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HP's Star Wars Special Edition laptop comes with everything but a Thermal Detonator

Gordon Mah Ung | Oct. 8, 2015
This laptop-shaped homage to the incredibly successful movie series is a gimmick that's well thought-out and actually useful on a day-to-day basis.

A long time ago in a corporate licensing office, far, far away, someone started granting permission to make Star Wars merchandise to just about anyone with a pulse and a checkbook. The result was Jar Jar Bink’s Tongue Sucker, Boba Fett misters and a Star Wars tackle box.

So when you hear the phrase “Star Wars laptop,” I’ll understand if you'd rather be cryogenically frozen than see more of your cherished memories thrown into a Sarlacc Pitt, where they will be digested over a thousand years.

Fortunately, HP’s take on a Star Wars laptop isn’t one of those horrible gimmicks that makes Mon Mothma weep. HP basically stayed on target in producing a laptop that Star Wars aficionados and Comic Book Guy collectors can appreciate.

Don’t believe me? Even the unboxing of the Star Wars laptop is a special May-4th experience and tells you how much work HP put into it. The box, of course, has Star Wars images plastered on it. That’s a given. But when you open it up (reducing collector value sucker!) and pull out your power brick, it’s in a box with an image of  Darth Vader himself. I might add, the box seems perfectly sized to store your action figures.

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The box for the power brick has none other than the Sith Lord himself: Darth Vader. I plan on putting my Han Solo action figure inside. Behind it you can see the special case HP is also selling. Credit: Gordon Mah Ung

But now you’re ready to take out the laptop, which is held in place by a Sinear TIE Advanced x1 fighter. Yes, one of the few TIE fighters ever built that conveniently included a hyperdrive system, so Darth Vader could escape after the Death Star was destroyed. I mean, no reason for Han, Luke and Wedge to go after him right? They had a party to go to!

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A Sinear TIE Advanced x1 fighter protects your Star Wars laptop during shipping.  Credit: Gordon Mah Ung

HP even modeled the solar panels of Vader’s Twin Ion Engine fighter in the packaging. Solar panels, which scientifical-types say would never work because you couldn’t collect enough photons that far in space. Sniff. Well, whatever. 

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Here’s another view of the foam packaging that holds the HP Star Wars laptop while in transit. Credit: Gordon Mah Ung

Here’s the laptop itself. The name is unremarkable: “Star Wars Special Edition” Notebook. On paper, it’s a skinned Pavilion laptop with average parts. The specs on it include Intel’s latest 6th-gen Skylake Core i5-6200U, a 15.6-inch, 1920x1080 IPS panel, 6GB of DDR4 RAM in dual-channel mode and Intel HD 520 graphics. There’s also a 1TB hard drive. The device weighs about five pounds. HP says it includes an optical drive so you “can watch your Star Wars discs.” 

 

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