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HP Takes Innovation Past Thin, Light And Low Power At Computex 2019

HP ENVY x360 2-in-1 with wooden end

Final week at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan, HP Inc., introduced its up to date lineups of enterprise and shopper laptops that you would be able to anticipate to see for corporate Home windows 10 refreshes and the “back to school” shopping for season. HP Inc. introduced progress last quarter in its PC enterprise with a 2% enchancment and large business positive factors of seven%.

Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag was on the ground in Taipei, and I took within the show from the Austin workplace. Let’s take a look at what HP introduced at the present.

Wooden inlays for the ENVY laptop computer

At the show, HP introduced a brand new take on laptop computer design by placing wooden on the palm rests of their ENVY collection laptops versus the standard metallic or plastic. Unique supplies on laptops are nothing new for HP as the company already has absolutely enclosed the Spectre Folio in leather. The ENVY instance is simply HP increasing on the revolutionary use of pure supplies. I completely love the wooden inlays because it differentiates the model, more likely to appeal to any market phase of style-conscious shoppers. Three decisions can be found for the brand new wooden inlay: black with pure walnut, ceramic white with birch, or pure silver with pale birch. HP isn’t the first to market with the mixing of wood right into a laptop design, however HP stands out as the first to realize traction.

The wooden ENVY is just like its lately released metallic ENVY collection when it comes to general chassis design, however the HP ENVY x360 additionally provides the customer a selection of Intel or AMD processors with Radeon Vega graphics. HP says the new ENVY collection laptops are Challenge Athena laptops with 10th gen Intel core processors. Undertaking Athena is Intel’s newest challenge that focuses on enhancing the efficiency and responsiveness of ultrabooks while giving the consumer all-day battery life. Analyst Anshel Sag wrote about Athena right here.

HP Elite collection is a shiny competitor

HP’s 2019 Elite 1000 collection, designed for all work types, has rather a lot to supply in the aggressive business ultrabook market. The Elite x2, Elitebook x360 1040 G6, Elitebook 1030 G4, and the Elitebook 1040 G6 all are configurable to 1000 nits of brightness. HP is offering the brightest enterprise removable and 14” convertible available on the market. This interprets to significantly better visibility in outside environments where the standard 400 nits brightness on a laptop computer merely doesn’t reduce it.

The Elite 1000 collection additionally consists of next-gen specs like WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 on Intel’s 8th gen processors. On prime of this, HP is growing the safety of those units with its new Positive Sense know-how. HP led the business cost last yr by declaring that it’s probably the most secure platform and it has been an arms race with Dell and Lenovo ever since. HP partnered with Deep Intuition to create Positive Sense, which makes use of deep learning to deal with trendy malware. I saw a demo of Positive Sense months in the past, and I was impressed. I’d love to do a bit extra digging on this for a last verdict, but for proper now, I am excited concerning the capability as it’s really differentiated. The 2019  Z cellular workstations additionally supply the Positive Sense know-how. It’s unlucky that HP didn’t put the brand new ninth gen Intel processors into the Elite 1000 collection, but at the least they have the newest Positive Sense know-how.

The HP Elite x2 G4 now has the choice of a leather keyboard folio to go together with the metallic choice. For added privacy, the Elite x2 G4 has an built-in dual digital camera privacy shutter as well as a privacy display, the HP Positive View Gen three, to stop prying eyes from seeing delicate material in a public area or a aircraft. HP caters to character in addition to privateness with the x2 G4, and I prefer it. The HP Elitebook x360 1030 G4 competes with the Dell XPS 13(9380) in being the thinnest and lightest laptop while additionally being a convertible. The EliteBook x360 1040 G6 presents 41% longer battery life in comparison with the last era in response to HP because of the revolutionary 1W low power panel choice. This panel choice is separate from the 1000 nit brightness choice additionally out there but caters to a special sort of consumer pain point. The EliteBook x360 1040 G6 also has a next-gen keyboard that is quieter and improves accuracy.

