HP’s $299 Omen Accelerator takes the external-GPU dock to its logical conclusion. While most current models seem to stop at the GPU part—they let you run an external graphics card with your laptop, but they do little else—the Omen Accelerator also supports storage and ethernet over a Thunderbolt 3 connection.
The Omen Accelerator features a 500-watt PSU, Gigabit ethernet and a 2.5-inch drive bay. You can dock your laptop and immediately have access to more storage, a wired ethernet connection and, of course, your GPU. HP says the Omen Accelerator will support GPUs that draw up to 300 watts.
The price of the bare cabinet, whose propped-up profile somewhat resembles that of the hulking Omen X, is $299, which is pretty reasonable compared to the competition. GPU options include Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070, or AMD’s Radeon RX 580. Storage options include 1TB hard drives and a 256GB SSD.