HP takes Star Wars branding to the Dark Side with this Empire-themed notebook

Just when you thought they’d branded every possible product with Star Wars logos, HP shows up to the party with a Sith-inspired laptop. What does a Star Wars laptop even look like? You might ask. Well young padawan, trust in your training as we take you through it.

To start with, the 15.6-inch laptop is wrapped in a black and grey print reminiscent of the Galactic Empire’s spaceships, with Darth Vader featured prominently on the lid. The entire keyboard is lit up by a sinister red backlight, so you can really feel the anger flowing through you. It’s also loaded up with the Star Wars Command Center, which features thousands of wallpapers, screen savers, and art from the Star Wars archives. Plus, the noises in Windows have all been replaced with a custom set inspired by the movies.

At this point, you may be asking yourself what the specs are — a good Jedi is always curious. Users have a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, both from the Skylake family. It’s configurable with up to 2TB of hard drive space, and 12GB of RAM. By default, the graphics is an integrated HD 520 from Intel, but there’s also the Nvidia GeForce 940M if you need a bit more power to make the Kessul Run in less than twelve parsecs.

Of course, the dark side holds a terrible secret — the HP Star Wars laptop is remarkably similar to the existing HP Pavilion 15t. They’re available with almost identical specs as well, and the chips available in the Pavilion are the i5-6200U and i7-6500U, both dual core processors, with the option for the 940M in either setup. A fully tricked out Pavilion 15t costs $899.99, and the base price of $429.99 is lower than the $699 starting price for the Star Wars version.

The HP Star Wars notebook will be available for pre-order on October 8th, with a laptop sleeve and wireless mouse on the horizon as well.

Computing

What's the best laptop? We've reviewed a lot of them, and this is our answer

The best laptop should be one that checks all the boxes: Great battery life, beautiful design, and top-notch performance. The laptops we've chosen for our best laptops you can buy do all that — and throw in some extra features while…
Computing

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.
Deals

The best iPhone deals for October 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for September 2018.
Computing

Intel's 9th-gen chips could power your next rig. Here's what you need to know

The Intel Core i9-9900K processor was the star of the show for consumers, but a powerful 28-core Xeon processor also led announcements. Here's everything you need to know about the latest Intel chipsets.
Computing

Capture screenshots with print screen and a few alternative methods

Capturing a screenshot of your desktop is easier than you might think, but it's the kind of thing you'll probably need to know. Here's how to perform the important function in just a few, easy steps.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive head-to-head: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual-reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I.-powered cat toys, wallets, food containers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Looking for a good read? Here are the best, most eye-opening books about tech

Sometimes it's sensible to put down the gadgets and pick up a good old-fashioned book -- to read about the latest gadgets, of course. Here are the tech books you need to check out.
Gaming

The 'Fallout 76' beta starts tomorrow! Here's when it starts and how to join

Want to get into Bethesda's Fallout 76 beta? We don't know when the program will launch, but we provide instructions on how to get ready. The game officially launches on November 14.
Computing

Samsung’s HMD Odyssey Plus gives you a clearer view into the virtual world

Samsung's refreshed HMD Odyssey+ promises to make Windows Mixed Reality experiences better by eliminating pixelated views caused by screen doors. The $500 headset also focuses on comfort this year with ergonomic improvements.
Computing

Intel denies rumors that 10nm Cannon Lake CPUs have been canned

Intel's long-in-development and oft-delayed, Cannon Lake 10nm CPU design has reportedly been canceled. Intel is denying the rumor, but if true, it could push back the release of new Intel chips by a long time.
Computing

Not to be outdone, Samsung says it’s making a laptop with a foldable display

Samsung announced that it is also working on a dual-screen computer. But rather than using two separate display panels, Samsung said that its novel laptop will come with a large flexible display that can fold when closed.
Photography

Free your digital memories, and frame them, with the best photo printers

Printed photos are experiencing a revival at the moment, but you don’t need to go to a special lab. Here’s our favorite options for making quality prints, from pocket-sized printers to wide-format photo printers capable of spitting out…
Computing

A new bug in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update could delete your files

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update has been on a rough path and in the latest set of issues, a new bug is impacting native zip file operations, potentially leading to overwritten files in some instances.