HP Announces Z Club Device-as-a-Service Program: Hardware Bundles at $108+ per Month

In addition to launching “Boosted” versions of its ZBook notebooks, HP has also introduced its Z Club device-as-a-service (DaaS) program. Under the terms of the program, select HP customers will be able to lend certain hardware bundles at a fixed monthly payment, and get a special Z Concierge service. The Z Club will be initially available only to select HP customers, if the company finds it successful enough, it may expand it in the future.


The Z Club DaaS program is aimed at creative professionals, such as artists, graphics designers, photographers, and video editors. For each group HP will offer a special hardware bundle. Furthermore, it will offer a choice of components and accessories that users may install themselves and find out how certain hardware affects their workflow. Select customers of HP that will be offered membership in the Z Club will be able to tryout HP’s hardware and components bundle for free for 90 days and in that period,  they will be able to configure systems however they see viable. In addition, Z Club members will be offered Z Concierge service available 24/7. The latter will provide recommendations concerning usage of hardware and software to simplify transition to HP Z workstations.



Initially, HP will offer six hardware packages for different workflows:


The Artist’s Bundle will include HP’s ZBook x2 with Pen, HP’s 24-inch DreamColor 24x display, a 1 TB external drive, wireless keyboard & mouse, collaboration software, as well as Z Concierge and next-day business service. Montly cost of this package will be at $156, exact specs are listed in the table below.


The Graphics Designer’s Bundle will include the HP ZBook x360 with Pen, HP’s DreamColor 24x monitor, a 1 TB external storage device, wireless keyboard & mouse, and the aforementioned software and services. This package will cost $167 a month.


The Video Editor’s Bundle will consist of either HP Z2 Tower or HP Z4 Tower desktop PCs, an HP Z38C curved display, or two 24-inch monitors (see the table for details). Depending on exact configuration, the package will cost from $183 to $210.


The Photographer’s Bundle will feature the HP Z mini workstation or HP ZBook x360 with Pen, a 24-inch display, and a printer. The package will be available for $108 to $180 a month, depending on exact hardware specs.



Keeping in mind that HP intends to offer its customers a choice of hardware to install themselves, actual monthly payments will differ from those of canonical bundles. Meanwhile, a quick analysis of hardware packages and their prices indicate that montly payments are about 27-34 times lower than the current cost of hardware. That said, it makes a great financial sense to rent the workstations when using them for less than 27 – 34 months. At the same time, it will be cheaper to buy hardware if you plan to use it for three years or more.











HP Z Club Hardware Bundles
  Configuration Approximate* Price of Hardware at HP.com Monthly Cost
Artists’s Bundle HP ZBook x2 with Pen

14-inch 4K IPS LCD

Intel Core i7-8650U

32 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM

1 TB PCIe SSD

NVIDIA Quadro M620 2 GB

+

HP DreamColor Z24x

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

1 TB external drive

+

Services
$5362 $156
Graphics Designer’s Bundle HP ZBook Studio x360 with Pen

15.6-inch 4K LCD

Intel Core i7-8750H

32 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM

2×512 GB PCIe SSD

NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB

+

HP DreamColor Z24x

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

1 TB external drive

+

Services
$5738 $167
Video Editor’s Bundle 1 HP Z2 Tower

Intel Core i7-8700K

64 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM

Z Turbo 512 GB PCIe SSD

4 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD

NVIDIA Quadro P5000 16 GB

+

HP DreamColor Z24x+ HP Z 24-inch LCD

+

1 TB external drive

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

Services
$5374 $183
Video Editor’s Bundle 2 HP Z4 Tower

Intel Core i7-7820X

64 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM

Z Turbo 512 GB PCIe SSD

4 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD

NVIDIA Quadro P5000 16 GB

+

HP DreamColor Z38C Curved LCD

+

1 TB external drive

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

Services
$7090 $210
Photographer’s Bundle 1 HP Z2 Mini

Intel Core i7-8700

32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM

Z Turbo 256 GB PCIe SSD

1 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD

+

HP DreamColor 24x LCD

+

1 TB external drive

+

HP Photosmart Printer

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

Services
$2937 $108
Photographer’s Bundle 2 HP ZBook x360 with Pen

15.6-inch 4K LCD

Intel Core i7-8750H

32 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM

2×512 GB PCIe SSD

NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB

+

HP 24-inch

+

1 TB external drive

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

HP Sprocket Printer

+

Services
$5479 $180
Note *Since we do not know exact configuration, actual prices may be different than the ones we picked at HP.com on 10/15/2018.


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But the BMW lineup stuck with me enough to bring it up in conversation later with Ars’ automotive editor Jonathan Gitlin. BMW is taking this approach to fill automotive niches not even recognized by most other carmakers, and its recent fastbacks are proof. For all that unites them—those four doors and a sloping rear-hatch body style—there’s plenty to differentiate. Size, for one thing: simple math tells us the 640i GT and X6 are obviously bigger than the 330i GT and X4. So we decided to review as many as we could to see if the world really needs all the fastback options.

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