HP unveiled its range of new laptops and workstations in a posh design space in London and it wowed me. The future of HP is a mixed work environment where we will divide our time between studio, office and home. Whatever the future of work for creatives, HP looks forward to providing you with the technology to make it easier.
While we love Apple computers, there is always room in our lives for a Windows PC. HP’s new lineup includes updates and reviews for some of its favorite models, including the HP Envy and HP Z2 G9 Mini Workstation. Plus a bold new Chromebook Dragonfly that feels incredibly dominant — really, I’ve come a long way from wanting a Chromebook than I thought possible.
Read below as I’ll go into more detail about the models and laptops that caught my eye, including the excellent ZBook range. This isn’t available for purchase until September/October but does give you a chance to circle any new HP technology that impresses. In the meantime, take a look at the best HP laptop deals available right now, or keep an eye out for deals on current HP laptops on Memorial Day and Amazon Prime Day.
First impressions of the new HP range
If you want even more power, HP’s two new mobile workstations should be on your want list. The new HP ZBook Studio G9 is the ultimate model, while the updated HP ZBook Power G9 will be a bit cheaper.
The HP Studio G9 packs in an Intel Core i9 vPro CPU with a choice of either a VIDIA RTX A5500 or GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, and up to 64GB of RAM and 4TB of storage to handle whatever large photo or extensive video editing you’ll need. doing it.
If your budget or workload doesn’t match your studio setup, HP’s new Pro G9 model still looks like a great option. The ZBook Power G9 has a smaller 15.6-inch screen (the Studio has a 4K, 120Hz, 16-inch screen), an Intel Core i9 vPro processor, 64GB of RAM, and 8TB of storage inside.
This laptop feels great to use and looks like it would be a good MacBook alternative. The screen is great and feels fast and responsive in use, but the only downside is that we’ll have to wait until fall to buy one.
This is HP’s first 16-inch Envy model aimed at designs and business professionals, and the setup comes with a range of models and specifications for all kinds of uses. HP includes a choice of 12th Gen Intel Core i5, i7, or i9 processors, and you can choose either 16GB or 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of internal storage.
The HP Envy 16 comes with all the ports you could want, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, an SD card, HDMI 2.1, and a headphone jack. The laptop’s camera and AI software really stood out in my short work with the HP Envy 16; The HP True Vision automatic camera focuses on who is speaking and can even detect it in a crowd of seven. It automatically adjusts the light and balance as well. At a time when many of us work remotely, this is a great inclusion.
HP also has a 17.3-inch model from Envy, which is designed as a desktop alternative, but its wider and larger screen also ensures that this is an eye-catching new model if you have the money (and space). As for designs, both versions of the HP Envy come with a new HP Palette set that lets you easily attach a second device — like a drawing tablet.
In hand, the new HP Envy 16 feels light and easy to handle, the large screen and vibrant display are impressive, and its camera and AI tech is something I didn’t realize I needed until now – if you’re working remotely, it might really help In running your meetings smoothly.
HP’s Dragonfly Chromebook is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Seriously, even in a room with an Envy 16 and ZBook Studio, I still found myself going back to this ChromeOS laptop. The Dragonfly Chromebook is expected to be priced at $1,149 / £1,400 this summer, so it’s not cheap, but what are you getting and why are you so impressed?
For starters, the base model of this ChromeOS laptop comes with a Core i3-1215U processor, 8GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a QHD+ touchscreen — meaning it can be flipped into a tablet or used as a laptop. The i3 can be upgraded to a 12th generation Intel processor as well. It also comes with the world’s first capacitive touchpad on a Chromebook – something I never realized I needed – as well as a screen option that can reach a staggering 1,000 nits of brightness.
No matter how you use it, this laptop is lightweight and comes with a stylus pen so you have your artwork ready. It’s touchable and gorgeous to hold, and that screen is impressive. I regularly use the old Google Pixelbook to create digital art – however Google still needs to have more high-end apps in its store to match the power of new laptops like the Dragonfly. If ChromeOS can bring more apps to take advantage of this laptop, Chromebooks could really be a thing in 2022.
The new HP Z2 mini G9 Workstation looks like a traditional stand-alone tower computer or actually an Apple Mac Mini and is presented as the ideal cutting-edge solution for creators, art workers, video editors and designers. Inside there is a choice of either Intel vPro 7 or even newer K-Series processors; The Nvidia RTX A2000 graphics card can handle any task. For more performance, choose the K-Series Multiple HP Z2 mini G9’s that can be linked and stacked to give you more power.
These small 8.3 x 8.6 x 2.7 inch black boxes, in my demo, HP says the hardware has been used in some data centers for cheaper storage and server solutions. This little box of tricks can support up to eight monitors and features USB, DP, HDMI, VGA, and Thunderbolt ports. Security comes from HP’s own Wolf Pro Security software.
In my work there is something very practical like working on the HP Z2 mini G9. Unlike the Mac Mini or even the Acer ConceptD series, this small workstation lacks style. But it has more than enough power under the hood to do all the heavy photo and video uploads you want. If you’re after power and style, the new HP ZBook series is the laptop you need (above).