Workstations aren’t big, clunky devices anymore. Now they’re nearly as sleek and mobile as any laptop or 2-in-1 device.
Exhibit A: 5 new workstations introduced yesterday by HP. Not only are they mobile, they also pack 8th Gen Intel Xeon and Core processors.
HP ZBook Studio x360: a convertible with Intel Xeon CPUs
Here’s your tech provider’s roundup.
ZBook Studio x360
HP is calling this the “world’s most powerful convertible PC,” and that sounds right. This Windows 10 Pro workstation is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro 3-D graphics, and it packs up to 4TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.
You also get a 15.6-inch 4K display, 360-degree hinge, infrared camera, Bang & Olufsen speakers, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and compatibility with the Wacom AES pen, which offers more than 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s not especially light at 4.9 lb., but is pretty slim at 20.4 mm (0.8 inch).
Shipments of the HP ZBook Studio x360 are set to begin in May. Retail pricing will start at about $1,500.
This new HP workstation has been designed for creative professionals such as architects and product designers. It offers a 15.6-inch 4K display, 8th Gen Intel Xeon CPU, Nvidia Quadro 3D graphics, and up to 4TB of SSD storage. And it runs on Windows 10 Pro.
It’s a bit smaller than the x360, weighing in at 4.4 lb. and a measured thickness of 18.9 mm (0.7 inch).
Shipments of the new HP ZBook Studio are set for May with retail prices starting at about $1,300.
HP is positioning this device as a mobile workstation for professions including video editors, VR designers, architects and product engineers. It runs Windows 10 Pro and features a 4K display.
Under the hood: a choice of 8th Gen Intel Core or Xeon processors; Nvidia Quadro P5200 graphics; up to 64GB of memory; and up to 10TB of SSD storage.
Shipments of the HP ZBook 17 are set to begin in May; HP hasn’t yet announced the retail price.
ZBook 15 and 15v
More mobile workstations running Windows 10 Pro, both with a choice of either 8th Gen Intel Core or Xeon processors.
The main difference is the intended audience and pricing. The ZBook 15 is intended for engineering and simulation applications, while the 15v is aimed at students and SMBs.
The 15 is a pound heavier, too, weighing in at 5.7 lb. to the 15v’s 4.7 lb. They both have a thickness of 25.4 mm (1 inch).
DreamColor 727x G2 Display
HP also introduced a 27-inch Quad HD display designed for professional designers who need super-accurate colors.
The DreamColor 727x G2 offers more than 1 billion colors with 99% DCI P3 coverage, according to HP. The device is meant to be parked on a desktop, as it weighs nearly 27 lb.
Shipments of the HP DreamColor 727x G2 display are set for this month, with retail prices starting at about $2,000.
But wait, there’s a little bit more. HP has also upgraded its ZBook x2, a Windows 10 2-in-1 originally introduced last autumn. The device now runs on the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors.
As these new HP devices show, today's workstations are mobile and flexible, while still packing plenty of power.