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Hip-e All-In-One PC

michael posted about 10 years ago | from the long-haired dept.

Hardware 413

stallard writes "Yahoo! News reports this story: 'In November, Digital Lifestyles Group Inc. plans to ship the hip-e, a new Windows-based PC inspired by the iMac, specifically designed to cater to teenagers. It was Chairman and CEO Kent Savage's own experience after his son asked him for an iMac that led to the new all-in-one system's creation.'"

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Specs? (5, Insightful)

mr.henry (618818) | about 10 years ago | (#10545390)

Check out the specs [hip-e.com] for this computer:

CPU?

Latest Intel processor: high performance, low power consumption, quiet, Intel Pentium-M System

Memory?

Plenty of memory capacity - up to 2GB

The configuration page [hip-e.com] only lets you add accessories and change the "skins" for the computer.

Vague specs and zero customability! hip-e, Fuck Yeah!

Re:Specs? (5, Funny)

ultramk (470198) | about 10 years ago | (#10545415)

An insightful first post, from someone who actually read the article.

If anybody wants me, I'll be outside watching fire rain from the sky and the seas turn to blood...

m-

Re:Specs? (2, Insightful)

FlipmodePlaya (719010) | about 10 years ago | (#10545428)

I suppose it was necessary, but nice that they used a Pentium M to build it though, eh? Many a /.er has complained that desktops with low power usage would lighten everyone's energy load.

Re:Specs? (4, Informative)

waynelorentz (662271) | about 10 years ago | (#10545451)

Click on "Spec" and you get this:

DVD Player/CD Burner Drive
1.5GHz Intel Pentium M Processor
High Performance Video
512MB SDRAM Memory (expandable to 2GB)
120GB Hard Drive
6 USB ports (3 in node; 3 in nodeboard)
Firewire ports
Broadband-ready with Built-In Ethernet and 802.11 Wireless
Integrated Microphone
Customizable skins
Sweepstakes LED for contests & promotions

Oh, great. So not only do I get spam, I get my computer blinking at me in the middle of the night to let me know that I have spam.

Could have other uses... (2, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545591)

Perhaps it's also a "squad alert" [hip-e.com] !

Uh, Oh! Buddys Buddy in trouble! Let's Roll!

Re:Specs? (4, Informative)

Aero Leviathan (698882) | about 10 years ago | (#10545464)

It's hard to find, but click specs under 'node' on the config page:

DVD Player/CD Burner Drive
1.5GHz Intel Pentium M Processor
High Performance Video [...]
512MB SDRAM Memory (expandable to 2GB)
120GB Hard Drive
6 USB ports (3 in node; 3 in nodeboard)
Firewire ports
Broadband-ready with Built-In Ethernet and 802.11 Wireless
Integrated Microphone ...along with some other stuff my eyes kinda glazed over. The processor seems a bit... lacking. Guess it's not really aimed toward the tech-oriented audience.

Re:Specs? (1)

Aero Leviathan (698882) | about 10 years ago | (#10545489)

Oh joy, I lose.

Re:Specs? (2, Informative)

moonbender (547943) | about 10 years ago | (#10545609)

The processor seems a bit... lacking. Guess it's not really aimed toward the tech-oriented audience.

It's not extremely fast, but a 1.5 GHz Pentium M isn't that slow, either. I don't know the exact equivalent here, but I guess depending on the application and of course the overall system it should be as fast as a P4 2 GHz or even 2.5 GHz. And of course, the Pentium M has a very low power usage resulting in easy and quiet cooling. Not at all a bad choice for a nice desktop computer.

Re:Specs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545490)

Customability isn't a word, you dick.

1.5GHz Intel Pentium M Processor.. (0, Redundant)

msimm (580077) | about 10 years ago | (#10545527)

512MB SDRAM Memory (expandable to 2GB)
120GB Hard Drive
17" WideScreen Ultra High Res LCD (1400 x 900)
ATI Radeon 9700 graphics controller - 64MB
DVD Player/CD Burner Drive
Wireless keyboard/mouse
Firewire/USB/Built-in Ethernet

They definately need to clean up there specs pages, I had to read 2 seperate pages to get most of the useful stuff (the first is a little short). Interesting idea, looks a little shakey in its implementation though (and that price!).

