Reading about the leaks online about the HP Firebird 803 feat. Voodoo DNA this morning caught me by surprise… not because of any mind blowing specifications, but a gaming PC setup in a net-top-like form factor (plus the Blackbird 002’s design). The Firebird 803 will supposedly feature a Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz processor, 4GB [included?] RAM (though for a gaming PC, I’m expecting it will be able to SUPPORT up to 8 GB of RAM), Blu-ray drive and dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800S cards with NVIDIA nForce 760i SLI. The “confirmed” features (looking at the leaked images) are a single slot-loading DVD drive, dual hard drive bays, 6 USB ports, 1 Firewire 800 port, 2 eSATA (non USB hybrid though, unlike those on the HP HDX16/HDX18 notebooks), HDMI, 1 S/PDIF and 1 DVI dual-link port.
The HP Firebird 803’s PSU will be external to reduce heat and supposedly shares the same one as the Voodoo Envy 133. Based on the leaked pictures, I’m pretty sure the PSUs of HP’s latest notebooks can fit as well (whether they can be used is another story).
Looks to be a solid concept – miniature Blackbird 002, less features and customizability, but probably less expensive as well. I’m guessing it’ll be available in February, from $1300.
In other news, Dell has confimed that they will be releasing their ultra-thin notebook, MacBook Air competitor very soon… which will also be competition for the Voodoo Envy 133. It will be called the Dell Adamo (sounds a whole lot like the Honda Asimo)… Voodoo, are you feeling the heat?