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Hewlett-Packard is known for its workstations that can design everything from Tesla sports cars to scenes in animated films. For the most part, the engineers and programmers designing those things have been tied to their desktop workstations. But today, HP is going to introduce new workstation laptops.
The HP EliteBook 8560w and 8570w workstation laptops have an option for an HP DreamColor display, which can create more than 1 billion unique colors for designers who have to get their imagery exactly color accurate. The laptops are aimed at a growing market — the design professionals who want to take their creations on the run.
The new products show the forward march of technology, as it used to take supercomputers to design a lot of products. (SGI supercomputers were actually used to design a Folgers coffee can). These workstations fit in with the notion of a “creator economy,” where basically everyone becomes a content creator. The workstations are the first ever that HP has targeted at the industrial design market, with distinctive features like a radial-brushed gunmetal finish, backlit jewel logo and orange-colored accents.
Overall, mobile workstations are the fastest-growing part of the workstation market, where HP dominates. At the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco (see images), HP’s workstations have been used to design everything from gaming chairs, cool buildings, and racing bikes.
The HP EliteBook 8760 ($1,899) has a 17.3-inch diagonal high-definition screen, a choice of AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro professional graphics and up to 4 gigabytes of video memory. It can be configured with a hard drive with RAID (redundancy) support. The 8560w ($1,349) has a 15.6-inch screen and up to 2 gigabytes of video memory. A lightweight 4.9-pound version, the HP EliteBook 8460w ($1,299), has a 14-inch screen and up to 1 gigabyte of video memory. They will be available in May.
HP is also introducing a new desktop workstation, the HP Z210, as its workhorse machine for professional users. The machine is aimed at video editors, education, public sector and other business markets. Prices start at $659 for one model and $569 for another one.
The DreamColor displays can be viewed from an ultra-wide angle. They were designed at the request of movie animators at DreamWorks Animation, maker of the Shrek films, and were first introduced for desktops in 2008.