When Mobile productivity means using CAD software or other computationally intense applications, you need more than a desktop replacement—you need a workstation. HP’s ZBook 15 is fast và it includes all the lachạy thử technology, including Thunderbolt connectivity for bandwidth-hungry applications such as digital video clip editing. But one thing this di động workstation is not is light.

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The ZBook 15 is a handsome and substantial machine, with a magnesium frame, brushed-aluminum surfaces, & a dark gray & black paint scheme. But it’s a stocky 1.2-inches thick and it weighs 6.2 pounds—that’s a good pound heavier than most of the 17-inch desktop replacements we’ve sầu seen. It feels rochồng solid at rest, & there’s a docking port on its bottom if you’re desk-bound more often than not. But when you do toss it & its two-pound AC adapter in your bag, your shoulder will get a workout.


The HP ZBook 15 is made for work, not play. It’s equipped with a high-over CPU, 16GB of memory, và a discrete workstation-glass GPU.

Buying the configuration we reviewed—HP’s mã sản phẩm D5H42AV—will give your wallet a bit of workout, too. It’s currently selling at HP’s trang web for $3233, but a 20-percent eCoupon brings that down to $2586 (less-expensive, less-powerful configurations are also available). That buys a lot of horsepower, including a fourth-generation Hãng sản xuất Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor (with Intel’s vPro management technology), 16GB of DDR3/1600 memory, and a discrete Nvidia Quadro K610M graphics card—with its own 1GB GDDR5 frame buffer—lớn supplement the Intel HD Graphics 4600 integrated into lớn its CPU.

HP. offers powerful connectivity options with the ZBook 15. Our eval unit was equipped with an HPhường hs3110 HSPA+ sản phẩm điện thoại broadband thẻ and an Hãng Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 wireless 802.11n-plus-công nghệ Bluetooth không dây adapter. (But if you order a ZBook 15, we’d strongly recommkết thúc upgrading khổng lồ Intel’s Centrino Advanced-N 7260 adapter. It costs just $5 more, and it delivers 802.11ac speed as well as Bluetooth connectivity).


Toshiba’s Qosmio X75 desktop replacement laptop is a little faster than the HP’s ZBook 15, but that machine has a consumer-oriented CPU and GPU. 

Our eval unit came with a 500GB, 7200 rpm hard drive sầu augmented by a 32GB mSATA SSD cabít. Slide open a pair of friction locks và you can remove the ZBook 15’s bottom panel lớn access và nâng cấp it memory, storage, và wireless modules. The battery which is also removable, lasted 5 hours & 23 minutes in our run-down thử nghiệm. That’s a good long while considering all the silinhỏ its powering.

Our kiểm tra unit felt quiông xã & responsive during our hands-on evaluation. High-resolution đoạn phim looked smooth as silk on its 15.6-inch, 1920-by-1080 display, which has matte finish khổng lồ eliminate reflections in bright environments. The Zbook 15’s speakers sound pretty good, too. There’s not a lot of bass, but they have a solid low-midrange that at least hints that a bass guitar và kiông chồng drum are in the phối.

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The ZBook 15 turns the tables when it comes khổng lồ battery life, keeping you productive twice as long while away from an electrical outlet.

Port-wise, the Zbook 15 has everything you could wish for: gigabit ethernet, đồ họa và full-sized DisplayPort (you’ll need an adapter for HDMI), three USB 3.0 ports và one USB 2.0 port, a headphối jachồng, Thunderbolt, & a Kensington lochồng port. There’s also an impressive array of slots: ExpressCard, SmartCard, và the usual SDHC slot. A fingerprint reader, 720p Webcam, and a DVD burner round things out. The ZBook 15 covers all the bases, but HP gives you the option of deleting components you don’t need, saving you a little carry weight and cash.

Input Ergonomics

The please-everyone philosophy is also in play with the input devices. Along with the aforementioned fingerprint reader comes a touchpad with two sets of buttons: one at the top và one at the bottom. It looks odd, but assures that one set is always within easy reach whether you’re typing or swiping. 


The ZBook 15 has a gorgeous 15.6-inch anti-glare display. 

The ZBook 15’s backlit island-style keyboard is nearly full sized, and there’s a keypad for number crunching. It types decently, although the flat keys make for insecure initial finger placement. If the trackpad doesn’t float your boat, there’s an eraser-head cursor controller amid the B, G and H keys. But I found its rigid plastic cover too slippery to be effective sầu, despite its being concave and covered with bumps.

Our ZBook 15 shipped with the Windows 7 Professional operating system (you can order Windows 8 Pro as a no-cost option). Corporations are migrating khổng lồ Windows 8 slower than they did to Vista, so this is an important option. A three-year warranty is standard with every ZBook 15, but there are four- and five-year next business-day, on-site plans available for $149 & $259 respectively. Accidental damage and post-warranty coverage is also available.

The ZBook 15 is a solid piece of hardware in every sense of the word.

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