When HP bought VoodooPC in October most figured it was so the newly crowned 'World's Largest PC Seller' could add some street cred. Most (that includes me) didn't think however that anything remotely gaming related would appear under its own brand...
That was until the monstrous 20in 'Pavilion HDX' began appearing on websites last week (notebook italia broke these pics) and knocked all our socks off. Since the announcement isn't official I can't vouch for the specs but nothing sounds unreasonable: Intel's new Santa Rosa platform, a 2.4GHz based Core 2 Duo CPU (possibly overclocked to 2.6GHz) and nVidia's 8800 series GeForce Go graphics. In fact, anything far from this would be more of a surprise.
Initial reports suggest the machine will weigh 12lbs (5.4Kg to you and I), a monstrous – if predictable – mass and one which makes the HDX the very definition of 'desktop replacement'.
Elsewhere the eagle-eyed will have spotted the cleverly integrated Vista Media Center remote control and HP takes full advantage of the large footprint by fitting a full size keyboard with dedicated number pad. Being HP, an HD DVD drive must also be in the running (you don't get much more multimedia orientated than with a 20 incher) and the addition of HDMI connectivity has to be a strong contender.
Expect official details surrounding the HDX to drop sometime in the next couple of weeks. Is HP no longer just making dull business laptops? I think I may have to lie down...
Update: HP has confirmed the HDX which it is also dubbing the "Dragon". An HD DVD drive will indeed be included, along with four stereo speakers and an integrated sub. ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB RAM is the graphics option while dual hard drives supporting up to 400GB of storage and 4GB of RAM can be added. Sweet.