Excerpt: It’s almost been a year since we reviewed the HP Blackbird 002 gaming PC, featured on our 2007 Holiday Gift Guide. In June of this year, HP revved up it’s engines and released the new Blackbird 002 Exhilaration Edition, featuring the latest NVIDIA GTX 280 graphics. How does it perform compared to the previous model? Read on to find out.
Pros: Crysis-capable., Latest and greatest components., Easy to upgrade.
Cons: Not the performance boost we were hoping for.
Conclusion: When Alienware bought Dell we weren’t sure what would happen. As it turns out, nothing really changed for Alienware, and Dell released the XPS 710, which is a decent machine but nothing too ground-breaking. With the Blackbird, we now know that HP is taking a “no holds barred” approach to PC design, and is clearly letting the Voodoo team do whatever they want, and that’s fantastic.
Pros: Incredible design inside and out; blistering performance; cool and quiet
Cons: Price tag matches performance; out-of-the-box issues
Excerpt: Label us Luddites for resisting Windows Vista, but there’s no arguing the point that the new OS currently offers very little you can’t get faster with Windows XP. That goes double for games, which is why we’re baffled by HP’s decision to run Vista Ultimate on the groundbreaking Blackbird 002 gaming rig it sent us. We’re equally surprised that HP sent us a machine it knew would blue-screen when going into suspend mode (and then leave it to us to discover this).
Pros: Awesome design using standard components; CrossFire running on nForce.
Summary: Harrods: olde worlde purveyor of boutique toys or masters of the massive mark-up? Your answer to that question could well decide your thoughts on the Knightsbridge store’s latest exclusive: HP’s top-range gaming PC, the BlackBird 002. Naturally, the BlackBird is a hulking behemoth of a machine, capable of dispensing double hernias to unwary delivery men. But it’s not short on subtlety either.