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_MD_ Jun 12, 2008, 03:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Incredible... sharp, elegant, modern, stylish, eye-catching, envious, delicate and sexy...
what is it you might ask? It's the new line of products from HP - the Voodoo Series....
Their laptop (Voodoo Envy 133) is aimed to compete against the macbook air because for as low as $2000someting you get 13,3" display with LED backlight (1280 x 800), GPU Intel GMA X3100, 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SP7700, HDMI, 2 USB slots and SSD...
oh and their desktop (Voodoo Omen) is simply gorgeous! Supports 2 cpus totaling in 16 cores, 8GB DDR3, 4 GPUs, watercooled oh and get this, it comes standard with a 7" display in the 5 1/2 bay... All for as little as $7k... gulp...

Hurry, look at the pix... :cool:


http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/10/voodoo-omen-and-envy-press-shots-galore/


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Sean Costello Jun 12, 2008, 03:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: woah... HP Voodoo
was just about to post this hahah

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Adam Kolak Jun 12, 2008, 04:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The way I see it, it is just another overpriced laptop with lowend-ish components inside. For $2000 you can get a fully loaded XPS M1330 with a 8400GS graphics, twice the ram, a CPU with double the clockspeed, and a LED screen.

The new desktop system sure has a nice looking case, but it looks to have the practicality of a Macintosh Pro. By this I mean that it seems to be built more for looks than for functionality. Where do I plug my peripherals into this thing? I am not a fan of hiding all the ports on the back side.

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Dr. Peaceful Jun 12, 2008, 04:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 12, 2008, 04:56pm EDT

 
>> Re: woah... HP Voodoo
Yeah, but for $2000 bucks, it comes with a handsome Chinese guy. LOL ;) J/K
http://www.engadget.com/photos/voodoo-envy-133-2/853676/

What are they (HP) changing their Logo as well? WTH? [A]
http://www.engadget.com/photos/voodoo-envy-133-2/853686/

$7000 bucks Tin can...
http://www.engadget.com/photos/voodoo-omen/853662/

It is sad that HP has decided to make this style over function approach, copying Apple. But general consumers will buy into it. Sigh... :|

[A] Ok, I get it, it's a separate branding. Here, their press article. http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2008/080610xc.html?jum...R1002_USEN

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Dr. Peaceful
It is sad that HP has decided to make this style over function approach, copying Apple. But general consumers will buy into it. Sigh...


Yes and no. They're not nearly as bad as Apple. Mac zealots can deny it all they want: The MacBook Air sucks. One USB port, no ethernet. HP's Voodoo Envy 133 has one drawback: The fact that it has only one USB port when it has PLENTY of room for more. Other than that, I think the Envy 133 beats the pants out of the MacBook Air in terms of looks AND functionality. It has an HDMI port and an eSATA port. The MacBook Air... er... doesn't.

But on that side with the HDMI port? They could've fit like... ninety USB ports. There's an HDMI port, and a headphone port on that side. They had PLENTY of room. HP... urgh. They p**s me off.

Adam Kolak Jun 12, 2008, 06:35pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dr. Peaceful said:

What are they (HP) changing their Logo as well? WTH? [A]
http://www.engadget.com/photos/voodoo-envy-133-2/853686/

That's the logo for Voodoo, a formerly independent ultra highend gaming PC manufacturer which was recently purchased by HP. They are known for selling overpriced gaming PCs with excellent cable management and build quality.

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Sean Costello Jun 12, 2008, 08:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Adam Kolak said:
Dr. Peaceful said:

What are they (HP) changing their Logo as well? WTH? [A]
http://www.engadget.com/photos/voodoo-envy-133-2/853686/

That's the logo for Voodoo, a formerly independent ultra highend gaming PC manufacturer which was recently purchased by HP. They are known for selling overpriced gaming PCs with excellent cable management and build quality.



as well as custom Lian Li cases D:

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john albrich Jun 12, 2008, 08:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'd have to say whoever did the promo pics is really bad at their job. Very poor in composition and in information.

The "voodoo" logo on the cases? FUGLY
I'd want to cover it up.

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Dr. Peaceful Jun 12, 2008, 10:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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From the HP press article link I posted above.
"Top-loading cables cables plug into the system under a removable top panel, improving access to the cable connections and contributing to the clean exterior design. "


WTF, all the IO ports on the top?! And yes it is confirmed in pics from Adam's link above. You can see this from the way the mobo is placed -- all the PCI slots on top! I don't know how "reasonable" is this arrangement... but it is for sure, Weird! ;)

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...WTF, all the IO ports on the top?!...

I'm betting the cables still end up coming out an exit "hole" on the back of the computer case...the "top" will just be a cosmetic cover. It will make the cable more accessible from the front of the computer, but might add strain to the cable/connector junctions as they will have to bend 90degrees in a shortened distance. It likely also needlessly adds a few inches to the height of the case.

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*sigh*

What ugly pieces ofs**t.

How boring can you get?

Greg M Jun 13, 2008, 01:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Adam Kolak said:
The way I see it, it is just another overpriced laptop with lowend-ish components inside. For $2000 you can get a fully loaded XPS M1330 with a 8400GS graphics, twice the ram, a CPU with double the clockspeed, and a LED screen.

The new desktop system sure has a nice looking case, but it looks to have the practicality of a Macintosh Pro. By this I mean that it seems to be built more for looks than for functionality. Where do I plug my peripherals into this thing? I am not a fan of hiding all the ports on the back side.


Actually, I just purchased a XPS M1330 for $1500 (after tax and everything) with a nice 9 cell battery, 2.5GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 160GB 7200RPM drive, etc. And I don't think it looks much worse. Obviously its not nearly as smooth as the Voodoo (or even the Air), but I think it looks (and is) more powerful than both.

If you're all about looks and portability, then by all means, go ahead and buy these ultra lights, but if you want (better) value and still a lot of portability, there are better options.

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... might add strain to the cable/connector junctions as they will have to bend 90degrees in a shortened distance. It likely also needlessly adds a few inches to the height of the case.

That's not all... whoever stupid enough to buy this sh*t, need to pray to god that the liquid cooling will never fail. Why? Because there ain't no other way to cool this thing. There is no fans, no fan holes, the whole freaking case is sealed. Not to mention the mobo is placed back side up, the worst possible thermal arrangement ever! Whoever designed this, need to have his / her brain's checked. LOL ;)

Kieran Blenkarne said:
...What ugly pieces ofs**t...

Point, exact! ;)

Adam Kolak Jun 13, 2008, 01:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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john albrich said:
Dr. Peaceful said:
...WTF, all the IO ports on the top?!...

I'm betting the cables still end up coming out an exit "hole" on the back of the computer case...the "top" will just be a cosmetic cover. It will make the cable more accessible from the front of the computer, but might add strain to the cable/connector junctions as they will have to bend 90degrees in a shortened distance. It likely also needlessly adds a few inches to the height of the case.

Yep all the cables do come out a rectangular hole in the back, if you look at the pictures on engadget. I'd imagine the top cover comes off to plug in your devices, and then you route the cables out the back through the hole.

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_MD_ Jun 13, 2008, 04:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Adam Kolak said:

Crap... I take my words back... I didn't see the inside pictures, but yeah, it's very awkwardly done inside. I guess I was seduced by the metal looks and a 7" screen hehe... :cool:

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