HP ZBook x2 Hands-on Review : An Artist Tries This Supercharged 2-in-1

Technology and art are intertwined these days, but creative professionals may require several devices: a tablet to draw on, a PC for editing and, perhaps a Wacom stylus. What if it was all rolled into one? HP’s new ZBook x2, which the company claims is the most powerful detachable on the market, is aimed at letting creatives do everything on one device.

The ZBook x2 will start at $1,749 when it ships in December, and it’s got the specs to back that price up. You can get quad-core CPUs or 7th Gen dual-core processors, and serious GPU power — a unit we went hands on with had an Nvidia M620 — as well as up to 32GB of RAM. You also get up to 2TB of storage, and, perhaps most impressively, a 14-inch, 4K matte touch screen.

I showed the ZBook to one of our photo editors, Jef Castro, who is far more proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite than I could ever be. His current workflow for drawing includes starting on an and transferring those images to a Mac. But being able to work directly in Photoshop and similar apps without any lag or other issues was impressive to him, and his favorite part was the stylus.

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