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HP - OMEN by HP Sequencer Wired Gaming Optical-Mechanical Blue Switch Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard but not perfect

    Posted
    TimothyTrimble
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    I have always been a big fan of mechanical keyboards. Maybe because I'm old school and dove into the computer industry with the IBM PC. Yea, dating myself. When I unboxed the keyboard I was impressed with the weight and sturdiness of it. This is one beefy keyboard. I hate keyboards that creep across the desktop as I'm typing. No problem with this one. That being said, this is not a keyboard you would want to have sitting on your lap for a long period. Yes, it is that heavy. Speaking of durability, the USB cable is crazy thick. I would think anyone with a cat would be quite pleased to have this type of keyboard cable. There are two USB connections on this beast. One for the keyboard and the other for the USB port on the upper left corner of the keyboard. Personally, with a cable this thick and requiring two USB connections, I would have expected more than one USB port on the keyboard. But, you can always do what I did and add a small multi-port connector. I love the retractable feet which sets the keyboard at the right angle for those who like their keyboards at a slight incline. The spacing of the keys and the placement of the keys are very comfortable and intuitive. The spacebar can't be missed due to its double width extending below the line of the bottom key row. The top row of function keys has extra spacing above the number keys which helps with avoiding accidental function keystrokes. Five programmable keys are on the left. The switches of the keyboard have a feel similar to the blue mechanical switches. The tactile pressure and click of the keys are very satisfying for those of us who like the touch and audible feedback of these keys. I tend to be a heavy on the keys which makes this a loud keyboard and one that I would not have near anyone trying to sleep or concentrate. The specs on this keyboard say that these are optical switches. If you have a light touch on the keyboard the responsiveness of the keys is still there. HP saying that the response time is .2 milliseconds. While the red metal volume bar seems to be a nice addition and easy to access for controlling the volume, I personally think it is a bit of an overkill feature and I would have been just as happy with the usual up/down volume keys on most keyboards. In fact, it would be a nice feature to be able to re-program this as a screen vertical scrollbar. The software that comes with the keyboard (downloadable from HP) is the OMEN Command Center. This provides the ability to use a pre-defined set of back-lighting colors and effects. The color response can be Static or Animated, with the ability to create keyboard zones. The most popular zone for gaming is the ASWD keys and this is visibly highlighted on the keyboard markings, and in the color arrangement for the lighting. New zones can be added and customized to the games or applications you want to use. If you don't like the default color schemes you can create your own custom color theme. The Macros settings in the software are for programming the five P keys on the left. The programming allows for shortcuts, multi-key sequences, application launching, and pasting of textual content. Since the normal HOME key has been replaced with the Command Center launcher, I re-programmed the P1 key to be my new HOME key. Took a little getting used to, but it does work. Personally, 5 keys for programming are just not enough for me. I would have liked the ability to get another 10 keys with Ctrl and Alt combinations. Are you listening, HP? A very cool feature of the Command Center is the Game Stream feature. This provides the ability to stream the computer activity (display) to another device on the same local network. Kind of a built-in Twitch Streaming feature. I was not able to try this out since all my other devices are Apple related and only Windows or Android devices are supported. I found that the responsiveness of the keyboard to be very good. I've never really had any issues with responsiveness with other mechanical keyboards, but if HP is saying the optical switches are giving me an additional .05 ms speed increase, I guess I'll take their word for it. My son, who is a serious gamer, spent some time with the keyboard and was very pleased with it regardless of the game he was on. My only gripe with the keyboard has to do with the backlighting of the keys. I tend to have my office a little on the dark side. I'm pretty much a touch typist and I know where most of the symbols are at, however, every now and then I look at the keyboard to locate the ampersand or some other symbol. These do not appear with the backlighting. Really HP? What were you thinking? Would it be so hard to allow the light to shine through the whole key and not just the primary character? It might seem like a minor issue, but it does irk me. Overall, I do like this keyboard and it is my primary keyboard for use with my laptop when at my home office. It's not perfect and I'm taking a star off for the lack of backlighting of the symbols and the inability to use the programmable keys with Ctrl & Alt combinations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Gaming Keyboard

