First Impressions: HP ZBook x2 Tablet for Creative Professionals

The HP ZBook x2 seems to be a very big Apple competitor for creative professionals

When HP called me into a meeting, I didn’t at all think that they’d be announcing the HP ZBook x2. Instead, I thought that they’d be getting back into photo printing in a big way; but this was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the HP ZBook x2 seems to be almost everything that I wish Apple would do but continuously refuses to. The HP ZBook x2 sports, first and foremost, a gorgeous 14 inch matte display with a surface and texture that is designed to look and feel like actual paper. It does a pretty good job at it too. Then it boasts things like SD card slots, Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0 ports, and a bunch of quick buttons that can integrate into any program that you wish. However, they’re primarily designed for and being marketed specifically with Adobe Cloud product integration. So all the quick actions that you do in PhotoShop and Lightroom are all available at the touch of a button on the side.

In fact, HP is calling the HP ZBook x2 a detachable workstation; and they’ve pumped it full of some awesome stuff on the inside.

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Dress Up Your Space with These Beautiful Wood Prints from WhiteWall

Images from WhiteWall Online Photo Lab

The award-winning WhiteWall Online Photo Lab has recently included a Direct Print On Wood service to its growing product portfolio, offering another unique way for photographers to display their prized photos. While we’re all fond of sharing our photos online, there’s still no better way to showcase and admire our own work than having them on print or on display. If you fancy putting your photos on display in a more eye-catching way, using vintage frames has become a popular option. Or, you can simply get wood prints — yes, you can have photos printed directly on wood for a nature-inspired and rustic look. The Berlin-based company has also been known for printing on other materials and formats such as acrylic glass, metal, and canvas, making this new product an interesting addition to the list.

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Top 5 Monitors For Photographers (Mid 2017)

If there is one computer accessory that can make or break a photographers processing experience the most, we would think it is hard to argue against that being the monitor. After all, without one, you can’t see what the computer is doing, and without a good one you have no idea how your image is actually turning out when you process it. So, needless to say, investing in a quality monitor for your image post-processing is something we consider to be essential for any serious photographer.

But how does a photographer know what to look for in a monitor? What specs are important from the photography perspective? What brands have a good reputation? Matte or Glossy? Have no fear, we have put together a list of some of the top monitors for photographers based on resolution, color gamut/accuracy, screen size and more. Ready? Let’s get into it…

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Blackmagic, JVC and Others Announce More 4K Stuff at NAB

Sony A7s sensor Everyone wants a piece of the 4K cake at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas, it seems. Yesterday, we saw the amazing new Sony A7S, which is not only 4K-capable but also sports an interesting sensor that might just become the new king of low light. Then we heard of a new 4K Micro Four Thirds camera from JVC, and now even more news started trickling in. So we though it was time for a little NAB 4K roundup.

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Samsung’s New 4K Desktop Monitor is Easy on Your Wallet

Samsung UD590 4K 28" desktop monitor

Samsung today announces the UD590 desktop monitor, sporting a 4K UHD resolution at a 28″ screen size. With its size and resolution, it is clearly aimed at those who need a lot of screen real estate. So on top of graphic designers or architects, the UD590 might also find a liking with photographers and videographers. It supports a maximum of 1 billion colors, though the press release doesn’t mention how large exactly its color gamut is.

Besides its gorgeous looks, the main argument for the UD590 is its price tag of US-$ 699.99, which makes it truly affordable for a 4K monitor. On the downside, it comes with a conventional TN panel instead of the much superior IPS panel. This is good for gaming, as the monitor has a response time of just 1 millisecond. But photographers and videographers might need higher contrast and larger viewing angles, plus high color fidelity. How good the UD590 really is or isn’t, though, can only be said when testing it in a photographic workflow.

The UD590 can be pre-ordered now at Head past the break for the full specs.

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Lenovo Announces 30″ WQXGA AdobeRGB Display, Makes Us Go “Dafuq?”

Lenovo LT3053p

Lenovo hasn’t been known for the quality of the display panels they put in their products. Ever since the company took over IBM’s computer business, the ThinkPad line has been virtually useless to photographers. Bad contrast and brightness, bad viewing angles and low color fidelity–except for the incredibly expensive W series. So, understandably, we were pretty dazzled when we heard that the company known for the world’s most rubbsih notebook displays just announced a professional 30″ screen that they claim will cover 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.

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Review: Apple iPad Mini 16GB WiFi (The Photographer’s Perspective)

The Apple iPad Mini turned lots of heads, had some people scratching their heads, and sooner or later became quite the hit. Photographers love the iPad. It is an excellent way to show off a portfolio, as it is small and can accomplish many of the tasks we often need to do. But with the release of both the iPad Mini and iPad 4, why would a photographer prefer the Mini over anything else?


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Review: Datacolor Spyder4Pro

So, the holidays are over. If you’re a frequent reader of this site, then you most likely asked for some photography related equipment as a gift from friends, family, and loved ones. Whether it be a new lens, new camera, new computer or just a bunch of accessories, you need to get the most out of your gear. One piece of gear that is constantly overlooked by many enthusiasts (and some “pros” too) is a good screen calibration device. In this post we will take a look at Datacolor’s Spyder4Pro screen calibration device.

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