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Eye-catching HP notebook

Hewlett-Packard's user-submitted design winner, a Portuguese design student, makes it to CES. "Asian Odyssey" design is splashed atop 14-inch 2000 series notebook.

LAS VEGAS--This is the coolest-looking notebook I've seen in a long time. Which is why I walked halfway across the ballroom at Sunday night's Digital Experience media event here at the Consumer Electronics Show to check it out.

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The design, called "Asian Odyssey," is splashed across the top of a Hewlett-Packard 14-inch 2000 series notebook. HP's got the design thing down of late, so seeing design like this from them wasn't too surprising.

The designer was more of a surprise, however: Joao Oliveira, a 21-year-old design student from Porto, Portugal. Oliveira submitted his "Asian Odyssey" art concept--he's quite enamored of all aspects of Asian culture, he told me--after his friends heard about the contest HP was holding to imprint a laptop with a user's original design.

Oliveira's reward was a notebook PC with his limited-edition design and a trip out here to experience all the craziness that is CES firsthand (lucky him!).

No word on pricing, but HP says the laptop will be available for purchase this spring.