I was invited to HP’s regional event in KL – HP ForeFront 2010, mainly because Scrawl has been quite a good customer of HP’s. In our recent foray in 3D, we chose to use HP workstations as our main workhorse.
The event was held in Westin Hotel, and HP kindly put us up in the same hotel too. Nice hotel with a good spread for breakfast.
The workstations were nothing new, as we already have been using them for the past year. I must say that we had some initial problems with the workstations and Maya 2009, but it was eventually solved by HP’s support team.
One of the things that caught my eye was their mobile workstation, featuring all the high end stuff, and more importantly in our world, an IPS (in-plane switching) monitor, for industry standard, colour accurate rendition. I just wonder how much battery it’ll suck up when you’re on the road doing “normal” stuff like email and word documents.
The idea of having a colour accurate professional-grade monitor on the road is sweet though…
Ok, this is where it gets geeky. See the pipes leading to a storeage tank where the HP logo is? These are the cooling units for the 2 CPUs in the PC. This ensures whisper quiet operation as you won’t get fans blowing at full force when you’re doing serious graphic work. Cool.
The big prize at the lucky draw at the end of the event was a EliteBook, but of course, I didn’t have such luck. The last time I won something at a lucky draw was a lady’s handbag.
While it was expected that I won’t walk away with the big prize, it was unexpected to walk into my hotel room and find a parting gift sitting on my bed – an OSIM eye massager, complete with a personalised velvet bag holder for it. Very thoughtful. HP played a good host to the whole event, and I am glad that I chose HP.