HP's powerful ZBook workstation line gets refreshed with Intel's latest chips

HP today revealed the latest round of updates to its ZBook lineup of mobile workstations, each of which takes advantage of Intel's latest chips. But while gaming has been the focus of most of the PCs we've seen announced with Intel's new silicon thus far, HP's ZBook line is very much aimed at getting work done on the go.

Headlining the lineup is the ZBook Studio G5 and Studio x360 G5. With 15.6-inch displays, both machines can be equipped with a 4K touch panel. On the inside, you can configure each with up to an Intel Xeon processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and discrete NVIDIA Quadro graphics. And as its name suggests, the Studio x360 G5 is a convertible device, allowing you to rotate its screen between laptop mode, tent mode, tablet mode, and anything between.

Next up are the ZBook 15 G5 and ZBook 15v G5, both of which come with 15.6-inch displays with support for up to 4K resolution. Both devices support up to an Intel Xeon processor and NVIDIA Quadro graphics, with up to a Quadro P600 in the ZBook 15v and up to a Quadro P2000 in the ZBook 15. In terms of RAM, the standard ZBook 15 can support up to 64GB, while the Zbook 15v maxes out at 32GB. The ZBook 15 can also be equipped with up to 6TB of storage and three drives.

Rounding things out is the ZBook 17 G5. Touted as "the world's most powerful workstation" by HP, the 17 G5 is available with a variety of Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, along with options ranging up to Intel Xeon chips. NVIDIA's Quadro graphics are once again available here as well, topping out with a 16GB Quadro P5200 GPU. The device also supports up to 64GB of RAM and up to 10TB of storage. HP also says that it has improved the thermals for 20 percent better cooling over the previous generation.

Z27x Dreamcolor

Lastly, venturing away from the ZBook laptop lineup, HP has introduced the DreamColor Z27x G2 Studio Display, a 27-inch monitor that features some interesting tech. The panel is equipped with a pop-up sensor that HP says will calibrate the display either on-demand or on a regular schedule. Otherwise, the QHD display features 98 percent Adobe RGB coverage 99 percent DCI P3 coverage. The DreamColor Z27x also includes a built-in KVM switch for easily switching between computers on the fly.

Pricing and Availability

The ZBook lineup is expected to be available in May. Prices aren't yet available for the ZBook 17 and 15. However, the ZBook 15v will start at $949, while the ZBook Studio and Studio x360 will start at $1,299 and $1,499, respectively. The DreamColor Z27x display is expected to be available later in April starting at $1,999.

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