HP ZBook x2 Detachable PC Workstation Targets Creative Professionals at Adobe MAX

HP is showcasing the HP ZBook x2 at Adobe MAX today and they’re positioning it as the world’s first detachable workstation. HP’s been been trying to essentially reinvent the detachable PC market, having introduced the HP Spectre x2 and the HP Elite x2 earlier this year.

HP says that they’re targeting individuals in the creative community that are looking to push the Adobe Creative Cloud and other creative applications to their limits, calling it the most powerful detachable solution for artists and designers.

“As the world’s most powerful and first detachable PC workstation, there is no device better suited to turn the vision of artists and designers into reality,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “With the HP ZBook x2, we are delivering the perfect tool to accelerate the creative process – with unprecedented power, performance and natural ease-of-use. This device will make it easier than ever for creators to do what they do best – bring inspiring new ideas to life and enrich the world around us.”

HP’s ZBook x2 can operate in four different modes: laptop, detached, docked and tablet, making it what HP calls their most versatile detachable to date.


HP has compared the ZBook x2’s graphic performance to that of the new Surface Pro, and they’ve concluded that the Zbook x2 performs 73 percent better.  Additionally, HP claims that its Z Turbo Drive storage is up to 6X faster than SATA SSD and up to 21X faster than traditional HDD storage and that the ZBook x2 will be more responsive in more taxing workloads in programs like Photoshop, offering up to 4.2 GHZ of Intel Turbo Boost and 32GB RAM over dual channels — twice as much RAM as is offered in other detachable PCs. The Zbook x2 will also support upt to 2TB of local PCle data storage and has a full-sized SD card slot and Thunderbolt 3 ports for convenient file transfer. It’s battery is supposed last 10 hours and can charge up to 50% in just half an hour.


The ZBook x2 is equipped with a 12-inch diagonal, 4K multi-touch display with an optional 10-bit, one-billion color HP DreamColor display calibrated to 100 percent of Adobe RGB. While docked, the ZBook x2 supports two addition 4K displays as well, equaling out to five total displays running simultaneously.



Adobe commented on their collaboration with HP, which they believe is truly pushing their programs further:

"At Adobe, our goal is to accelerate creativity. Creative Cloud is the platform that enables us to deliver powerful innovation in our apps and cloud-based services supported by Adobe Sensei with artificial intelligence at the heart of every customer experience,” said Mala Sharma, vice president and general manager, Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community. “Adobe is thrilled with our collaboration with HP, which we know will further fuel creativity and give Creative Cloud members more power and freedom to create wherever inspiration strikes.”

The ZBook x2 is scheduled for release in December with prices starting at $1,749. Go to hp.com to learn more.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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