First Impressions: HP Phoenix

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I am a twitcher at heart, and at the launch of the HP Phoenix last night, my inner gamer liked what he saw. While other members of the press were taking their turn on the Phoenix, I took a moment to admire the design. The verdict is that it’s pretty macho. It’s got mean-looking red lighting inside the case, some aggressive lines and it gives off a general feeling of wanting to go from a standing start to 100 in no seconds, flat. I particularly liked the gadget tray on the top of the CPU, with easy access to USB ports, so I can get my devices charging without interrupting my deathmatches. Once the crowd around the HP’s dedicated gaming rig cleared, I was able to take the rig for a quick spin. For their first outing in the gaming PC market, HP looks like they know what they are doing. On the Phoenix I got was MW3; a game I had just finished on the Wii. The graphics were bumped up high, and there wasn’t a single hiccup or stutter. Everything was smooth, flowy and beautiful, even with particle effects and lots of enemies on-screen. Hopefully we get some time to review this, so sit tight for more news!