HP Wants You To Believe That Its New Laptops Were Designed By Apple

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PC makers have been copying the Mac for years, but every now and then you just have to shake your head yet again. HP has unveiled two laptops that blatantly rip off Apple’s designs. It’s so painfully obvious that it makes you wonder if HP wants customers to be fooled into thinking they’re buying from Apple.

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Give me a break.

The Pavilion TouchSmart 11 and Envy 14 TouchSmart Ultrabook appear “to be trying to ape the MacBook Pro with Retina Display,” notes The Verge. That’s a tactful way of saying that HP is trying to ride the Apple train all the way to the bank. It’s surprising that HP hasn’t committed any patent infringement to get the look so close to the MacBook.

Apple did something original and innovative when it released the first unibody MacBook Pro, and it’s a shame to see other manufacturers trying to capture lightning in a bottle twice all these years later. HP CEO Meg Whitman truly wanted a “unified design language across HP’s entire portfolio of consumer machines,” according to The Verge. That design language just happens to be Apple’s.

More images are available to prove the point at The Verge.

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  • Mxidis88

    If apple product design is superior, how does it hurt the consumer to obtain similar products at a discounted(assuming HP sells its computers cheaper) rate? Why would you spend more for the same product just because it was produced by the originating company?

    Many other companies made rectangular smartphones before apple made the iPhone, but superior marketing and I believe superior software made the iPhone a hit. If Apple wants to compete in the market they need to KEEP INNOVATING. Stop complaining when the rest of the market simply catches up to Apple. Jeesh!

  • Gadget

    Envy…at least they named it right

  • QJeremiah

    HP clearly want other people to think that you bought a flashy Mac.

    Stopped buying HP product several years ago.
    Calculators are more or less gone (made by kinpo)
    Printers are crap
    Portables burn out their graphic cards (friends have their HP laptops replaced several times each)
    They buried their slate/plate/ipad-copy

    …and Meg Whitman is really “thick as a brick”

  • boblevel

    The design of the laptop may fool some people at a retailer with the machine off, but once it has to boot into the monstrosity called Win8, instead of the elegant OS X, they will realize their error and buy the real product. Much the same that buyers mistakenly bought the ripoff Samsung tablets instead of iPads and returned them in droves.

  • tide9

    Come on, how many ways are there to design a laptop? The basic rectangular clam shell design has been around for years and various manufacturers are making thinner and thinner versions of it. If HP is copying Apple then Apple is copying the Dulmont Magnum, the first flip form portable computer which was released in Australia in 1981–82.

  • Gadget

    Come on, how many ways are there to design a laptop? The basic rectangular clam shell design has been around for years and various manufacturers are making thinner and thinner versions of it. If HP is copying Apple then Apple is copying the Dulmont Magnum, the first flip form portable computer which was released in Australia in 1981–82.

    There’s only so many ways to make a car as well but you don’t see Chevy making a car that looks exactly like a Ford Mustang. HP is ripping off Apple’s look.

  • Jdsonice

    I think the crap underneath that ripped off design is still Windoze Crap 8 or whatever the current incarnation is.

    No one will EVER buy a HP thinking it is an Apple. No one.

    Oh yes Meg Ryan was recently crowing that her strategy to fix HP is working. Duh! I thought she actually did something. Little did I know she meant that they had finally given up and resorted to copying Apple.

    Just like that korean company.

  • bdkennedy

    Silver aluminum tapered case? Black flat keyboard? Circular logo in the middle of the cover? Black frame around the screen? Are you blind or just ignorant?

    Come on, how many ways are there to design a laptop? The basic rectangular clam shell design has been around for years and various manufacturers are making thinner and thinner versions of it. If HP is copying Apple then Apple is copying the Dulmont Magnum, the first flip form portable computer which was released in Australia in 1981–82.

  • iSteve

    Apple Inc. was, is and will always be unique, creative, innovative and sublime.

    It is impossible for anyone to get fooled by this piece of shit from hp (hollow packet).

    Don’t forget that every Apple artefacts is dipped with a unique fragrance that characterizes the uniqueness of Apple Inc. and also the bright Apple logo.

    Also, Apple invests massively in R&D and through hard work, come up with unique designs while others sit and wait to copy which is never near to Apple’s creations.

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