    Posted
    SamG
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    This has pretty much everything you could ask for from a gaming keyboard. It’s well built, it’s got great keys that for typing and gaming, and the RGB and macro functions are easy to program in the software. The keyboard physically feels extremely sturdy, if a bit heavy, but it feels like it’s going to stay put, which I appreciate. It’s a full-size keyboard that includes 5 programmable macro keys, some basic media controls, a USB port, and a knurled volume wheel. The volume wheel might be one of my favorite things about this keyboard; It has a great feel and I find myself scrolling the volume up and down just to mess with it. I know nobody’s buying this thing for the volume wheel, but I felt it should be mentioned. All of the key caps are also removable, revealing the ‘blue’ switches underneath of them (more on that later). The cable coming off the keyboard is a bit bulky but feels like it should stand up well to being pinched and bent. This keyboard does take 2 USB ports; one for the keyboard and one for the USB port on the keyboard. The RGB lighting and macros are all managed in the OMEN Command Center software. You can set each key individually to whatever color you want or select a group of keys. There are also some neat animated effects that are pretty cool. The macros keys are also easy to setup whether you want to them to do key combinations, custom text, or launch an application. The general interface is pretty easy to follow and I never had trouble figuring out how to configure the keyboard. Using the keyboard is great for both typing and gaming. The keys are extremely responsive since they’re each triggered optically instead of mechanically. HP calls these ‘Blue’ switches, which means they mimic the Cherry MX Blue switches in being clicky and more audible to provide better feedback on whether a key has been pressed. The keys are a bit loud for my taste, but I do like using them; it feels like it takes just the right amount of pressure to depress them. I will say if you’re using this in a public space your neighbors are not going to appreciate the sound. One thing that does annoy me is HP chose to replace the Home key with a shortcut that launches the OMEN software. It may not be a huge loss for some, but for someone who uses the home key on a fairly regularly basis navigating web pages and documents it’s a little irritating. Overall I’ve been happy using this keyboard. I was skeptical that it might end up being just another basic branded accessory, but it feels like HP put some real thought into this keyboard and it shows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    If Looks Could Kill...

