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HP upgrades ZBook mobile workstations for creatives, professionals, and astronauts

If you’re in the market for a powerful notebook that doesn’t look like a gaming laptop, then you may take a look at HP’s recently refreshed ZBook line-up of mobile workstations. The manufacturer claims that its new portfolio delivers “desktop power in a sleek, mobile design” with no compromise on design or flexibility.

The company is launching four new ZBook models, starting with the premium ZBook Studio. Starting at $1,399, this notebook comes with Intel Xeon or 7th generation Core processors, NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and up to 32GB of RAM. Other highlights include 16 hours of battery life and an optional 4K UHD display with HP’s DreamColor technology.

The HP ZBook Studio.

Next is the HP ZBook 14u, which the company describes as its “smallest and lightest mobile workstation.” Its slim and light body (22mm thin and 3.61 lbs) features a 14-inch FullHD display, Intel’s 7th gen Kaby Lake processors, an AMD FirePro 3D GPU with 2GB of video memory and up to 32 GB memory.

Its bigger brother, the HP ZBook 15 (starting at $1,419) is used by NASA astronauts on the International Space Station, says HP. “HP ZBook Mobile Workstations endure 120,000 hours of testing and are made for demanding workloads with Intel Xeon or 7th generation Core processors, with up to 3 TB storage and NVIDIA Quadro or AMD RadeonPro graphics,” explained the company.

The HP ZBook 15.

Lastly, the ZBook 17, which starts at $1,519 is the top of the line model with even more customization choices. This is also the only model to be VR Ready, thanks to the latest Intel processors and NVIDIA Quadro P4000 or P5000 graphics cards. Other highlights include an optional UHD 4K dispaly,up to 54GB of DDR4 memory, up to 4TB of storage and more.

The HP ZBook 17.

All ZBook notebooks also come with built-in security features such as Sure Start Gen3, HP’s self-healing BIOS technology. You can purchase all ZBook models on HP’s website, except the ZBook 14u which will be released later this summer.

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