HP Comfortably Retains Workstation Leadership

HP had a raft of new displays, all designed for professional users. Workstations and monitors were both featured.

HP Omen Pro workstationThe Omen Pro workstation – which shares a design with the Omen gaming laptop – is designed for commercial users and mobile professionals. It is able to run ISV-certified applications, using a 2.6GHz Core-i7 Haswell processor, Nvidia Quadro K1100M graphics and Windows 7.

A 15.6″ display uses a UWVA panel, with an anti-glare treatment and 1920 x 1080 resolution. The workstation has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD (HP’s new Z Turbo drive). The system is 19.9mm at its thickest point and weighs 2.1kg. It is on sale now, starting at $2,200.

Other new workstations are HP’s lower-performance Zbook 15U and Zbook 14, which we saw at CES and were being shown at NAB (HP to Sell zSpace 3D Monitor – adds 5K and Curved Models).

Moving to monitors, HP had a 31.5″ UltraHD display called the DreamColor Z32X. Clearly a professional unit, the screen shows 10-bit colour and covers 100% sRGB, 100% Rec.709 and 99.5% Adobe RGB. The 24″ version of this unit received the Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences earlier this year (HP DreamColor Display Receives Scientific and Engineering Academy Award).

Mini-DisplayPort, MHL-HDMI and USB 3.0 ports are featured. The DreamColor display can also tilt, swivel, pivot and is height adjustable. HP lists the product for $600 online, but officially said that the Z32X would go on sale in the summer.

Finally, a range of ultra-narrow bezel displays – five, in total – was introduced. They are the 27″, 25″ and 23.8″ Z27N, Z25N and Z24NQ (2560 x 1440); 24″ Z24N (1920 x 1200); and 23.8″ Z24NF (1920 x 1080). Like the DreamColor, these models are factory colour-calibrated and support daisy-chaining up to four displays. Picture-in- and picture-by-picture models are also featured. All models can tilt, swivel, pivot and are height adjustable.

Each of the new narrow-bezel Z displays uses an IPS panel and has DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, MHL-HDMI and DVI-D interfaces. Brightness levels are 250 cd/m² (Z24NF), 300 cd/m² (Z24N, Z24NQ) and 350 cd/m² (Z25N, Z27N). The Z24N, Z25N and Z27N cover 99% sRGB.

HP will begin to sell the Z displays in June, for $300 (Z24NF), $380 (Z24N, Z24NQ), $430 (Z25N) and $650 (Z27N).


Our friend Jon Peddie said about these displays, “We think there should be an Omen and a Z27N sitting in front of us. These new workstations and monitors look to be world class and highly desirable and should help HP keep its market lead… We think HP is on top of their game”. (TA)

The specifications and pricing on these new displays look really good. Bringing really good performance at reasonable prices shows that the changes in organisation at HP are impacting its offering. (BR)