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HP Redesigns the Laptop

Gordon Kelly


HP Redesigns the Laptop

Have we really been getting it wrong all these years?

According to HP and its newly unveiled 'Firefly' (oh the happy memories) prototype laptop then yes indeed.

Designed as a multimedia centric machine, the 17 incher makes two significant changes to the layout we've all come to know and - if we're honest - rather like. Firstly a second 4.3in 800 x 480 resolution display has been fitted below the main screen which could be practical for a few secondary apps but means goodbye sexy, slim screen bezels. I also can't help but think an ultra wide flush second screen that matched the horizontal resolution of the one above would've been rather more useful.

Secondly - and one I find even harder to get onboard with - is the repositioning of the trackpad right of the keyboard. Now I get the logic but on the other hand, I retort: many (including me) like using two hands on a trackpad occasionally and it brings right and left handedness needlessly into it. Quite frankly HP our forearms naturally break into a V shape when using a notebook and that opens up the space beautifully for the trackpad - I like that you've got multi-touch but overall no, just no.

For the record there's a 2.4GHz Core 2 Extreme CPU, Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPU, 4GB RAM and a 7,200rpm 250GB HDD but none of it really matters as HP has no plans to put the Firefly into mass production...

...good. Next.


via LaptopMag.com


January 2, 2009, 7:38 pm

That looks like a lot of extra bulk, just to accomodate a tiny little screen, unless ofcourse they can put some decent speakers on its sides to put it to use.

Still looks rather impractical for a portable.


January 2, 2009, 7:42 pm

What were they thinking when they designed this concoction? No wonder they will never release something like this into mass production. Although I have to admit that they at least try to be creative with this one and a bit of innovation and creativity is not too bad once in a while. Maybe next time they will come up with something that will reshape the notebook industry as we know it, but not this time.


January 2, 2009, 8:27 pm

as the proud (but slighly out of pocket) owner of a brand new acer 6935g (thank you TR!)... future laptop ambitions such as this cause no loss of sleep.



January 2, 2009, 8:29 pm

sorry, my previous comment was unfinshed (...panic onset by managers presence). to cont... ah it does'nt matter anyway i can't remember what i was going to say.. something funny...

Francesco Mastellone

January 3, 2009, 3:22 am

I can't quite explain why, but to me the ergonomics look like they fit gaming better. We may also finally get to see good integrated speakers in a laptop.


January 3, 2009, 3:38 pm

Looks like they just wanted more chassis space to stick more high end components and cooling in and realized they couldn't just have a huge speaker bar beneath the screen.


January 4, 2009, 3:45 am

Are they making a left handed version?


January 4, 2009, 6:22 am

@mobies - Not that I'm aware of, hence my issue...


January 4, 2009, 4:38 pm

They should put wheels on the bottom of it to make it easier to drag around.


January 5, 2009, 6:11 pm

They should call it "The Paving Slab"!!

Laptops need to be powerful, slim, lightweight, portable, have exceptional battery life as well as being feature packed. The trend is towards smaller screens not 17". Widwscreen is in to meet the growing multi-media functionality, so 4:3 is finished. Perhapd a few business only users will prefer this, but in my experience, those users will attach a larger flat panel anyway.

HP have totally misread the market! Almost as comical as Sandisk and their silly idea to sell albums on individual Micro SD cards!

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