HP Strengthens Mobile and Desktop Workstation Portfolio with New Models

Pulkit Chandna

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday announced a bunch of new additions to its workstation portfolio. The reinforcement exercise adds a lot of variety to the company's EliteBook series of mobile workstations with three new models - 8760w, 8560w and 8460w , whereas the Z210 is the only new workstation of the desktop variety.

Talking of variety, the new mobile workstations include both HP's most powerful mobile workstation, the 17.3-inch EliteBook 8760w, and its lightest and smallest mobile workstation, the 14-inch HP EliteBook 8460w. The latter tips the scales at only 4.9 pounds. The new EliteBook workstation lineup also includes the 15.6-inch 8560w.

The sturdy laptops feature second-generation Intel Core i7 and i5 dual- and quad-core processors, up to 32GB of RAM and AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro pro graphics cards with up to 4GB dedicated memory. The notebooks can be configured using a variety of storage options, “including SMART SATA, Self Encrypting or Solid State Drives, with up to RAID 5 capability.”

Further, they all sport diagonal, HD displays, with the EliteBook 8760w and 8560w featuring the HP DreamColor display option, allowing for “more than 1 billion active color combinations – 64 times the capabilities of a traditional display.” The 8760w and 8560w come with an 8-cell battery option, whereas there is a choice between a 6-cell or 9-cell battery as far as the 14-inch 8460w is concerned.

According to the press release, the 8760w, 8560w and 8460w begin at $1,899, $1,349 and $1,299, respectively. The company expects to begin shipping the new EliteBooks sometime next month.

Now that we are done talking about the EliteBooks, it's time for the Z210 desktop workstation to bathe in the notional spotlight. Available in convertible mini-tower (CMT) or highly compact small form factor (SFF) options, the Z210 starts at $569 (SFF model) and can be configured around either an Intel Xeon E3 processor or one of the second-generation Intel Core processors. Graphics options include entry- to mid-level pro graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD.

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