Employees will likely spend more time at home than in the office in the future, assuming they even go there at all.
TechRadar Pro was invited to HP’s headquarters in Palo Alto to explore what the firm has in store for individuals searching for a more flexible way to work.
When HP debuted a new line of laptops for business and creative users equally at a fancy London venue decorated to fit the hybrid working theme, the company was arguably best known for its computing equipment.
Going (and staying) hybrid
For gig workers and creatives, there was a new HP Envy 16, the company’s first 16-inch Envy model. The 12th Gen Intel Core i5, i7, or i9 processors, as well as 16GB or 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of internal storage, are all included in this laptop.
On the Envy 16, there are two Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A, an SD card reader, HDMI 2.1 and a headphone jack to keep you linked to all of your work gadgets. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are also included, making the Envy 16 a complete workstation.
HP also offers a 17.3-inch Envy with a 16:9 aspect ratio that it claims can serve as a desktop replacement. HP Palette, a new creative toolset, is included with each of the new products, allowing users to share images quickly and easily wirelessly, as well as using face matching and Duet, a tool that enables you connect a second device to extend your workspace when drawing or modelling.
The business has also unveiled two new mobile workstations, the HP ZBook Studio G9 and the HP ZBook Power G9, geared particularly at creatives and artists, but equally as helpful across a range of industries.
Up to an Intel Core i9 VPro CPU is available with NVIDIA RTX A5500 or GeForce 3080 Ti graphics and up to 64GB of RAM and 4TB of storage on the former. These components are designed to handle image and video-intensive tasks.
In addition to a 15.6-inch display, up to an Intel Core i9 vPro processor, 64GB of RAM, and 8TB of storage, the ZBook Power G9 (seen below) also includes a 720p HD webcam and various USB and Thunderbolt connectors.
Additionally, the Z2 tiny G9 workstation, which is designed for creatives and small enterprises, is now available. HP claims it has even been employed in some datacenters as a cheaper storage and server alternative because of its tiny 8.3 x 8.6 x 2.7-inch design.
Up to eight displays can be connected to the tiny workstation, which has a variety of customizable ports, including USB, DP, HDMI, VGA, and Thunderbolt, all of which are protected by HP Wolf Pro Security.
HP’s Presence platform, which works with its Control and Control Plus devices as a standalone centre for your meetings, aims to make video calls more acceptable for those of us who must use them on a regular basis.
With a 6- or 8-inch touchscreen, users can control everything from the participant list to the volume and lighting levels during a meeting. See 4K AI-Cam (seen above) can be used in conjunction with the Control to provide a stand-alone (and standing) gadget that can automatically adjust lighting and frame levels for a clean view.
The Control and Control Plus work with Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and can be instantly unplugged if you need to travel to another place for an impromptu meeting. They are designed to fit into any office environment.
It appears that some companies are finally getting around to making sure that we will all have the equipment needed to complete our work successfully now that hybrid working is here to stay.