Re:Specs? (1)

Mr.Radar (764753) | about 10 years ago | (#10545530)

And a 64meg Radeon 9700? I didn't think they made the Radeon 9700 any more, and they never made a 64 meg version in the first place.

Wait... (3, Funny)

aldeng (804728) | about 10 years ago | (#10545393)

hip-e? Didn't that whole thing fizzle out years ago? It's not like we're still in Vietnam.

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545445)

...the cow milks you!!!

Re:In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545577)

you russkies got it bad in soviet russia

Little Red Wagon. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545395)

"It was Chairman and CEO Kent Savage's own experience after his son asked him for an iMac that led to the new all-in-one system's creation.'"

Kind of like the dad who goes out to the workshop and whips something up, instead of going to the toy store.

Re:Little Red Wagon. (5, Funny)

tonywong (96839) | about 10 years ago | (#10545558)

Wait until his son asks him for an iPod...

On the other hand, his son probably stopped asking for anything once the homemade 'iMac' showed up in the living room.

Inspired by the iMac? (1)

Kenja (541830) | about 10 years ago | (#10545396)

So let me get this right, did Apple now invent LCD all-in-one computers? You do know that they where around prior to even the original iMac (see Sun Voyager for an example)?

Re:Inspired by the iMac? (1)

Madmonky1 (708033) | about 10 years ago | (#10545432)

Yes, this computer was inspired by the iMac. Whether the iMac was the first computer to be an LCD all-in-one doesn't matter.

They are the first ones that made one people buy (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545491)

Apple may take concepts that have been tried before (like the HD MP3 player), they just make pratical devices that actually do well in the mass market instead of flopping like a carp dropped on a highway.

So the "Hip-E" is indeed a copy of the iMac, in that you are assuming they are trying to copy a device that actually sells vs. one whose sales start out in the toilet with one hand on the handle.

Re:Inspired by the iMac? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545496)

If those things are inspired by the iMac much of the "inspiration" must have been done by drugs.

Perfect for me! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545399)

As a typical teenager, this is perfect for my X-treme, hip, on-the-go lifestyle! I can use it to listen to my rock-n-roll music which I have stored as "MP3s", or I can use it to send electronic messages to my friends when I'm hanging out at the malt shop!

Any teenager who doesn't have one of these is a total square, if you ask me.

Right on, Daddy-o! (3, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545443)

This baby is the cat's pajamas! It's about time someone in tune with the youth groove caught on and built a bicthin' system like this.

I can hardly wait for the Hip-E Univeral Music Store - HUMS.

target (3, Interesting)

sonatinas (308999) | about 10 years ago | (#10545400)

This computer seems to fit the Target color scheme in their stores: lime,pink, etc.

Must....resist... (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 10 years ago | (#10545402)

Hip-e

It's spelled "Hype" actually...

sweet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545403)

a non-mac made and named for all of the fairy mac boys!

ripoff (4, Insightful)

Coneasfast (690509) | about 10 years ago | (#10545406)

take a look at the specs [hip-e.com] . at $1699, this is a ripoff. you're paying for eye candy basically.

i can make a MUCH better computer for that price.

Yeah: an iMac (5, Insightful)

j0kkk3l (778886) | about 10 years ago | (#10545513)

the 17" iMac with DVD-Burning Superdrive sells for $1,499.00 If you add some RAM you are at the same price, as this vaporhardware. Buy the original instead! Get a life. Get a Mac.

Re:ripoff (4, Insightful)

ttldkns (737309) | about 10 years ago | (#10545514)

You can buy a MUCH better Imac for that price. $1,852 if you pick the 17" 1.8ghz and upgrade the HD and RAM to match.

Re:ripoff (0, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | about 10 years ago | (#10545578)

can I hang it on the wall and use my keyboard from my bed?
Does it cone with a portable digital speaker system?

Can I Skin an iMac? Can I play my currently owned windows programs on an iMac?

Actually, yes... (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545617)

The iMac has a standard mount (VESA - does Hip-E do the same?) so you can in fact hang it on the wall, and use a bluetooth keyboard and mouse from your bed. Yes the Imac also has speakers built in.

