[UPDATE 1 December 2015: Winner Announcement! Congratulations to Matthew Han! You have won yourself a HP Star Wars Notebook! Please check your email for prize collection details.]
It’s one more month until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the market is seeing a ton of Star Wars merchandise his the shelves. Given that console fans have their own Star Wars tie in with Sony’s Darth Vader themed PlayStation 4, it is up to HP to bring balance back to the Force for team PC.
Staying true to corporate roots, only the colours of the Galactic Empire will suffice for HP. Imagine chairing a meeting with your battle-worn laptop, which adds to the impression of how much of a hard worker you are, and possibly a tyrant who will get the job done.
HP is the only PC vendor that is working hand in hand with Disney to promote the upcoming film, and true to the core tenet of PC computing, the customisation that the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook is well constructed, and quite likely to only be one dreamt up by a fellow Star Wars fan within HP itself.
Check out the unboxing video above, where Darth Vader himself showed up to make us fully understand the power of the Dark Side! Special thanks to the video crew at Garbage Bag Juice and Willis Sia as Darth Vader (from the 501st Singapore Garrison) for making this video possible! The above video has not been endorsed by Disney or Lucasfilm. But nothing by the Rebel Alliance was ever approved by the Galactic Empire.
It’s all the little details that make the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook endearing. Plugging in an external USB drive will prompt the laptop to bleep out sounds made by R2-D2 (translator is not provided), which is perfect when you are transferring files of equal importance like the Death Star’s plans. The trackpad has been modeled after the X-Wing’s targeting system to help with precise on screen actions for non-Force sensitive users.
Even something as peripheral as the notebook’s packing components have not been spared; the styrofoam bits have been modeled after the TIE Advanced.
Once you’re done admiring the externals of the notebook, it is time to delve into the world of Star Wars via the Command Center pre-installed onto the notebook itself. Filled with more than a thousand of behind-the-scenes images, storyboards, artwork, classic photos, and set and costume designs, there are also available audio selections that can be used to replace the standard Windows 10 notification sounds, if you ever tire of R2-D2’s incessant bleeps.
Your only hope to score one Star Wars Special Edition Notebook would be to buy one via HP’s website right now, retailing at S$1,299.
Or you can be The Chosen One and take part in our giveaway below. Remember, there is a VERY limited quantity available in Singapore, so seize this opportunity to grab one for yourself!
Be the Chosen One to WIN!
Now that Darth Vader has unboxed the Notebook, he will be giving it away to a lucky Star Wars fan in Singapore. All you have to do is to fill in the blanks below and answer 2 simple questions for a chance to win the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook + Sleeve (pictured below) worth S$1,299! A lucky winner with the correct answers will be picked at random.
[GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED]
The contest is open to all who are currently residing in Singapore, and closes on 30 November 2015 @ 23:59hrs. The winner will be announced right here on 1 December 2015 and contacted via email.
And if you’re a hardware specs nut, here’s the lowdown:
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Processor||6th generation Intel Core i5-6200U
(2.3GHz,turbo up to 2.8GHz , 3MB L3 Cache)
|Chipset||Intel HM170 Express|
|Integrated Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 530
NVIDIA GeForce 940M Graphics with 2048MB of dedicated video memory
|Display||15.6″ diagonal FHD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)|
|Standard Memory||8 GB DDR3L SDRAM|
|Storage||1 TB 5400 rpm SATA|
|Optical Drive||SuperMulti DVD burner|
|Networking/Wireless||Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN
Intel® Wireless Display support
Intel® 802.11ac (1×1) and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo
|Media Card||1 x Multi-format SD media card reader (support SD/SDHC/SDXC)|
|I/O ports2||2 x USB 3.0 (1 x HP USB Boost)
1x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x RJ-45
1 x Headphone /microphone combo
|Webcam/MIC||HP TrueVision HD Webcam (front-facing) with integrated dual array digital microphone|
Dual stereo speakers
|Security||Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
Accepts third-party security lock devices
|Keyboard||Full-size island-style backlit with numeric keypad|
|Power/Battery5||90W AC power adapter
4-cell 48 Whr Li-ion
|Software||Multimedia & Entertainment
Cyberlink Youcam, CyberLink PowerDirector6, CyberLink PhotoDirector6, Adobe Shockwave Player, Power Media Player
HP Support Assistant, User Guide Documentation, Recovery Manager, HP Coolsense, HP 3D DriveGuard, iPASS Wi-Fi Service, McAfee LiveSafe (30-day trial)
Productivity & Lifestyle
Microsoft Office Trial7, HP Connected Drive6, Evernote, Dropbox
|Dimensions (mm)/Weight (kg)||384.5 x 265.1 x 28mm / 2.32kg|