Here's the full text of an e-mail I just received from Voodoo about the m:855. I was wrong about the screen. It's not the 15.4" widescreen. It's a 15" SXGA+ (1400x1050).
" >> Hello, I'm very interested in purchasing on
>> of your new Envy m:855 notebooks. I understand that they're in
>> pre-production, so they won't be available for several weeks. Is it
>> possible to pre-order an m:855? Please let me know as soon as possible.
Hello Jeff and thank you for your email. We will have our new Voodoo Envy m:855 officially available in a few weeks. Weighing in at a mere 8 pounds, this desktop replacement one that can't be beat by current technology. Featuring such multimedia marvels as the AMD Athlon 64 (up to 3200+ at this point!), a 2X DVD-RW, and of course an ATI Mobility 9600 PRO Video Card with 64 megabytes VRAM (128 meg version not available yet), this unit is blistering fast. Even with 64 megabytes on the video memory, our benchmarks show higher performance in DX9 and DX8 Gaming than any 128 megabyte Radeon 9600 Pro notebooks that weave tested thus far. We believe this is because of the AMD Athlon 64 Processor and chipset combination. Also weave compared this notebook with various NVIDIA GeforceFX 5600 128 Meg platforms, and the ATI is still faster in DX9 benchmarks, and similar in DX8.
This unit includes a built in card reader, an SPDIF audio port, and most notably, as 12 cell battery (that right, 12). With 12 cells, this is the first desktop replacement where we can count on at least some decent battery life. Generic tests show around 3.9 hours, but they are hardly real world tests here.
Other features include a 15” SXGA+ Display (better than m:600 SXGA), 4 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 Firewire, Modem, Ethernet, and an amazing 19mm key pitched keyboard with 3.0 mm key stroke.
The most incredible news is we'll be rolling off the line very soon with the m:855 due to the fact that there are no stocking issues at all - and when we receive them we will have pre-built units starting to ship to customers by October 31. If you are interested in a pre-built unit in place of the m:600 you are interested in, the colour will be Laguna Seca Blue, it will ship with a matching MX-500 Mouse, a Voodoo Tattoo, a 7200 RPM 60 Gigabyte Drive, AMD Athlon 3200+, a gig of memory, and Windows XP Professional. The pricing on the prebuilt unit is available now. Pricing on custom units should be in line with high end m:600 notebooks.
Here is a brief comparison between m:600 and m:855
13 pounds8 pounds
Intel Pentium 4 800FSBAMD Athlon 64 800FSB
ATI Mobility 9600 ProATI Mobility 9600 Pro
128 Megabytes DDR64 Megabytes Low Latency DDR
2 hard drive bays 1 hard drive bay
card reader: SD Onlycard reader: SD, MMC
14.2 x 13.2 x 2.2 13.1 x 11.2 x 1.6
Keep in mind – delivery dates are as follows;
If you order a PRE-BUILT unit with the following specs, we will start delivering them by October 31st. However, these prebuilds are reserved right now for our customers who looking to switch from the m:600s they originally ordered to the new m:855. If you choose to purchase a prebuilt unit (if we have any left), we can have that unit out to you by the first week of November as we will officially be selling the m:855 officially on October 31st.
AMD Athlon 64 for notebooks 3200+
1 Gigabyte of PC-3200 Memory
8X16X2X DVD Writer
60 Gigabyte 7200 RPM Hitachi Hard Drive
ATI Mobility 9600 Pro - 64 Megabytes Ram
15" SXGA+ (1400X1050) Gaming Optimized Display
Voodoo WIFI 802.11 A&B Ethernet
Windows XP Professional
1 Year Replacement Warranty
Standard Voodoo Tattoo (the nicest tattoo we have)
Laguna Seca Blue Colour
Total Price is $3999 USD
Custom built m:855 notebooks will take longer. If you order a CUSTOM m:855 unit with the you want, we will start mass production on October 31st which means your notebook will ship by the end of November (or thereabouts). So if you don't mind the wait we can custom build an m:855 for you and you should receive it at the till the end of November.
Please email my supervisor regarding your decision at firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve / order a prebuilt m:855 for you and put you in the cue. The sooner you order, the higher priority you will receive. Tell us again if you want the PREBUILT or CUSTOM version (pre-built will be ready sooner). Also please send us the quantities of notebooks you are looking for if applicable.
For those of you who haven't yet ordered your notebook(s), this is the time to get your order in. There isn't a better platform out there – especially when you consider we are using the best desktop CPU on the planet.
If you are looking for some more information on the AMD Athlon 64 Processors please visit the AMD website at www.amd.com
– you may also want to check out this video.http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/cont...erformance.wmv