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Company says it's unafraid of a lawsuit

It's hard to deny the similarities between the metal unibody Envy Spectre XT ultrathin from Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) and the Apple, Inc. (AAPL) MacBook Air.

The Spectre XT is the flagship model of HP's just-announced Envy ultrathin collection, whose roots trace back to acquired VoodooPC's Envy laptops, which first launched June 2008.  The VoodooPC envy was one of the first non-Apple ultrathins to hit the market, coming just months after Apple's Jan. 2008 MacBook Air launch.

The Voodoo Envy didn't look much like the MacBook Air, but it's hard to deny that HP's line has trended towards Apple's with each release since.  With the latest release the similarities were enough for HP's VP of industrial design Stacy Wolff to go on the defensive.  He told Engadget, "[The Spectre XT's looks are] not due to Apple but due to the way technologies developed.  It is not because those guys did it first.  It's just that's where the form factor is leading it."

He points to his design's rubber imbued bottom, slightly different keyboard, and brushed metal (as opposed to the MacBook Air's shiny metal) body as key differentiators.  He calls the ultrabook "Genuine HP".

Stacy Wolff
Stacy Wolff, HP [Image Source: Engadget]

The defensive commentary is a bit odd, but with Apple suing numerous companies [1][2] over alleged design violations, perhaps it's a legal-minded measure.  Mr. Wolff indicated the design received his lawyers' stamp of approval.

Source: Engadget

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It's not the Air, but the Pro that HP copied
By michael2k on 5/9/2012 3:53:05 PM , Rating: -1
Open up a 2012 HP Envy 15 or 17 and tell me the sharp orthogonal aluminum edges, large buttonless trackpad, black island recessed keys, glossy black display, pinhole array speaker grilles, and silver aluminum don't scream "Apple" to you.

By sprockkets on 5/9/2012 3:54:57 PM , Rating: 2

By dark matter on 5/9/2012 4:18:18 PM , Rating: 5

To get around this, they should have the keyboard where the screen is, no speakers and made of chocolate.

RE: It's not the Air, but the Pro that HP copied
By kattanna on 5/9/2012 4:22:27 PM , Rating: 2
no.. because this one has ethernet and more then 1 USB port making it actually useful

RE: It's not the Air, but the Pro that HP copied
By macdevdude on 5/9/12, Rating: -1
By nolisi on 5/9/2012 5:39:48 PM , Rating: 4
Nice try, Troll,

If you want to pull your head out of whatever hole you stuck it in, you'll realize that HP went a vastly different route than the existing Macbook

First- HP decided to go with *CURRENT* technology and go USB 3.0 vs USB 2.0 in the Air.

Second- there's an actual HDMI port.

Thrid- *gasp* an actual Ethernet port.

And there's no way this laptop is pure clone. HP decided to go with a real OS instead of designing one for people who aren't capable of dealing with more than a Fisher Price tool kit.

By Cheesew1z69 on 5/9/2012 9:28:00 PM , Rating: 1
Man, you really are a moron. Looks like 1 3.0 and 1 2.0, so as usual, you fail life and logic.

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