HP Brings Tiny Desktops and Bold Displays to CES 2015
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Ahead of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), HP announced some major updates to its desktops, displays and mobile workstations that enhance the way users interact with their devices. New Zbooks are thin and light (and still powerful), Mini Desktops pack streamable media into a small, energy efficient device, and updated displays feature virtual reality capabilities and curved panels. Media creators should find a lot to like in this new round of products, including support for industry standard software and peripherals with many options for customization.
HP Lobby in Palo Alto, California
ZBOOK WORKSTATIONS -- THE THINNEST AND LIGHTEST
The lightest and thinnest business-class mobile workstations available now are HP's ZBook 14 and 15u Workstation Ultrabooks, less than an inch thick and weighing under 5 pounds each. The laptops have a 14 inch or 15.6 inch screen, with the 14 featuring an optional touch display. Just like all of HP's workstations, the ZBook workstations are customizable and include Windows 8, Intel Core processors and AMD FirePro graphics with up to 16 GB of RAM and 1.25 TB of storage, along with an HP Z Turbo Drive (PCIe connected solid-state storage) for double the performance of SATA SSDs.
Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP, said. "HP mobile, desktop and virtual workstations are the innovation engines of companies around the globe, designing everything from automobiles to block-buster movies." The ZBook workstations are designed for film and video, graphic design and many other less fun markets, rated to run applications from Adobe, Autodesk, Avid and others. Both workstations are expected to be available in January, with pricing starting at $1,249 and $1,199 respectively.
HP's ZBook 14
TINY NEW DESKTOP PCS
Arguably the cutest products in HP's CES offerings are the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop and Stream Mini Desktop, designed to be powerful as well as small and stylish, with an energy-efficient design that looks nice in any room.
"The desktop tower PC continues to be a focal point in the home for sharing, creating, and entertaining," said Mike Nash, vice president, product management, Consumer Personal Systems, HP. "The HP Pavilion and HP Stream Mini Desktops deliver the benefits of a traditional desktop PC in a package that looks good sitting on a desk and is small enough to fit into an entertainment center."
Pavilion Mini Desktop
The Pavilion Mini Desktop is just over 2 inches high and weighs 1.6 pounds, and fits in the palm of a regular-sized hand. Running Windows 8, it supports processors up to Intel Core i3 with up to 1 TB of storage and 7 GB of expandable memory. With DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB ports all available on the back, users can connect and stream or access content on multiple screens, including on a TV with quad HD support.
Pavilion Mini Desktop rear view.
Following the trend of ditching the optical drive, the Pavilion Mini Desktop does not offer support for optical DVD media but does include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. According to recent trends, you likely won't miss the DVD option while you're accessing all your media.
The HP Stream Mini Desktop is a similarly small device, but features a 32 GB SSD (solid state drive) for extra speed and reliability. It also comes in pretty "Cobalt Blue", while the Pavilion is offered in "Snow White". The Pavilion Mini starts at $319.99, and the Stream Mini starts at $179.99. Both devices are expected to be available in mid-January.
BIG NEW DISPLAYS -- 4K, 5K, CURVED AND HOLOGRAPHIC?
Breaking down the barrier between the real world and digital world are HP's expanded line of computer monitors, including an interactive virtual reality display designed to immerse users in their digital experiences.
"HP's new displays complement our goal of delivering new technologies that maximize the visual experience and change the way people work and create," said Jun Kim, vice president and general manager, PC displays and accessories, HP.
The HP Zvr Virtual Reality Display brings us a step closer to true holographic viewing (as predicted in Back to the Future 2's depiction of 2015), with real-time exploration and manipulation of 3D content. Powered by zSpace technology, the new Zvr can allow users to dissect a frog or explore a building without actually getting their hands messy or even leaving their desk -- a dream! The high-definition 3D stereoscopic display combined with full-motion parallax gives a lifelike realism to users, with real-time, natural interactions. It's also collaborative, so you can work together even in the virtual world. The Zvr is expected to be available in the spring, with pricing available upon request.
Ultra-high Def Z Display
The HP Z27s and HP Z24s 4K Displays and HP Z27q 5K display allow users to expand their screen real estate and view UHD content how it was meant to be seen. The Z27s and Z24s displays have a 3840x2160 resolution with a 16:9 panel, and include DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, Mini-DP, MHL and USB3.0 connections. The Z27q's resolution is 5120x2880 -- 14.7 million pixels on the 16:9 panel, with 300 nits luminance and 1.07 billion colors. The Z27s and Z24s are expected to be available in January and April, with pricing starting at $749 and $549 respectively. The Z27q is expected in March with an estimated price of $1299.
And the HPZ34c, HP ENVY 34c, HP EliteDisplay S270c and HP Pavilion 27c displays are a part of HP's Curved Displays, enhancing the visual experience with peripheral readability that fills your line of vision in an 178-degree field of view. The Z34c and ENVY measure 34 inches diagonally with a 21:9 aspect ration and 3440x1440 resolution, expected to be available in April with an estimated price of $999. The EliteDisplay and Pavillion 27c feature a 1920x1080 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, and are available now for $399.
HP's Curved Displays: HPZ34c
POWER NEAR AND FAR: VIRTUAL AND REMOTE UPDATES
Enhanced Remote Graphics Software (RGS) and next-generation virtual workstations were also part of the latest round of HP's announcements, with the HP DL380z Virtual Workstation bringing updated security and more powerful access from virtually anywhere. Users can access powerful software deployed through the centrally controlled Citrix or VMware environments, keeping things secure and stable even over poor network connections. The virtual workstation is available now, with pricing available upon request.
With HP RGS 7.1, users will be able to edit remotely without limitations thanks to a 60 percent boost in performance. RGS 7.1 also allows native Wacom tablet redirection to Linux for creative collaboration across the country between production facilities or studios. This RGS update is expected to begin shipping on Z Desktop and ZBook Mobile Workstations beginning in April, with a free download for existing customers.