Rumor: HP is Working on a Gaming Laptop

Softpedia reports that Hewlett Packard is getting ready to launch a gaming laptop that will compete with Dell's lineup of Alienware gaming notebooks. The news arrives by way of @evleaks, who provides screenshots and hardware specs of an unannounced HP laptop that's slated to arrive this fall.

According to the report, the machine will include an Intel Core i7-4712MQ "Haswell" processor and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 860M GPU. Speakers will run up the sides of the keyboard, and the laptop's lighting will be controlled by built-in software. Unfortunately, that's it for details, although the screenshots appear to reveal a 17-inch screen.

Taking a quick look at Alienware's site, the HP gaming notebook may compete with the Alienware 17 and Alienware 18. Both of these laptops have options for Intel's Core i7-4710MQ processor, while the Alienware 17 uses Nvidia's GeForce GTX 860M with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Alienware was established in 1996, and stood on its own two feet until Dell acquired the company back in 2006. Since its inception, the Alienware brand has become the flagship name for premium gaming desktops and laptops. The M17x was the first Alienware/Dell branded system, launched in 2009.

HP's venture into the gaming space, however, is unexpected. Of course, so was the company's move to redesign how computers are built -- a project the company calls The Machine that won't be ready until the end of the decade. The machine is the size of a refrigerator, and aims to store and analyze data that's currently digested by an entire data center. The company has also produced Android tablets, a move that would have been unheard of just five years ago.

"Our industry is undergoing one the biggest shifts I've seen in my career," HP CEO Meg Whitman told CBS earlier this month.

Will HP be able to compete with the likes of Alienware and MSI in the gaming space?

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  • notherdude
    whatever happened to HP's purchase of Voodoo?
  • Psalms101Man

    Acquisition by HP[edit]
    On September 28, 2006, Rahul Sood announced on his blog that HP would be acquiring VoodooPC for an undisclosed amount. Rahul Sood will be assuming the position of Chief Technology Officer for HP's Global Voodoo Business Unit.

    In August 2007, HP announced the HP Blackbird 002 gaming PC with the label VoodooDNA inside the case. The HP Blackbird can have its hard drive replaced in just 12 seconds due to the tools-free entrance design, and was released on September 15, 2007.

    New direction[edit]
    Since the acquisition of Voodoo in 2006, the business has been re-developing the brand of Voodoo. This was culminated on the 10th June 2008 with the revelation that Voodoo will focus on high-end, top spec computers rather than gaming machines. Voodoo will also continue with Voodoo DNA machines with HP.

    For the launch of their new brand direction they used the tag line of 'Blending Art, Innovation and Performance;' confirming the businesses future as a HP brand.

    The Envy 133 laptop has been announced as generally available, while the Omen will (initially) be purchasable by invitation only.

    Current products[edit]
    As of October 18, 2009, both the HP Firebird and Voodoo Envy 133 are no longer available for purchase on HP's website. The HP Envy line of notebook PCs is touted by HP as "building upon the Voodoo ENVY legacy".

    Other available products:

    HP Gaming Mouse with VooDooDNA
    HP Gaming Surface with VooDooDNA
  • fudoka711
    Please bring VooDoo back!