HP ZBook x2 G4 Detachable Workstation

In the detachable workstation space, HP has released what they say is their most powerful detachable PC made to ‘unleash the power of Adobe Creative Cloud’. HP worked at this goal by using the latest 8th Gen Intel quad-core “U” series processors with frequencies boosting up to 4.2 GHz. It uses an (optional) 14-inch 4K UHD DreamColor touch panel able to display 1 billion colors. In addition, HP includes the ZBook x2 pen, supporting 4000 pressure points.

The ZBook x2 is a 2-in-1 detachable, giving users have the flexibility of the Bluetooth keyboard so one can switch from laptop to tablet just by separating the two devices. The ‘tablet’ portion includes customizable HP Quick Keys, providing 18 shortcuts for Adobe applications. On the sides of the tablet is where all the ports and connectors are found. The left side contains the headphone/microphone combo jack, while the right side has the power connector, HDMI (1.4), USB 3.0 (w/charging capability), two USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as a smart card/SD media card reader. The keyboard is backlit with function key controls and has an extra-large click pad with a physical on/off button. Outside of those details, there isn’t much flashy about the machined aluminum and die-cast magnesium body, except that it should be lighter, but this is a workstation and really isn’t meant to be the center of attention in that respect.

Hardware wise the ZBook H2 G4 adds three 8th Gen Intel processors, either an i5-8250U or an i7-8550U, and the flagship i7-8650U with turbo speeds to 4.2 GHz. Also available are two dual-core 7th Gen Intel processors for those who may not need the horsepower of the latest Intel quad-cores. The maximum memory capacity here is double any other HP detachable with up to 32 GB DDR4-2133, as the device is aimed at Adobe professionals.

The graphics side of the house has uses either the integrated GPU or an NVIDIA Quadro M620 with 2 GB GDDR5 as the single discrete option. Panel options are either a 14” 4K UHD IPS panel without touch to a 4K UHD DreamColor panel with touch capabilities. Audio duties are handled by Bang & Olufsen dual stereo speakers while inputs are handled by a dual array digital microphone. It also includes two webcams, the first a 720p HP webcam and the second, also 720p webcam with IR that is world facing and should support Windows Hello.

Network connectivity is handled by an Intel 8265 Dual Band 802.11ac 2x2 device supporting Bluetooth 4.2. There is an optional mobile networking controller in the HP hs3110 HSPA+ mobile broadband module.

HP ZBook Studio x2
Type Detachable Workstation
Processors i7-7500U (2C / 4T - 3.5 GHz Turbo)
i7-7600U (2C / 4T - 3.9 GHz Turbo)
i5-8250U (4C / 8T - 3.4 GHz Turbo)
i7-8550U (4C / 8T - 4.0 GHz Turbo)
i7-8650U (4C / 8T - 4.2 GHz Turbo)
Displays 14-inch 3840x2160 non-touch
14-inch 3840x2160 Dreamcolor touch
Maximum Memory 32 GB DDR4-2133
Network Connectivity Intel 8265 Dual Band Wireles, 2x2, Bluetooth 4.2
Optional HP hs3110 HSPA+ Intel Mobile Broadband Module
Internal Storage SSD 128 GB M.2 SATA
512 GB PCIe NCMe M.2 SED
256 GB - 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2
256 GB - 512 GB HP ZTurbo Drive PCIe NVMe
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620 (7th Gen CPUs)
Intel UHD Graphics 620 (8th Gen CPUs)
NVIDIA Quadro M620 2GB GDDR5
Ports and Connectors 1 x Headphone/microphone combo
1 x Power connector
1 x HDMI (1.4)
1 x USB 3.0 (supports charging)
2 x USB 3.1 Type-C TB3 / DP 1.2
Input Device Backlit Keyboard w/function control
HP ZBook x2 pen
Camera 720p HP webcam, 720p webcam with IR (Front-facing)
8 MP (world facing)
Audio Bang & Olufsen dual stereo speakers, dual digital array microphone
Power 65W AC Power adapter
90W AC Power adapter

70wh Lithium-Ion Polymer (Up to 10 hours)
Dimensions Tablet Mode: 0.53" x 14.35" x 8.94"
Laptop Mode: 0.75" x 14.35" x 8.94"
Weight Tablet Mode: 3.64 lbs
Laptop Mode: 4.78 lbs
Price (Starting) $1799

The ZBook x2 is available now and starts at $1799.  

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  • Skyhermit - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    jsyrovat-- i9 (which is an overclockable chip mainly for gaming) isn't used because the Xeon is offered as the upper level choice above the top i7. As far as your wanting a 2560 X 1440, I am certain that Lenovo offers that display on some systems. Check out the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Gen) (part of the line of Thinkpads). My recollection is it is found in other models as well.
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  • David manks - Sunday, May 6, 2018 - link

    My girlfriend won the Z27x G2 at the NAB show but we are both audio engineers so we have no clue what to do with the thing?
  • DSGT_Crockett - Monday, May 14, 2018 - link

    Well, you could loan it to me for a couple months so I could get a feel for what sacrifices might have to be made as a dyed-in-the-wool Tablet-PC (Penabled/EMR/proper-digitizer+capable-convertible) user. I'll even fill it with uh 'extended-trial' specialty software and weird datahoard caches of all sorts that you can keep, a little bit of everything save code, animation and video-editing. If I really, 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕪 like it, I'll buy it cash at a fair-plus rate! I'm getting awfully tired of waiting for the few manufacturers of proper Tablet-PCs to start thinking about workstation-like capability rather than stupid cosmetic trends but the AES stylus world is repulsive, and I can't just rent one. Lole, maybe I can after all
  • DSGT_Crockett - Monday, May 14, 2018 - link

    Wow, my reading-comprehension is particularly off this morning, ignore me; though I'd sure like the monitor you won, I wrote thinking you had, you know, one of the machines the article is about. So sorry, and wish I could find a way to delete my reply, but screw it.
  • David manks - Friday, May 18, 2018 - link

    I’m willing to sell the thing but idk what I could even ask

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