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.