Today at the Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas, HP will showcase their new HP ZBook x2. The ZBook x2 will be HP's first detachable PC workstation, and, HP claims, the most powerful. The new ZBook x2 is the latest of several detachable PC releases from HP that started earlier this year. The HP Spectre x2 and HP Elite were introduced earlier with an updated appearance and hardware specifications. HP’s goal with the ZBook x2 was to maintain creative workflows for artists, designers, and digital imaging professionals, and increase productivity without leaving their creative flow to do so. 

For their latest worktation-class product, HP worked with customers from amateurs to professionals in determining workflow bottlenecks and how to get around them. What they found was an age-old complaint: devices were not delivering the performance users wanted, and lag plus instability further hurt usability. Their blueprint to fix these problems is to have a better application experience, better visualizations, and higher reliability for increased productivity.

HP took the ZBook x2 and, working closely with Adobe, optimized it for Adobe's CC apps. It has four modes, Table Mode (Capture), Detach mode (create), dock mode (produce), and Laptop mode (review) allowing for a lot of versatility using its integrated stand, detachable keyboard, pen, and touch-enabled display. The display is a 14” 4K UHD Dreamcolor unit;  a 10 bit display (8 bit + FRC) supporting 1 billion colors and 100% Adobe RGB with factory calibration.

It is pen and touch-enabled and comes with an anti-glare coating to minimize reflections in bright ambient light. On both sides of the display are 18 quick keys; these quick keys offer 3 preset shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom. When working in tablet mode, users have access to their shortcuts without a keyboard using these keys (programmable as well) which keeps efficiency intact. The pen itself uses a passive, battery-less technology (Wacom EMR)- never needs charging, claims to have virtually zero latency, and has a total of 4,096 pressure sensitive levels. Unfortunately, the pen does not come with the device and is sold separately.

The aluminum decked backlit LED keyboard, HP says, is a full-size commercial keyboard made mobile. The keys sport 1.5mm travel and 18.7mm pitch and is detachable for additional freedom of use. Connectivity between the system and keyboard is via Bluetooth when not connected. The monitor also has three webcams: two front-facing 720p, one with IR capabilities, and an 8MP world facing camera. With the front IR camera, the device is capable of supporting Microsoft Hello.  



Internally, the ZBook x2 supports both 7th and 8th generation Intel CPUs from the i7-7500U to the i7-8650U. The flagship CPU, i7-8560U, comes in with a base clock of 1.9 GHz and boosts up to 4.2 GHz. Memory capacity is up to 32GB DDR4-2133 non-ECC SDRAM across 2 SODIMMs. 32GB of ram is double what most other detachables provide helping with multitasking and large file manipulation. Internal storage options range from a 128GB M.2 SATA SSD, up to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. Internal storage is not user upgradeable, however, there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports for additional external connectivity as well as a USB 3.0 Type-A port, which HP lists as having "charging" capabilities.

Available graphics include the Intel HD 620 or UHD 620 built into the devices CPUs, or a discrete GPU as an option in the NVIDIA Quadro M620 (2GB GDDR5 dedicated). Networking capabilities are all wireless and handled by the HP HS3110 HSPA + Intel Mobile broadband module. It is dual-band wireless AC and supports Bluetooth 4.2. In order to keep these devices cool, HP reinvented their cooling solution for the ZBook x2. Dual fans take in cooler air from the sides, run it across the hot spots through heat pipes, and exhaust it out of the top. The 70 Wh Li-ion battery is said to last up to 10 hours with Hybrid graphics and Intel HD graphics configurations.

HP says pricing isn’t available for global markets yet, however, the starting price for the US is $1749. They will begin shipping in early December. 

HP ZBook x2
Warranty Period 3 Year or 1 Year options available
Product Page N/A
Price Starting at $1749 (US)
Type 2 in 1 detachable
Processor Family 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7
Processors i7-7500U (2.7 GHz base, 3.5 GHz Turbo)
i7-7600U (2.8 GHz base, 3.9 GHz Turbo)
i5-8250U (1.6 GHz base, 3.4 GHz Turbo)
i7-8550U (1.8 GHz base, 4 GHz Turbo)
i7-8650U (1.9 GHz base, 4.2 GHz Turbo)
Maximum Memory Two SODIMM
Dual Channel
DDR4-2133 non-ECC SDRAM
Network Connectivity Dual Band Wireless AC 8265
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2x2)
Bluetooth 4.2
Internal Storage 128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
256 GB - 512GB HP Z Turbo Drive (PCIe NVMe)
256 GB - 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Available Graphics Inegrated: Intel HD 620 or UHD 620
Discrete: NVIDIA Quadro M620 (2 GB dedicated GDDR5)
Expansion Slots 1 x Smart card reader
1 x Media card reader
Display 14" 4k IPS anti-glare
14" 4K Dreamcolor anti-glare touchscreen
Ports and Connectors Left side:
1 x headphone/microphone combo

