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HP Announces New Lineup Of ZBooks; Debuts ZBook Studio, ZBook Dock

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

HP announced a whole new lineup of ZBook mobile workstations, refreshing its existing models and debuting a whole new device that the company claims to be the thinnest, lightest, most powerful mobile workstation in the world – the ZBook Studio. In addition, the company revealed a new docking station, the ZBook Dock. These new devices are aimed at working professionals in multiple industries and are designed for heavy processing and graphics compute tasks.

The existing ZBook mobile workstations have been refreshed and feature the latest 6th generation Intel Core-series processors in addition to Intel's first iteration of mobile Xeon processors using the CM23 chipset. In addition, memory capacity has doubled with a platform upgrade that enables DDR4 support, and these mobile workstations can be configured with up to 64 GB of ECC memory.

Nvidia Quadro graphics options offer up to twice the performance of previous ZBook incarnations with the efficient Maxwell architecture. In addition, the displays of the ZBook series have been upgraded to 4K resolution with HP Dreamcolor technology (which recently won an Academy Award). The only exception is the affordable ZBook 15U, which is designed with powerful performance in mind with a much more realistic price point.

The new ZBooks support up to dual HP Z Turbo drives for impressive read/write performance. These second-generation Z Turbo drives are HP's flagship M.2 PCIe SSDs, and they're now upgraded to include NVMe support for even faster speeds.

New to the lineup is the ZBook Studio, a mobile workstation that HP is claiming as the first of its kind. The device weighs only 4.4 lbs and is a mere 18 mm thick, classifying it as an ultrabook by most standards. However, a quad-core Xeon processor, up to 32 GB ECC memory and Nvidia Quadro graphics options are generally not of the ultrabook world, and HP has effectively created a new class of lightweight and powerful mobile workstations with the debut of the Zbook Studio.

Thunderbolt 3 technology also comes stock in the ZBook lineup, with the Studio, 15 and 17 models sporting two of the high-speed connections. However, if you find you need more connectivity, HP has created the Zbook Dock.

The ZBook Dock expands the connectivity of your ZBook device with a plethora of ports, and using just one simple connection from the device itself. There are two different versions of the ZBook Dock, with 150 W and 200 W options. Despite the difference in power, the devices have identical ports. The ZBook Dock sports one USB 3.0 charging port, three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) Type-C port, Thunderbolt 3 port (with power), an Ethernet port and a microphone/headphone audio combo jack.

Display outputs include a VGA port and two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, enabling your ZBook to connect to up to two UHD/4K displays. If you were thinking you could squeeze a little more value out of an older ZBook or the purchase of a ZBook 15U, the ZBook Dock is not compatible with the value-oriented 15U, and will only work for the third-generation ZBook products.

HP's new ZBooks seem to offer premium processing power and graphics performance for professionals who need to work on the move. The ZBook Studio appears to create a new market segment for quad-core Xeon workstation ultrabooks, and the ZBook Dock expands the connectivity of these devices with additional ports.

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