Windows 10 ZBooks: HP refreshes laptop line used by NASA in space

HP has rolled out its next generation of ZBook laptops for creatives, architects, and engineers, with VR in mind.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

The ZBook 17's entry-level model features an i5 processor, while the smaller ZBook 15 G4 has a 15.6-inch full HD display.

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HP has unveiled four new laptops in its fourth-generation of ZBook mobile workstations, which are aimed at creators with heavy graphics workloads.

HP's new ZBook series workhorse laptops feature Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors, large storage capacity options, and graphics from either Nvidia or AMD.

Designed with VR content creation in mind, the HP ZBook 17 G4 can be configured with either Xeon or Core processors and a choice of Nvidia Quadro P4000 or P5000 graphics cards to display VR content at 90 frames per second.

The ZBook 17's entry-level model features an i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD storage, and a 17.3-inch display. It will be available for $1,519. It's also available in a number of other configurations, with AMD RadeonPro GPUs, up to 4TB storage, and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Used by NASA on the International Space Station, the smaller ZBook 15 G4 with a 15.6-inch full HD display is available with an i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 500GB HDD storage, and costs $1,419. It's also available with either Nvidia or AMD GPUs, and up to 3TB storage.

HP has also released the ZBook Studio G4, a 15.6-inch screen ultrabook aimed at filmmakers, architects, and engineers. The laptop features a 4K UDH display, and HP says it will offer a 16.5-hour battery life, addressing the Studio G3's more limited power cell.

As with the last year's model, HP is highlighting the effort that went into its design. The laptop can be configured with Intel Xeon or Core processors, Nvidia graphics, and up to 2TB storage. The model starts at $1,399.

Finally, it's also released the ZBook 14u, a smaller sibling to the recently announced ZBook 15u. The ZBook 14u features a 14-inch full-HD display with optional touch, an AMD FirePro graphics card with 2GB video memory, up to 32GB memory, and up to 2TB storage.

HP hasn't released pricing or availability for the ZBook 14u, but plans to this summer. The 15u model starts at $1,079.

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