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HP launches first ultrabook-class professional workstation

HP is attempting to solidify its lead in professional workstations by updating its existing desktop line and introducing a new mobile line, which includes the first ultrabook-class workstation.

Traditional desktop workstations have been updated with Ivy Bridge-based Xeon processors and Thunderbolt ports so you can share your data quickly with co-workers. On the mobile side, two large-screen mobile workstations are joined by the ultrabook-class ZBook 14.

The traditional HP Z420, Z620, and Z820 desktop workstations now come with Ivy Bridge-based Intel Xeon E5-1600v2 and Xeon E5-2600v2 processors. The single socket Z420, single or dual socket Z620, and dual socket Z820 can also be equipped with 12-15TB of storage, 64-512GB of system memory, and single or dual Nvidia Quadro graphics cards up to the dual K6000 cards on the Z820.

The desktops can be equipped with a PCIe card with a Thunderbolt 2 port on it so it will work with Thunderbolt peripherals that your entertainment or engineering users can share with current and future Macs, like the upcoming Apple Mac Pro. The Z420 ($1,399 (£890)), Z620 ($1,689 (£1,070)) and Z820 ($2,439 (£1,550)) will all be available in October.

Along with the desktops, HP will be releasing updated 27in and 30in IPS Gen2 professional monitors, the HP Z27i ($729 (£460) in October) and the HP Z30i ($1,329 (£840) available now). The Z30i covers 100 per cent of the Adobe RGB Color Space, a boon for photographers and graphic artists.

While the desktop workstations are mainly internal updates, the all new HP ZBook 14, Zbook 15, and ZBook 17 mobile thin and light laptops are aimed at the mobile workstation app user as well as those users' supervisors, who need to look at works in progress in situ, using the same professional programs and working data sets.

As their names indicate, the ZBook 15 is the mid-level 15.6in model, and the ZBook 17 is the high-end 17in mobile workstation. The ZBook 14 comes with a 14in screen and meets ultrabook specs. Only 0.83in thick, and weighing under four pounds, the ZBook 15 can be equipped with a selection of fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, AMD FireProM4100 graphics, and an optional touch panel.

All three mobile workstations can be equipped with 1080p displays, including HP's Dream Color on the ZBook 15 and ZBook 17. Thunderbolt is also available on the ZBook 15 and 17. Both the ZBook 15 and ZBook 17 are available today, with the ZBook 14 coming in October.