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Voodoo Envy 1333 Notebook

Voodoo Omen Gaming Desktop
Voodoo Omen gaming desktop priced from $6,500 and tops out at $20,000

With all the hoopla surrounding the announcement of the iPhone 3G, it’s pretty easy for other new products to get lost in all the madness. HP is looking to generate a bit of buzz of its own with two new computing products, but it unfortunately doesn’t have the power of the press to generate the insatiable tongue wagging that comes with a new Apple release.

That being said, HP’s latest new high-end products cover both the desktop and notebook fronts in the form of the Voodoo Omen gaming desktop and the Voodoo Envy 133 business laptop.

For gamers that have no limit on how much they are willing to spend on a gaming rig, look no further than Voodoo Omen. The towering desktop features a customizable, all-aluminum case design which can be optioned with Voodoo Allure paints and glass, leather, or wood side panels. Other exterior adornments include a 7" color auxiliary display (800x480) built into the front of the case to display game stats, movies, music videos, etc.

Other features include the ability to rotate the motherboard to plug in system cables from the top of the case, tool-less side panels, eight Voodoo Ink laser engraving designs, RGB accent lighting, and the ability to choose from five different colors for the liquid coolant.

When it comes to hard specs, the Voodoo Omen comes equipped with an ASUS Striker Extreme II motherboard which is paired with either an Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core 3.20GHz QX9770 or 3.00GHz QX9650 processor. Up to 8GB of 1600 MHz CORSAIR PC-14400 DDR3 can be ordered with the system as well. As expected with a high-end gaming rig, the Voodoo Omen supports NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX graphics options.

For those that truly want to splurge on storage options, the Voodoo Omen can be equipped with up to six 64GB Samsung single-level cell (SLC) solid-state drives (SSDs).

The customizable nature of the Voodoo Omen's chassis and the wealth of hardware choices mean that the gaming rig starts at a whopping $6,500. Checking off every option on the spec sheet will cause the price to balloon to $20,000.

On the notebook side of things, Voodoo is also announcing its 13.3" Envy 133. The notebook is just 0.70 inches thick (making it thinner than a MacBook Air) and weighs 3.373-pounds. Despite its thin chassis and light weight, Voodoo managed to cram quite a potent processor under the hood along with enough connectivity options to make certain Mac owners a bit jealous.

Processing power comes from either an Intel Core 2 Duo SP7000 (1.8GHz) or SP7500 (1.6GHz) processor. The 13.3" WXGA display is LED-backlit and is powered by an integrated Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor. Storage options include your choice of an 80GB 4200 RPM HDD or a 64GB SDD while optical duties are handled by an eSATA Super-Multi drive.

Voodoo also takes a page from Apple's playbook by including a gesturing touchpad which supports “multiple finger tracking, supporting chiral scrolling, pinch and momentum gestures”.

When it comes to port selection and wireless options, Voodoo doesn't disappoint. The Voodoo Envy comes equipped with one USB 2.0 port, one eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, an ExpressCard 34 slot, and HDMI. Wireless duties are handled by an Intel 802.11n adapter and Bluetooth 2.0 is also included -- integrated mobile broadband is optional. As an added bonus, the Voodoo Envy's power adapter doubles as a WiFi access point.

The Voodoo Envy starts at $2,099.

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By garethcoker on 6/12/2008 8:41:40 PM , Rating: 3
About ten months ago, a thread appeared about VoodooPC, and I got into a heated debate where I didn't present my opinions so well.

There are a couple of comments here which are a little harsh so as a Voodoo owner of one OMEN (a year old) and one ENVY (four years old), I'd like to present views from what I suspect is the other side of the fence (an actual buyer, as opposed to a prospective buyer). I will try and be much more measured in my comments then I was last time around.

I can understand why most people are up in arms about the price etc...

But - how many people can actually fairly comment on Voodoo if they haven't purchased any of their products - which I suspect most people on this board haven't.

Some of you will say that purely on a technical specs level, you can tell that the price is not worth it, you could build it for less etc... But, I don't have the inclination or the time to build one. And even if I did, it would be a pretty poor job.

I don't think Voodoo's products are just about the technical specs. They are partly about tech, partly about art, and partly about ego!

I honestly feel that my purchases were worth it.

Comparing cars and computers are two totally different things. Car owners have to spend a lot of money on maintaining their cars, and that's before we mention gasoline - which is a lot more expensive than electricity. There's a lot of extra costs with buying a car. I personally feel that buying a car is a complete waste of time, but that's just me, and I know a lot of people will disagree with that. Probably when I leave Japan which has fantastic public transport, my opinion will change.

I know some of you might think I have more money than sense, but actually, I'm not rich at all. I saved up for it, (partly because I have little else to spend my disposable income on in Japan). In the future, probably I will be much more careful with my money, and have an entirely different opinion on VoodooPC, but for now, as a 24-year-old guy that writes music and plays games, these machines are great. There may be another computer out there that can do the same thing, but frankly, I don't care because my Voodoo machines do such a great job.

I think the same concept applies to almost any very high-end product (or a product that claims to be high-end). Some people spend ridiculous amounts of money on clothes, some people spend crazy amounts of money on audio gear, some people spend crazy amounts of money on all kinds of things!I'm not saying that Voodoo isn't expensive, they are. But it's unfair to say that anyone who buys them "doesn't have the brains to use them properly." People see different values in different things.

I'm also fiercely brand loyal for a lot of the expensive products that I buy. VoodooPC have delivered to me twice, machines that have been the cornerstone of my work in music. My laptop produced all the music I needed to graduate from university, and my desktop in conjunction with the laptop allows me to make bigger and more impressive sounding orchestral music (mock-ups obviously, using incredibly large sample libraries). One day the need for a VoodooPC will disappear, because I'll be using a studio with live musicians, but for now, I like having a computer that doesn't crash in the middle of a big composing session!

Not to mention that these laptops look great in a live performance (I do electronic music too).

I may buy that new Envy laptop just for music scoring (not recording, sequencing) - it would be absolutely perfect. I personally can see the added value in VoodooPC. But I totally understand why other users may not.

Anyway - that's my significantly more than 2 cents about Voodoo. I hope I gave a better account of myself than last time.

P.S. I definitely don't work for VoodooPC.
P.P.S. I thought a 1000W power supply was crazy, but this new OMEN has a 1300W power supply?!

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