The future of work is undoubtedly hybrid, as employees divide their time between home and office – even if they go to the office at all.
To address these changes, HP has released a number of new releases aimed at those looking for more flexible ways to work and Techradar Pro The company was invited along to see what was in the store.
HP is perhaps best known for its computing devices, and at a London venue equipped to reflect the hybrid working theme, the company had a selection of new business laptops aimed at enterprise and creative users.
Going (and staying) hybrid
It included the new HP Envy 16, the company’s first 16-inch NV model, aimed at gig workers and creatives. Inside is a choice of 12th Gen Intel Core i5, i7 or i9 CPU, as well as 16GB or 32GB RAM and up to 2TB of internal storage.
To keep you connected to any work device, the Envy 16 features a huge array of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4s, two USB-A, SD card, HDMI 2.1 and a headphone jack, providing almost everything you need in a business day. , With Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
It also has a 17.3-inch NV build that HP says it can serve as a desktop replacement, with its 16: 9 aspect ratio making it ideal for a number of uses. Both new offers come with a new HP palette suite designed for creatives, Quick Wireless Image Sharing, Face Matching Technology and Duet, a tool that lets users add a secondary device to expand your workspace, for example when drawing or modeling. .
The company has also launched two new mobile workstations, the HP ZBook Studio G9 and the HP ZBook Power G9, which are aimed primarily at creatives and artists, but are equally effective in a range of industries.
The former offers processor options up to an Intel Core i9 vPro CPU, including an NVIDIA RTX A5500 or a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, and up to 64GB of RAM and 4TB of storage to help with image or video-heavy workloads.
At a more affordable point, the ZBook Power G9 (pictured below) offers a 15.6-inch display, Intel Core i9 vPro processor, 64GB RAM and 8TB storage, a 720p HD webcam and multiple USB and Thunderbolt connection ports as well.
Also new is the Z2 Mini G9 workstation, which could replace a traditional PC tower for creative and small businesses. A compact 8.3 x 8.6 x 2.7-inch build with plenty of power and connectivity that should fit anywhere around the home or office, HP says it has also been used in some datacenters for a cheaper storage and server option.
The Mini Workstation can support up to eight displays and has USB, DP, HDMI, VGA and Thunderbolt port options that can be customized to your liking, all protected by HP Wolf Pro Security.
Finally, video calls have become a part of everyday work for many of us, and HP wants to make the experience more bearable by working with its Control and Control Plus devices as well as its presence platform to act as a unique hub for your meetings.
Users interact via a 6- or 8-inch touchscreen that gives complete control over every aspect of a meeting, from listing participants to adjusting volume and light levels. The control can be paired with the company’s See 4K AI-camera (pictured above), a standalone (and stationary) device that is able to automatically ensure its lighting and framing layers give you a crystal-clear view.
Working with both Microsoft Team and Zoom, Control and Control Plus are again designed to fit into any office space, and can be quickly disconnected even if you need to move to another location for an immediate meeting.
So in addition to working hybrid to stay here, it seems that some companies are finally making sure that we all have the kits we need to get our work done effectively.