updated 03:15 am EDT, Thu September 6, 2007
HP Blackbird 002
During an evening gala on the eve of New York's Fashion Week, where the company hosted an audience of nearly 1,000, HP unveiled a new gaming PC dubbed the Blackbird 002, a direct result of the Voodoo acquisition. The machine sports a removable side panel, completely open BIOS -- for easy overclocking, interior and back panel LED lighting, an aluminum chassis and cast-aluminum foot. The Blackbird 002 also features liquid cooling. Processing power comes from chips ranging up to Intel's Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core QX6850 at 3GHz with 8MB of L2 cache per processor (16MB total) with an 1.33 GHz, 64-bit front side bus. Graphics card options include the monster NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX with 756MB of GDDR2 SDRAM. The system sports five independent Serial ATA slot loading hard drive bays that don't require tools for access and 3 PCIe x16 slots. Pricing ranges from approximately $2,500 to $7,100 depending on configuration.
The company also introduced a bevy of new handheld models in the iPAQ line, including a the HP iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger a 3G phone with QWERTY keyboard; the HP iPAQ 600 Series Business Navigator, a two-in-one 3G phone and navigation device; the HP iPAQ 300 Series Travel Companion a handheld GPS device for business and personal travel featuring graphics acceleration and available 3D maps, and the HP iPAQ 200 Series Enterprise Handheld, a large screen PDA with Wi-Fi.