At the Computex 2019 event in Taiwan, HP is launching a big refresh for its commercial laptops, consumer laptops, displays, accessories, and VR devices.

The company’s Personal Systems Group is unveiling a variety of new designs, such as the world’s first convertible PC with real wood surfaces and a new version of a backpack that can carry a computer wired to a virtual reality headset.

The company said that 57% of millennials know the PC they want as soon as they see it. And the company is banking on them feeling that way about its HP Envy Wood Series.

About 43% of employees in the U.S. work remotely in some capacity, and HP is targeting its latest HP EliteBook 1000 series at them. These products include the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 with up to 24 hours of battery life, while powerful ZBooks redefine modern work styles for mobility, versatility, and productivity.

“Today’s consumers, workers, and creators desire products that provide authentic and personalized experiences that adapt to the way they work and live,” said Alex Cho, president of HP Personal Systems Group, in a statement. “Our newest additions to the HP portfolio — premium EliteBooks, powerful Z workstations, immersive VR, and premium one-of-a-kind Envy PCs — is why HP leads the way in creating the world’s most exciting devices and intelligent solutions.”

HP’s wooden laptops

Above: HP Envy 13: ‘Ah, yes, grandpa said. I remember the days when laptops where made of wood.’

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The HP Envy 13, HP Envy x360 13, HP Envy x360 15, and the HP Envy 17 Wood series have the durability and performance of the previously announced metal versions. They also include a choice of all new, next-gen Intel Core processors or second-generation AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.

Each PC is accented with a one-of-a-kind authentic wood inlay in three combinations: Nightfall Black with Natural Walnut, Ceramic White with White Birch, and Natural Silver with Pale Birch.

The HP Envy Wood Series includes features like Amazon’s Alexa Service, Modern Standby, Wake on Voice, and a Wake on Fingerprint reader and offer privacy and peace of mind with HP Sure View9 and the HP Webcam Kill Switch solution.

For seamless and intuitive connection to dual 4K monitors, network, and accessories, the HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 with HDMI Adapter allows for full power, productivity, and device expansion that works across HP and other non-HP laptops through a single USBC cable connection.

EliteBooks designed for all work styles

Above: HP Elite x2 G4 leather-bound laptop.

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The next generation of HP’s EliteBook PCs is designed for mobile workers who require premium and enterprise-secure experiences wherever inspiration strikes.

The company has added HP Sure Sense to the new EliteBook and ZBook lineup. Co-engineered with Deep Instinct, HP Sure Sense delivers PCs with deep learning malware protection built in.

This leap forward in security innovation complements HP’s broad stack of hardware-enforced security. The new models include the leather-bound HP Elite x2 G4.

The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 is targeted at productivity users who want the smallest and lightest convertible. It has gigabit-class 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.

The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 offers the world’s longest battery life in a 14-inch business convertible under three pounds, with up to 24 hours of battery life. It has a 14-inch diagonal 4K HDR screen option and is upgradeable to 32 gigabytes of system memory.

You can use natural handwriting on both the HP Elite x2 and the full line of HP Elite convertibles with the optional HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3.

Small form factor

The HP Mini-In-One 24 is a modular all-in-one desktop display that fully encloses, secures, and powers a 65-watt ultra small form factor PC. The Mini-In-One display pairs with the new HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini PC. HP also has a couple of new docking monitors: the USB-C connected HP EliteDisplay E223d and the HP EliteDisplay E273d.

ZBooks

Above: HP ZBook 15

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The next-generation HP ZBook 15 G6 and HP ZBook 17 G6 are laptops for creators — including architects, designers, video editors, and VR creators — who need desktop performance in a mobile setting.

With the choice of 9th Gen Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors and next-gen Nvidia Quadro RTX graphics, the new ZBooks can handle demanding workflows, including 3D design and VR.

Both ZBooks offer tool-less expandability to upgrade memory and storage in seconds. The ZBook 17 G6 can be used for simulation and GPU rendering. For color-critical workflows, it can also be used with a 17-inch mobile workstation display with 100% DCI-P322, providing access to even more colors.

For architects, product developers, and creative professionals who require high-performance computing and expandability that fits in increasingly smaller workspaces, HP is introducing powerful workstations — HP Z1 Entry Tower G5, HP Z2 Mini G4, HP Z2 Small Form Factor G4, and HP Z2 Tower G4.

The new HP Z2 Tower has been redesigned to provide 2 times the graphics power and 41% more processing power than the previous generation.

This enables creators to confidently tackle complex workloads, like rendering photo-realistic 3D models and scenes with full performance and whisper-quiet acoustics.

HP VR Backpack

Above: HP VR Backpack

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To give creators new ways to leverage VR in their workflows, the new HP VR Backpack enables easier VR creation and consumption. Specifically designed to tackle VR engines, including Unreal and Unity, the VR solution provides incredible shading and frame rate support for more natural rending.

Powered by 8th Gen Intel Core i7 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, the VR Backpack provides a 30% performance boost and 25% more powerful graphics than the previous generation.

The free-roam tetherless experience is designed to address the needs of multi-user entertainment venues (modern arcades like Spaces), architectural walk-throughs, and design simulations.

While docked or VESA-mounted, the VR Backpack acts as a powerful, super-slim desktop ready for intensive design work.

Pricing and availability

HP's full line-up of products at Computex 2019.

Above: HP’s full lineup of products at Computex 2019.

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  • The HP ENVY Wood Series portfolio is expected to be available in Fall 2019. Pricing will be shared closer to availability.
  • The HP Elite x2 G4 is expected to be available in August for a starting price of $1,500.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $1,500.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $1,500.
  • The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $924.
  • The HP Active Pen G3 is expected to be available later this summer for a starting price of $100.
  • The HP EliteDisplay E223d Docking Monitor is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $280.
  • The HP EliteDisplay E273d Docking Monitor is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $409.
  • The HP Mini-In-One 24 Display is expected to be available in August for a starting price of $279.
  • The HP VR Backpack is expected to be available this summer for a starting price of $3,300.
  • The HP ZBook Mobile Workstations and HP Z1 Desktop Entry Tower are expected to be available in July. Pricing will be shared closer to availability.
  • The HP Z2 Desktop portfolio is expected to be available in August. Pricing will be shared closer to availability.