HP’s All-in-One (AIO) collection is a part of a rising category of “mini-in-one” PCs and modular shows. Somewhat than having a USB-C dock to attach your pc to a workstation desktop, the modular show implements a display into the “dock” permitting you to plug in a mini PC and expertise a minimalistic setup. Fewer cords and extra room on the desk, modular shows present aesthetically pleasing work experience. The Mini-in-one show pairs with small type factor PCs like the HP EiliteDesk 800 G5 desktop mini PC or the HP ProDesk.  HP also presents docking screens in 27-inch and 21.5-inch (HP E223d and the HP E273d) fashions for different PCs or peripherals. As we see smaller type issue PCs and cellular units, the mixing of a monitor into a PC dock is an progressive and future-proof accent to any pc arsenal.

VR backpack

Whereas Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag will dive deeper into HP’s new VR backpack in detail, I had to point out for no other purpose that it’s so damn attractive.

Backpack computers for VR have to excel in two important elements: performance to run the highest-end VR purposes and portability for workflow. HP has enhanced its latest era of VR backpacks by powering them with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce.

RTX 2080 for what it says is a “30 percent performance boost and 25 percent more powerful graphics over the previous generation.” HP has offered a free-roam tetherless experience for VR purposes in design, coaching, and leisure segments of VR. I consider HP is heading in the right direction relating to VR and backpack computer systems. These backpacks are proving very fashionable for location-based VR experiences in addition to engaged on high-complexity 3D graphics in VR.

VR backpack announced at Computex 2019

Dual display gaming

The week before Computex, HP showed off its dual-screen HP Omen X 2S, the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop. The keyboard is pushed up and eliminates the palm rest while a second display takes the place of where a daily keyboard can be. The second display is for multitasking with excessive effectivity. Most players are listening to music, watching a stream, or wanting up a how-to video whereas also gaming, and this secondary display allows the consumer to do all that with effectivity. The location of the keyboard could possibly be arduous to get used to and might be awkward to sort on even in the lap. Nevertheless, many gaming laptops are simply moveable gaming desk setups. The secondary display would solely be helpful when away from a desk setup that doesn’t have already got a secondary monitor.

HP Omen X 2S in action

The Omen X 2S also consists of an revolutionary liquid metallic compound referred to as “Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut.” HP says the liquid metallic compound has warmth dissipation at 10 occasions the thermal conductivity of traditional silicon thermal grease which is nuts. In a great way. The result’s a cooler system and a rise in gaming. Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors energy the Omen X 2S with a GPU as much as an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q graphics and 32GB of reminiscence for prime tier performance.

A new family of HP ZBooks

Final however not least, HP Inc. unveiled the most recent era of its ZBook business cellular workstation line. The ZBook collection is designed to deliver the performance of a desktop while offering the liberty of a laptop computer and goal at satisfying the skilled needs of the subsequent era of designers, architects, and engineers. These are really cellular workstations which might be designed and built to satisfy workstation software program and hardware specs.

This yr, HP unsurprisingly emphasized using VR and multithreaded apps for its users. VR is turning into more real in the enterprise market, and builders need respectable horsepower to create the newest VR-optimized content material. Spec-wise, the ZBook 17 is beefy with the subsequent era of VR-ready NVIDIA Quadro 5000 RTX graphics and 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors tackling probably the most strenuous of multithreaded apps.  On prime of all this efficiency, the ZBook 17 hasn’t misplaced any of its ports, and its design is analogous, if not the identical, as the earlier era. HP has stored what is sweet concerning the ZBooks and added more performance. This laptop is a transportable workstation for professional purposes, little question.

Wrapping up

HP introduced a plethora of powerful units at Computex 2019. HP updated its impressive line of cellular workstations which might be AI and VR ready, with out compromises. HP Set the bar for vibrant and energy environment friendly laptops while also turning heads with its wood inlay ENVY collection. Whereas HP did introduce some products with Intel’s 10th Gen Core, most of those new merchandise are nonetheless using 8th or 9th Gen Core processors. A part of that is as a result of 10th Gen Core proper now’s solely concentrating on a sure power profile and can solely be obtainable in the holiday season.

In conclusion, HP brought a new and exciting line of computer systems with applied sciences that shape the future of privacy and safety. Units are getting extra cellular while on the similar time extra highly effective. Furthermore, most of the new options these PC OEMs are integrating usually are not simply gimmicks. These new options are options to actual problems and innovations, driven for the technology-centered future.

Observe: Moor Insights & Technique intern Jacob Freyman contributed to this article.

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