HP is rolling out a new line of workstation laptops, which is a fancy way of saying these laptops have the kind of high-end specs you’d expect from a premium desktop PC with support for engineering, architecture, animation, and other professional activities.
The HP ZBook Mobile Workstation family includes 15 and 17 inch laptops, and a new 14 inch ultrabook which HP says is the first workstation ultrabook.
The HP Zbook 14 has a 14 inch display and weighs less than 3.6 pounds. But it packs a punch, with up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and up to an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor.
HP also offers a choice of AMD or NVIDIA graphics, an optional touchscreen display. While HP offers an optional 3200 x 1800 pixel high-resolution display for the 15 inch model, unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be an option for a high-resolution screen on the Zbook 14.
The HP ZBook 15 and ZBook 17 laptops are already available for purchase for $1899 and up, but you’ll have to wait until October to get the 14 inch ultrabook model.
I heard that HP stopped production of Elitebook W models, instead of Workstations they are producing Zbooks. is it real?
If it is so I think they made bad decision, cause Zbook has much cheaper design then Elitebook W Laptops.
doesn’t look very thin, but it sure looks like a plastic bomber…
I hope HP stops making clunkers.
Are the screens matte or glare producing shiny?
If it supports activities like remaining functional for more than 2 years then I’ll buy that years model.
I’m not considering the 14″ model because the screen is too small and the 17″ is too big (not only the screen). The 15″ model is the sweet spot.
Pros: 3 buttons touchpad, up to 32 GB RAM, up to 1.8 TB disk (but I’d rather go for an SSD and upgrade along the way, luckily this isn’t an Apple), matte display and FHD (from slashgear), optional touchscreen, 3200x1800px and Haswell CPU. Choice of discrete graphic card.
Cons: The number pad, which ruins the ergonomics of the keyboard/touchpad combo. It’s a keyboard for the 10% left handed minority.
Unknowns: Matte display even with the touchscreen? I hope so. Noise levels? Power adapter weight? Available ports? Speakers quality? Keyboard feedback? Operating temperature?
Overall this seems the first worthy machine from HP in several years. I’m pleasantly surprised and eager to see a review.
It may well be too small for YOU, but don’t generalize. High resolution 14″ works great for me for 3D design.
Obviously my considerations are subjective. Lucky you that can work on a short display. To get one as tall as the one I’m using right now (a 16:10) I have to buy a wider laptop. That’s the insanity of the 16:9 form factor.
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