HP Z VR Backpack G1: A Wearable VR Workstation


While gaming has largely been the focus of virtual reality so far, HP wants to expand its role into the professional sector. The HP Z VR Backpack G1 Workstation is a wearable VR workstation designed for developers and creative professionals.

The HP Z VR Backpack G1 weighs about 10 pounds, so it isn't too taxing on your back. The backpack harness is also made of easy-fitting mesh, which makes it more comfortable to wear. It is powered by two batteries, which are hot-swappable so you can switch them out without having to shut down the computer. This eliminates the need to be tethered to a power outlet, allowing the professional user to design and create in a fully immersive VR environment. Please note that you will need to purchase a VR headset separately. HP recommends the HTC Vive Business Edition Headset and the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset.

A notable difference between the HP Z VR Backpack G1 and other VR backpack computers is that it houses an NVIDIA Quadro graphics card instead of a NVIDIA GeForce GPU. The powerful NVIDIA Quadro P5200 graphics card features 16GB of GDDR5 VRAM and is capable of handling high-end workloads and complex designs.

HP Z VR Backpack G1 Workstation

The HP Z VR Backpack G1 isn't just limited to a mobile VR computer. It comes included with a dock that allows you to turn it into a traditional desktop workstation. Thanks to the NVIDIA Quadro P5200 GPU, it can support multiple 4K displays. It also features a 7th-Gen Kaby Lake™ 2.9 GHz Intel® Core™ i7-7820K quad-core processor. It is available with 16GB or 32GB 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM configurations. For storage, it has a 256GB solid-state drive, but can also support up to 1TB. Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C), Mini DisplayPort 1.3, and HDMI 2.0 ports can be found on the workstation. And of course, it is running the Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) operating system.

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