by Adam Armstrong

HP Unveils 5th Gen ZBook Mobile Workstations

Today HP Inc. announced a new range of fifth-generation HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. These new workstations are all designed with the creative and technical professional in mind. The new line up features what the company is calling the world’s most powerful convertible PC, HP ZBook Studio x360 G5, and the world’s most powerful mobile workstation, the HP Z Book 17 G5.

After monitoring the market and looking at trends, HP wants to supply mobile users with workstations that fit their needs and are beautifully designed. The workstations announced today are built with precision-crafted machined aluminum to make the computers more durable and lighter. They also have bright displays with narrow bezels for more screen to size ratio. But dropping a mobile workstation isn’t the only risk; the new ZBooks are also built to be the “world’s most secure” mobile workstations.

For creative professionals, HP announced new convertible PCs: the HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 and ZBook Studio G5. The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 is touted as the world’s most powerful convertible PC. Users have the option of either using it as a laptop or tablet with its 360-degree hinge making the switch super easy. From a touch perspective, the screen has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity on its anti-glare HP DreamColor 4K Display.

Key specifications of the HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 include:

  • CPU families:
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor (i7-8750H, i7-8850H)
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor (i5-8300H, i5-8400H)
  • 8th Generation Intel Xeon E3 processor (E3-2176M, E3-2186M)
  • Max memory:
  • 32 GB DDR4-2667 ECC SDRAM
  • 32 GB DDR4-2667 non-ECC SDRAM
  • Max internal storage: up to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Available GPU:
  • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 or P630
  • Discrete NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4GB GDDR5)

For those that want the benefits of a convertible PC but don’t quite need the pressure sensitivity of the above, HP is offering its ZBook Studio G5. The Studio comes with many of the same features as both along with a display with 600 nits of brightness. There are also built in security features such as facial recognition and webcam shutter.

Key specifications of the HP ZBook Studio G5 include:

  • CPU families:
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor (i7-8750H, i7-8850H)
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor (i5-8300H, i5-8400H)
    • 8th Generation Intel Xeon E3 processor (E3-2176M, E3-2186M)
  • Max memory:
    • 32 GB DDR4-2667 ECC SDRAM
    • 32 GB DDR4-2667 non-ECC SDRAM
  • Max internal storage: up to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Available GPU:
    • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 or P630
    • Discrete NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4GB GDDR5)

HP released three new mobile workstations aimed at technical professionals as well. The largest and most powerful of the three, the HP ZBook 17 G5 touts desktop performance in laptop form factor as well as being the world’s most powerful mobile workstation. This 17-inch workstation is highly configurable, up to 50 million different configurations, meaning it can be customized to meet just about any need. The workstation comes with 20% better thermals helping it stay both cool and quiet.

Key specifications of the HP ZBook 17 G5 include:

  • CPU families:
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor (i7-8750H, i7-8850H)
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor (i5-8300H, i5-8400H)
    • 8th Generation Intel Xeon E3 processor (E3-2176M, E3-2186M)
  • Max memory:
    • 64 GB DDR4-2667 ECC SDRAM
    • 64 GB DDR4-2667 non-ECC SDRAM
  • Max internal storage: up to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Available GPU:
    • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 or P630
    • Discrete NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4GB GDDR5)
    • NVIDIA Quadro P2000 (4GB GDDR5)
    • NVIDIA Quadro P3200 (6GB GDDR5)
    • NVIDIA Quadro P4200 (8GB GDDR5)
    • NVIDIA Quadro P5200 (16GB GDDR5)
    • AMD Radeon Pro WX 4170 (4GB GDDR5)

For those that want lots of power in a mobile workstation but don’t like the idea of lugging around a 17-inch computer, HP is also release two 15-inch mobile workstations with the ZBook 15 and 15v. HP’s 15-inch ZBooks are the highest selling mobile workstations in the world. The latest generation sees a 30% improvement in thermal performance, leading to a cooler, quieter experience. The 15 has a 4K DreamColor display with 600 nits and 1 billion colors. The ZBook 15 is easy to upgrade as well.

Key specifications of the HP ZBook 15 G5 include:

  • CPU families:
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor (i7-8750H, i7-8850H)
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor (i5-8300H, i5-8400H)
    • 8th Generation Intel Xeon E3 processor (E3-2176M, E3-2186M)
  • Max memory:
    • 64 GB DDR4-2667 ECC SDRAM
    • 64 GB DDR4-2667 non-ECC SDRAM
  • Max internal storage: up to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Available GPU:
    • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 or P630
    • Discrete NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4GB GDDR5)
    • NVIDIA Quadro P2000 (4GB GDDR5)

The HP ZBook 15v G5 is similar to the above with the budget friendly in mind. Built with several of the same components as the 15 (thought with less RAM, less storage, and different GPUs) the 15v offers more than enough power for jobs like Autodesk or SolidWorks. The mobile workstation is also built to take a beating with military standard on drop, shock, and harsh environments—though it is so pretty it would be a shame to drop it.

Key specifications of the HP ZBook 15v G5 include:

  • CPU families:
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor (i7-8750H, i7-8850H)
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor (i5-8300H, i5-8400H)
    • 8th Generation Intel Xeon E3 processor (E3-2176M, E3-2186M)
  • Max memory:
    • 32 GB DDR4-2667 ECC SDRAM
    • 32 GB DDR4-2667 non-ECC SDRAM
  • Max internal storage: up to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Available GPU:
    • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 or P630
    • Discrete NVIDIA Quadro P6000 (2GB GDDR5)

Along with all the workstations listed above, HP is also releasing a new monitor, the HP DreamColor Z27x G2. This display leverages the company’s DreamColor technology and features a wide color gamut, high performance IPS Panel and workflow management tools. As the name implies, it is a 27-inch monitor with a broad range of vividly accurate colors from 99% DCI P3 coverage, 98% Adobe RGB and a 1500:1 contrast ratio.

Availability and Pricing

All of the new workstations, including the convertibles are expected to be available in May of this year. The HP ZBook Studio x360 starts at $1,499, the HP ZBook Studio starts at $1,299, and the HP ZBook 15v starts at $949. The other two don’t have prices released as of yet.

The HP DreamColor 727x G2 Display is expected to be available this month starting at $1,999. 

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