We have already seen mobile computers capable of replacing a workstation in a large number. However, tablets that are not inferior in terms of performance and support the work with a pen are few. Nevertheless, now one more joins the market. Namely, HP introduced a new device called ZBook x2. Graphic designers promote the new tablet in commercials, but judging by its characteristics, the scope of ZBook x2 is much larger.
HP introduced yesterday its new tablet computer ZBook x2, created specifically for creative people, including artists. This is a very powerful mobile PC based on the advanced hardware from Intel, and it can be considered a full-fledged workstation.
HP claims this to be the world’s most powerful detachable PC, aimed at artists and designers. The device is created specifically for professionals who use Adobe Creative Cloud and other applications for creativity. The main competitor of HP’s ZBook x2 can be considered Microsoft Surface Pro, which is also focused on professionals.
Case and screen
HP ZBook x2 is made of lithium-magnesium alloy, weighs 3.6lb in tablet mode and 4.8lb in notebook mode together with the keyboard. The device is equipped with a 14-inch 4K matte touch screen with anti-reflective coating, which allows you to work in any lighting conditions. The screen has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels with a 10-bit color representation and 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.
What’s inside the workstation?
The top configuration of the workstation includes an Intel Core i7-8560U processor from the Kaby Lake-R family with clock speed up to 4.2 GHz Intel Turbo Boost, a Nvidia Quadro M620 GPU, 32 GB of RAM and a 2 TB SSD. However, in the basic version, the components are, of course, simpler: an Intel Core i7-7500U processor and a 128GB solid state drive.
According to the manufacturer, ZBook x2 processes graphics at 73% faster than Microsoft’s Surface Pro. At the edges of the ZBook x2 are 18 keys for quick access to apps that will make the work with the workstation more flexible for the user.
Other features of the ZBook x2 that we would single out the fact that the mobile workstation has been "designed to pass MIL-STD 810G testing."
The ZBook x2 is equipped with a fingerprint sensor and the SmartCard reader integrated in the keyboard, support for fast charging technology (charging the battery up to 50% takes 30 minutes) a webcam that allows you to record video with a resolution of 720p, and a main camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels. A set of standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters are supplemented with a GPS receiver.
The ZBook x2 will be offered with a wireless keyboard, and the list of optional equipment includes an electronic pen that uses Wacom EMR technology. The stylus provides recognition of 4096 degrees of depression and does not need a power supply.
In the case of the ZBook x2 itself, a folding stand is built in. Also, the tablet has an SD card slot, HDMI 1.4 video output, a USB 3.0 port and a pair of USB-C ports with a Thunderbolt interface. Due to the latter, the tablet is connected to two monitors with a resolution of 4K.
There is nothing surprising in the fact that with such parameters, the ZBook x2 turned out to be both bulky (366 x 229 x 15 mm) and heavy (3.6lb). And more expensive too: in the US, the price starts at $ 1,750. For a ridiculously powerful tablet, would you consider paying such a high price? The sales of the ZBook x2 will start in December, so you have just enough time to decide.