To match the launch of Intel's 8th Generation Core launches this week for mobile, HP is the next partner making some noise with new launches. Almost every cylinder from HP for today is set towards the ZBook line: ZBook Studio, ZBook x2, and ZBook Workstations. As a cherry on top, HP is also announcing a new DreamColor monitor.

HP ZBook Studio x360 and ZBook Studio Workstation

HP has announced updates to the ZBook Studio mobile workstation and x360 convertible laptops to the latest 8th Generation Intel processors. Also in the update list for the Studio line are improved screens using HP Dreamcolor displays, and improved chassis materials. The ZBook Studio and Studio x360 are part of HP's premium line of mobile workstation products which are promoted to offer creative professionals, executives, and students, the right level of performance and power without compromise on design and mobility.  

ZBook Studio x360: 15.6-inch

The ZBook Studio x360 will be available with a choice of one of four 8th generation Intel processors or one of two Xeon-E series CPUs. HP says it that the options provided can give up to 35% more performance than an Apple MacBook Pro. Memory capacity is up to 32 GB across two SO-DIMM slots - if a Xeon CPU is selected, DDR4-2666 ECC RAM will be used. Graphics options range from the internal GPU on the CPUs to a discrete NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB GDDR5. The integrated graphics chip is the Intel UHD 630 on the Core processors and the Intel UHD P360 on the Xeon processors. With this, HP says the x360 is the most powerful convertible laptop in the world.

HP gives users four-panel options on the x360 with all being touch screen enabled.  Options range from Full-HD (1920x1080) IPS with panels at 400-nits, up to 4K UHD (3840x2160) IPS panels with 650-nits of brightness in a Dreamcolor display able to produce 1 billion colors. HP states that this is the brightest 4K laptop display for this screen size. The screen is rated to produce 100% Adobe RGB and include a built-in color calibration system in addition to an ambient light sensor which will dim or brighten the screen based on the environment. In addition, two panels also include HP SureView for screen privacy. The x360 is compatible with the Wacom AES pen featuring 4000 pressure sensitive levels as well as tilt and and two customizable buttons for inking precision. Battery life on the X360 is rated to last up to 16 hours and has a fast recharge capability of 50% in 30 minutes. A full workd ay on battery power seems possible with some setups.

On the networking and connectivity side of the house, the x360 uses the latest Intel Wireless-AC 9560 found integrated on the chipset with the appropriate CRF. The Intel 9560 comes in two flavors, a vPro version, and non vPro. In addition, the x360 also has mobile data capabilities through HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ 4G mobile broadband module or an Intel XMM 7360 LTE modem. Port connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports (one with charging capabilities), a HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone/microphone combo port and two USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports which support DisplayPort 1.3. 

The chassis of the x360 is made from precision architected aluminum which HP claims to be more durable, sleek, and aesthetically pleasing. Updates to the hinges allow the x360 to freely move around in five modes without any pressure on the wrist or the arms. The full-size HP Collaboration keyboard has a fully integrated lattice (adding rigidity), is spill-resistant, and backlit. The idea behind the collaboration keyboard is that hosting virtual meetings can be made due to additional shortcut keys along the top of the keyboard, with a world-facing 3rd microphone and optional webcam. HP uses four custom tuned Bang & Olufsen speakers and a discrete amplifier to set the stage for improved sound over the previous generation. 

 

HP ZBook Studio x360 Convertible Workstation
Type Convertible Workstation
Processors Core i5-8300H (4C / 8T - 4 GHz Turbo)
Core i5-8400H (4C / 8T - 4.2 GHz Turbo)
Core i7-8750H (6C / 12T - 4.1 GHz Turbo)
Core i7-8850H (6C / 12T - 4.3 GHz Turbo)
Xeon E-2176 vPro (6C / 12T - 4.4 GHz Turbo)
Xeon E 2186 vPro (6C / 12T - 4.6 GHz Turbo)
Maximum Memory 32 GB DDR4-2666 ECC (Xeon only)
32 GB DDR4-3666 non-ECC (Core only)

2 x SO-DIMMs
Network Connectivity Wi-Fi Intel 9560 - 802.11ac, 2x2, Bluetooth 5.0 (vPro and non vPro)
Mobile HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ 4G Mobile broadband, or 
Intel XMM 7360 LTE Modem
Internal Storage SSD 256 GB - 1 TB SATA
256 GB M.2 SATA SED 
512 GB N.2 SATA FIPS 140-2 SED
256 GB - 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2
256 GB - 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SED 
HDD N/A
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 (Core)
Intel UHD Graphics P630 (Xeon)
NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB GDDR5 (optional)
Expansion Slots 1 x UHS-II SD card reader
Display 15.6" FHD IPS anti-glare LED
15.6" 4K UHD IPS anti-glare LED backlit touch display
15.6" FHD IPS LED-backlit (Sure View)
15.6"  4K UHD Dreamcolor IPS anti-glare LED-backlit 
Ports and Connectors 2 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Headphone/Mic combo
2 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
Input Device HP Collaboration Keyboard - Full-size, spill-resistant keyboard with drain and durakeys, clickpad with image sensor
Camera HP Privacy HD IR Camera (720p), supports Windows Hello
Audio Bang and Olufsen dual stereo speakers, World-facing Microphone
Power 64.0Wh, Lithium-ion prismatic 4-cell or
95.6Wh, Lithium-ion polymer

150W external AC power adapter
Dimensions
(W x D x H) 
14.17" x 9.65" x 0.8"
Weight 4.99+ lbs
Price (Starting) $1499

The HP ZBook Studio x360 will be available in May/June with a starting price of $1499.

HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstation

The HP ZBook Studio is also part of the premium ZBook family at HP and with that, is part of the improvement they wanted to make in bringing features normally found in higher-end lines and bring it to this level. HP says the ZBook Studio also has the brightest 4K laptop display, has improved the sound, and is smaller than the previous generation Studio.

The major differences between the Studio and Studio x360 have to do with how the device can be set up. Whereas the x360 has five modes including tablet, clamshell, presentation, tent, and a docked configuration, the Studio has four with tablet mode not being possible on this device. Outside of that, about the only difference between the two comes with the storage options, audio, and 4G LTE capabilities. Both do have self-encrypting drives (SED) and drives which follow the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 standards established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, except the Studio has more storage choices (more spinning rust options).

Both Studio devices use 8th gen Intel processors, can handle up to 32 GB or ECC or non-ECC RAM (depending on the processor), have the same panel options, and will use the same integrated GPU and discrete NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB GDDR5 graphics card.

HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstation
Type Mobile Workstation
Processors Core i5-8300H (4C / 8T - 4 GHz Turbo)
Core i5-8400H (4C / 8T - 4.2 GHz Turbo)
Core i7-8750H (6C / 12T - 4.1 GHz Turbo)
Core i7-8850H (6C / 12T - 4.3 GHz Turbo)
Xeon E-2176 vPro (6C / 12T - 4.4 GHz Turbo)
Xeon E 2186 vPro (6C / 12T - 4.6 GHz Turbo)
Maximum Memory 32 GB DDR4-2666 ECC (Xeon processors only)
32 GB DDR4-2666 non-ECC (Intel Core processors only)
Network Connectivity WLAN
Intel 9560 - 802.11ac, 2x2, Bluetooth 5.0 (vPro and non vPro)
Internal Storage SSD 256 GB - 1 TB SATA
256 GB M.2 SATA SED
512 GB M.2 SATA FIPS 140-2 SED
256 GB - 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2
256 GB - 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SED
HDD 2 TB 5400 RPM SATA
500 GB - 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA
500 GB 7200 RPM SATA SED
500 GB 7200 RPM SATA FIPS 140-2  SED
500 GB - 2 TB SATA SSHD
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 (Core processors)
Intel UHD Graphics P630 (Xeon processors)
NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB GDDR5
Expansion Slots 1 x UHS-II SD card reader
Display 15.6" FHD IPS eDP anti-glare LED backlit
15.6" 4K UHD IPS eDP anti-glare LED backlit
15.6" FHD IPS LED-backlit (Sure View)
15.6"  4K UHD Dreamcolor IPS anti-glare LED-backlit 
Ports and Connectors 2 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Headphone/Mic combo
2 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
Input Device HP Collaboration Keyboard - Full-size, spill-resistant keyboard with drain and durakeys, clickpad with image sensor
Camera HP Privacy HD IR Camera (720p), supports Windows Hello
Audio Bang and Olufsen dual stereo speakers, dual array microphone
Power 64Wh, Lithium-ion prismatic 4-cell
95.6Wh, Lithium-ion polymer

150W slim amsart external AC power adapter
Dimensions
(W x D x H) 
14.17" x 9.65" x 0.74"
Weight 4.54+ lbs
Price (Starting) $1299

The HP ZBook Studio x360 will be available in May/June with a starting price of $1299.

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  • Flunk - Thursday, April 05, 2018 - link

    HP's done it again, now everything is ZBook. They did it before, took a successful high-end branding and slapped in on everything, eroding that brand into nothing. Just like Envy and Pavilion lines. This strategy didn't work before, why would it work now?

    P.S. the actual notebooks look OK, it's the branding that doesn't make any sense. It's like the gaming motherboards, if you slap some name on everything it means nothing.
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  • beginner99 - Saturday, April 07, 2018 - link

    It still works really because were I work I only can get HP. No dell, no MS surface and anything none windows is out of the question anyway. Reply
  • boeush - Thursday, April 05, 2018 - link

    The 17" ZBook continues the 'fine' high-design tradition of slapping a horrible cramped shallow-key 15.6" keyboard onto an over-sized chassis, and calling it a day well spent. Really, HP - it just *reeks* of high-performance engineering and laser-like attention to detail and quality... Oh, the 900p display option on a 17" form-factor also tickles me pink. But hey, at least they aren't offering any 16:10 or, heaven help us, 3:4 display options - it's such a relief that content-creation professionals are once again freed from the burden of working with adequate screens... Reply
  • boeush - Thursday, April 05, 2018 - link

    P.S. just to add - they put such blatant garbage out and then wonder, why the 17" form factor is not all that popular any more. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy... Reply
  • sibuna - Thursday, April 05, 2018 - link

    16:10 is better than 16:9 Reply
  • Manch - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    whooosh Reply
  • Mixal11 - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    Agreed. I would pay extra for 1680x1050 Reply
  • Lolimaster - Saturday, April 07, 2018 - link

    Once you used a CRT @1600x1200, 1080p wide feels so small and restrictive... Reply
  • Lolimaster - Saturday, April 07, 2018 - link

    @100Hz on my Dell Trinitron Reply
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, April 07, 2018 - link

    You might want to recalibrate your sarcasm detector ;) Reply

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