Nowadays, users are more concerned about battery life as compared to the past.The same problem affects web browsers as well. Web browsers are one of the most used programs on computers, as well as smart devices.As a matter of fact, Microsoft regularly runs various tests to compare browsers in terms of battery life. The tech giant uses Chrome, Firefox and Edge to track battery drain across various devices.Most tests confirmed that Mozilla Firefox drains more battery as compared to other browsers. However, Microsoft has now started warning Firefox users about it as well.

Windows 10 users reported that they are seeing the following message on their systems.It looks like some people don’t mind such notifications. They think that Microsoft is doing the right job by notifying its users about those programs that consume more power.It’s also not new, they’ve been doing this in Windows 10 for a long time. I actually don’t mind that the operating system might notify me when a particular application is consuming higher than average power. That’s great information for me as a user. Just don’t use it to try to onboard me to a product.Time will tell how Microsoft Edge performs in terms of battery life.

Meanwhile, if you think that Firefox consumes more battery power it’s time to switch. You might need some time to get comfortable with the new browser.Speaking of switching to a different browser, we recommend using UR Browser. This privacy-focused browser won’t drain your battery.How do you make a gaming laptop stand out in a crowded market full of powerful portables? HP’s answer with its new Omen X 2S 15 is to shove a second screen above the keyboard. Its placement is better than embedding a screen into the touchpad, but not as visually elegant as Asus’ ZenBook Pro Duo, which puts an ulta-wide display in the same spot. And while HP makes the claim that its new Omen is the first gaming laptop with a secondary screen, the company seems to have forgotten the 2014-era Razer Blade.

While gamers are often multi-taskers (participating in chats, checking tutorials on YouTube, etc.) who can appreciate a second screen, the real question here is whether an extra 6-inch display built into your laptop is better or worse than just using your phone for those secondary tasks. The short answer? It depends. But this Omen has other issues to contend with, aside from the benefits of its second (hence 2S) screen.

The Omen X 2S is a nice-looking gaming laptop, with a fairly clean and understated design (for a gaming machine), and sleek looking basic-black aesthetics. I could do without the glowing Omen logo on the lid, but you can at least change the color from the default red to whatever hue you like via the Omen Command Center software (more on that later).

And despite having a powerful set of components, including a six-core i7-9750H and RTX 2080 Max-Q in our $2,850 review unit (different configurations will be offered in the UK, with prices ranging from £3,200 to £3,500), not to mention the second screen, the Omen X 2S is reasonably svelte at 0.8 inches (20mm) thick and 5.2 pounds (2.36kg). Razer’s Blade 15 has even cleaner lines and is slightly slimmer (0.7 inches) and a half-pound lighter (4.7 pounds). But if you like the idea of a second six-inch screen, the Omen doesn’t deliver much in the way of extra bulk.

All that said, HP had to make some serious design changes to facilitate the second screen. The keyboard has been moved forward a la the original Asus ROG Zephyrus, relegating the touchpad to the right of the keyboard. Granted, most gamers are going to use a dedicated mouse -- and HP included an Omen Phantom rodent and Omen Outpost mousepad along with our review unit, to emphasize that fact. But the touchpad here, aside from being inconveniently placed, is also quite small and oddly square, at less than three inches on each side. In other words, you’ll almost certainly want to use a dedicated mouse whether you’re gaming or doing anything else.

As for that secondary 1080p display that is this laptop’s raison d'etre, HP has embedded it below a smoky sheet of glass that runs nearly the entire width of the laptop above the keyboard.On one hand, this hides the screen when it’s off (unless you’re in direct sunlight), helping keep the design from looking overly busy. But when the second screen is on, it’s hard to ignore the large expanse of glass on either side of it. Asus solved that problem installing a super-wide display in its (non-gaming focused) ZenBook Pro Duo, but that aspect ratio wouldn’t work very well for screen mirroring, video playback, or chat apps, which are arguably the primary use cases for the Omen X 2S’s second screen.

Views: 1


You need to be a member of The Brooklynne Networks to add comments!

Join The Brooklynne Networks Financial Services for Businesses and Professionals

© 2019   Created by Brooklynne Networks.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service