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HP laptop with Thunderbolt

HP Zbook

This HP laptop is more expensive than our DVC laptops for a similar specification.  The main reason to buy this machine is because you would get a machine with a 3 year warranty from HP as well as our own 1 year warranty, and because you would like to buy the Avid-certified specification of laptop..

Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3t allows for connection of very fast External hard drives and video i/o devices.  This means we can use devices like the Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K and Avid DNxIO on this laptop and get an output in full 4K to a proper monitor.  You can use Thunderbolt 2 devices on the Thunderbolt 3 socket using and adaptor.

FireWire through Thunderbolt

This laptop does not have a FireWire connection but you can add a Thunderbolt to FireWire adaptor and capture footage through FireWire. This adaptor does not work for recording back to tape.

Intel Quick Sync

Works with Intel Quick Sync for fast H.264 encoding with Grass Valley EDIUS and Sony Vegas. Please note that if you choose the laptop which has a 10bit Dreamcolor screen Intel Quick Sync does not work. I

♦    HP ZBook 17" or 15" Mobile Workstation
♦    Core i7 or mobile Xeon processors
♦    17.3" Full HD WVA anti-glare wide 1920 x 1080 screen. Option for a 4K Dreamcolor screen on the 15" model,
♦    Option for up to 64GB RAM
♦    256GB or 512GB M.2 solid state drive for Windows.  This can be partitioned to leave some space for video but you will probably want to add a second video drive.
♦    No optical drive.
♦    NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards - perfect for Adobe Premiere Pro's Mercury Playback Engine, or Avid Media Composer.
♦    Bluetooth
♦    Thunderbolt
♦   Supplied with Windows 10 with the option to downgrade to Windows 7

How does this laptop compare to our other models?

HP Warranty

The laptop has a 3 year HP warranty as well as the DVC one year return to base warranty.  This means all the HP components of the system will be guaranteed for 3 years from date of purchase.

Thunderbolt Socket

Thunderbolt is a new interface which is extremely fast and can be used for expansion, RAID drives and various video i/o devices, like the Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K.  This is great for future expansion of the laptop, as well as adding high quality i/o devices. The DVC laptops have the same Thunderbolt socket on the desktop processor versions.

Processing power

This laptops uses processors similar to those found in the Quick Sync, and high spec laptops. The HP laptop can have a Mobile Xeon processor which is more powerful than the i7 processors found in these two laptops. The DVC desktop processor laptops have the same processors which are used in desktop computers, which are more powerful than the Mobile Xeons found in some of the HP laptops. Most of the DVC laptops use desktop graphics nVidia GeForce cards which are more powerful than the Quadro cards found in the HP machines. If you want RAW power the DVC desktop processor laptops are the best option. If you want a combination of power and portability, together with a 3 year HP warranty, you should consider the HP ZBook.

Our DVC laptops can be configured to a greater degree, can have a variety of graphic cards, more internal drives and higher spec processors.  They are also lower priced.   

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Technical details

Supported Operating Systems

Operating systemWindows 7 Professional 64 (available through downgrade rights from Windows 10 Pro 64)
Operating system noteThis system is preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional software and also comes with a license and media for Windows 10 Pro software. You may only use one version of the Windows software at a time. Switching between versions will require you to uninstall one version and install the other version. You must back up all data (files, photos, etc.) before uninstalling and installing operating systems to avoid loss of your data.


Hard drive description256GB or 512 GB HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSD

Graphic Subsystem

GraphicsIntel® HD graphics 530 - 530P on Mobile Xeon processors
GraphicsNVIDIA® Quadro® M1000M to M4000M graphics card - depends on model chosen


AudioBang & Olufsen HD audio. Integrated stereo speakers and microphone (dual-microphone array when equipped with optional webcam). Button for volume mute, functions keys for volume up and down. Combo microphone-in/stereo headphone-out jack.

Multimedia and Input Devices

Camera720p HD webcam

Input devices

KeyboardSpill-resistant keyboard with drain
Pointing deviceImage sensor touchpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, three pick buttons. Pointstick with three additional pointstick buttons.

