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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  • 10101010 - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    All these finance deals will do is make computers more expensive. If the market wasn't poisoned by collusion and monopolies, these HP computers would cost 1/4 of the list prices. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    Only really useful for someone who does not have the money or ability to get it upfront and owns literally no computer parts whatsoever (no monitor, mouse. keyboard, printer etc.). Otherwise, either build your own if you don't require the warranty/service of a company like HP or just buy their stuff and be able to sell it off in a year, two or three. Since hardware these days does not age as quickly, you can make a good buck at the end. Or if that clashes with tax laws, just gift it to your nieces and nephews, they'll be happy. Reply
  • Joffer - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    Where is the Administrators Bundle? :) Reply
  • watersb - Saturday, October 20, 2018 - link

    First paragraph, "Select customers will be able to lend"...

    American English, this reads as if it is the customer who provides the hardware and gets paid the rental fee.

    But in almost all non-native speakers, I encounter this, using a single word for both ends of the deal, instead of "lend" or "borrow". Like, "Can you borrow me five dollars?"

    I think a single word for both is a good idea. But for now, this was slightly confusing to me.

    Really depend upon Anton's expertise, not only writing but also was a recent Anandtech Podcast I learned a lot. You had to spend the week talking to vendors in Taipei, wow. I feel lazy to only read in English.

    Now, if anyone wishes to rent my collection of 6-year-old Apple iMac computers, I can offer you a pretty good deal this week. :)
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  • watersb - Saturday, October 20, 2018 - link

    This program really interesting to me. I have been moving more into Adobe Creative Cloud, which is a subscription to use their software. I am seeing good apps by independent software developers adopting a subscription model. Because the truth is that the software is never done, requires continual work as the platforms are charging rrapidly..

    I have not seen before a sensible offering of a business lease to individual end-users. Dell Computer does this? Does anyone here have any experience with that?

    Would freelancers like a bundled Adobe or AutoCad plus hardware lease? I don't know. It's quite risky, no tech support and no extra cash for provisioning spare computer if something happens at a critical time. The ability to amortize the cost of such replacement on a fixed price might be worthwhile for some.

    But most creatives I have supported are always struggling with little money.
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  • BigDragon - Monday, October 22, 2018 - link

    This is PERFECT for Millennials! Soon all the things previous generations could buy will be replaced with these costly subscription and leasing services!!! Then the tech media can write articles bashing Millennials for not purchasing computers in addition to houses, condos, cars, rings, appliances, etc.! Reply
  • mohanashaw - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - link

    Those who are working for 27-34 months may want to buy the systems separately, professionals who are so creative and planning to work on a certain project can rent the desired configurations for a few months. this will cut down the costs. also, check out for error https://www.hpsupporthelpline.com/blog/how-to-fix-... https://www.hpsupporthelpline.com/blog/how-to-fix-... Reply
  • Lakados - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - link

    I am not surprised, HP and Dell both have offered similar services to the Education sector for years. Lease it for 3 years and return it, they refurbish them and resell them through one of their authorized vendors for a few hundred bucks with a 1 year warranty. It keeps things simple for the accounting departments, they are no longer depreciating assets they are just another line item on the expense report. Reply
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