What you need to know
- HP today announced a refreshed ZBook Fury 16 G9 creator and professional workstation laptop.
- It's available with Intel's 12th Gen HX-series 55W desktop-class processors, up to 16TB of M.2 storage, up to 128GB of ECC or non-ECC RAM, and NVIDIA RTX or AMD Radeon RX discrete graphics.
- Four displays are available, all with a new taller 16:10 aspect ratio. UHD+ OLED is the top option.
- Availability is expected June 2022, with pricing to be determined.
Today HP announced a refresh to its 16-inch ZBook Fury workstation, now in its ninth-generation. This comes a few months after HP announced the G9 ZBook Firefly, a mobile workstation built for professionals on the go. The ZBook Fury, instead of focusing on mobility, focuses on packing in as much power as possible with some tasty 16:10 display options and boosted security measures.
Most notably, the ZBook Fury 16 G9 comes equipped with 12th Gen Intel Core HX-series CPUs. These new chips deliver 55W of base performance, with up to 16 cores and 24 threads. Core i5, i7, and i9 options will be available. These powerhouse processors are joined by up to 128GB of DDR5-4800MHz RAM in ECC and non-ECC flavors; they're spread out over four SODIMM slots. You can also get up to a ridiculous 16TB of M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD storage, or up to 4TB of faster M.2 PCIe 4.0 storage. Exact discrete GPUs are yet to be announced, but expect options from NVIDIA RTX and AMD Radeon RX certified specifically for use with professional applications.
Here's a look at the specs you can expect to find when the ZBook Fury 16 G9 launches.
|OS||Windows 11 Pro|
Windows 11 Home
Windows 10 Pro (downgrade optional)
|Processor||12th Gen Intel HX-series (55W)|
Core i5, i7, i9
|RAM||Up to 128GB|
DDR5-4800 ECC and non-ECC
4 SODIMM slots
dGPUs from NVIDIA, AMD TBD
|Storage||Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe 4 SSD|
Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe 3 SED SSD
Up to 16TB M.2 PCIe 3 SSD
16:10 aspect ratio
IPS, anti-glare, 400 nits, 100% sRGB
IPS, anti-glare, 1,000 nits, 100% sRGB, HP Sure View
OLED, touch, low blue light, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3
IPS, 120Hz, anti-glare, 500 nits, 100% DCI-P3, HP DreamColor
|Ports||Two Thunderbolt 4|
Two USB-A (5Gbps)
Mini DisplayPort 2.0
SD card reader
|Audio||Dual stereo speakers|
Bang & Olufsen tuning
DNN noise suppression
|Wireless||Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211|
Intel XMM 7560 LTE
Intel 5G Solution 5000
|Camera||5MP IR camera|
HP Auto Frame
|Keyboard||HP Premium Quiet keyboard|
Per-key LED backlight
Nano lock slot
Windows Secured Core
Full HP security suite
|Dimensions||14.3 x 9.88 x 1.14 inches|
(363mm x 251mm x 29mm)
|Weight||From 5.4 pounds (2.44kg)|
Another notable change involves the display. It's been changed to a taller 16:10 aspect ratio with more screen real estate, a trend we've seen in many of the best HP laptops. The most basic has an FHD+ resolution with anti-glare finish, 400 nits brightness, and 100% sRGB color. The other FHD+ screen has 1,000 nits brightness and HP's Sure View that prevents people from looking over your shoulder. Bumping up the resolution to UHD+, there's an OLED touchscreen with 400 nits brightness, 100% DCI-P3 color, and low blue light certification. And for those who need HP's DreamColor tech, a final UHD+ option with 120Hz refresh rate, 500 nits brightness, and 100% DCI-P3 color coverage is available.
Above the display is a 5MP IR camera combo and a shutter for extra privacy. The Fury 16 G9 comes with HP Auto Frame, allowing you to move around while presenting video without the camera losing focus. Dual mics with noise suppression pick up your voice and not much else. The keyboard is fairly premium here, adding per-key customizable RGB lighting to standard spill resistance. As for wireless connectivity, the laptop comes standard with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. If you often travel outside of Wi-Fi or Ethernet range, a 5G LTE modem is available for an extra cost.
An HP ZBook wouldn't be complete without myriad security measures to help protect your data. Along with the full suite of HP security features — including Secure Click, Sure Sense, Secure Platform, Sure Recover, and Sure Start — there's a TPM 2.0 chip, fingerprint reader, IR camera, and Windows Secured Core certification.
The HP ZBook Fury 16 G9 is expected to launch June 2022. Pricing has yet to be announced. If you're interested in this workstation — or any of the other HP ZBooks on the market — be sure to check out our HP Thunderbolt G4 Dock review, which is a perfect pairing.
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