While plenty has been made of the Voodoo Envy 133’s skinny dimensions, superlative performance and general aggression toward the MacBook Air, Voodoo are also rightly proud of their Splashtop implementation. A secondary Linux OS, Splashtop allows users to quickly access internet, messaging and VoIP apps without needing to go through the hassle of booting Vista. Laptop Magazine had some hands-on time with Splashtop on the 133 and came away impressed; check out the demo video and highlights after the cut.
In just five seconds from hitting the Splashtop button – here called Voodoo IOS – you’ll see the menu bar with options for the browser, music player, photo viewer, Pidgin (for IM) and Skype, as well as shut-down and booting up Vista. It takes a further ten seconds to load whichever program you select, and assuming the 133 is using a familiar WiFi network you can be browsing in just 15 seconds overall.
It’s not all perfect yet; although the browser is good, you can’t yet download files to the internal hard-drive (though it will let you do so to a USB memory key) nor install plugins despite it apparently being a Firefox build. The media player can only see certain pre-specified folders on the hard-drive and play content in them, and Skype can’t do video calls.
Still, this is a pre-production release and that could change. Check out the video below to see Voodoo IOS in action.