seriously cool headset - both literally and figuratively - then check out the HP OMEN Mindframe Prime headset.
This awesome headset features FrostCap, the world's first active earcup cooling technology. Using a thermoelectric device inside each earcup, FrostCap cools the speaker grille plates and transfers heat away from the ears so they can stay comfortable during long gaming sessions and concentrate on the win
Plus they can choose different levels of cooling intensity to find their optimum comfort level, as well as enable different lighting modes and animations for the RGB LED outline around each earcup.
It also has Virtual 7.1 surround sound powered by C-Media Xear™ to experience an immersive, in-game soundscape with audio and realistic 3D spatial awareness, and easily adjustable audio controls that are right on the headset. There’s a self-adjusting suspension headband for comfort as well.
9. HP OMEN Encoder keyboard – Brown switch
The HP OMEN Encoder keyboard is a great gift for your gamer. Designed for high-caliber competition, this mechanical keyboard consists of Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches that deliver the agility gamers need to stay ahead of the competition. The switches are quiet with a bump that provides tactile feedback, making it ideal for those gamers who prioritize accurate keystrokes. And braided sheathing enhances the USB cord’s durability to minimize kinks in the cord.
Featuring anti-ghosting with N-key rollover, the HP OMEN Encoder keyboard is ultra-responsive and has a 50-million keystroke lifespan. Prevent miss-keying and ensure accuracy; every key press is detected, no matter how many keys are activated at the same time. And each glows a deep red with its own dedicated LED.
10. HP OMEN Sequencer keyboard
The HP OMEN Sequencer keyboard is built for gamers with customization and durability in mind. With individually backlit keys of up to 16.8 million RGB colors, your gamer can choose from unique, customizable effects. It has the speed they need to respond quickly to the gaming action with industry-leading optical-mechanical switch technology that enables a 0.2 ms response time – 10 times faster than traditional mechanical switches – plus a 70 million-click lifetime.
They can also personalize it to their own strategic preferences with 6 programmable buttons that include DPI sensitivity, right/left click, scrolling, and dual thumb buttons. And they can play all day (and night) with a power-saving system that allows for a battery life of up to 50 hours.
12. HP OMEN mouse 400
Give your gamer the right tools to send their game, and team, to new heights of winning with the HP OMEN mouse 400. Engineered for precision, this gaming mouse features Omron mechanical switches that are optimized to provide gamers with faster response times and a lifespan of 10 million clicks.
There are buttons to let them make on-the-spot decisions and adjustments, including everything from DPI to polling rates, all without having to interrupt their gameplay. And those playing first-person shooters (FPS) will appreciate this: it has an optional “sniper mode” thumb button function that lowers the DPI to 400 to help them increase accuracy while aiming.
13. HP OMEN mouse pad 300
A quality mouse pad can make the difference between recovering from a near miss and actually hitting the target. The HP OMEN mouse pad 300 has a non-slick rubber base with a large surface. Ideal friction allows for precise, fluid, and split-second controlled mouse movements and gaming success.
It’s designed to withstand more than 250 km of mouse movement, providing even your casual gamer with professional-grade technology. And at only 1.65 lbs, it’s also easy to pack away for mobile gaming.
Gifts for serious gamers
14. HP OMEN 25 monitor
The HP OMEN 25 monitor is the ideal monitor for gamers with a speedy 1 ms response time, 144 Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync™ technology. These impressive specs help gamers dominate fast-paced, smooth, and input-lag-free gameplay in combat while playing with crystal-clear visuals. It also offers convenient connection options for the entire gaming arsenal, including a DisplayPort, 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a helpful hook for headsets.
15. HP OMEN X Transceptor backpack
Are you looking for a carrying case for the new laptop you just bought your gamer? Or are you searching for that perfect, on-the-go protection for the laptop and accessories they already have?
Geared for on-the-go gamers, the HP OMEN X Transceptor backpack is a great gift for your gamer boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other as it’s got a spacious interior and flexible roll-top design that adjusts to the amount of gear they carry.
Spacious, icon-labeled pockets provide space for their laptop (with a diagonal pocket for up to 17-inch models), mouse, keyboard, and more. And ultra-padded shoulder straps and a single-hand operable buckle offer comfort and quick access.
Gifts for gamers who have everything
So you’d like to buy a gift for the gamer who has everything. You’ve got a decent amount of cash to spend, and a mouse, keyboard, or carrying case just won’t cut it if you want to make a big splash. You want to be the best present-giver ever. What to buy? What to buy? We’ve got a few suggestions right here.
16. HP OMEN X 27 240 Hz gaming monitor
For the serious gamer who needs intense viewing power, the HP OMEN X 27 240 Hz gaming monitor delivers. This monitor offers a lightning-fast 1 ms response time and 240 Hz refresh rate that eliminates motion blur and allows for faster reaction times. In fact, its refresh rate is 4x faster than traditional 60 Hz monitors. AMD Radeon FreeSync HDR technology provides tear- and stutter-free gaming.
The monitor’s QHD resolution provides exceptional visual quality with ultra-sharp graphics, while HDR technology delivers a range of luminance and vivid details plus lifelike contrast between colors. Your gamer can view the brightest of whites and the darkest of blacks of in-game details like they’ve never seen before.
17. HP OMEN Obelisk desktop
Gift your gamer the ability to play at their absolute best with this powerhouse of a desktop. The HP OMEN Obelisk desktop computer is loaded with power: the latest 8-core 9th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, advanced NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics with 8GB of dedicated GDDR6 memory, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a 1TB HDD.
It features the industry's latest components, micro-ATX compatible upgradability, and a sleek chassis that can be personalized with customizable RGB lighting. And a tool-less design gives gamers quick access to the interior for easy upgrades. This desktop includes OMEN Command Center software, which enables remote gaming through OMEN Game Stream.
Making the list
From gaming laptops, desktops, and monitors to cool gaming accessories like headsets, keyboards, mice, and backpacks, there is something here that’s sure to please your gamer, whether you’re buying for a novice or a seasoned player. Here’s hoping that these suggestions help you get through that holiday shopping list with fun and good cheer. Happy holidays!
About the Author
Jolene Dobbin is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Jolene is an East Coast-based writer with experience creating strategic messaging, marketing, and sales content for companies in the high-tech industry.
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