by Adam Armstrong

HP Makes Several Announcements For Workstations & Displays

Today HP made a slew of announcements at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. These announcements centered on workstations, both desktop and mobile, and professional displays to areas that appeal to the creative professional. For workstations, HP is releasing the second generation of the Z Turbo Drive as well as a new mobile workstation, the HP Omen Pro, which is much thinner and lighter than their current mobile workstations. HP is also announcing new monitors including a large 32” 4K monitor and several ultra-narrow bezel monitors.

Z Turbo Gen 2

We previously reviewed the Z Turbo PCIe SSD in our Z620 Workstation Review, and we found it to have impressive numbers in our 2MB sequential/random transfer performance tests and sequential read and write speeds of 1.5GB/s and 1.4GB/s respectively. The next generation Z Turbo PCIe SSD, powered by Samsung NVMe technology, claims twice the performance of its predecessor. The Z Turbo Gen 2 PCIe SSD supports Z440, Z640, and Z840 workstations (as either boot or data drives), comes in 256GB and 512GB capacities, and caries the same price as the previous generation.

Z Turbo Gen 2 specifications:

  • Capacities: 256GB | 512GB
  • NAND type: MLC
  • Read bandwidth: 2510MB/s | 2150MB/s
  • Write bandwidth: 1260MB/s | 1550MB/s
  • Random Read IOPS (4K): 300K
  • Random Write IOPS (4K): 100K
  • Endurance (Total Bytes Written): 146TB | 292TB
  • Form factor: Half-height, half-length

HP Omen Pro

HP has taken their Omen gaming laptop and redesigned and rebuilt it into a thin full performance mobile workstation. Weighing 4.68 lbs. and only being 19.9mm thick, the HP Omen Pro has a Z Turbo PCIe SSD, 4th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processors, professional NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics and runs windows 7 professional 64. The Omen Pro can run ISV-certified product development, AEC and media & entertainment applications. The workstation has complete compatibility between hardware and software.

HP Omen Pro specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64
  • Processor family: Intel Core i7 processor
  • Chipset: Intel HM87
  • Max Memory: 16GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM
  • Max Capacity: 512GB
  • Display: 15.6" full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K1100M
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x mini Display 1.2, 1 x HDMI
  • Power: 120W AC power adapter
  • Dimensions: 382.9 x 247.5 x 19.9 mm

HP DreamColor Z32x

Similar to the Dell UltraSharp 32" 4K monitor, HP's DreamColor Z32x is also a large 32" 4K monitor. Building off of the award winning DreamColor technology, the new monitor has a 31.5", 4K UHD display, with exceptional color precision and consistency straight out of the box. The Z32x comes with an HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort, and a mini-DisplayPort to connect to just about any type of device. The Z32x also features pivot settings that allow adjustment from landscape to portrait.

HP DreamColor Z32x specifications:

  • Display size: 31.5"
  • Display type: IPS w/LED backlight
  • Panel Active Area: 27.44 x 15.43 in (696.96 x 392.04 mm)
  • Viewing Angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 static; 5000000:1 dynamic
  • Response Ratio: 8ms gray to gray
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Native Resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz (30Hz max for HDMI)
  • Ports: 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x HDMI 1.4/MHL, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2,1 x Mini-DisplayPort, 4 x USB 3,0. 1 x audio output
  • Input voltage: 90 to 265 VAC
  • Dimensions with Stand (WxDxH): 29.0 x 9.7 x 24.2 in (73.71 x 24.55 x 61.38 cm)
  • Weight: 23.5 lbs.

HP Ultra-Narrow Bezel

HP is also announcing a new family of ultra-narrow bezel displays. These new displays are borderless, high-definition, ready for multi-display setup (up to 4), offer a picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functionality, feature swivel, tilt, height, and pivot, and can be used side-by-side in either portrait or landscape.

HP Ultra-Narrow Bezel specifications:

  • Models: Z24n | Z25n | Z27n | Z24nf | Z24nq
  • Display size: 24" | 24.98" | 27" | 23.8" | 23.8"
  • Display type: IPS (w/LED blacklight for the Z24n/nf/nq)
  • Viewing Angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | 350 cd/m2 | 350 cd/m2 | 250 cd/m2 | 300 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 static; 5000000:1 dynamic
  • Response Ratio: 8ms gray to gray (Z25n & Z27n 14ms gray to gray)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (Z24n 16:10)
  • Ports: 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x HDMI 1.4/MHL, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2,1 x Mini-DisplayPort, 4 x USB 3,0. 1 x audio output

Availability and pricing

The second generation Z Turbo PCIe SSD will be available in June 2015. The 256GB will be priced at $399 and the 512GB will be $699.

The Omen Pro is available today starting as $2199.

The HP DreamColor Z32x is expected to be available this summer with pricing available upon request.

The ultra-narrow bezel display are expected to be available in June 2015.

Pricing:

  • Z24n $379
  • Z25n $429
  • Z27n $649
  • Z24nf $299
  • Z24nq $379.

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