You can run your PC software using Virtual PC - except for games, that's why you have consoles...

Re:ripoff (2)

mmkkbb (816035) | about 10 years ago | (#10545533)

that's the case with most computers. a person can build a computer as fast and reliable as any pc dealer for less because you don't have to pay anyone to put it together. this should be elementary and obvious to anyone. you're paying for the convenience and/or know-how of someone putting that bits together and maybe providing a warranty.

Re:ripoff (4, Funny)

Dr. Evil (3501) | about 10 years ago | (#10545571)

i can make a MUCH better computer for that price.

Sure, but it won't have anywhere near as big a profit margin!

Re:ripoff (2, Funny)

Nicholas Evans (731773) | about 10 years ago | (#10545583)

i can make a MUCH better computer for that price.

Ah, but can you make it look X-TREME and/or TOTALLY HIP? [xmission.com]

Re:Hip-e missed the point? (4, Insightful)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | about 10 years ago | (#10545627)

you're paying for eye candy basically.

Perhaps this is the point entirely. It's possible that they looked at the Mac and thought, "hey, these guys are selling stuff based on nothing more than cool factor, so let's design something that looks hip and cash in on the market."

If indeed that's what they were thinking--and judging from the price v. specs I'd say that was the case--they missed the whole point of the Mac, which is more than fancy hardware. It's also about all the rest of things that Mac users already know about, such as great hardware plug-and-play reliability, solid OS and software that makes the machine instantly useful even to newbies.

His kid lost out.

Penny wise... (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545408)

Well, it sure was a lot cheaper to design and build the whole Hip-E than to just buy the kid an iMac!!

I've met other Windows users that were equal in thier utterly pathetic traction to the Windows platform.

Re:Penny wise... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545487)

The iMac is a niche platform (2%?) that doesn't do anything a PC can (typically) do for a lot less (and, more often than not, years earlier). I'm an Apple owner but the hardware is nothing special really.

Re:Penny wise... (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 10 years ago | (#10545509)

The iMac is a niche platform (2%?) that doesn't do anything a PC can (typically) do for a lot less

not to mention, a PC doubles as a pretty efficient space heater.

Sure, Mr. Savage (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545520)

The iMac is a niche platform (2%?) that doesn't do anything a PC can (typically) do for a lot less (and, more often than not, years earlier). I'm an Apple owner but the hardware is nothing special really.

But in this case that is not at all true, since the "Hip-E" costs as much as the iMac G5! Not to mention the adoption of just about every standard (USB, Firewire) is actually done well ahead of the PC by Macs, I'm not sure what you are thinking of as being done "years ahead" by the PC. Unless you mean the burgeoning spyware market, which I'll admit the PC has developed quite the unassailable lead in. At least I assume it's unassailable since no-one even seems to be trying.

I see you're a Mac owner now, I hope your kid is enjoying his new iMac.

Re:Penny wise... (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 10 years ago | (#10545498)

Well, it sure was a lot cheaper to design and build the whole Hip-E than to just buy the kid an iMac!!

Plus, don't forget the poor kid who had to wait forever while daddy patiently built his homemade iMac-lookalike, after work, in his workshop, with recycled bits of wood and screws ("found on the trash heap. Still perfectly good, you wouldn't believe the nice things people throw away" daddy said). Now is that cruel to the kid or what...

And the coup-de-gras (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545540)

From the picture, you can see he perminently mounted it to the kids wall with a hot-glue gun!

Oh, the shame.

It had to be said. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545410)

I, for one, welcome our new all-in-one PC overlords.

$1699? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545414)

You know, for the price, why not just buy an iMac G5?

doomed (1)

hejog (816106) | about 10 years ago | (#10545420)

it'll sell a few, and slowly fade out. Nothing that ugly will catch on. Teenagers arent blind, I'd be embarassed to have that thing on my desk - I'd take an eMac or shuttle anyday.

Ick Ick Ick! (4, Insightful)

rueger (210566) | about 10 years ago | (#10545426)

I can't put my finger on it, but the design if this thing just makes me squirm. Why not be intelligent and just rip-off Apple instead of revisiting the mistakes of the Barbie and Hot Wheels PCs [tinyurl.com] ?

