Workstations are traditionally described as desktop computers with high-end features and support for professional activities such as 3D mechanical design, engineering simulation, animation and rendering of images and architecture, although the niche seems to be undergoing significant changes of late, starting with a solid shift towards mobile.
In other words, many of the world’s key PC players are currently looking to move away from conventional bulky workstations to feature-packed laptops that can do everything a power user might need on the go.
And of all these “players,” HP seems to be the most aggressive. The Palo Alto-based company has just unveiled three new mobile workstations, including the ZBook 14, which it markets as the “world’s first workstation ultrabook.”
With no official price tag and only a vague October ETA attached to its name, the 14-incher still has plenty going for it, including up to 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of HDD storage, Intel Haswell speed (Core i5 or i7) and a premium design, with a weight of just 3.57 pounds.
Meanwhile, the ZBook 15 and 17 are already up for grabs, starting at $1,899 and $1,999 respectively. Not exactly sensible price points, but it’s not like these two laptops don’t push the boundaries on everything from raw speed to their looks.
Both computing machines are Haswell-powered, come with your choice of dedicated AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards, as well as all the RAM you can handle (up to 32 GB) and batteries capable of holding their own for 12 or even 14 hours on a single charge.
The only fault I can find the ZBook 17 is it doesn’t seem to come with the all-around greatest display in the world, while the 15-incher sports a 3,200 x 1,800 resolution in its high-end configuration. Bottom line, if you can afford them, buy them all.