Right side:
1 x Power Connector
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x USB 3.0 Type-A (charging)
2 x USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 (DisplayPort 1.2)
Input Device Backlit keyboard with function key control
Image sensor clickpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, two buttons
Extra large clickpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, two buttons
Camera 720p HD webcam with IR (front-facing)
720p HD webcam (front-facing)
8 MP Camera (world facing)
Power 90W External AC Power adapter
65W External AC Power adapter
4-cell 70Wh Li-ion polymer Up to 10 hours
(W x D x H)
14.25" x 8.94" x .8" (Laptop Mode)
14.35" x 8.94" x .57 (Tablet Mode)
Weight Starting at 4.78 lbs (Laptop Mode)
Starting at 3.64 lbs (Tablet Mode)

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  • Manch - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - link

    For a know it all, I'm surprised you don't know what it is or have an insane opinion on it ;)
  • ddriver - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - link

    I know "numeric keyboard", "numeric pad", and the shorter and most widely used "numpad" .

    "10 key" doesn't sound like anything that makes sense. What it sounds like is a dedicated "10" key, you know, so you don't have to press 1 and 0 to make a 10. Kinda weird to call "ten key" something that usually has 17 keys.

    It's like calling a circle a "round line", except it makes even less sense. Must be an american thing, doesn't have to make sense, like still using imperial units.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - link

    Your daily dose of obscure trivia. The term 10key dates back to newer mechanical adding machines. Presumably because the number pad part of the layout was standardized prior to the operation buttons/levers around it. (Really old ones had a column of 1-9 buttons for each place value in a giant number grid.) Inertia kept the term alive even after basic digital calculators standardized the layout of all the keys around it 40+ years ago.
  • amoledballoon - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - link

    Additionally, "tenkeyless" is also a term often used to describe certain compact keyboards.

    A lot of terminology out there doesn't make direct logical sense. Just because you're not familiar with the term doesn't mean the term lacks legitimacy.
  • amoledballoon - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - link

    For example, the term 'drive' is used in all sorts of places (e.g. USB drive, Google Drive) where there aren't drives. But then again, your comments weren't really about the terminology, were they?
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - link

    What's wrong with imperial units?
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: pounds, feet, and gallons put man on the moon. Grams, meters, and liters ain't taken no one anywhere. Not my fault everyone else decided to surrender to France.
  • Manch - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - link

    surrender to France.....said no one ever...
  • ddriver - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    I am pretty sure nasa uses metric internally.

    What's wrong with imperial units is they are morally outdated and lack uniformity. You don't do scientific measurements with units based on body parts LOL.

    An inch is a 1000 thou, a foot is 12 inches, a yard is 3 feet, a chain (a chain of black slaves most likely) is 22 yards, a furlong is 10 chains, a mile is 8 furlongs... there is absolutely no uniformity to it, it is primitive and arbitrary.

    That being said, imperial units have an advantage, but surely not in science, their advantage is poetic, and that advantage is the product of proper scientific units like the metric sounds terrible in poems or songs. Just imagine a band names "22 centimeter nails... Or getting your "kilogram or flesh".

    Outside artistic usage, the metric system is superior in every way, from scientific to casual day to day usage. It is trivial to convert units because the units are uniform and their exponent is contained within the unit name.
  • Lord of the Bored - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - link

    NASA didn't use metric during the Apollo era. The Space Shuttle was also designed using imperial units. And they mixed measurements for quite some time, most famously when the Mars Climate Orbiter was destroyed in 1999 due to different parts of the software using different units.

    In fact, the modern Constellation program is using imperial, due to the program's heavy use of shuttle technology(to the consternation of the international community).

    So... good old imperlal units put over a dozen men on the moon. The use of french units destroyed a Mars probe. One can reasonably conclude metric is detrimental.
  • ddriver - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - link

    Yeah, I bet you are also taller when measured in imperial units ;)

    I guess it is just colonial days nostalgia.

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