Fugly (1)

CropCircleSystems (602867) | about 10 years ago | (#10545427)

That has got to be one of the ugliest things I have ever seen.

Re:Fugly (1)

meme_police (645420) | about 10 years ago | (#10545537)

Beat me to the fugly comment. Damn.

Talk about a pissed teenager (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545434)

Now here's a teenager that is really, really pissed at his dad.

Just imagine you'd asked your dad for an imac and instead of saying yes or no he's actually going to build something similar running windows?

Jeez, it's like wanting to have this really cool sneakers and your mom coming home with these crappy imitations that, at least to her, look just as cool and are so much cheaper. Bah.

Yes, only... (2, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545466)

They aren't any cheaper anyway!

"Here son, you'll love the new Nikee Aerial Jordanians! Look, they even have little mermaids on the heels. And only$200 a shoe! They must be good."

"You start high-school tomorrow, I just know they'll be perfect for your first day there".

Oh man... (0)

Emperor Igor (106953) | about 10 years ago | (#10545446)

Why does this make me want to gag?

LOL A PC can nevar evar be an iMac LOL!!! (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545447)

What a joke. People want iMacs precisely because they are NOT PCs. and the name "hip-e" what a joke. This is like a comedy sketch.

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545456)

My son wanted an iMac, but I was so anti-mac that I started a whole company to make in a PC.

Um... spring for the iMac dude... Unless you make a killer product, there is not much attraction for the All in One Design in the PC world. Your company will surely fail.

Gip-e (2, Funny)

dotslashdot (694478) | about 10 years ago | (#10545457)

Sounds like a gip-e.

Damn.. (0, Redundant)

streak (23336) | about 10 years ago | (#10545458)

Ugliest.....Thing......Ever!

Re:Damn.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545519)


Ugliest.....Thing......Ever!


In the voice of the fat comic book store owner on the Simpsons... ;)

No (1)

DiZASTiX (461280) | about 10 years ago | (#10545467)

This makes me disgraced to be teenager.

Re:No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545602)

quiet you

Been seeing these for years (3, Interesting)

GrandCow (229565) | about 10 years ago | (#10545471)

Without looking at other companies to see if they have something similar, I can remember selling sleek all-in-ones when I worked at Gateway 4 or 5 years ago. They were called the Profile, and are still on sale now.

Re:Been seeing these for years (1)

FosterKanig (645454) | about 10 years ago | (#10545525)

I suggest you find a dictionary and look up the word "sleek."

How much does an iMac cost? (4, Insightful)

rudy_wayne (414635) | about 10 years ago | (#10545472)

The hip-e is supposed to sell for $1699, isn't that the same or maybe even more than an iMac? So what's the point? The CEO's son wanted an iMac, so he designs something that costs more. That's real smart.

Once again, marketing drones fail to understand that 17 year olds are quite as stipud as you think they are, and when 40 year olds try to design for 17 year olds they often get it wrong.

Re:How much does an iMac cost? (1)

caseih (160668) | about 10 years ago | (#10545562)

No kidding. Why the heck didn't the guy just go and buy his son the iMac? I mean the kid wanted the iMac, not some more expensive wannabe ripoff. What these copycats fail to realize is that there's more to Apple's products than simply looks. There's quality and OS X. The hippee thing is more like taking a toyota and putting a cheap fiberglass Farari body on it. May look pretty from a distance, but up close it will look like a cheap imitation (cheapness is the hallmark of the Wintel world) that still drives like a toyota.

I doubt Apple will lose any sleep over this one.

On the other hand, a sub-1000 dollar unit like that would make a nice linux terminal.

Re:How much does an iMac cost? (2, Insightful)

Dr. Evil (3501) | about 10 years ago | (#10545588)

Sure, but you're not really selling to 17 year olds, you're selling to 40-something year olds with 17 year old kids.