    Posted
    dharr18
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    DISCLAIMER: This is all based on personal preferences. Your mileage may vary depending on your tastes. Try out the keyboard in a brick and mortar if you can. I’ll start with pro’s and con’s. Pro: - The default layout is not Rainbow - It looks nice - USB port on back left of keyboard - Optical/Mechanical switches - Command Center software is very clean and minimal Con: - Has 2 USB connections to the PC - HUGE space bar - No built in wrist rest - Huge volume roller - Very loud - Plasticy (explained in review) - Odd feel and design choices - Blue switches My fascination with mechanical keyboards goes back years to my early days in IT when working on the old IBM mainframe mechanical keyboards. The great thing about mechanical keyboards are the tactile and audible feedback you get from the keyboard. Being in IT I have had a chance to work with many different keyboards and switches over the years. HP historically has made some odd design choices all across the board on their products over the years. It had been a while since they made any drastic design choices that made me wonder… “Why?” Welcome back HP of old. Blue switches, in my opinion, are great for daily typing. Not great for gaming. They are quite loud, maybe the loudest of all the switch types. The switches on this keyboard are also optical, a light beam gets broken to send the keystroke. I did not feel like I was getting the feedback one would expect from a mechanical keyboard. I never felt the end of the keystroke which made me feel like I needed to press the key even deeper than needed. This really felt like a “bubble” keyboard where you press until it stops. Double clicking a key seemed to be hit or miss because of what I perceived to be the required key travel. The oddest part of the feel, the keys have next to no resistance. It is very easy to press the keys. Which is both bad and good in my opinion. The good, very little effort to make a keystroke you intended to make. The bad, very little effort to make a keystroke you did not intend. Which leads to the space bar. The space bar is double sized. Super-sized if you will. With no built in wrist rest, I was hitting the space bar with my palm and thumbs inadvertently. I see no great advantage to having a space bar this size. Speaking of super-sized, the volume roller is huge. I never use the keyboard volume setting in a game, so I don’t understand why this is over-sized. Normally I will use a headset and its controls, but the last thing I mess with while playing is the sound. I thought when I tested the keyboard with the cutout of the box, that the keys felt nice and had good travel. Not too loud. After getting the keyboard out, it had an odd feel to them. I thought I was being overly critical so I asked one of my sons’ opinion. He said it felt plasticy. That was a great description he came up with. The feel was like tapping on a spring loaded wrestling ring for wrestling figures. The feel and sound was hollow and empty. There was no substance to the keystroke. The added USB port on the back of the keyboard is nice, but wasted thanks to needing two USB connections on your machine. The placement on the back left is also a bit odd, since most players will use a right handed mouse the placement seems like it is on the wrong side. But it is out of the way, so it may not be. I am still torn on this one HP took the approach of being large and loud to play up to the gaming crowd. While the personalities of many gamers match that description, their hardware generally doesn’t outside of some back lighting. Loud and big for the sake of being loud and big does not translate into a good gaming keyboard experience. Once again, YMMV. My other son loves the keyboard and has taken ownership of it. He also has quite the collection of wrestling figures, so the ring feel of the keyboard may be normal to him. I will give credit to the red color scheme used as the default, it makes the keyboard look OMENous. The software was well done, but it seemed like the UI was uncomfortable. The buttons seemed like they were in the wrong place. While simplistic, the UI takes a bit to get use to. While I am critical of this keyboard, my son loves it. So I can’t give it a 1, but my opinion is the one being given so I will be lenient giving 2 stars. Not something I would like for myself but has enough merits others may like it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good sub-$100, "meh" at anything above that...

    Posted
    BillnMish
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    As usual I will start by pointing out I am not going to regurgitate specs that you can get from the tab above that goes by the same namesake or that are listed in 99% of the other reviews. I will, however, give some direct comparisons and feedback based on using this keyboard the past couple weeks in both an every day casual/work environment, as well as a gaming one. First things first; it looks beautiful. The metal body is heavy and looks (to beat a dead horse) beautiful. Seriously, this thing makes my G510 and G910 look like duds. But, looks can be deceiving (more on this in a bit) so take this all with a grain of salt. Performance -- it's fast. It's accurate. And while the keys are very "light" (very little effort to depress them) there is absolutely zero lag with input and the keys themselves (while not comparing to the body and other physical aspects of the keyboard in terms of quality) feel nice on the finger tips and have a nice rebound to them. It's a very solid gaming option - period. I took a few typing tests back and forth between the OMEN and my G910; aside from the spacebar on the OMEN (it's HUGE -- more on that below) it more than held it's own. This is a very subjective thing, but the OMEN felt to my fingers like it had a crisper action and a very nice "flow" to it. Again, a little on the "light" side, but if you are typing 100+ WPM your fingers are dancing around anyway, so for me personally I'm more concerned with the aforementioned rebound action. Continuing on with the pro's -- the Omen Command Center. You can use the keyboard straight out of the box without it, but you won't be able to program the 5 macro keys, alter the coloring (defaults to red initially), nor set up any of the other customization settings. For a deep-dive into just what those are, again...read the other reviews, they pretty much all outline precisely what these things are. If you are familiar with Logitech's software, this isn't all that different as far as options go. Looks and layout-wise HP's software is severely lacking, but crudeness aside it gets the job done. After that it's a sharp decline as to what there is to be excited about. You get a single USB port that is nicely placed at a 45* on the top left. So yeah, that's convenient and appreciated. The volume roller, while feeling solid (knurled metal), is comically out of proportion with everything on the keyboard aside from the spacebar. I'm not kidding -- do not take this keyboard outside. Nearby air traffic *will* confuse the spacebar for a runway. In typing situations you do eventually get used to it, but due to it's size (horizontally it's fine, but vertically it's 2x the height you typically see) I felt like I had to strike it deadcenter or it felt like it was flexing off it's center axis. Think of a car going through a turn that is evenly balanced, there isn't much roll or pitch to it. Now, imagine a top-heavy SUV attempting the same...that image is precisely what the spacebar on the OMEN feels like if it you strike it anywhere other than deadcenter. Pushing onward with the gripes; man is this thing "clicky." I get it, I get it...it's mechanical. But, blue switches? At this price point? Ughhhh, terrible choice. Luckily I have an office to myself, because this thing *will* drive any other occupants nuts, misophonia sufferers or not. Case in point? 30 minutes into a project a coworker asked, "is it supposed to be that loud? Or does it have an app running to make it sound like an old typewriter?" Is this person kind of a doofus? Yes. But, they are anything but in this particular instance - so I will include their comment as it bolsters my stance on the matter. In order to power this thing two...TWO...USB plugs are required. Sure, the wires are nicely sheathed, but due to there being TWO of them, they aren't very pliable so for anyone with OCD about wires/cords, please heed this warning. To wrap this all up; while being a beautiful piece that performs extremely well (if you are gaming...by yourself...inside) I can't recommend the OMEN at the price point that this thing is going for. Even as I write this review it is $40 off the original MSRP and I would not recommend it given the other keyboards it is competing against.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High Build Quality Gaming Keyboard

