While Microsoft has added a 15-inch Surface Book 2 to the existing 13.5-inch form factor, the ZBook x2 splits the difference with a 14-inch 3,840×2,160 (4K) touchscreen display that’s slightly higher resolution than either new Surface.
The insanely powerful ZBook x2 follows the launch of the Spectre x2 and Elite x2 earlier this year, with HP separating it from other less impressive 2-in-1 convertibles by calling it the world’s first detachable PC workstation.
The HP ZBook x2 comes with an adjustable kickstand that can be automatically deployed and retracted, providing single-handed operation as simple as opening and adjusting the screen on a clamshell laptop. The ZBook x2 has been created to give digital artists, designers and other professionals the power they need to make full use of the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, as well as other resource hungry creative applications.
HP INC has revealed its “most powerful” 2-in-1 detachable workstation to date, the HP ZBook x2. In detached or tablet mode, it can be used with an HP-designed Wacom pen, and while in docked mode it can power two 4K displays (docking with Thunderbolt 3), or five total displays, the release said. It also comes with dual-fan active cooling system. It features customizable, application-aware HP Quick Keys with 18 different shortcuts for some Adobe Creative Cloud apps like Lightroom and Photoshop. It can be equipped with either an Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel UHD Graphics 620, or NVIDIA Quadro M620 graphics card. It also supports laptop-mode where users can utilise the integrated 160-degree stand and full-sized keyboard. “With the HP ZBook x2, we are delivering the flawless tool to accelerate the creative process – with unprecedented power, performance and natural ease-of-use”. The display is also anti-glare so that creators aren’t limited to certain lighting conditions. Up to up to 4.2 GHz of turbo boost processing is available from the choice of i7/i5 Intel Core brains, supported by up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 2 TB of SSD storage. Even at a lithe starting weight of 3.64 pounds (1.65 kg) in tablet mode, the ZBook x2’s aluminum and die-cast magnesium body weighs more than twice as much as a 12.9-inch iPad Pro or an entry-level Surface Pro, and the tablet portion by itself is a relatively chunky 1.46 cm thick. That includes HP Sure Start Gen 3 for BIOS protection, TPM 2.0 for hardware-based encryption to secure credentials, Smart Card Reader for secure authentication methods, and HP’s Client Security Suite Gen 3 to protect data, device and identity. Using the dock or Thunderbolt 3 ports on the HP ZBook x2, it can transfer large files from cameras, external storage, phones and other peripherals. The machine also supports fast-changing technology that means it can go from zero percent battery life to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes.
Created to go anywhere and handle the toughest workloads, the HP ZBook x2 mobile workstation is created to pass MIL-STD 810G testing.
The HP ZBook x2 range launches in the United Kingdom in December starting at £1,729, so don’t expect one in your Christmas stocking, but it certainly looks like you’ll want one. On the software front the ZBook x2 runs on Windows 10.