The new ZBook Studio G5 family are tailor-made for creative professionals | Credit: HP

HP has refreshed its entire ZBook workstation lineup, packing a ton of power and 'cutting-edge design' into five new laptops: two for creative professionals, and three for the technical community. The new "G5" laptops are: the ZBook Studio, ZBook Studio x360, ZBook 17, ZBook 15, and ZBook 15v.

For our purposes, we're going to focus on the two mobile workstations designed specifically for creative professionals: the versatile ZBook Studio x360 G5 and the next generation HP ZBook Studio G5.

HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

The new ZBook Studio x360 G5 is being hailed as "the world's most powerful convertible PC." It combines a convertible design with professional-grade specs so you can "run multiple apps with speed and responsiveness" and "edit high-resolution images without delay."

The chassis features a 360° hinge so you can use the laptop in five different configurations—laptop, tablet, stand, tent, and dock—and the anti-glare DreamColor touch display covers 100% of Adobe RGB, supports the Wacom AES pen, and boasts an impressive 600 nits max brightness. According to HP, that last spec makes this the world's brightest 4K laptop display.

Inside, it can be configured with 8th Gen Intel quad-core Core i5 or six-core Core i7 and Xeon E3 processors, and you have a choice between the integrated Intel graphics that come with your chip or a discreet NVIDIA Quadro P1000 card with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM. Speaking of RAM, the laptop can handle up to 32GB of DDR4-2667 RAM (or ECC SDRAM if you're using an Intel Xeon processor), and the laptop's hard drive slots support up to 5TB of total storage or 4TB of local PCIe NVMe solid state storage.

The ZBook Studio x360 G2 is scheduled to ship in the beginning of May, starting at $1,500 for the base model. To learn more about this computer, head over to the HP website.

HP ZBook Studio G5

The ZBook Studio G5 is essentially the same as the x360, minus the 360° hinge and with a little bit more space for configuration on the inside. If you're not married to the multiple configurations the x360 offers—which are, we'll admit, better for photo editing using the Wacom pen—you can get a bit more bang for your buck with the regular ZBook Studio G5.

The same 4K DreamColor 'world's brightest' touch display found on the Studio x360 has been installed on the standard Studio laptop as well. Again, you get 100% Adobe RGB coverage, 600 nits max brightness, and an anti-glare design with an ambient light sensor built in.

You can configure the ZBook Studio G5 with the same 8th Generation Intel CPUs mentioned above, the same max of 32GB of DDR4 2667 MHz or ECC memory, and once again you have a choice between integrated graphics or a discreet NVIDIA P1000 with 4GB dedicated GDDR5 RAM. The only real differentiator here is that you can now support up to 6TB of total storage, although you still max out at 4TB of local PCIe NVMe solid state storage.

The ZBook Studio G5 will also be available in early May, starting at $1,300. Basically, you get a couple hundred dollars in savings to sacrifice that 360° hinge. To learn more about this laptop or dive into the data sheet, head over to the HP website.

Press Release

HP’s New High-Performance Workstations Push Creative and Technical Workflows to the Limit

World’s most powerful convertible PC and brightest 4K laptop display set new standards for creative and technical professionals

News highlights:

  • HP ZBook lineup features iconic design with precision-crafted machined aluminum and diamond-cut touchpads.
  • HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 – the world’s most powerful convertible PC1 with the world’s brightest 4K laptop display2 – provides premium user experiences for uninterrupted creativity.
  • HP Z Book 17 G5 – the world’s most powerful mobile workstation3 – delivers unparalleled power for users demanding accelerated performance.

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 5, 2018 — HP Inc. today unveiled a range of new, fifth-generation HP ZBook Mobile Workstations designed for creative and technical professionals, executives and students who demand high- performance computing and premium experiences. The new lineup features cutting-edge design, innovative collaboration tools and superb security features to help elevate the creative process.

“Today’s mobile users are looking for premium products with outstanding performance, differentiated design, resilient security and practical collaboration tools to create anytime, anywhere, without limits,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “Whether it’s the game-changing design of the world’s most powerful convertible PC, the world’s most powerful mobile workstation or the world’s most secure mobile workstations, HP is delivering the products that creative and technical workers crave.”

Purposeful Innovation to Excite

By constantly monitoring market trends and customer insights, HP understands that today’s mobile workers surround themselves with a collection of products that speak to their personal design philosophy. They require products that don’t just enable the creative process, but elevate it. HP ZBooks were created with forward- thinking design and versatility, precision inking experiences, the brightest displays, tool-less access and distinct eye-pleasing finishes. This generation of HP ZBook’s tout precision-crafted machined aluminum for enhanced structural integrity, durability and weight-savings, and streamlined narrow border displays allow for more screen real estate in a smaller chassis.

Today, technical workstation users demand accelerated performance to dramatically improve workflows. As boundaries around traditional workplaces are erased, security becomes even more important. Nearly 70 percent of organizations have reported compromised laptops in the past 24 months4, highlighting the need for robust security features that provide constant protection and resiliency in the event of an attack. Therefore, HP designs its HP ZBooks to be the world’s most secure and manageable mobile workstations5.

