Mobility

HP unveils 'world's first' detachable PC workstation, the ZBook x2

HP's ZBook x2 can be used in a laptop, tablet, or docked mode, and can power up to five displays. It is designed to empower productivity among mobile creatives.

At the Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, HP unveiled the HP ZBook x2—what the firm called the world's "first detachable PC workstation" in a press release.

The ZBook x2 follows the release of HP's other detachable PCs, the HP Spectre x2 and the HP Elite x2. However, the ZBook x2 is geared toward improving mobility and productivity for professional creatives and artists, the release said.

The device can operate as an attached laptop, a detached laptop with the keyboard to the side, a docked PC, or a tablet. In detached or tablet mode, it can be used with an HP-designed Wacom pen, and while in docked mode it can power two 4K displays (docking with Thunderbolt 3), or five total displays, the release said.

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The device has a machined aluminum body and features a 14-inch, multi-touch 4K display with an antiglare touchscreen. However, the release said, it can be configured with a 10-bit, one-billion color HP DreamColor display as well.

The HP ZBook x2 features quad-core Intel Core processors and 32GB of dual channel RAM—at least double the memory of other detachable solutions currently in the market, the release said. The device also utilizes NVIDIA Quadro Graphics to offer a 73% bump in graphics performance over the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

The cooling system uses a dual fan setup to dissipate heat more readily, and features an HP Z Turbo Drive storage SSD, configurable up to 2TB. Users can expect up to 10 hours of battery life and a fast charge system that will get the battery charged up to 50% in 30 minutes, the website said.

Users will also be able to take advantage of HP Quick Keys that are designed to be application aware and can be used for customizable shortcuts in software, such as the Adobe creative suite.

"Adobe is thrilled with our collaboration with HP, which we know will further fuel creativity and give Creative Cloud members more power and freedom to create wherever inspiration strikes," Mala Sharma, vice president and general manager of Creative Cloud product, marketing and community at Adobe, said in the release.

While it is geared toward creative professionals, the ZBook x2 could also make a good option for telecommuters or remote workers who want a powerful machine that can used in a variety of ways. According to the release, it also features key security features such as hardware-based encryption as well.

The HP ZBook x2 will be available in December, starting at $1,749.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. HP launched a detachable PC workstation geared toward creatives, the ZBook x2, at the Adobe Max conference in Las Vegas.
  2. The device can work as an attached or detached laptop, a docked workstation, or a tablet, and can power two 4K displays using Thunderbolt 3 connections.
  3. The ZBook x2 was released in partnership with Adobe, and features customizable quick keys that can be used to create shortcuts in their software.

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