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HP decides that businesses need VR too, announces VR backpack with a Quadro P5200

HP has created a more toned down version of their Omen VR Backback, aimed at business use (Source: HP)
HP has created a more toned down version of their Omen VR Backback, aimed at business use (Source: HP)
HP has announced the 'HP Z VR Backpack' designed for virtual reality use in a business environment where red accents and flashing LEDs look out of place. It uses an i7-7820HQ, 32 GB RAM, and a Quadro P5200.

The rise of VR gaming and the tethering problems that users encountered lead to the development of VR backpack PCs. The downside is that most look like some flashy gamer version of the Ghostbuster backpacks which look entirely out of place in a business setting.

HP has decided to remedy this situation by releasing the 'HP Z VR Backpack,' with a toned down business design, and ratings for military standard MIL-STD 810G operating conditions. The specifications sheet attached to HP's press release lists the following:

  • 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM
  • Intel 8265 802.11ac 2x2
  • 330 W PSU
  • Windows 10 Pro

Undoubtedly this is a powerful PC, exchanging the GeForce GTX1080 in the gamer orientated Omen VR Backpack for a Quadro P5200 with much more VRAM. Those who have noticed the notebook CPU may think it looks out of place. However, it is common for VR Backpacks to opt for a laptop processor or low wattage T-series processor, allowing greater headroom for power hungry graphics cards within the devices power delivery budget (although MSI did include an overclockable model in their VR Backpack).

An associated docking station can be used to turn the backpack into a workstation PC. Connection options on the dock include:

  • 5 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.3
  • 1 x USB-C 3.1
  • 1 x RJ45 1000 Mbps

HP says that the expected uses for their product include training of staff, creating products in a 3D environment, and demonstrating products to customers without having to transport physical designs around. The total combined weight of the computer plus backpack is 10.25 pounds (4.65 kg). HP recommends the HTC Vive Business Edition, but it will work with other PC compatible VR headsets. The HP Z VR Backpack is priced like an enterprise product, starting at US$3299.

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Craig Ward, 2017-08- 1 (Update: 2017-08- 1)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.