Hp zbook 15 studio g3 reviews, pros and cons

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What"s Hot: Durable build, thin and light for a smartphone workstation, plenty of ports.

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What"s Not: Internals aren"t di động workstation caliber-- more lượt thích Ultrabook internals in a bigger, sturdier body.

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Reviewed April 27, năm nhâm thìn by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief (twitter:
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HP mobile workstations are varied animals--some are large và heavy laptops with enough power lớn help you kiến thiết the next Chevy or BMW. Others are not quite so heavy, not so powerful but are still durable and serviceable for upgrades. Those are the kind of laptops your IT department loves--the price won"t break the corporation"s bank, và the IT folks can fix or replace most anything that breaks. Want more RAM? No problem! Swap the HDD or SSD? Done. The CPU and GPU might not be a CAD designer"s professional dream machine, but it has enough oomph khổng lồ get some drawings with a hundred parts done in AutoCAD. That"s the HP ZBook 15u G3.

Despite similar names, don"t confuse our ZBook 15u with the ZBook Studio (also thin và light, but $800 more expensive và more powerful) or the ZBook 15 (heavier but more powerful). The ZBook 15u has an Ultrabook CPU in a sản phẩm điện thoại workstation chassis--an interesting take on điện thoại workstations that HP and Lenovo have been offering for a few years. Even Dell got into the act on the gaming front with the Alienware 13, a gaming máy tính xách tay that has a fairly powerful graphics card but an Ultrabook dual vi xử lý core CPU. Since games and 3D kiến thiết programs often rely on the graphics thẻ more than the CPU, it"s a reasonable thing to try; particularly if it brings weight và thickness down, allows for a smaller charger and drops the price a little bit. The ZBook 15u however opts for the less powerful AMD FirePro W4190M 2GB DDR5 dedicated graphics that sits at the bottom of AMD"s line, rather than the beefier GPUs in the competition. Is this the right way to lớn go, especially if you want a mobile workstation that won"t send you to lớn the chiropractor or a loan shark? Read on!

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Specs at a Glance

The HP ZBook 15u G3u runs Windows 10 on intel 6th generation dual core, 15 watt Ultrabook CPUs rather than the quad chip core 45 watt powerhouse CPUs in the non-u HP ZBook 15, Dell Precision 15 5000 series and Lenovo ThinkPad P50. It has the low over CAD oriented AMD FirePro W4190M 2GB DDR5 graphics card, và can house up to 32 gigs of RAM in two slots. It has an has SSD boot drive và a conventional 2.5" hard drive for high capacity storage. It"s available with 1080p và 4K displays in two chất lượng levels (TN & IPS). Despite its di động workstation status, the ZBook 15u weighs just 4.18 lbs. Và is 0.78" thick.

Design và Ergonomics

The laptop looks every bit lượt thích a ZBook rather than a consumer Ultrabook. It"s beefy, built lượt thích a tank và passes MIL Spec 810G tests for humidity and shock resistance. It"s a dark gray machine that"s easy to grip and hold. The backlit keyboard deck is fairly rigid with just a little bit of flex in the center (you won"t notice unless you"re a very heavy-handed typist). The máy tính xách tay weighs just 4.18 lbs., which is quite light for a workstation, but given the fairly low powered CPU and graphics card in this model, we"re less impressed.

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The Synaptics trackpad has dedicated right và left click buttons (nice!) as does the eraser stick pointer. It"s a well behaved trackpad và the buttons are just right--not too stiff và not too mushy.

The laptop doesn"t get hot on vị trí cao nhất or bottom. The low nguồn CPU & GPU combined with plenty of internal space for heat dispersal and cooling mean you won"t get sweaty hands or legs.

Internals và Upgrades

The bottom panel is removable for repairs & upgrades, but your IT department will die a little each time they have to bởi it. Most mobile workstations are fairly easy to open and the battery is removable. With the ZBook 15u, the battery is sealed inside (a concession lớn the slim design) and there are 11 Phillips head screws that must be removed lớn access the internals. One of those screws is hidden under the SD thẻ slot plastic blank. The rest are under little rubber plugs that are best removed using a fingernail (sharp, pointy tools might tear them). These plugs vary in shape và thickness to lớn match the contours of the laptop. Best khổng lồ lay them out on the table in a rectangle to lớn more easily remember which one goes where. Ouch. Once you open it up the internals are easy to access: two RAM slots, an M.2 SSD slot, a 2.5" drive bay, socketed intel 8260 WiFi card và the battery.

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Display

We have the 1920 x 1080 full HD cảm biến screen in for review. This is a TN panel with mediocre viewing angles and weak contrast that even for the business world seems a bit out of date. Color gamut isn"t good, but the 280 nits (measured) brightness is adequate for use in the office or at home. The laptop"s base panel represents 79% of sRGB and 50% of Adobe RGB, far from the extremely wide màu sắc gamut of HP"s Dream color displays và below the consumer máy vi tính average in this price range of full sRGB and 75% of Adobe RGB. That means this panel isn"t a good choice for designers or photo and đoạn clip editors. The more expensive IPS display options are a little brighter and have wider color gamut, thankfully.

This is the sort of panel you"ll have to lớn angle forward và back khổng lồ find the sweet spot for best viewing. For those who don"t want a touchscreen, HP also offers the base 1080p TN "standard viewing angle" panel in non-touch form. I strongly recommend going with the 1080p or 4K "wide viewing angle" IPS displays instead for better viewing angles, contrast and color. There"s no HP Dream màu sắc wide gamut display option for the 15u--it truly is a lovely display that we enjoyed when reviewing the larger, heavier and more expensive standard HP ZBook 15.