HP has introduced a new tablet designed for professionals, with a form factor that borrows from its consumer line. The HP ZBook X2 is part of the company’s ZBook workstation line-up, but as the X2 moniker reveals, has a detachable keyboard base.
The 2-in-1 detachable has all the hallmarks of ‘designed for the pros’. The 14-inch 4K screen has a matte finish, emulating a drawing tablet surface. This is useful as HP and Wacom teamed up to create a bespoke stylus for the ZBook X2, said to be the “most accurate and expressive” in the industry, with 4,096 levels of sensitivity.
The ZBook X2 may be a tablet, but you wouldn’t want to carry it around for long periods of time. At 1.6kg (or 1.8kg with the included keyboard), you would most likely have it on a desk most of the time, propped up on its multi-angle kickstand.
Inside the aluminium-magnesium body, the ZBook X2 can be customized with up to an Intel Core i7-8560U Kaby Lake-R processor, NVIDIA Quadro M620, 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of solid state storage. You also get a slew of ports (for a tablet), including two USB 3.1 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, one USB 3.0 port, and a boon for photographers: an SD card slot.
Be prepared to cough up a great wad of cash though, as the HP ZBook X2 starts from $1,750 (about RM7,390). HP will be throwing in the stylus in the package at that price. Interested customers can look forward to the ZBook X2 in December – though pricing and availability in Malaysia is not confirmed.