Re:How much does an iMac cost? (1)

foo12 (585116) | about 10 years ago | (#10545605)

Similar iMac:

512MB DDR400 SDRAM - 1 DIMM
160GB Serial ATA drive
AirPort Extreme Card
Keyboard and Mouse + Mac OS X - U.S. English
17-inch widescreen LCD
1.8GHz PowerPC G5
SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra w/64MB video memory
Subtotal $1,753.00

Now note that that's paying Apple prices for RAM - go with crucial save, probably, $40 right there. But more importantly the iMac has a 160GB SATA hard drive vs. the Hip-e's 120GB (which is probably not SATA) and an optical drive which can burn DVDs whereas the Hip-e cannot. I'm not going to get into the processor specs, but something tells me that a 1.8GHz G5 is going to run a bit faster than a 1.5GHz Pentium-M.

Summary: Hip-e is waaaaaay overpriced, even relative to Apple's pricing guidelines.

Re:How much does an iMac cost? (1)

discontinuity (792010) | about 10 years ago | (#10545615)

iMacs start $400 less that the hip-e. From http://www.apple.com/imac/:

"...Modern living starts at $1299."

-R

more specs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545473)

DVD Player/CD Burner Drive
1.5GHz Intel Pentium M Processor
High Performance Video
512MB SDRAM Memory (expandable to 2GB)
120GB Hard Drive
6 USB ports (3 in node; 3 in nodeboard)

Internet Hotkeys (3, Funny)

fossa (212602) | about 10 years ago | (#10545476)

With the wireless keyboard and Internet hot keys, you can go to your favorite places on the Web from anywhere in your room.

Whoa! Internet hotkeys! Sign me up!

Are there any better pictures? This thing looks fairly rickety and cumbersome to set up or move around. It's not exactly elegant looking.

But wait! (5, Funny)

cybrchrst (535172) | about 10 years ago | (#10545477)

There's more to the offer!

Buy your hip-e now and you get to join their hip-e squad! [hip-e.com] as a squad leader!! If your friends join your hip-e squad and buy a hip-e of their own, you get $10!!!!

Of course, all of the money goes into a convenient MasterCard that you get from hip-e, just in time to teach those teens the value of living your life with a credit card bill!!

Become a squad leader! All your base are belong to hip-e squad leaders!

looke like (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 10 years ago | (#10545479)

a lot of Hipe to me...
thank you Slashdot, I'll be here all week!

Don't forget to tip your sysadmins.

Keep reading, it gerts worse.... (3, Informative)

Asprin (545477) | about 10 years ago | (#10545481)


What's worse than a woefully underpowered and overpriced PC bent on granting you a "lifestyle"? Getting your friends on board with you for all the real-life fun and excitement that comes with a MULTI-LEVEL VIRAL MARKETING PYRAMID SCHEME [hip-e.com] !

Ok, that might be a little harsh, but cash rewards for talking your friends into joining your 'squad'? Stupid -- especially when it's only ten lousy bucks on a system that's worth about $800 and sells for $1700.

Just too hilarious (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 years ago | (#10545563)

The name was humor enough, but the "Hip-E" squad?

I can imagine the conversaions in school:

Kid: "Hey Chuck, want to join my Hip-E squad?"

Chuck "Time for another swirly I do believe"

*Flsussshhhhh*

Kid: "That's the fifth time this week! Hey Biff, want to join my Hip-E squad?""

Harsh, insensitive ... mean! (1)

RealProgrammer (723725) | about 10 years ago | (#10545610)

You're just hard.

This is for ... our ... children. How can we send them to school knowing that the other kids all have everything they want because they have kind, successful parents when we give them NOTHING?

There's no way to call that anything but neglect.

What's next, no car on their 16th birthday? Or worse, a used car? *shudder*.

Why not a laptop... (1)

deragon (112986) | about 10 years ago | (#10545482)

If you are going to buy that computer, then why not buy a laptop instead? Its more mobile. Granted, most laptops do not come with 17" monitor, but for 2" difference...

IT'S ON THE WALL! 0MFG (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545629)

NOOOO MAN! don't you get it f00? It's on the wall! It looks COOLER and more HIP-EEEEEEEr.

How can it compete with this (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545492)

From the apple store (not including school discounts even though this thing is targeted towards students):
17in G5 iMac
- 512MB DDR400 SDRAM - 1 DIMM
- 160GB Serial ATA drive
- Bluetooth Module + Apple Wireless Keyboard & Mouse + Mac OS X - U.S. English
- 17-inch widescreen LCD
- 1.6GHz PowerPC G5
- Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
- NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra w/64MB video memory
Subtotal $1,573.00

Meanwhile a hip-e node:
Unknown CPU (probably slower)
Same RAM and Hard Drive
Same quality if not inferior other parts
Subtotal $1,699.00

Bottom line: more expensive and slower!