Connectivity and Communications

Network interfaceIntegrated Intel® I219-LM Gigabit Network Connection
Ports1 RJ-45
2 USB 3.0
1 USB 3.0 (charging)
Expansion slots1 SD UHS-II flash media
1 smart card reader
Expansion slots noteSD supports next generation secure digital and is backward compatible to SDHC, SDXC
I/O Port locationLeft side
Ports1 power connector
2 Thunderbolt™ 3
1 HDMI 1.4
1x USB 3.0
1 stereo microphone-in/headphone-out combo
I/O Port locationRight side
Network interfaceIntel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 4.0 combo
Network interface typeLAN
Network interface typeWLAN

Battery and Power

Battery typeHP Long Life 6-cell 96 Wh Li-ion prismatic
Power200 W Slim Smart AC adapter (external)


WeightStarting at 3 kg

Security Management

Security managementIntegrated smart card reader
One-step logon
Common Criteria EAL4+ Augmented Certified Discrete TPM 1.2/2.0 Embedded Security Chip
Security lock slot
Support for Intel® AT
HP FingerPrint Sensor (optional)
Absolute Persistence Module
HP BIOSphere with Sure Start
SATA port disablement (via BIOS)
DriveLock and Automatic DriveLock
RAID (available as a configurable option)
Serial, parallel, USB enable/disable (via BIOS)
Optional USB port disable at factory (user configurable via BIOS)
Removable media write/boot control
Power-on password (via BIOS)
Setup password (via BIOS)

Software and Applications

SoftwareHP Mobile Workstations are shipped with a variety of software titles including: HP Performance Advisor, HP Remote Graphics Software, HP Velocity, HP Client Security, Microsoft Security Essentials, HP ePrint Driver, HP Recovery Manager, Foxit PhantomPDF Express. Please refer to this product's quickspec document for a full list of preinstalled software.


Minimum dimensions (W x D x H)420 x 280 x 30 mm

Display Specifications

Display size (diagonal)43,9 cm (17.3") or 15.6"
Warranty3-year (3-3-0) limited warranty and service offering includes 3 years of parts and labor. Terms and conditions vary by country.

  • Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers, software or BIOS update to take full advantage of Windows functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See http://www.microsoft.com
  • This system is preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional software and also comes with a license and media for Windows 10 Pro software. You may only use one version of the Windows software at a time. Switching between versions will require you to uninstall one version and install the other version. You must back up all data (files, photos, etc.) before uninstalling and installing operating systems to avoid loss of your data.
  • Multicore is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.
  • Maximum memory capacities assume Windows 64-bit operating systems. With Windows 32-bit operating systems, memory above 3 GB may not all be available due to system resource requirements.
  • For storage drives GB = 1 billion bytes. TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 30 GB (for Windows 8.1/10) is reserved for system recovery software.
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 is new technology. Install all the latest drivers for your Thunderbolt device before connecting the device to the Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt cable and Thunderbolt device (sold separately) must be compatible with Windows. To determine whether your device is Thunderbolt Certified for Windows, see https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products
  • Wireless cards are optional or add-on features and requires separately purchased wireless access point and internet service. Availability of public wireless access points limited. The specifications for the 802.11ac WLAN are draft specifications and are not final. If the final specifications differ from the draft specifications, it may affect the ability of the notebook to communicate with other 802.11ac WLAN devices.
  • WWAN is an optional feature. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions, and other factors. 4G LTE not available on all products, and in all regions.
  • HD content required to view HD images.
  • Optional or add-on feature.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials requires Windows 7 and internet access.
  • HP ePrint Driver requires an internet connection to HP web-enabled printer and HP ePrint account registration (for a list of eligible printers, supported documents and image types and other HP ePrint details, see www.hp.com/go/businessmobileprinting
  • The Computrace agent is shipped turned off, and must be activated by customers when they purchase a subscription. Subscriptions can be purchased for terms ranging multiple years. Service is limited, check with Absolute for availability outside the U.S.
  • This product ships with TPM 1.2 with option to upgrade to TPM 2.0. Upgrade utility is expected to be available by the end of 2016 via HP Customer Support.
  • BIOS Absolute Persistence module is shipped turned off, and will be activated when customers purchase and activate a subscription. Service may be limited. Check with Absolute for availability outside the U.S. The optional subscription service of Absolute Recovery Guarantee is a limited warranty. Certain conditions apply. For full details visit: http://www.absolute.com/company/legal/agreements/computrace-agreement. If Data Delete is utilized, the Recovery Guarantee payment is null and void. In order to use the Data Delete service, customers must first sign a Pre-Authorization Agreement and either create a PIN or purchase one or more RSA SecurID tokens from Absolute Software.
  • EPEAT® registered where applicable. EPEAT registration varies by country. See www.epeat.net for registration status by country.
  • External power supplies, power cords, cables and peripherals are not low halogen. Service parts obtained after purchase may not be low halogen.
  • Intel® HD graphics 530 is configurable as a standalone graphics option; Intel® HD graphics P530; Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics P580 are only used when NVIDIA Optimus™ Technology is enabled.

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