HP’s ZBook x2 detachable Windows 10 PC [2020 Guide]

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HP ZBook x2

The HP ZBook x2 is one of the most powerful detachable PCs to date specifically designed for artists and graphic designers who use creative applications like Adobe Creative Cloud.

The HP ZBook x2 is a solid upgrade from previous HP detachable PCs like the HP Elite x2 and HP Spectre x2. So far, the only detachable computer that comes close to rivaling the HP ZBook x2 is the Surface Pro offered by Microsoft.

The HP ZBook x2’s design

This detachable PC is a work of art: its body is made from both die-cast magnesium and aluminum. Furthermore, the entire device weighs just 4.78 pounds and is 20.3mm thick in laptop mode. In tablet mode, those stats go down to only 3.64 pounds and just 14.6mm thick.

The HP ZBook x2’s features

HP ZBook x2 computer

The newest detachable PC from HP features a 14-inch touch display that supports 4K resolution. There is also an optional one-billion color, 10 bit HP DreamColor display calibrated to 100% of Adobe RGB. The touchscreen will also have anti-glare features which will allow users to work even in very bright locations.

The detachable PC comes with a quad-core i7 Intel Core processor with 4.2 GHz Intel Turbo Boost. Users can also purchase the ZBook x2 with 2TB of PCIe storage and 32GB of RAM. NVIDIA’s powerful Quadro Graphics card also comes installed.

The Surface Pro is the main competitor to the ZBook x2. Yet, the HP device offers 73% more graphics performance than the Surface Pro. You will also not have to worry about it overheating as the device includes a dual fan cooling system highly effective at dissipating heat.

There are also several features specifically designed with artists and designers in mind. For instance, the device will include customizable HP keys that can be used to quickly access different functions of a design application. These shortcut keys are useful for artists who want a convenient way to access the numerous features offered by Adobe Creative Cloud or other creative applications.

Users have the option of hooking up dual 4K displays to the HP ZBook x2 using its 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. There is also a HDMI 1.4 port, one SD card slot, and one USB 3.0 port. The battery is said to be capable of lasting around 10 hours and  supports fast charging, able to be fully charged in just one hour.

HP ZBook x2 Modes

The computer is highly versatile, capable of operating in four modes: laptop mode, docked mode, detached mode, and tablet mode.


The first mode is the laptop mode. In this mode, users can use the device like a normal laptop. There is a keyboard directly connected to the display.

The second mode is the detached mode. In this mode, you can use the highly accurate HP pen to design and create on the 4K display. The great thing about this mode is that you can still use the special shortcut HP keys located on the detached keyboard for quick access to the different functions of the creative application they are using.

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When the ZBook x2 is in docked mode, users can hook it up to a maximum of five normal displays or two 4K supported displays.

Finally, in the tablet mode, the device maintains all of its graphical performance courtesy of its installed NVIDIA graphics while benefitting from increased mobility.

HP Active Pen

Since the ZBook x2 is specifically built for artists, it supports the powerful HP Active Pen with EMR technology, providing a stunning 4096 levels of sensitivity for pressure, a dedicated eraser, and multi-directional tilt. These features are ideal for artists as it helps them produce content just the way they like it.

The HP ZBook x2’s security

The device includes the third generation HP Sure Start, a BIOS protection system that helps keep your identity and content safe. Furthermore, it utilizes TPM 2.o, which helps secure credentials through a hardware based encryption system. Users will also have access to Smart Card Reader, fingerprint reader, and facial recognition features for additional authentication methods and security measures.

The HP ZBook x2 is truly a powerful tool users can use to create and design. What are your thoughts about this new detachable PC? Would you prefer Microsoft’s Surface Pro or HP ZBook x2? Feel free to hit up the comments sections with your thoughts and opinions about these flexible, detachable PCs!


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.