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HP Unveils Powerful Wearable VR and It Is Not for Gaming

HP is announcing the new Z VR backpack which packs quite a remarkable set of hardware underneath. The bad news for gamers however, is that it is not for gaming purposes. HP claims that it is the most powerful wearable VR and it is for work environments. In fact, the company is claiming that they are first to offer a professional wearable VR PC.

HP Z VR Features

Here is a quick overview of the HP Z VR specifications:

  • Workstation-caliber NVIDIA Quadro discrete graphics: NVIDIA Quadro P5200 with 16GB GDDR5 memory
  • 7th generation Intel Core i7-7820HQ with vPro technology (vPro optional)
  • Two SODIMMs, for system memory up to 32 GB
  • Supports multi-display, including up to four (4) displays, 2 direct from the HP Z VR Compact Workstation and additional 2 via docking solution
  • One (1) Thunderbolt 3 port (supporting DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.1, PCIe Gen 3 devices) on the new USB-C connector for high-speed data/video/audio transfer support
  • DTS Headphone:X and DTS Studio Sound audio optimized for high fidelity audio with immersive surround sound with deep, rich bass and crystal clear dialog without distortion at high volume
  • Internal battery to support wearable harness use mode with hot swap external batteries: 6-cell (55 WHr)
  • Wireless connectivity included: Intel Dual Band Wireless-M.2/PCIe AC 8265 802.11 AC/a/b/g/n (2×2) WiFi and Bluetooth® 4.2 combo adaptor (vPro)
  • Dedicated storage slot: (1) M.2

Aside from these features, the HP Z VR comes with various certifications including ISV and MIL STD 810G testing.

Pricing and Availability

Something that packs that caliber of hardware does not come cheap, especially since it is targeting corporate clients rather than end-users who have deep pockets. With that said, the retail price set at $3,300 USD is not too bad all things considered.

The base level set of the HP Z VR backpack workstation includes the following accessories:

  • Backpack Dock
  • 330W Smart AC Adapter
  • Backpack Harness
  • 2x Backpack External Battery
  • Backpack External Battery Charger
  • HP 180W Smart AC Adapter
  • HTC Vive Combo Cable

The price also includes a 1-year limited warranty coverage on parts and labor. VIVE headsets are not part of the bundle. Orders will be available soon directly from HP and is launching on September.

Ron Perillo

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