How to get the most out of the OMEN Gaming Hub
RGB adjustments, overclocking, and remote play all inside one appLast updated on the 1st of June 2021
This article is sponsored by HP.
Whether you're using HP's laptops, desktops, or peripherals, the OMEN Gaming Hub software is an essential tool to add to your arsenal, giving you complete control over performance optimisation and customisation. The app lets you switch power modes if you're on the best gaming laptop, automatically overclocks your CPU and GPU without you jumping into the BIOS, monitors your hardware, and synchronises RGB lighting across your devices.
It uses AI to measure your skill level in games like League of Legends, giving you a comprehensive breakdown that helps you celebrate your strengths and improve on your weaknesses.
The OMEN Gaming Hub even cuts out the need to hop between different gaming clients, compiling your library from Steam, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, and other storefronts so you can launch them from a centralised app. Better yet, its built-in remote play feature lets you stream the best PC games to any compatible device in any corner of the world, as long as you have a stable internet connection.
Previously known as the OMEN Command Center, here's a rundown of our favourite features within the new OMEN Gaming Hub app:
You can adjust the lighting across all your compatible devices. If you want a blue colour scheme everywhere from your OMEN Vector mouse to the lighting on the front of your gaming PC, the OMEN Gaming Hub makes it a straightforward task.
There are several presets to choose from, such as rainbow waves, lighting that reacts to key presses, and even the option to use the lighting as an audio visualiser that harmonises with the sound from your games, movies, and songs.
Alternatively, static mode keeps distractions to a minimum, so your eyes don't wander away from the crosshair in FPS games. You can set a different colour profile for each game you play, highlighting the WASD keys in Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War, the row of numbers in MMOs, or the QWERDF keys in MOBAs.
Even the OMEN Outpost mouse pad has RGB lighting and charges your Qi devices at $99.99.
Prioritise performance or battery life
The performance control centre within the app allows you to switch your laptop between a balanced or an all-guns-blazing performance mode. The former is perfect if you're planning to take your notebook on a long trip and want the battery to last for less taxing tasks, such as binging movies or to stay whisper quiet at night while browsing the web. When it's time to game, you can easily ramp up the fans with the performance mode, making the most out of your graphics card.
The software can also automatically undervolt your CPU without hindering game performance, keeping your device running cooler and quieter.
The OMEN 15 gaming laptop offers the best of both worlds, starting at $1,270 / £1,000.
Keep your ONLINE connection lag free
If you've ever left a file downloading in the background before hopping into a multiplayer match, you'll know how much it can affect your connection. Thankfully, the Gaming Hub software has a network booster that automatically prioritises the connection for active games, while reducing the bandwidth available to background applications. You can set these priorities manually, which is handy to keep your voice chat program up to speed alongside the online game you're playing.
This is accompanied by a Dual Force mode, which lets you use both your WiFi and Ethernet connections simultaneously, if you plug your OMEN 17 laptop or OMEN 25L desktop into your router. Priority applications like your game are always routed through the significantly more reliable wired connection, while background applications will stick to the wireless network, improving your gaming experience.
One-click overclocking for more fps
Looking to boost fps on your new OMEN gaming laptop or PC, but don't want to rummage through the BIOS? The intelligent overclocking mode within the OMEN Gaming Hub automatically adjusts the voltage and CPU multiplier so you don't have to, keeping your rig stable throughout.
If you want to squeeze even more performance out, there's also the option to set a custom overclock. When learning how to overclock your CPU and GPU, we always recommend going up in increments and tracking your system vitals as you do, as this makes it clear when you've hit your gaming PC's performance ceiling. HP makes this process even easier using all of the OMEN 25 gaming monitor's screen, keeping the vitals tab in your peripheral.
Overclocking can push your system even higher, making the OMEN 17 laptop feel like a desktop at just $950 / £1,400.
Stream your games anywhere
There's nothing quite like the control of the OMEN Spacer gaming keyboard and OMEN Photon wireless gaming mouse, but you don't want to lug your HP PC tower with you whenever you fancy a change of scenery or go abroad. The OMEN Gaming Hub's streaming feature lets you beam games from your home rig straight to an Android, iOS, or a separate Windows device using an internet connection.
This transforms your smartphone or an ageing laptop into a gaming powerhouse. You can even take your OMEN Blast headset on-the-go with you for no compromises on audio.
You'll get the most out of streaming your games from a powerful system like the OMEN 25L gaming PC, since it packs a lot of power from $1,000 / £1,100.
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