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HP's new Nvidia-powered backpack VR PC is designed for work, not play

HP's new Nvidia-powered backpack VR PC is designed for work, not play
From TechCrunch - August 2, 2017

HP has a new entrant in that most curious PC nichethe backpack computer. A product of the virtual reality computing wave, the backpack PC provides all the power needed to drive high-quality VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but with a form factor that allows the user to roam about untethered. The new HP Z VR Backpack is a bit different from the rest of the field, though, since its designed specifically as a workstation.

The HP Z contains an Nvidia Quadro P5200 GPU, and its the first time the mobile workstation-class graphics card has been used in a VR backpack to date. The whole outfit weighs in at 10 lbs, and the GPUs capabilities allow it to run complex simulations and of course power top-end VR experiences, all delivered with cordless performance thanks to a built-in battery.

HP is looking to start shipping the Z VR in September, with a starting price of $3,299 and additional options available for additional spend. Its also getting a companion dock that allows you to use it more like a traditional desktop for those times when you dont need to be roaming around immersed in virtual environments.

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