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HP’s New Notebooks and Workstations Are Designed for Mobility

18 Mar, 2018 By: Jon Peddie

Sponsored: Three new EliteBook models and two new ZBook mobile workstations combine power and affordability in extremely thin, lightweight packages.


14u and 15u ZBook Mobile Workstations

But wait, there’s more! Bigger, faster, more reliable, and certified, HP is introducing the 2018 version of the ZBook mobile workstation line with two new models: a 14- and a 15-inch.

Who buys and uses workstations? Engineers, designers, builders, and others who need high levels of performance, reliability, and innovation. Why do they choose workstations? Although they may look similar to consumer-level machines, workstations feature professional graphics, more testing and certifications, and advanced security, design, and collaboration features.

And where are workstations used? Business travel is increasing, and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) said in July 2015 that global business travel spending approached $1.3 trillion in 2016. Annual business travel spending grew 9.2% in China year over year, according to the GBTA.

Traveling with technology is not always easy, however. HP conducted an international survey from November 23 to December 18, 2017, among 395 companies in the building/construction, business services, community services, education, entertainment, health, hospitality, manufacturing, mining, personal services, public sector, retail, tourism, transport, and wholesale industries in the United States, China, and Germany. HP found that six out of ten information technology (IT) decision makers think high-performance PCs (defined in this case as notebooks and desktops priced at $800 or higher with discrete graphics) are difficult to travel with.

Recognizing that engineers are traveling more, and need to have their workstations with them, HP has brought out what it calls the world’s thinnest mobile workstation, based on the company’s internal analysis of hinge height of independent software vendor (ISV)-certified mobile workstations as of January 25, 2018. The ZBook 14u is 0.71 inches (1.8 cm) thick — that’s 28% thinner than the previous generation (ZBook 14u G4). And, it only weighs 3.27 pounds (1.48 kg). The associated power supply, the HP Smart 65 W external AC power adapter, adds 10 oz (283.5 g).

The new HP ZBook 14u and 15u are equipped with an AMD Radeon Pro 3D Graphics WX 3100, a discrete GPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, as well as Intel’s integrated UHD 630 GPU.

HP’s super-thin and light 14u mobile workstation.

The ZBook 14u and 15u are now available worldwide, with starting prices of $1,099 and $1,109, respectively. All of the security features listed above for the EliteBooks are also available in the ZBooks.

In April 2016, Adobe commissioned Edelman Intelligence to do a survey on the Future of Work. Edelman, via an online survey, contacted 2,011 global workers in the United Kingdom, India, and the United States (1,003 were in the U.S.) who use a computer daily for work. Eighty-one percent of them said state-of-the-art technology is important at work. And where they work is: everywhere.

New types of workspaces have emerged.

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