Zbook X2 Just Announced

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  1. artistebot

    artistebot Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Hey Minchi

    I think all your questions would be answered by reading the whole thread.

    However in short.

    #1 Excellent build quality, very tough. in particular it seems the higher end 8th gen machines are better, defect wise, than the 7th. Not sure why, it is all the same build hardware other than CPU.
    #2 Both Ram and SSD are not soldered and can be upgraded. HP provides service PDF on the process, may not be easy.
    #3 Pen and software are Wacom, best there is, full stop.
    #4 Cooling seems fine,
    #5 It has a similar 'floppy" keyboard the SP has, but goes one better as it can remain connected vie blue tooth when detached from the main body. IMHO a detachable "hard shell" keyboard would be much better, like the Surface book.
    #6 I think all versions have the Quadro M620, mine does...
    #7 HP offers up to 5 years in full warranty coverage (including optional user accident protection). It includes 1 year. IMHO that is pretty damn good.
    #8 For 3D apps I use mostly Maya, Modo, and Zbrush, but honestly I prefer to use the zBook w 2d apps such a PS and Clip Studio Pro, maybe I am simply "old school"...
    #9 Screen seems to me to be comparable to Wacom, that is a few others here on the forum, who own both, that could provide better insight.

    I have been using Wacom tablets and pens for over 20 years, for me, anything less just sucks. I have tried others, IMHO the Apple pencil is good too, but too heavy and has an awkward balance. I would use the iPad Pro too, but iOS is utter crap. FYI my main machine at home is a heavily upgraded 2010 Mac Pro running Mojave, and I am very comfortable with OSX, Windows, Android, and Chrome. I banished all the iOS devices from my home.

    Lastly, if you read, HP does offer "discounts" from time to time, I got my for 40% off a while ago..
     
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  2. Minchi

    Minchi Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply! Sorry, I would have parsed the thread more but most seemed to be based on the cheaper onsale models and I've been parsing alot of threads trying to find the perfect mobile art tablet substitute for my dying SP3. Is 2000 too much in your opinion for the 16gb 8th gen version? Ide wait for a discount but unfortunately I need it sooner than later for work. How long have you been with yours? Also I prefer not to use iOS but ipad pro + wacom tablet for my home setup seemed more like a safer longterm bet than most 2k tablets. That way I can use the ipad pro for casual 2d programs (CSP, light video editing, procreate) and my desktop for the rest, but if I grabbed one of these I'm more afraid of just typical laptop risk, parts breaking/dust, things that may potentially kill the performance of the machine. A 5 year warranty sounds great though, plus it sounds like a better experience than the MSP 13. Really the only thing I question right now is maybe the weight, but I dont stand around drawing/using such a device anyways, worse case scenario in my bed. Also the only issue I hear about really is light bleed, but going off of this thread I'm not sure it's much of an issue in the gen8 version.
     
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  3. artistebot

    artistebot Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I don't think $2000 is too much, it is about what I paid. :) YMMV, everyone needs vary.
     
  4. Tha C-Master

    Tha C-Master Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I would try Ebay. You should get a better price IMO. I paid $1500 for mine and it was 32gb and 1tb storage with dreamcolor.

    It was a 7600u @ 2.8 ghz however and not 8th gen. It handles all of my needs without a hitch though.

    Here is something in the range of what I had, if it interests you. It is refurbished but has warranty and is in like new condition.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-ZBOOK-X...h=item54643892b6:g:wrIAAOSwpY5bw4Pw:rk:8:pf:0
     
  5. darkmagistric

    darkmagistric Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Somewhat of a hard choice given how relatively cheap the low end 8GB/7th gen non-dream color can be found for. B&H had that for like $899 the other week. Low end specs.....but is the Ram and Processor Bump really worth an additional grand? Like if you look at your workflow....I always try to think....just how often.....(or infrequent if at all) that I've taxed the Ram and CPU past 8GB and beyond the power of a dual core 7th gen. Like I don't think I would ever use more then 16GB....but I've never really exceeded 8GB in my uses...so while a 32GB of Ram model would indeed be nice....you may never end up using it. All I know is if my Mobile Studio were to die....I would get a Zbookx2.....but I would be so conflicted which model to get.
     
  6. Tha C-Master

    Tha C-Master Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I don't think it's worth the price bump because you won't get double or even close to that in productivity. I have no problem running anything. If you want the processor bump of course that's your call.

    That is a Dreamcolor version and is similar to the one I had. I believe the quadro ones are all Dreamcolor. You can always ask the seller to verify if you'd like.. I know mine is Dreamcolor.

    Also B&H doesn't allow any returns if you don't want it. Once you buy it from B&H you are stuck with it unless it's broken on arrival of course. Just a heads up. Also it was not 32gb with 1tb of storage for that price. It was probably 8gb 256 or something similar.
     
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  7. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    Has anyone been able to download the Windows October update on their X2? My X2 refuses to do it...?!??
     
  8. WillAdams

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    I'd thought that HP had locked down Zbooks so as to prevent Fall Creators Update from installing so as to preserve stylus functionality?

    There was a review which mentioned that.
     
  9. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...I'd thought that HP had locked down Zbooks so as to prevent Fall Creators Update from installing so as to preserve stylus functionality?..>>

    ...Makes sense, I suppose, but I can't recall seeing that in any reviews that I read. At the moment, lack of the October update is preventing me from installing Snip & Sketch (I use Snip all the time...)...
     
  10. Azzart

    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    That review was full of ballshit.
    I've already told earlier the zbook of my friend from October is on (and supposedly came with) 1803, April 2018 update.
    As far as I know microsoft pulled down the October 2018 update. At least I didn't see it on my tablet pcs yet.
     
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