HP announces range of workstations

HP has announced a series of workstations aimed at the affordable and mobile markets using Intel Sandy Bridge processors, including the new Xeon E3.

First up is the HP Z210, part of the Z Workstation family, which comes with a small price tag and small form factor (SFF). A convertible mini-tower (CMT) version is also available.

The workstation employs the enterprise-class Intel Xeon E3 and second-gen Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors, offering performance that HP claims is up to 20 per cent faster than that of previous models.

A number of graphics choices are available for the workstation, with AMD and Nvidia cards that can support up to four simultaneous 2D displays, or a single 3D display.

The workstation is also energy-efficient, qualifying for the Energy Star v5 rating for low heat lost and optimised energy consumption. This helps the Z210 achieve the highest energy efficiency rating for any of HP's workstations, at 90 per cent. A Carbon Footprint Calculator and Power Assistant are also included for environmentally aware types who want to keep close tabs on their emissions.

Z210 prices range from $659 (£405) for the CMT version, up to $569 (£350) for the SFF version. It is expected to be released some time in Spring.

HP also announced three additions to its EliteBook Mobile Workstations range, the 8760w, 8560w and 8460w - all based on HP's Forge design framework.

The 8760w comes with a 17.3-inch high-definition screen, AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro graphics, and up to 4GB of RAM. It also packs three hard drives and RAID 5 support.

The 8560w features a 15.6-inch high-def screen, a 1GB AMD FirePro card or 2GB Nvidia Quadro card, and up to 2GB of RAM.

The 8460w packs a 14-inch screen and a 1GB AMD FirePro video card. It's the smallest and lightest of HP's mobile workstations, weighing only 2.2kg, making it exceptionally portable.

An optional DreamColour display is available for the 8760w and 8560w, which allows over a billion active colour possibilities - 64 times the colour range of traditional displays.

All models come with an eight-cell battery, while the 8460w can use optional six- or nine-cell batteries for additional run time. All three include HP's Long Life Battery option for extended battery life.

The 8760w, 8560w and 8460w will sell for $1,899 (£1,168), $1,349 (£830) and $1,299 (£798) respectively. They will be available in the US in May. There's no word yet on a UK release.