HP sets its Blackbird free

HP isn’t famed for its tech banquets but it was throwing gadget gateau around with gay abandon in New York today. Splattered on our conference c

HP isn’t famed for its tech banquets but it was throwing gadget gateau around with gay abandon in New York today. Splattered on our conference centre walls were five new iPAQs, solid-state laptops, a desktop PC with a hybrid Blu-Ray and HD-DVD drive and a really quite special gaming PC. Really, an Alka Seltzer wouldn’t go amiss. Prior to our gadget indigestion, we thought jet lag must have brought on some nostalgic delirium when HP announced five new iPAQs. But, no, the new PDAs are real, and promisingly include its first 3G smartphones.The best of these is the iPAQ 614, a potent Windows Mobile Sixer which could certainly last a few rounds with the Nokia N95. Apart from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSDPA, GPS and a 3MP camera, it has a nifty scrollwheel embedded in the keypad that reminds us of the ‘old’ iPod clickwheel. The only drawback is that it’s, well, a bit fat. You can read all about 'em here.Elsewhere, we were treated to the company’s first solid-state laptops – the P series comes with 64GB flash memory – but it was the desktop PCs that stole the show. The m9000 is HP’s new flagship desktop and incredibly includes a hybrid HD-DVD and Blu-Ray drive as standard from a starting price of $1000. This was rather overshadowed, though, by the awesome Blackbird 002 (above), the first lovechild from HP’s relationship with luxury gaming doyen Voodoo. It’s not the most powerful gaming PC we’ve ever seen, but it’s stealthy aluminium casing, customisable innnards and not too outrageous price tag – it starts at $2,500 – had us drooling.Too bad it’s US-only – for now.To read more about HP’s new treats read our blog.Essentials HP iPAQ 614, P Series, m9000, Blackbird 002 Price: £340, £TBC, £TBC (from €800), £TBC (from $2500 in US) On sale: October, TBC, TBC, currently US-only Contact: HP Related stories: Sony Vaio IT19U squares up to new iMac Carphone Warehouse holds big laptop giveaway