    Posted
    TravisJ
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    If you want custom key combinations and a wide variety of control and options for a mechanical gaming keyboard, the HP Omen keyboard may be where you want to spend your money. The MX blue switches have a nice clicky feel, although the noise can be a bit annoying and disruptive if you’re around other people. Especially when typing. Speaking of typing. I’m used to typing on a laptop keyboard for work and home. I’ve noticed using this keyboard has increased my typing accuracy and maybe type a bit faster. I’ve noticed it feels like I have a lighter touch when typing which increases typing speed. The custom buttons on the keyboard are easy to set up with the Omen Command Center, which has a dedicated key to launch the software. The tutorial is easy to follow and allows for key combinations, typed text, timed macros, as well as application launcher. I have set one to type my email address, another to launch windows search, as well as a couple others for launching applications and games. The only downside to the program, is the Game Stream service seems to only be compatible with HP Omen PC’s. The RGB checks the boxes for what’s industry standard on “good” RGB. You can customize each key color for multi-key colored configurations. There are preset key colors for MOBA, MMO, and FPS as well as a few others. There are also animation RGB effects. Ripple, raindrop, wave, and a few other animations. Again, the program has a tutorial that shows up during first time use and can be relaunched if needed for setting up different keyboard colors. The USB port on the keyboard is positioned in the top left corner which is out of the way enough that it shouldn’t interfere or get in the way. Seeing as how the keyboard has two USB inputs, this appears to just be a passthrough that doesn’t have to be used if not needed. It is convenient if you do not have USB input on the front of your PC, you can quickly plug a USB device into the keyboard without needing a hub or dock. Finally, just some round about comments. The build quality on this keyboard makes it a tank. It’s hefty and solid and feels like it’s worth the price. The brushed aluminum looks very nice and the fold out risers looks like they will hold up for years. This does make this a bit heavy, which being a full size keyboard, lowers the portability. Being heavy and long, if you’re a mobile gamer who likes the desktop feel (like I do), you’ll have a hard time squeezing this into your mobile setup. The volume “roller bar” is kind of neat and leaves no questions as to where the volume controls are. I’m just not sure that the volume control needed any re-invention. It may grow on me as time goes on. One of the main claims of this keyboard is the decreased response time. I’m not a professional gamer and only average on most days. I do not really have a way to test if a half of a millisecond has increased my gaming skill. For some this may give a slight competitive advantage, but I’m finding it difficult to see a difference. This keyboard gets my recommendation. If you’re just looking for a mechanical keyboard that has the looks and feel of a professional gamer, this checks the boxes. The blue switches may be loud for some, but it’s a worthwhile trade off for an excellent typing experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Back to the drawing board

