HP Announces New G8 Family of Mobile Workstations11 May, 2021 By: Lara Sheridan
Collaboration, security, and sustainability rise to the top of HP’s goals with this new group of mobile workstations.
HP just announced its new family of mobile workstations, the ZBook G8 series designed with 3D designers, video, architects, engineers, and VR developers in mind. With these releases, HP continues to focus on what the workforce needs now, especially post-COVID-19. According to the company’s research, with 32% of office employees expected to work from home for the foreseeable future, and 33% of IT decision-makers reporting that support for remote work is their #1 challenge, businesses must be prepared to support the future of hybrid office and home office work. With this in mind, collaboration tools are at the forefront. To assist users and companies, HP’s ZCentral Remote Boost software, makes it easy for users to take advantage of remote access to workstation power. The real-time collaboration capability brings that desktop workstation power to projects so that users can access the full resources, compute power, and infrastructure of the office or production studio while working from anywhere, according to HP. ZCentral also keeps data locked and secure while still enabling a real-time local remote work experience. Plus, HP’s Connect Software helps IT manage access to remote workstations. “Professional creators and power users need a curated, personalized software and hardware experience that aligns to the different ways they work and collaborate,” said Jim Nottingham, general manager and global head, Advanced Compute and Solutions, HP Inc. “With the ZBook Studio being the most powerful workstation of its size, and the ZBook Fury offering full expandability in a portable design, HP is giving the professional community access to cutting-edge technology, unthrottled performance, and the versatility to make the next creative breakthrough a reality.”
HP's ZBook Studio, Fury, and Power mobile workstations, respectively.
Security. Another important feature of all G8 models, is the HP Security Suite designed to keep user data safe and secure. HP Security Suite includes the new HP Tamper Lock intrusion system that alerts IT departments if someone tries remove the cover of the PC. Users have different options to protect their data, from a physical alert to a full shut down and protection of all data. You can also utilize the Find Your Missing Laptop technology and pair your mobile workstation your cell phone.
Sustainability. HP continues to be at the forefront of making sustainability an integral part of their company culture. 100% of packaging is recyclable; up to 49% of product metals are made from recycled materials; and 42% of product plastics are from recycled materials, including incorporating ocean-bound plastic in parts such as speaker casings. In addition, 90% of the final assembly of the PCs and displays are completed with 100% renewable energy.
Behind the Screen?
All units include ISV certification for AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS, AVID ProTools, Adobe software, and more. Buyers can choose between NVIDIA and AMD architecture for the Studio and Fury models. NVIDIA’s senior director of Professional Visualization states that, "For power-users, meeting modern demands for performance, mobility, and the option to scale are nonnegotiable requirements. The latest ZBook offerings powered by NVIDIA RTX laptop GPUs are perfectly designed to stay in lock-step with customers’ evolving needs.” Find out more about NVIDIA’s RTX laptop GPUs in Cadalyst’s coverage of NVIDIA’s ’21 GTC trade show.
The new models all take advantage of HP’s new, in-house designed cooling system to keep the units slim and light-weight. In addition, they are tested to meet ISV certification with leading software providers, including Autodesk and Adobe. Plus, they go through military-grade testing, meeting MIL-STD 810H durability standards.
The ZBook Power G8 (above) is HP’s most affordable mobile workstation option. The 15.8” workstation PC is designed with media professionals, government power users, and small- to medium-size business with needs for power at a lower price point. It comes loaded with your choice of Windows 10, includes 11th Gen Intel processors, up to 64GB 3200MHz system memory, NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop graphics, and PCIe G4.
The ZBook Studio G8 (above) is purpose-built and engineered for creative professionals who need a powerful workstation they can carry with them. Weighing in at about 4lbs, the unit offers NVIDIA RTX A5000 or GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPUs and 11th Gen Intel Core i9 vPro, with up to 32 GB RAM for fast rendering, editing and simulating. The Next Gen HP DreamColor display with 100% DCI-P3 coverage is PANTONE-validated for color accuracy. And, with a 120Hz refresh rate you get smooth motion for high speed videos, animation, and gaming.
The ZBook Fury G8 (above) is the top-of-the-line model in this family of mobile workstations with latest Intel CPUs and up to NVIDIA RTX A5000 or AMD Radeon Pro laptop GPUs. It will be highly customizable for the users who need the most power, and will be available in 15.7” and 17” models. Ray trace in the background while working on your design, or share your power with teammates using ZCentral Remote Boost software. At just 26.95mm thin and 7.07lb, the flagship ZBook includes desktop-level storage with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i9 and Xeon processors, up to 128GB 3200MHz system memory, NVIDIA RTX A5000 Laptop graphics, and Thunderbolt 4.
As we come out of COVID-19 restrictions, employees and employers will continue to see the benefits of working from home, at least part time. The need for flexible, powerful mobile workstations will continue to be of importance to architects, engineers, and designers. The HP ZBook Fury and Studio G8 units will be available this July, ZBook Power G8 will be available in June. You can find out more online at hp.com.
The Living System
To highlight the collaboration capabilities of the Z workstations, seven of HP's technology ambassadors collaborated to create this short film, each using their individual strengths to create a unified piece. The Living System explores energy, creation, and adaptive environments. For more on how the artists worked together to make this film, this in-depth look at their collaboration gives you an inside peak into each artist's process and how they they brought it all together.
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