[Merged] Voodoo Envy, New Ultrathin Notebook

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  1. evirob macrumors member

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    ModNote: Merged thread for discussion of the Voodoo Envy, an ultrathin Windows Vista notebook from the specialty PC manufacturer that is now a part of Hewlett Packard. Briefly, the Envy is a 0.7" thick, ~3.4 lb notebook with a power supply that also doubles as a WiFi access point. Please continue discussion of the Envy in this thread instead of creating new threads. Thanks! --mkrishnan

    Hi Guys,

    What do u think of this?

    http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/06/10/voodoo.envy.133.and.omen/
     
  2. vendettabass macrumors 6502a

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    looks hot! Although - it ain't "the worlds thinnest notebook"
     
  3. aussieinrome macrumors regular

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    Does it run OSX? Then it's not even in the running. Windows is DEAD! Why on earth get a windows machine?
     
  4. Lunja macrumors 6502

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    Those are some stunning looking PC's!!

    The 7in screen at the front is a neat idea, although I can't see a real need for it, unless it it used to display activity monitor-type info...
     
  5. Roller macrumors 68020

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    Pros: Removable battery, extra USB/eSATA port, security slots

    Cons: No OS X

    It's not as good looking as the MBA, and I suspect that the glossy surface will pick up fingerprints more easily. Although I wouldn't buy one, I give them credit for overcoming some of the MBA's shortcomings, though.

    It's interesting to note that the SSD and HDD options are identical to Apple's. I suspect that if there were something better out there, it would have been available. I guess that means no refresh for the MBA in the short term.
     
  6. BongoBanger macrumors 68000

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    That must be why Windows is used by about ten times as many people as OSX then. :rolleyes:

    These machines are beautiful.
     
  7. SimD macrumors regular

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    Ignorance/lack of motivation to have to "learn" a new OS (even though it takes what? 10 mins?).. well atleast for the general Windoze population.. there are the genuine reasons of course..

    I'm not a fan of HP and I personally find it to be a complete rip off of both the MBA and Intel's new laptop.. whatever it's called.. oh well..
     
  8. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    Glossy exterior aside, those look more like the macbook than the MBA.
     
  9. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

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    Cite your source? :rolleyes:
     
  10. aussieinrome macrumors regular

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    A guy I met at a bar.
     
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    That's changing, if EeePC (running Linux) and Mac sales are any indication...
     
  12. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I like their solution to the ethernet problem -- ethernet port in the power brick. That said, the photos don't show how big the brick is. One of the huge pluses of the MBA is its tiny power brick. It's not even really a brick, more like a briquet.

    Also, it's 3.4 pounds, not 3.0. Not sure this is the best compromise between size and power.
     
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    Wow! Really nice laptops! They steel from apple though. The screen hinge for example. The MBA still look more sexy and classy in design, but I have to admit the Vodoo Envy is the sexiest PC laptop I've ever seen.

    With kind regards,
    Bas
     
  17. Heavenkittykat macrumors regular

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    I don't know about you guys but I think my MBA still looks better than that notebook.

    1. I mean it doesn't even look that thin because the the 0.7 inch thickness is even all around the computer while the MBA looks thinner because it tapers on its side.
    2. Plus I think the MBA made a cleaner and simpler, and has more elegant look without it's ports, fan, etc being exposed on the sides. Also, I still prefer aluminum than carbon fiber any day.
    3. The sensors sound pretty cool but since it doesn't run OSX I don't even consider buying this thing.
    4. Looking at all the specs of the laptop here http://gizmodo.com/395419/voodoos-e...ook-alive-based-on-intel-metro-concept-laptop. I .
    somehow felt like they are REALLY trying hard to beat the macbook air like those companies that manufacture "ipod killer" and "iphone killer" products
    5. I don't know if people can notice this too but it also lacks ports like the air, As far as I know it only has 1 USB port.
     
  18. SodiumBenzoate macrumors regular

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    A lot of HP's newer trackpads are like that. There's nothing really strange about it, they just incorporated the trackpad into the case and that's how they decided to show you where it is. It's also a "multi-gesture" trackpad. It'll be interesting to see if it's true multitouch (3+ points of contact) and, if it is, if their drivers can be used with the MBA to improve some of the trackpad issues MBA users have had while running Windows.

    This laptop is about as close to a direct MBA competitor as it gets. Similar size, similar feature set.

    VooDoo/HP chose a user-replaceable battery that gives up about an hour's worth of power to the MBA. Interesting decision.

    It has two USB ports. One of the USB ports is inside of the eSATA jack.

    It also has an Ethernet port on the power brick, which, in my opinion, is a pretty creative decision. People don't often use Ethernet without a power brick, so it makes sense.
     
  19. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Cause Firefox runs on Windows too.

    I agree OS X is superior, but really i don't care so much. I'm quite happy running XP too.
     
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    For once someone (other than Apple) made a laptop without bumps all over the place... and it looks good! The ethernet in power brick is also creative... kudos to HP. That looks so much better than the VAIO... if I had to get a PC Laptop I'd consider this one quite a bit.

    Thankfully I don't have to buy a PC, or use Windows... so my not as ultra but still portable white Macbook will suit me just fine.
     
  22. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's pretty -- really pretty -- but it's huge, and I think 3.4 lbs is firmly outside of anything that I'd call ultralight or subcompact.
     
  23. Shotgun OS macrumors 6502a

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    It's a nice looking PC. Better than most I've seen. But it still doesn't look as nice as a Mac, and it still doesn't run OSX. If I were in the Windows world, I'd prolly buy that (if the specs are decent.)
     
  24. SodiumBenzoate macrumors regular

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    Sarcasm, I hope? :confused:
     
  25. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    No... it weighs almost twice as much as what I own now. :eek: Granted, it is more featureful and faster, but 3.4 lbs is too much. I guess it's not that large for a notebook with a 13" screen, but again... I'd rather they made it with a 12" screen (or even smaller) and it weighed half a pound less....
     

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