In addition to launching “Boosted” versions of its ZBook notebooks, HP has also introduced its Z Club device-as-a-service (DaaS) program. Under the terms of the program, select HP customers will be able to lend certain hardware bundles at a fixed monthly payment, and get a special Z Concierge service. The Z Club will be initially available only to select HP customers, if the company finds it successful enough, it may expand it in the future.

The Z Club DaaS program is aimed at creative professionals, such as artists, graphics designers, photographers, and video editors. For each group HP will offer a special hardware bundle. Furthermore, it will offer a choice of components and accessories that users may install themselves and find out how certain hardware affects their workflow. Select customers of HP that will be offered membership in the Z Club will be able to tryout HP’s hardware and components bundle for free for 90 days and in that period,  they will be able to configure systems however they see viable. In addition, Z Club members will be offered Z Concierge service available 24/7. The latter will provide recommendations concerning usage of hardware and software to simplify transition to HP Z workstations.

Initially, HP will offer six hardware packages for different workflows:

The Artist’s Bundle will include HP’s ZBook x2 with Pen, HP’s 24-inch DreamColor 24x display, a 1 TB external drive, wireless keyboard & mouse, collaboration software, as well as Z Concierge and next-day business service. Montly cost of this package will be at $156, exact specs are listed in the table below.

The Graphics Designer’s Bundle will include the HP ZBook x360 with Pen, HP’s DreamColor 24x monitor, a 1 TB external storage device, wireless keyboard & mouse, and the aforementioned software and services. This package will cost $167 a month.

The Video Editor’s Bundle will consist of either HP Z2 Tower or HP Z4 Tower desktop PCs, an HP Z38C curved display, or two 24-inch monitors (see the table for details). Depending on exact configuration, the package will cost from $183 to $210.

The Photographer’s Bundle will feature the HP Z mini workstation or HP ZBook x360 with Pen, a 24-inch display, and a printer. The package will be available for $108 to $180 a month, depending on exact hardware specs.

Keeping in mind that HP intends to offer its customers a choice of hardware to install themselves, actual monthly payments will differ from those of canonical bundles. Meanwhile, a quick analysis of hardware packages and their prices indicate that montly payments are about 27-34 times lower than the current cost of hardware. That said, it makes a great financial sense to rent the workstations when using them for less than 27 - 34 months. At the same time, it will be cheaper to buy hardware if you plan to use it for three years or more.

HP Z Club Hardware Bundles
  Configuration Approximate* Price of Hardware at HP.com Monthly Cost
Artists's Bundle HP ZBook x2 with Pen
14-inch 4K IPS LCD
Intel Core i7-8650U
32 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM
1 TB PCIe SSD
NVIDIA Quadro M620 2 GB
+
HP DreamColor Z24x
+
Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
+
1 TB external drive
+
Services
$5362 $156
Graphics Designer's Bundle HP ZBook Studio x360 with Pen
15.6-inch 4K LCD
Intel Core i7-8750H
32 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM
2×512 GB PCIe SSD
NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB
+
HP DreamColor Z24x
+
Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
+
1 TB external drive
+
Services
$5738 $167
Video Editor's Bundle 1 HP Z2 Tower
Intel Core i7-8700K
64 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM
Z Turbo 512 GB PCIe SSD
4 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD
NVIDIA Quadro P5000 16 GB
+
HP DreamColor Z24x+ HP Z 24-inch LCD
+
1 TB external drive
+
Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
+
Services
$5374 $183
Video Editor's Bundle 2 HP Z4 Tower
Intel Core i7-7820X
64 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM
Z Turbo 512 GB PCIe SSD
4 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD
NVIDIA Quadro P5000 16 GB
+
HP DreamColor Z38C Curved LCD
+
1 TB external drive
+
Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
+
Services
$7090 $210
Photographer's Bundle 1 HP Z2 Mini
Intel Core i7-8700
32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM
Z Turbo 256 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD
+
HP DreamColor 24x LCD
+
1 TB external drive
+
HP Photosmart Printer
+
Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
+
Services
$2937 $108
Photographer's Bundle 2 HP ZBook x360 with Pen
15.6-inch 4K LCD
Intel Core i7-8750H
32 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM
2×512 GB PCIe SSD
NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB
+
HP 24-inch
+
1 TB external drive
+
Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
+
HP Sprocket Printer
+
Services
$5479 $180
Note *Since we do not know exact configuration, actual prices may be different than the ones we picked at HP.com on 10/15/2018.

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  • kludj - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    "3-year contract." Kind of an important detail. Reply
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Not sure if leasing computer hardware is a good deal. I mean, I guess if you really don't have the capital to buy to own upfront, I guess that's alright. But it'd cost you in the longer term. Reply
  • twtech - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    It simplifies doing your taxes - 100% writeoff.

    But none of these machines are powerful enough for what I'd want if I were paying $200 a month for a work machine.
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  • Samus - Thursday, October 25, 2018 - link

    These kind of lease agreements work out for everybody except the IRS and Uncle Sam. The buyer doesn't need any capital and gets a total write-off, HP had 3 year old equipment at the end of the lease that will be refurbished and sold for at least 1/3 of the original value (making up the difference on the 3 year lease - and then some) and Uncle Sam collects less tax from both HP & the customer. Reply
  • hansmuff - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    I can build the Video Editors bundle for $4,000 at pcpartspicker, had to approximate monitor and case. Services are worth something, but $1,300? Reply
  • dachrael - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    List price divided by 36 , how novel. Reply
  • crimsonson - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    I'm not sure of all the fine details of the HP option but leasing is usually favorable instead of owning in the creative industry where many, if not most, are freelancers / perma-lance / contractor. For the production company, they can expand and contract without needing large capital. And the cost can be passed on the final client as a line item depending on the agreement.

    Ownership makes a lot of sense if you can ROI your hardware (usually less than a year). This is usually true if it is your main station(s). But if you take on a job, that has a specific date range and hiring freelancers then leasing is probably a better deal.
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  • crimsonson - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Ooops meant for "hunsmuff" Reply
  • olafgarten - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    This is just a 36-month 0% finance deal. Reply
  • Wolfclaw - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    Which you don't own at the end of it ! Reply

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