    Posted
    Reddog
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    HP - OMEN by HP Sequencer Wired Gaming Optical-Mechanical Blue Switch Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Black I wanted to like this HP Reactor Optical-Mechanical RGB Keyboard which I have been testing with the HP Reactor Wired Optical-Mechanical Gaming Mouse and neither of these lived up to my hopes. It didn’t help that two keys caps fell out of the box as soon as I took it out of the box. Of course this was a very minor issue since I just popped them back on. And they did stay in place in all of my testing. But overall the keys just feel loose and sloppy. They can wobble back and forth much more than any other keyboard I have used before. The feel while typing is fine and the feedback from the optical-mechanical keys is good but the wobble should not be there on a high end keyboard. The lighting effects are fairly generic and they do not get very bright. The puzzling thing is this keyboard needs to use two USB ports. It has a big braided cable but I have seen and used better RGB keyboards that make due with one USB connection. And there is no other connection that you can use on the keyboard to justify needing to have such a large cable using two or your USB ports. The keyboard supports macros and the Omen software is pretty easy to use. You install the software from the Windows store which was a nice surprise and took almost no time to install. The problem is the Omen software is launched from what would be your home key. And I could not find anyway to remap that key so I could use the home key for moving around documents and spreadsheets when I wasn’t gaming. Generally the build quality was fine with an aluminum top and plastic bottom. The feet at the bottom don’t raise the keyboard up much so it sits mostly flat with them extended. That is a preference issue but I do like to have a little higher lift then you get here. One thing I did like was the media and volume wheel/bar. It looks good and it very easy to use. The media key are also very easy to find and use. I think if you have invested in the HP Omen line of gaming desktops or notebooks both the mouse and keyboard are worth a look but nothing about them really is unique. Yes the optical switches are new but neither the mouse or keyboard are the only products that offer that feature. And unless I just missed it using the home button to launch the Omen software is annoying while doing office work. I just can’t recommend this keyboard over the many options gamer have today

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Gaming Keyboard with some small shortcomings

    Posted
    J0A0A7
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    The keyboard is very sturdy and on the heavy side, but that helps on keeping it stationary. The cable is thick and very solid that should last a while. The cable also takes 2 USB ports 1 for the keyboard itself and the other for the USB port on the top left corner of the keyboard. My only concern for build quality is the plastic foot I don't think there adqueate for the weight of this keyboard. One of my favorite features is the scrolling volume knob. It's a lot faster and more precise and you also get a mute button. This being my first gaming keyboard I was impressed with the RGB lighting. There so many options to customize the color down to the individual keys. There's a total of 8 lighting patterns and so far my favorite has been the ripple effect. You also get to customized the color for the lighting pattern. The Omen software is only available through the Windows store so FYI for those that prefer to use Windows 7 for gaming. I've been using this keyboard for gaming and office work. For gaming wise it has perform well as the keys do provide good feedback .You also get 5 macro keys that you can customized through the Omen software. For office work at first, I kept hitting the macro keys everytime I was trying to hit the tab or shift button. After some time finally getting comfortable with the feel of the keyboard my WPM has increased and my errors have decreased. They only thing I've would of change is the huge space bar and the wobble of the keys. I prefer the feel of the standard size space bar. As for the keys they wobble more than I prefer them too. There is times the wobble make the keys feel like they're loose sometimes it's more apparent when typing. Since these are blue switches they might be too loud for an office environment. Even without installing the Omen software you can still cycle through the lighting pattern but you can't adjust the color of the light. Overall I been very satisfied with the product and it has now become my go to keyboard for gaming and getting some work done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for Gaming

