Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

HP launches 'world's most powerful detachable PC' for creative professionals

HP launches 'world's most powerful detachable PC' for creative professionals

The x2 will reach 4.2GHz in Turbo Boost mode, offers 32GB of RAM, and has a M.2 SSD with up to 2TB local storage. That starts with the display, which is a 14 inch diagonal, 4K multi-touch display that can come with HP DreamColor display calibrated to 100 per cent for Adobe RGB. Microsoft actually does HP one better by including a discrete graphics card with many Surface Book 2 configuration, whereas the x2's Nvidia Quadro M620 is optional (albeit more powerful than the GeForce GTX 1050 or 1060 cards Microsoft includes).

Hewlett-Packard has today launched their new ZBook x2 hybrid notebook, tablet which comes with a detachable keyboard allowing you to benefit from the best of both worlds.

The insanely powerful ZBook x2 follows the launch of the Spectre x2 and Elite x2 earlier this year, with HP separating it from other less impressive 2-in-1 convertibles by calling it the world's first detachable PC workstation.

The HP ZBook x2 is due for release in December, with prices starting from US$1,749. "This device will make it easier than ever for creators to do what they do best - bring inspiring new ideas to life and enrich the world around us". A quiet, dual-fan active cooling system is created to dissipate heat from the powerful graphics card and processor. The design is borrowed from the HP ZBook Studio's keyboard, including backlighting and function-key control. With a Thunderbolt 3 ZBook dock ($229), it can also drive dual external 4K displays.

When detached, users can draw with the specialist Wacom-designed pen with 4096 pressure points, while still having access to the keyboard via Bluetooth. It also features NVIDIA Quadro GPU options within tablet.

As a member of the world's most secure and manageable mobile workstation family [1], the HP ZBook x2 features HP Sure Start Gen3 for BIOS protection, TPM 2.0 for hardware-based encryption to secure credentials, secure authentication methods through the Smart Card Reader and HP's Client Security Suite Gen3 to protect data, device and identity, including facial recognition and fingerprint reader. HP ZBook x2 is said to offer up to 10 hours of battery life and also support fast charging where the device gets charged 50 percent in just 30 minutes. Even at a lithe starting weight of 3.64 pounds (1.65 kg) in tablet mode, the ZBook x2's aluminum and die-cast magnesium body weighs more than twice as much as a 12.9-inch iPad Pro or an entry-level Surface Pro, and the tablet portion by itself is a relatively chunky 1.46 cm thick. And yes, there's Thunderbolt 3 ports via USB C. The HP ZBook x2 also undergoes dozens of tests for certification and optimized performance with the industry's leading software providers like Adobe and Autodesk.

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