Graphics (1)

j0kkk3l (778886) | about 10 years ago | (#10545555)

The hip-e has a better graphics card: ATI mobility Radeon 9700

And people say the iMac is expensive! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545499)

Seeing as though the Intel Pentium-M processors only go up to 2.0 GHz, this is a computer that we could probably even compare MHz for MHz against the iMac. At $1699 (a very specific price given the un-specific specifications) you're paying $200 more than a 1.8GHz G5 iMac with DVD burner (the hip-e only includeds a DVD-ROM/CD-RW) and $400 more than a 1.6GHz iMac with DVD-ROM/CD-RW.

I also find it comical that they think they are coming out with a phone soon. They really think big!

A *Windows* computer for *TEENAGERS*?!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545503)

It better come with Firefox, SpybotSD, Ad Aware, Kerio, Spywareblaster, and a GOOD antivirus (Sorry Norton and Mcaffee, you're disqualified!) preloaded and with easy-to-use tutorials if these things stand any chance of surviving the spyware, viruses, and other shit a typical teenager is capable of putting it through...

Ditch Idiot Exploiter and Outhouse Explode altogether; replace with Firefox and Thunderbird!

Re:A *Windows* computer for *TEENAGERS*?!! (1)

FLAGGR (800770) | about 10 years ago | (#10545607)

It also better come with a cheque for $1699, or a free iMac, otherwise I'm not buying :P

Should have called it the... (2, Funny)

lakcaj (811907) | about 10 years ago | (#10545506)


They should have called that thing the FUGL-E because it is fuckin' ugly!

They are marketing to teens... (4, Informative)

Viceice (462967) | about 10 years ago | (#10545517)

What on earth are they thinking? Somebody needs to go back to product design school.

Look at how the thing is built. Spec wise it's a solid product, but the way they have made it makes it look as if it was targeted towards 10 year olds and tweens.

If you are a self respecting 16 year old and if you had the option, would you get one of these or an iMac? Part of the whole point of selling high tech toys to teens is that teens who own them want to feel older, more pro, more.. well script kiddie 1337.

You make a product that takes that away and instead says to them "You will be looked upon as a kid who only does innocent things" and expect it to sell?

Huh? (1)

Seft (659449) | about 10 years ago | (#10545522)

You asked for it. Now you can get it. The first all-in-one digital command central made just for you.

Yeah...

I've always wanted a digital command central :/

My head is full of silly analogies (3, Funny)

The I Shing (700142) | about 10 years ago | (#10545532)

I keep thinking of analogies to what this hip-e computer represents. First thing I thought of is the girl who wants a pair Calvin Klein jeans so her parents take her to Old Navy. Or the boy who really wants a 1969 Mustang so his dad buys him a 1969 Nova. Or the kid who wants Yu-Gi-Oh stuff so his parents buy him Pokemon stuff.

Seriously, what does this computer do, transform into a bug or something? Why does it look like that? It looks like it should be hanging down into the crib of a deranged infant. Or something.

"It's everything you want in a computer..." Huh. Yeah.

Inspired? (1)

pyite (140350) | about 10 years ago | (#10545534)

Inspired by the iMac? I suppose, if "inspired" means take an iMac and beat it with the ugly stick. I guess now that car manufacturers sell cars pre-"riced out," it was only a matter of time before computer manufacturers started doing the same.

wow (1, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 10 years ago | (#10545535)

that pretty cool. I like the way it looks.
2 things:
1) I hope it's successfull
2) when it fails, I can't wait to get one surplus!

Re:wow (1)

Loren_Burlingame (787768) | about 10 years ago | (#10545625)

yeah I was kinda thinking the same thing. I do like the look of it, and I like the fact that it has TV capability.

buy a surplus one at some point down the road, load up some Gentoo love and have yourself a nice little multimedia center.

