HP ZBook X2 G4 Review: A Powerful Convertible For Creative Professionals

HP Zbook X2 G4 Review: Final Thoughts

HPs Zbook X2 G4 is a unique proposition for digital artists and content creation professioanls. There’s simply nothing else quite like it on the market. Sure, there’s the Microsoft Surface Book 2, but you lose the added GPU performance when undocked and the screen can’t keep up with the HP DreamColor 4K display’s color accuracy or resolution and its 100-percent Adobe RGB coverage. Even the Wacom MobileStudio Pro only manages to cover 96-percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut.

The HP DreamColor 4K display is very desirable for those requiring color accuracy. The matte screen feels paper-like, and is a pleasure to write and draw on. Beyond the display is a sleek tablet with a well-thought out design. Everything about the HP Zbook X2 G4 feels like a high-quality product – from the metal surfaces to the vinyl-backed aluminum keyboard.

Performance leaves something to be desired on the graphics front, however. While the NVIDIA Quadro M620 is a massive upgrade from integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics, we expect more performance from a machine with a $3,700 asking price (as configured here). We do appreciate the fast Samsung SM961 SSD and quad-core Core i7-8650U though.

Overall, if you live and breathe Adobe Creative Cloud or simply want accurate colors, Wacom pen support, 4K resolution, a matte display and a premium build through and through, the HP Zbook X2 G4 may be the convertible workstation for you.

approved hh

 hot not 
  • DreamColor 4K display
  • Wacom EMR pen support
  • Slick design and high-quality build
  • Samsung SM961 SSD
  • Detachable Bluetooth keyboard
  • Expensive
  • Outdated GPU
  • Only one USB 3.0 port

Tags:  HP, tablet, Wacom, zbook, zbook-x2

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