HP unveils new SSD, DreamColor and thin-bezel displays, and Omen-branded mobile workstation

Product announcements from HP are emerging in spades today with the vendor unveiling new SSDs, thin bezel monitors and a new mobile workstation.

At the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada today, HP unveiled new products targeting product development and the media and entertainment industries.

These included the Z Turbo Drive G2HP DreamColor Z32x 4K display, five ultra-narrow bezel displays, and a mobile workstation in the form of an Omen notebook.  

First, the Z Turbo Drive G2 is a storage solution powered by Samsung’s NVMe technology and is able to process large amounts of data at very fast speeds – four times the traditional SATA SSD performance at a similar price, according to HP.  Over its G1 predecessor, HP also promised more than twice the speeds, thanks to the new NVMe protocol.  

This would help specifically with processing 4K video, according to Jeff Wood, vice president of worldwide product management with workstation and Thin Client business at HP.

Next, measuring 31.5-inches diagonally, the updated, larger HP DreamColor Z32x is a calibrated 4K display.  The line has been recognized by such organization as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its colour precision and range.  

Meanwhile, five narrow-bezel displays were also announced, namely the Bezel Z27n, Z25n, Z24n, Z24nf and Z24nq models, which are designed for multi-display setups.  

Lastly, HP announced its next entry in mobile workstation ultrabooks.  It was curiously branded under the Omen moniker, associated with the company’s new gaming notebook line, rather than the established ZBook, although the company discussed the product in light of the ZBook line.

The Omen Pro workstation also seems to fit nicely into HP’s existing lineup, sitting between the lower-end models ZBook 14 and 15u and the higher-end ones, namely the 15 and 17.  It features an Intel 4th generation i7 quadcore processor, NVIDIA Quadro 3D graphics card, and an FHD UWVA touch panel with up to 16 GB memory and an HP Z Turbo drive.

“Solving the storage bottleneck, delivering a light full-performance mobile workstation and allowing creative professional advanced visual solutions will bolster customer design workflows,” Wood said in a statement.  

He confirmed that all products would be available in the channel.  The Z Turbo Drive is expected to be available in June priced at $399 for the 256 GB and $699 for the 512 GB model.  The Omen Pro is available now starting at $2199, while the Z32x DreamColor Display is planned to be available this summer.  Lastly, the thin-bezel displays will become available starting in June with prices ranging from $299 to $649.

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