HP Berlin 2008: Voodoo Envy Takes Aim at Air

Slim, thin and not very thick. It looks impressive, but will we ever see it in the UK?

Having hinted at some kind of impending announcement in an Internet stunt involving a MacBook Air and a cake, VoodooPC boss Rahul Sood today showed off its latest creation, a super thin 13.3in laptop, at HP’s Connecting Your World event in Berlin. Named the Voodoo Envy 133, it’s something of a departure for the company, being the first custom built laptop it has ever designed.

A 13.3in with an LED-backlit screen, the Voodoo Envy 133 is made completely out of carbon fibre, allowing it to be exceedingly thin. How thin? Only 17.7mm (0.7in), making it just slightly thinner than the MacBook Air at its thickest point – even if the Air’s shape means it’s thinner overall. Unlike the Air, however, the Envy’s consistent thickness means it can actually house some ports in its slender frame – fancy that!

So, what do you get? You get one dedicated USB port, HDMI and a shared eSATA & USB port – effectively creating two USB ports. An Ethernet port is integrated rather cleverly into the power supply, while an external optical drive is connected separately via eSATA.

Another area where the Envy trumps the MacBook is the inclusion of a removable battery, with HP and Voodoo claiming a life of 3.45 hours on a single charge – we’re not sure if this is Apple style optimism or not.

Other notable features include Draft-N Wi-Fi, a proximity sensor that turns off the touch pad while typing, a backlit keyboard and an ambient sensor that adjusts screen brightness depending upon external lighting conditions. In addition to the standard black it’ll be available in a number of Voodoo Allure finishes, though we’re still in the dark as to exactly what the specification will be – perhaps Montevina?

Another doubt is whether this will ever make it to Europe and the UK? Previous HP/Voodoo products haven’t and though a US Dollar price of $2,099 was announced, no mention was made of any other territories. All of which aren’t promising signs, so until we know more you’ll just have to enjoy the pictures on the following page, hope, pray and maybe sacrifice…something.

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