This is a laptop in drag. (4, Insightful)

Wireknight (68033) | about 10 years ago | (#10545541)

Check out the video card, the LCD resolution, any number of other aspects of this machine. I suspect that it integrates a large number of laptop components, rather than desktop components.

Very odd.

I-Opener (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545546)

Actually, Kent Savage has been pushing the all-in-one concept for awhile. He was a co-founder of Netpliance and helped bring the I-Opener to its short-lived life.

This product was actually designed by M3 Design [m3designinc.com] . The same design firm that brought out many Dell laptops, the new Dell Axim and the Dell Digital Jukebox.

Re:I-Opener (1)

JudicatorX (455442) | about 10 years ago | (#10545611)

If that's the case, then the guys at M3 Design have been dipping into the LSD a bit too much.... how else would they come up with this design?

fugly (1, Troll)

crackshoe (751995) | about 10 years ago | (#10545559)

So its like an imac, but ugly, garish, and runs windows? just what i needed.

what where the designers thinking... (1)

heeeraldo (766428) | about 10 years ago | (#10545568)

...the hip-e looks like the unholy love child of an iMac G5 and an X-Box.

Price breakdown (2)

Drakino (10965) | about 10 years ago | (#10545582)

hip-e:
1.5 gHz Pentium M
17 inch LCD at 1400x900
DVD reader/CD writer
Mobility Radeon 9700 with 64 MB
120 gig PATA drive 7200 RPM
512 MB RAM
802.11g Wireless
TV Module and DVR software
Wireless Keyboard
Wireless Mouse
8-in-1 media card reader
Built in Spyware, err, "Sweepstakes LED"
Windows XP (no comment on Home or Pro)
MS Office Student edition
AIM
1 year warranty
$1699

iMac:
1.6 gHz G5
17 inch LCD at 1440x900
Combo drive (DVD reader/CD writer)
GeForce FX 5200 with 64 MB
160 gig SATA drive 7200 RPM (subtract $100 for an 80 gig)
512 MB RAM
Airport Extreme (802.11g wireless)
Bluetooth Keyboard
Bluetooth Mouse
Bluetooth module (comes with the keyboard and mouse when ordered with the iMac)
Mac OS X Panther
iLife 04 (iTunes, iDVD, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand)
Appleworks 6
WorldBook Encyclopedia
Quicken 2004
Nanosaur 2 and Marble Blast games
1 year warranty
$1652

A LaCie 8-in-1 reader is $30 from Apple.com
An Elgato Eye TV 200 Firewire TV tuner and DVR is $330.

So feature wise on the hardware, the hip-e comes out ahead in price.

Performance I think would go to the iMac though, and the extra software it has is nice.

Sounds familiar (1)

programgeek (726420) | about 10 years ago | (#10545584)

It was only a few weeks ago I saw a poster of this system in my school lunch room.. First thing I saw was just a ploy -- And it was only confirmed by - The design (it makes it look almost like a toy) - Marketing (highschools) - Marketing II (trying to get kids to beg there parents for this computer for "educational" purposes, they even have a list that kids can give to there mommy's and why they should get it. http://hip-e.com/jsp/hip-e_website_parentpage.pdf [hip-e.com] People make me sick to my stomach -- If anyone has ever read anything on the psychology behind marketing .. Actually, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser would be a pretty cool read on marketing particular. All in all for the computer's components, I'de see the mark up higher than apple would put it... Apple brings up (mostly) there own stuff, this is just a different enclosure with a price tag.

Testimonials... (4, Funny)

mellonhead (137423) | about 10 years ago | (#10545585)

"Hip-e is the best thing that's ever happened to me!It has everything i want and more!"

Ben, 16

(Ben obviously hasn't gotten laid yet).

"hip-e is the fastest, most customizable computer on the market.It's perfect for me because I can make it fit my style."

Sean, 16

(Sean obviously hasn't checked out the specs of his perfect machine.)

great.... (1)

JudicatorX (455442) | about 10 years ago | (#10545590)

so now we can get a windows-based mac clone that not only is more expensive, but also uglier than that which it copies. Figures.

Apple got it right with the clean, white interface rather than clunky looking beige boxes. This thing just looks cluttered and is about as pretty as a pink-and neon-yellow classic mustang.....