At the same time, as workplaces become more collaborative, the need for innovative tools is on the rise. The mobile user is at the center of this shift, with laptops/mobile workstations as the most frequently used devices for meetings and collaboration. HP ZBook Mobile Workstation users can collaborate naturally with the world- facing microphone and the HP Premium Collaboration Keyboard. This generation of HP ZBooks also have even richer sound over the previous generation – louder, bigger speakers with a lower bass roll-off.

Premium HP ZBooks Delight Creative Professionals

Today, HP revealed the HP ZBook Studio x360 G5, the world’s most powerful convertible PC1. This versatile laptop gives users the latest convertible design with professional-grade performance needed to run multiple apps with speed and responsiveness. Users can edit high-resolution images without delay, with NVIDIA® graphics and Intel® Xeon® processors. HP’s innovative 360-degree hinge delivers the comfort of a laptop, the convenience of a tablet and the luxury of additional modes to help showcase work. Precision inking with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity are realized on the anti-glare HP DreamColor display – the world’s brightest, 4K laptop display2.

Creative professionals will experience the ultimate blend of design and performance in the next generation HP ZBook Studio G5. This premium model is smaller, faster and brighter than ever. Users can bring ideas to life on the world’s brightest 4K laptop display2. The HP DreamColor anti-glare display supports 100 percent Adobe RGB, has 600 nits of brightness, is 20 percent brighter than the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display and 50 percent brighter than the Dell XPS UltraSharp 4K display6. The HP ZBook Studio supports up to 6 TB7 of storage, with certified NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics and ultra-fast 6-core Intel® Xeon® processors, with 35 percent higher processing performance than the Apple MacBook Pro8.

Last fall, HP announced the HP ZBook x2, the world’s most powerful detachable PC, to unleash the power of Adobe Creative Cloud with remarkable performance and versatility. This product now includes Intel’s 8th generation of quad core processors that deliver 73 percent higher graphics performance compared to the Surface Pro9.

Performance HP ZBooks Thrill Technical Community

HP ZBook17 G5 delivers the performance of a desktop with the freedom of a laptop. Users will revel over the relentless performance when editing multiple streams of content, manipulating data and developing in VR. The HP ZBook 17 G5, the world's most powerful mobile workstation3, is packed with 50 percent more cores generation over generation, up to 10 TB storage7, 64 GB memory, NVIDIA® Quadro® P5200 graphics and 20 percent better thermals generation over generation to stay cool and quiet. With up to 50 million different configurations, the HP ZBook 17 G5 can be customized to meet any demand and can be upgraded in seconds without tools.

HP ZBook 15 G5, the number one mobile workstation in the world10, provides extraordinary performance with industry-leading security and is designed to thrive with heavy rendering, engineering and simulation workflows. With 30 percent better thermal performance generation over generation, it stays quiet and cool running at maximum performance workloads. Users can bring projects to life with one billion colors on the stunning 600 nits 4K HP DreamColor display11. Users can also increase productivity with up to 6 TB of storage and 3 drives and up to 4 TB local PCIe TLC storage.7 Engineered for the future, upgrading is made easy with tool-less access. In 2016, NASA purchased 1,200 HP ZBook 15 mobile workstations for use on the ISS and to support ground development and flight support.

HP ZBook 15v G5 is a high-performance laptop, aimed at engineering students and SMBs, with high speed processors and graphics certified for peak performance – all at a low cost. This model has fast response times with 6-core Intel® Xeon® processors12 and 32 GB memory, even when running multiple apps at once. Users can access large 4K files quickly with up to 4 TB of high-speed storage7 and tackle complex 2D and 3D models with certified NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics. The HP ZBook 15v is optimized for stability and peak performance with professional software applications from leading software providers like Autodesk, Revit and SOLIDWORKS. This model features up to 2 TB local PCIe TLC storage.

Visionary Display for Visionary Creators

The HP DreamColor Z27x G2 Studio Display delivers consistent accurate color, features a wide color gamut, high performance IPS Panel and workflow management tools with breakthrough HP DreamColor technology. This 27-inch diagonal display uses an integrated pop-up sensor that calibrates on demand or on a regular schedule. HP worked with leading visual effects studios to create customized solutions for an optimal design process, including onscreen markers, remote management and the world’s first integrated keyboard-based input switching KVM13 to easily switch between devices. Users will experience a broad range of vividly accurate colors from 99 percent DCI P3 coverage, 98 percent Adobe RGB and a 1500:1 contrast ratio. The new HP Z27x joins the HP Z31x DreamColor Studio Display to make a family of the most advanced color-critical displays in the world14.

Pricing and Availability

  • The HP ZBook Studio x360 is expected to be available beginning in May for a starting price of $1,499.

  • The HP ZBook Studio is expected to be available beginning in May for a starting price of $1,299.
  • The HP ZBook 17 is expected to be available beginning in May. Price not yet available.
  • The HP ZBook 15 is expected to be available beginning in May. Price not yet available.
  • The HP ZBook 15v is expected to be available beginning in May for a starting price of $949.
  • The HP DreamColor Z27x G2 Display is available beginning in April for a starting price of $1,999.