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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.

In HP’s largest premium launch ever, the company has introduced three EliteBook commercial notebook computers, two Z-series workstation notebooks, three high-resolution monitors, and a docking station for all. Here, we’ll explore the features intended to make the new mobile computers attractive to professional users.

EliteBook 800 G5 Series

HP positions its EliteBook series as the premier commercial line. As such, the company put extra delightful touches into the product line, as well as state-of-the-art components. Targeting the modern workforce (read: millennials), the company says these professionals work in a wide variety of places, not just the office:

  • 62% work from more than one location (HP, Quantitative Research with WW End Users, 2015)
  • 81% conduct work activities during personal time (C Space Primary Proprietary Research with online communities, 2015)
  • 65% collaborate multiple times a day (Dimensional Research: Collaboration Trends and Technology, A Survey of Knowledge Workers, August 2015).

The modern workforce works in various places outside the office, and often outside of “work hours.” 

Premium devices are not standard issue in the workplace, and design is a significant decision-making criterion for millennials. In fact, according to proprietary research conducted by HP in 2015, the company found that 52% of millennials felt design was important when choosing a PC. (Apple, of course, figured that ten years ago when it introduced the Air.) Nonetheless, with those factors as design drivers for HP, the company came out with what it describes as a sleek design that a millennial would be proud carry to carry around.

HP’s EliteBook 800 G5 series.

HP claims the EliteBook 800 G5 series comprises the first business notebooks with an ultra-bright 400-nit display that can automatically adapt to changing ambient light conditions (as an optional feature). The environmental adaptation is accomplished using an extra camera the company has added to the Elite series; the new camera can also be used for security and conferencing. If you don’t want the ambient light sensor, you can order the notebook with a 700-nit display. The screen itself is an anti-glare IPS panel with LED backlight, a very narrow border, and a layer of damage-resistant Gorilla Glass.

The 13.3-inch 830 and the 14-inch 840 only come with an HD screen. The 15.6-inch 850 has HD and optional 4K screen choices. All of the models come with Intel integrated 620 HD graphics, but the 840 and 850 offer an optional AMD Radeon RX 540 discrete graphics processing unit (GPU) with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.

The broad range of processor choices includes the following:

  • Core i7-8650U 1.9 GHz base, up to 3.9 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores
  • Core i7-8550U 1.8 GHz base, up to 4 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores
  • Core i5-8350U 1.7 GHz base, up to 3.6 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores
  • Core i5-8250U 1.6 GHz base, up to 3.4 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores
  • Core i5-7300U 2.6 GHz base, up to 3.5 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores
  • Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz base, up to 3.1 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores.

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