It's a laptop (1)

DaveCBio (659840) | about 10 years ago | (#10545592)

With all the disadvantages that comes with and none of the advatages of a desktop PC with a premium price tag. Where do I sign up>

Not even for teenagers (4, Insightful)

numbware (691928) | about 10 years ago | (#10545596)

Between me and my friends (who are between 15 and 16), we would never buy this. We'd rather have an iMac G5 for the same price, or even a normal tower PC with Linux running on it. Looks don't matter, it's how it runs. I doubt this Hip-e would perform anywhere near a Mac or PC of the same price. And I can't even see the cool factor in the Hip-e, so it's pointless.

What is wrong with you people (0)

geekoid (135745) | about 10 years ago | (#10545601)

are you all terminally grumpy? It's a fine product, and your looking at it from the wrong angle.
Next year, we'll be able to get one of these for 400 bucks surplus. This of the hacking potential!

Me, I'm goint to pick up several of thse and use them to make digital windows.

Soon to be Junk-E (1)

TyrranzzX (617713) | about 10 years ago | (#10545619)

I'm looking at this thing, and although there's plenty of room for improvising on the ATX case design and PC design in general, to make something that will play on stupid teenagers, the very idea of making a fast PC that's small and in a proprietary format is kinda disturbing. First, lets talk about cooling and power consumption; they're talking about a big fast harddisk, DDR memory, fastest Pentium-M, an radeon 9700 w/ 64 meg of memory, a TV tuner card, a NIC, a CD-R or DVD-RW+CD-RW drive, and a built in LCD. Now, by my counting you'd need about 400 watts of output to run all of that stuff with some headroom for adding in memory. IF they're using laptop parts then that's considerably less. Now, a good 400watt powersupply doesn't come small; you've got a series of BIG caps and BIG transformers in there, all of which get hot, you can do the gateway thing and have something that plugs into the computer, but even then. Then, you're talking a graphics card, pentium processor, and memory, in a small area. I'd like to know how long that can be run for without turning into a molten hip-e, heh (bad joke, heh).

Second, the marketing is unsound. Unless you're in japan and in a room that's 4 by 4, there's plenty of room for a large case. Hell, I'v got 2 PC's (gaming and toy around, both large cases) and a router, a 19 inch moniter, a nice computer chair, and .1km of cabling in my room and it's barely 6x8.

Then, they're asking $1700 for a base model.

For $1700, I could get an aufully nice alienware machine, or a few e-machines, if I was so enclined. Or, If I were dumb, ask a geeky friend to design and build me a comp and pay them $100 to do so and get something comparable or better.

Finally, The idea of a "hip" computer for idiots is simply impracticle. Unless you're upper middle class you aren't going to go for one of these things, and if you're a teen, you certainly aren't going to blow 2 grand of your own money on a computer without consulting the geeks, and anyone who knows computers can spot this shitty deal from a mile away. Then again, never underestemate the power of advertising to arrest the common man's intellegence long enough to take their money.

So, in short, it's soon to be junk-e, ironically, just like many hippie's, heh.

Now, the idea of a all-in-one entertainment system/computer/gaming rig for under a grand, now that'll take off, which this seems to be some of. However, I'd rather see them break that down into a semi-microatx or microitx system with a lot of integrated things in a small desktop or tower.

Back to the 80's! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10545622)

A detachable shoulder strap lets users carry beatbox independent of the hip-e node, boombox style.

Wow, that's hip!

Two Comments (2, Funny)

the pickle (261584) | about 10 years ago | (#10545623)

First: I think I'm scarred for life after looking at the photo of this abomination. Warn people next time, please!

Second: Am I the only one who read the article as

the hip-e, a new Windows-based PC... specifically designed to
crater

Because "crater" is exactly what it's going to do in the market at this price. For $1700, you could buy a 1.8-GHz iMac -- unquestionably faster, even without considering the benefits of the G5 CPU -- and have $200 in change left over to spend on goodies.

p

not only is it a PC, it's a MLM, too (4, Informative)

morcheeba (260908) | about 10 years ago | (#10545630)

It's a multi-level marketing scheme [hip-e.com] , too!
For only $1700, you can get in on the ground floor, and get $10 every time your friends buy one. Plus you get to be called a "squad leader!"
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