    Posted
    zero325
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    What a great gaming keyboard! It has an excellent look, good build, and premium feel. I was excited to get my hands on my first ever optical keyboard – I wasn’t disappointed. I’m used to using a traditional red switch mechanical keyboard for gaming and typing. I was a little unsure how I’d like the blue switches used in the Sequencer. Ultimately, the keys feel fast – like really fast - and very clicky. Overall, I’m very pleased and I think my reaction times have actually seen a benefit. I’ve seen complaints from others about the space bar and clickiness – but I just don’t agree. The design includes a pass through usb port and one of the most interesting volume controls I’ve used. The keyboard is full RGB and can be programmed with the Omen software. You can also program a handful of macro keys here. My gripe here is that the home button has been reassigned to launch the software. I can’t be the only one who uses the home button regularly when typing, right? My other complaint has to do with the underside legs/feet. They’re small and seemingly under engineered. After about 3 days of gaming, one of the legs completely split in half and collapsed. Broken leg aside, the keyboard itself has been incredible. With the optical keys, blue switches, and great aesthetic, I’d definitely recommend the HP Omen Sequencer to anyone looking for a solid gaming keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      HP Team

      We are sorry to hear about your experience with our Sequencer keyboard. We have passed this case along to our engineer team, who will try to re-create the issue. In the meantime, we would love to see what we can do for you to improve your impression with HP. Please feel free to give a call to the OMEN customer service team at 1-866-724-8628 and express your concerns. We will try our best to see what we can do to alter this situation into a more positive one.

      -HP Customer Care Team HP

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard for gaming

    Posted
    Leonardo
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    The good: First off, as a keyboard, it gets the job done well. It has blue switches in it, so if you've used a keyboard with those, you already know how it feels. If you haven't, blues are very clicky/responsive and feel good to type on. All of the bells and whistles work and are very easy to set up as well. The software to configure the colors and macros is super easy to use as well. I've never had a keyboard with backlights or macros before and it took me 10 seconds to learn how it works. It comes with a lot of preset color schemes (both static and moving), and you can customize all of them. You can also choose to just assign each key or group of keys a color from scratch if you want to. Also, the volume slider bar is nice to have and is easy to reach. The bad: The spacebar. Not sure why they decided to have a spacebar twice as tall and slide the arrow keys down from the rest of the keyboard to line up with it as well. I'm used to it now but it's still a bit strange. The loudness of the keys. Blue switches are known for being really nice to type on but also loud to those around you. The loudness won't be an issue for you, but it might cause issues if you use it in a shared environment where people are working. If the only people around you are also gaming though, it's not a problem. Overall: If you're looking for a high end gaming keyboard, you can't go wrong with the Sequencer. My complaints are pretty minor and the important thing is that it works well to play games on. The backlights are really nice, and if you aren't creative they already give you a lot of nice looking presets you can use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointing

    Posted
    Nate
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    I really wanted to like this keyboard based on some of the reviews, but there were a few dissatisfactions in this keyboard. First of all, the keyboard is incredibly loud. I know some people do like mechanical keyboards but these blue switches are extraordinarily loud and everyone in my house can hear them. Next, the macros that are "customizable" add a tremendous amount of load on my CPU for a keyboard. When you push one of the macros, which are very helpful, it triggers the omen command center in the background and then opens the application from that application. When my workstation is under stressing tasks, it certainly does not help. More small issues that I encountered was that the keyboard requires two USB slots and was bigger than the size listed in the specifications. Finally, the thing that annoys me most is the volume roller. It was certainly under my impression that you can customize this to system attributes such as brightness or a media controller. However, I do like the build quailty of the keyboard. It's made out of alluminum and is very sturdy. The keys are pretty soft and require a decent amount of pressure, which I like. It's a little hard to find the positives when there is so many negatives. I would not reccoment this to a friend. Unless you know what kind of switch you want, don't mind customizability and can take the extra cpu load then I can see an ideal use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very solid keyboard with some quirks

