Las Vegas - HP added new workstations and displays to its professional lineup, including the company’s first 14-inch mobile workstation. The HP Z200 Workstation offers a new entry point to workstation-class performance at starting prices that rival those of traditional desktop computing systems, says a company representative. The Z200 is targeted at government, education, and small business users, and it is well suited to engineers and designers using Autodesk AutoCAD, photographers using Adobe Photoshop, and power office users.
HP also introduced the HP ZR22w and HP ZR24w Performance Displays, providing exceptional visual quality with a new brushed aluminum industrial design, making them a great pairing with HP Z Workstations both in looks and performance.
According to IDC, HP is currently the industry leader with 42.8 percent of the global mobile workstation market.
Adding to its award-winning EliteBook notebook lineup, HP introduced the 15-inch diagonal display HP EliteBook 8540w and the 14-inch diagonal display HP EliteBook 8440w. The HP EliteBook 8540w and 8440w feature workstation-caliber graphics that are tested, optimized, and certified to run the most demanding professional applications for mobile power users.
“As professional applications move into 3-D, more and more people are upgrading to the power of multicore workstations to fuel their creativity,” says Jeff Wood, director, Worldwide Marketing, Workstations, HP. “Customers around the world choose HP workstations for the best in performance and for reliability that adds up to a surprisingly short return on investment.”
Tapping the power of Intel’s newest technologies, the HP Z200 offers dual-core processor options based on the next-generation Intel processors, as well as quad-core processor options based on the enterprise-class Intel Xeon 3400 series. In addition, the HP Z200 is designed for ease of use and serviceability – with a convertible minitower, tool-less chassis, and FireWire and USB ports located on the front of the system.
The HP ZR22w and HP ZR24w displays feature a new brushed aluminum industrial design to make them ideal complements to HP Z Workstations. The displays incorporate super in-plane switching (S-IPS) panel technology and are available in 21.5- and 24-inches diagonal. S-IPS technology provides a 10 times higher contrast ratio when viewed at a 60-degree angle as compared to mainstream displays – while maintaining prices near those of mainstream business monitors.
The displays also deliver 16.7 million colors and up to 97 percent coverage of the sRGB gamut, the standard color space for the web as well as the majority of engineering, creative and professional applications. Both displays have an 85-percent-efficient power supply and the chassis contain at least 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastics. In addition, the HP ZR22w is ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified, and both displays feature an eight-way comfort-adjust stand for maximum comfort in height, tilt, swivel and pivot.
Drawing inspiration from aircraft design, the HP EliteBook 8540w and HP EliteBook 8440w are engineered to meet the tough MIL-STD 810G military-standard tests for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures. The sleek, gunmetal anodized-aluminum finish complements a full magnesium alloy chassis to create an incredibly strong case that protects the top and bottom of the notebook against rigorous use. Anodized aluminum is used on the palm rest area and display cover, bringing significant scratch-resistance improvements including the HP DuraFinish coating for six times more scratch resistance than current notebooks while metal alloy hinges with hardened steel pin axels are designed to withstand extensive use.
Both the HP EliteBook 8540w and HP EliteBook 8440w include an LED-backlit, anti-glare high-definition (HD) display at 15 inches and 14 inches diagonal, respectively. They both feature NVIDIA discrete graphics with ISV certifications and choice of Intel Core™ i7 or future Intel Core processors(2) with Turbo Boost and vPro technology.
The HP EliteBook 8440w is designed for photographers, power users, developers and designers who need entry-level workstation graphics. The HP EliteBook 8540w runs demanding applications and helps users to experience faster rendering capabilities with next-generation graphics, fast hard drives and support for up to 16 gigabytes (GB) of memory.
A spill-resistant keyboard with a drain is also incorporated into the new EliteBooks. Finally, the global positioning system (GPS) uses satellite-based technology to determine 3D position (latitude, longitude, and altitude).
With the release of the HP Z200, HP also unveils the HP Performance Advisor software tool, which acts like a personal system engineer to update workstation settings and drivers, help ensure optimal performance, maximize stability and increase overall productivity. Formerly called the HP Performance Tuning Framework, HP Performance Advisor has been redesigned to provide a more intuitive experience that can help save time and money and increase overall productivity. Performance Advisor is preinstalled on the HP Z200 and ships on all HP workstations and the new mobile workstations at no additional cost.
HP SkyRoom 1.1 is now preloaded on select new HP EliteBook notebooks and HP Z Workstations. Version 1.1 features Microsoft Windows 7 compatibility and desktop sharing that allows control to be passed to all or one specific participant. HP SkyRoom is an affordable, HD videoconferencing software that offers live, real-time collaboration for instant face-to-face meetings. Built on HP Video and Image processing engines and four times faster than the blink of an eye, SkyRoom provides seamless hi-fi audio, HD video and high-performance 3D application sharing.
The HP Z200 workstation starts at $769 and is expected to be available in the United States in February. The HP ZR22w and HP ZR24w start at $289 and are expected to be available in the United States in February. The HP EliteBook 8540w and 8440w start at $1,299 and $1,499, respectively, and are expected to be available in the United States later this month.