HP didn’t just announce the new G4 line of ZBook mobile workstations today; it announced its first VR Ready mobile workstation: the HP ZBook 17 G4. While the new ZBook 17 is the only HP mobile workstation available in VR-ready configurations all of the new ZBooks will ship with the industry’s first self-healing encrypted BIOS (HP Sure Start Gen32) and all of the ZBooks are mil-spec tested (MIL_STD_810G) for extreme durability.
Four New G4 ZBooks
The new HP ZBook Studio G4 (starting at $1,399) is a “premium mobile workstation” that HP designed to meet the needs of filmmakers, architects, and engineers. The chassis of the ZBook Studio is crafted from fully-machined aluminum with diamond-cut edges, but the real appeal of this notebook is the 15.6-inch HP DreamColor 4K UHD display which supports 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color palette. HP also claims the 92-watthour battery inside the ZBook Studio will deliver up to 16.5 hours of battery life.
The ZBook Studio is just 18mm thin and starts at 4.6 lbs., but it still packs a server-grade Intel Xeon or 7th generation Core processor, NVIDIA Quadro discrete graphics and up to 2 TB of storage with dual HP Z Turbo Drives and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports supporting full 40 Gb/s bandwidth.
The HP ZBook 14u G4 (starting price not yet announced) is currently HP’s smallest and lightest mobile workstation. This Ultrabook workstation weighs as little as 3.61 lbs. with a 14-inch diagonal FHD display with optional touch screen, AMD FirePro W4190M 3D graphics (2 GB), the latest 7th generation Intel Core processors, up to 32 GB memory and up to 2 TB of storage.
Like all of HP’s ZBook workstations, the ZBook 14u is certified for major software applications. The included 51Whr battery supports HP Fast Charge, which allows you to charge a completely drained battery up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes.
The HP ZBook 15 G4 (starting price $1,419) continues the legacy of ZBook 15 workstations currently used by NASA on the International Space Station. The new ZBook 15 is powered by Intel Xeon or 7th generation Core processors, with up to 3 TB storage and NVIDIA Quadro or AMD RadeonPro graphics.
Although there isn’t much to say about the latest update to this 15.6-inch mobile workstation, the highly customizable ZBook 15 series has been the backbone of HP’s line of mobile workstations since its introduction.
The previously mentioned HP ZBook 17 G4 (starting at $1,519) is the headline product here because this 17-inch mobile workstation is available with VR-ready hardware that support a VR experience at 90 FPS (VR-ready configurations starting at $3,438). Businesses can configure the ZBook 17 G4 with a range of CPUs from 7th Gen Core i3 up to Xeon, as well as discrete Nvidia Quadro (P4000 or P5000 options for VR) and AMD Radeon Pro graphics.
The Zbook 17 G4 also includes basic security standards such as a Smart Card Reader, TPM chip, and a fingerprint reader. You’ll also find dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and your choice of three different screen resolutions; 1600 x 900 (HD+), 1920 x 1080 (FHD), or 3840 x 2160 (UHD).
We will have more coverage of the HP ZBook G4 mobile workstations as review units become available.