    Posted
    sdunnin
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    Keyboard is heavy and very well made. My favorite feature is the very large knurled metal volume adjustment cylinder. It offers quick handy access to the volume adjustment and just has a nice feel to it. There is also a mute button along the top near the volume as well but it's a button that's a little hard to see. What I dislike the most is in the navigation button group (Pg Up & Dn, Insert, Delete, End) there is no Home key. Where the Home key usually is there is a key that opens the Omen Command Center. Super annoying, I think they could have found another key to sacrifice to launch the command center or at least made it an Fn-Key combo. Now the only place I can find Home is #7 on the Num Pad when Num Lock is off... arrgh what a dumb design. Key lighting is nice and there are tons of RGB options in the Command Center which is fairly easy to use. I like how you can customize individual keys for static lighting or choose from different animated patterns. A gripe I have about the key markings is that the Shift Key values are not lit and kind of hard to see. I realize that this is a gaming keyboard but you still do need to use it for regular typing sometimes. Key press response is super fast and has a pretty good feel, maybe on the soft side as I find myself accidentally pressing nearby keys while typing sometimes. That could also be me getting used to this keyboard as well though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Gaming Keyboard for the Serious Gamer

    Posted
    teasten
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    Simply perfect. The HP OMEN Sequencer Keyboard is incredible. If you are a serious gamer, you cannot go wrong. This an optical mechanical keyboard, giving you an 0.2ms response time (faster than any pure mechanical keyboard). Installation was a breeze and the HP OMEN Command Center software (download it from the Windows Store) gives you control over the macro commands - which all worked with no problem. The backlighting on the HP OMEN Sequencer is sophisticated with a lot of prebuilt special effects (breathing, wave, pulse, etc). What I love though is you every key is individually controllable - so any key can be any color you want. Other thoughts. The red volume roller bar works - no drivers necessary. There's also a mute button just to the left of it. The only watch out is that the HP OMEN Sequencer requires 2 USB ports. This wasn't an issue for me - but if you have limited spare USB ports could be an issue for you. The HP OMEN Sequencer does have a USB port on the left of the keyboard, so if you lose a USB port you can even out with the keyboard. Final thoughts Well built, braided USB cable, and it weighs a lot - definitely feels quality and it's worth every penny. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyboard

    Posted
    sollyp
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    The first thing that you will notice when you take the keyboard out of the box is that it is a pretty hefty keyboard. I think that speaks to its build quality. The anodized aluminum top plate really makes it look and feel premium. The USB cable is also very thick and braided. It seems built to endure whatever life may throw at it. This keyboard has RGB lighting to the surprise of nobody. You can customize with the software. It also has a red volume wheel in the upper right corner that just makes it look pretty. These switches are similar to the Cherry MX blue switches for anyone who is wondering. They are very clicky and tactile. They can get loud so probably would not get these if you need to be more inconspicuous. HP says that these switches have a response time of 0.2 ms which is really fast. I personally am not a good enough gamer to even take advantage of that kind of response time. All I can say is, the keyboard feels good and responsive. All in all, a good tactile keyboard for gamers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Gaming Keyboard of 2018

    Posted
    Josh

    0.2 MS key response time. Zero input lag. This isn't just a mechanical gaming keyboard. This is an OPTICAL-mechanical keyboard. Each blue switch has its own individual LASER to detect a keystroke -- making it 10x faster than a regular gaming keyboard. Each key also has it's own RGB LED. There are macro keys that are programmable, and a button to switch your PC into gaming mode, so notifications won't popup when gaming. You use the command center to program your lighting. There's also a USB 3.1 port on the corner for extra dopeness. This is an upgrade from my Logitech G610.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Game on an excellent price

