HP makes deal with Dark Side for Star Wars: The Force Awakens laptop

HP star wars laptop backYou may have heard that the next Star Wars film is only a couple of months away. With the run up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens there is obviously going to be a franchised merch frenzy. BB-8 from Spehero is going to be the cutest but Hewlett-Packard has its own spin on what fans want.

HP has designed its latest laptop to look like a battle-damaged machine used by Imperial forces.

Special Star Wars treats include iconic sound themes – R2-D2 wails when you remove a USB drive before properly ejecting it, for example. You also get lightsaber noises and BB-8’s sounds.

The laptop’s Dark Side theme is designed with a distressed-look metal finish, Aurebesh writing, and Vader aesthetics on the back, a pair of Stormtroopers on one side of the trackpad, and the Death Star on the other . The trackpad is also designed to look like the X-Wing’s targeting system… surely they should have used the TIE Fighter’s crosshairs instead?

HP star wars laptop USB side detailDelve in to the Star Wars Command Center app and access over 1,100 images — mostly behind the scenes stuff like storyboards, set photos, and artwork — as well as some videos and wallpapers. You can also change the laptop’s sound theme with that app.

HP has also replaced the Recycle Bin with a Death Star icon, and Aurebesh is offered as a font. All this content comes from a partnership with Disney.

HP star wars laptop mouseThe laptop itself is available with either a Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 2TB of HDD storage and 12GB of RAM, and the option between integrated graphics and an Nvidia GPU. There’s also a DVD drive. It has a 15.6-inch, 1080p display and a touchscreen seems to be optional.

The laptop will be available for sale on November 8 for $699.99 (just over £450).

Check out the first look of the laptop in video below
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