HP Boosts Processing Power of Desktop, EliteBook Mobile Workstations

The Workstations feature Intel's Smart Response Technology, which speeds boot times and improves application performance.

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced the release of Z220 Workstations and EliteBook Mobile Workstations, both boasting Intel processing power and a breadth of independent software vendor (ISV) certifications to target professionals across a variety of industries. Quad-core configurations of the Z220 Workstations start at $699 and the EliteBook 8770w, 8570w, 8470w Mobile Workstations start at $1,699, $1,449, and $1,329 respectively. The models are expected to be available later this month.

The Z220 sports Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors, four integrated USB 3.0 high-speed ports and up to 32GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 memory, and is available in two configurations: An expandable, Convertible Mini-Tower (CMT) or a highly compact Small Form Factor (SFF). Both models feature Intel HD Graphics P4000 professional graphics option (on selected Intel Xeon E3v2 processors), while HP also offers a selection of entry, mid-range and high-end discrete graphics cards from Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Also included is Intel's Smart Response Technology, a disk caching feature that can improve storage input/output (IO) performance, resulting in faster boot times and frequently accessed applications.

The EliteBook w-series offers Intel Core i7 quad-core or i7 or i5 dual-core processors and up to 32 GB of system memory, a 17.3-inch diagonal display on the 8770w or a 15.6-in. display on the 8570w. The EliteBook 8470w, the most compact of the mobile workstations, has a 14-inch diagonal HD display. The 8570w and 8770w are available with DreamColor Technology as an option, which helps keep display colors consistent. They also feature a magnesium aluminum chassis, radial-brushed display cover that resists fingerprints, glass touchpads and precision aluminum-alloy hinges.

Other business-oriented features on the EliteBook w-series include SRS Premium Sound Pro for improved audio quality when engaging in a video conferences, Web-based trainings or streaming videos. All Workstations come preloaded with the company's Performance Advisor, which provides a consolidated report of the workstation s hardware and software configuration that can be used to tune the workstation specifically for professional application workloads.

This article was originally published on 06-04-2012
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