    Posted
    vrs99
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    The HP Omen Sequencer Gaming Keyboard has great key switches with many different features. This keyboard comes with the Cherry Mx blue switches which offer great tactile feedback with a clicky sound. Fully-customizable RGB backlighting with 16.8 million RGB colors with the Omen Command Center software. You can personalize your keyboard to your delight. This keyboard also has 5 programmable macro keys plus media keys. The only downside to this keyboard is that when I game the oversized spacebar gets in my way. Overall the Hp Omen Sequence is a great keyboard with few drawbacks. The keyboard feedback is not exactly my cup of tea, but many will love the feel. The keyboard appears to be highly durable and should withstand many years of key pounding Blazing Attacks. Response time is exceptional, optical. The keyboard is great in midst of heavy gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good foray by HP but overpriced

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    CodyMCO
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    I don't know if the MSRP is really warranted by this HP offering. It is built very well and feels like a tank. I haven't had any issues with the height adjusters others have complained about. Blue switches are just meh. This thing is loud. Very loud. OMEN Control is decent software. Not nearly as many other options one would get with a competitors software. Yes the big red roller ball is cool but it only serves one purpose. It would be pretty cool if it could be remapped. The macros are nice being that it's becoming a thing of the past as of late. The keys do have a lot of wobble for something this pricey. I am a fan of the over sized space bar but others are not. It's really just a matter of taste. Overall the switches are fast, the build quality is good, but I would not pay full price for this thing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loud but very accurate Gaming keyboard

    Posted
    royale192
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    I cant remember the last time i had a corded keyboard. Its been that long. Using this HP Omen Has been something I can say i can get used to. The key strokes are very clear and quick. Have had the chance to play a few games. It was actually faster in the 2 racing games i used it on. ON know a wheel or controller would be better. I can honestly say its been really nice so far. On major issue is be careful with the HP OMEN software if you don't have windows 10. There is a work around to get the RGB lighting working but it doesn't bother me. I wanted to put this information out there to those few hold outs like myself still on windows 7.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mechanical keyboard with an extra edge!

    Posted
    JayDubsFL
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    This keyboard takes a step above and beyond traditional mechanical keyboards - it uses lasers in addition to the switches to cut reaction/response times to almost nothing! The keyboard has a very good mechanical click, but some may complain that it's noisy. It requires 2 USB ports to plug in, but gives you one back on the back side of the keyboard. The volume roller (the large red item on the upper right side of the keyboard) is a fantastic addition - I wish someone had done this a long time ago! No software or driver installation is required - Windows 10 will automatically install from the Microsoft Market the control app and pull the drivers directly from Microsoft. Each key color adjustable - have fun customizing! All in all a great keyboard - no complaints!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Work and Play

    Posted
    TechGuru
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    First, let me say that I love the sensation of typing on a mechanical keyboard. Nothing replaces that "clack" sound. The HP Omen Sequencer Mechanical Keyboard has a great feel when pressing buttons, whether typing or gaming. I also love the fact that it is back-lit, which is great for work or gaming. The 5 programmable keys are great for gaming or working as well. The volume roller is great for getting the volume just right, and the media buttons are welcome shortcuts as well. The last element of this keyboard that I love is the included USB port. I typically use it for USB drives, but I love having an easily accessible, but not noticeable USB drive that is right on my desk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Gaming Keyboard for Non-Gamers

    Posted
    mdh4pennstate
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    Personally I bought this keyboard to be used for my home office and not for any gaming applications. I grew up with the old mechanical keyboards of the 70's and wanted to get back in touch with that feel. So this keyboard purchase was over-kill for its intended use. I don't have the need for programmable keys and/or macros, BUT truly like the touch, response rate, and back lighting. One thing that was missed was the need for a wrist pad. Being a mechanical keyboard, there is the need to have your wrists raised in alignment with your fingers due to the elevated keys. Once the wrist pad was added, I was more comfortable and able to perform keystrokes with ease.

    I would recommend this to a friend