HP ZBook 14 is first Ultrabook mobile workstation

HP ZBook 14 is first Ultrabook mobile workstation

Summary: The ZBook 15 and 17 laptops include a Thunderbolt port, while the ZBook 15 features an optional 3,200x1,800 display.


HP has updated its mobile workstation lineup with the new ZBook series of laptops, which includes the first workstation notebook that qualifies as an Ultrabook.

The ZBook 14 (pictured) tips the scales at just 3.57 pounds, but is still capable of handling up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and discrete graphics in the form of either Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro cards. Processor options are fourth-generation Intel Haswell Core i5 or i7 chips, and you can order the ZBook 14 with an optional touchscreen to make use of Windows 8's touch capabilities.

While the ZBook 14 won't be available until next month (with pricing TBD), the ZBook 15 and 17 are now on sale, though they don't appear to be available to order on HP's website. Both models include Thunderbolt ports, can handle up to 32GB of RAM, and, like the ZBook 14, are powered by Intel Haswell processors. The ZBook can take up to 1.8TB of storage, while the ZBook 17 maxes out at 2.8GB, though HP claims slightly better battery life from the 15-inch version.

Unlike the ZBook 14, the larger laptops only have Quadro graphics options, and the ZBook 15 will be available with an optional 3,200x1,800 ultra-high-res screen, much like the Dell Precision M3800. The ZBook 15's starting price is $1,899, while the ZBook 17 is $100 more for its base configuration.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, CXO, Laptops, Mobility

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  • It's not about the resolution

    I wished computer manufacturers would get a clue that it's not about packing too much resolution into too small of screens. IT'S ABOUT THE PRICE! What use is that much resolution on such a small screen? I already wear bifocals, so now I need a magnifying glass too?

    Good grief, 1920x1200 is way more than enough resolution on a small 15" screen and I don't care if this thing can do my laundry, at a starting price of $1,900 I'm not interested no matter what features it has.
    • It's a business workstation.

      You do realize that these machines aren't made for regular consumers right?

      Business hardware is among the most expensive of the lot, and will easily reach prices above the 1K barrier.
  • Ultra Light Computing

    The order of the day seems to be miniaturizing the PC into a tablet (or whatever mutations it takes like phablet, convertible, etc.). But as a layman, I don't quite get why it can't better. For example:

    1. Why should the RAMs for notebooks and smaller versions be restricted to 8GBs or less. When RAM is so cheap, why can't we have 16GB or 32GB SO-DIMMs which can be used in notebooks and tablets. As of now, if I need more than 8GB RAM, then I should be prepared to carry many kilos more just for that extra RAM. Why can't the higher capacity RAMs be made available to Notebooks, Ultabooks, and Tablets?

    2. While miniaturizing, why can't the ports be miniaturized to make room for more ports or smaller footprint? For example, why can't the Ultrabooks/Tablets sport Mini/Micro-USB ports instead of the regular ones?

    3. Similarly, why can't these ports be made multi-purpose - instead of one port type for one technology? In the same token, why can't the cables be standardized too - in terms of shape and connectors? Technologies/speeds could be different but connectors and ports could be standardized.

    4. Why can't the screen sizes of notebooks/ultrabooks/tablets/phones be independent of the underlying hardware unit/OS - so that users have choice of the form factors - in the same way as PCs are assembled? For example, if I could buy displays and base units separately then I might have one screen size when I use it as a phone (smaller one) and another bigger one when I need to use it as a tablet. Why should the computing power of the base unit be tied to screen size? (Asus Padfone mimics this a bit not fully).

    The above may sound counter-intuitive now, but as a layman I would think such flexibility and miniaturization is the need of the hour.

    3. Why can't
    • Re: Ultra Light Computing

      More RAM consumes more power. Many would be surprised how much RAM consumes...
      More consumed power means the battery is depleted faster etc.
      No idea why manufacturers insist on full sized ports -- perhaps because this is what is already standardized?
      Multi-purpose ports exist, for example Thunderbolt. It is great technology, that actually moves the port components outside of the box -- and this reducing power consumption when ports are not in use.

      Battery power is everything in a mobile device.
  • Screen Resolution (and Related Topic - Camera Sensor Resolution)


    Higher screen resolution permits the user to "magnify" web pages by using "CONTROL +" and still have characters appear anti-aliased and easier to read.

    To those who believe camera sensor resolution greater than printer resolution is a waste of silicon and money, did you ever hear of "crop and enlarge"? Professional photographers have shot photos covering more "real estate" than they ever intended to print, because they intended to do just that. Large camera sensors allow the digital photographer to extract a portion of a photo and print it in a larger-than-original size without having "jaggies" in the printed image.

    If you value having these capabilities at your disposal, you'll make the judgment as to whether the cost of the capability is worth it to you. If you don't value them, don't belittle those who do.
  • zbook and M3800

    Does anyone know when the Haswell with resolution of the 3,200x1,800 ultra-high-res screen will be release, as pof yet I can't see either on HP Australia and Dell Australia web site.
    Carlos Chou