Notebookcheck
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

HP Sure View in the ZBook Firefly 14 - As you can see, you don't see anything...

HP Sure View in the ZBook Firefly 14 - As you can see, you don't see anything....
HP Sure View in the ZBook Firefly 14 - As you can see, you don't see anything....
HP offers a privacy filter for its ultra-thin workstation that is supposed to protect the screen content from curious eyes. However, the HP Sure View technology is more of a curse than a blessing.
Christian Hintze (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 ...
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

The ultra-thin HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 workstation has just been through our test course. The entry-level workstation is equipped with HP Sure View, at least in our test configuration. This is actually a reasonable technology to reduce the viewing-angle stability considerably at the press of a button, so that curious third parties can't catch a glimpse of the screen content.

However, what HP grandiosely calls "Sure View" turned out to be of little practical use in the test. It's no coincidence that the privacy filter is only installed in the configuration with a 1,000-nit screen; all other models with 400 or even 550 nits don't get the privacy filter for a good reason.

This is because HP simply reduces the maximum brightness from 950 nits to only 116 nits when Sure View is activated! The display is so dim then that it's clear that no one can recognize anything on it anymore, unfortunately not even the user! But no extra technology is needed for this!

Naturally, the display surface is equipped with an additional overlay, which is supposed to limit visibility from the sides. But while the Sure View mode mainly consists of a massive brightness reduction, the overlay is a pain especially in the deactivated Sure View mode. Because even here, the panel is by far not as viewing-angle stable as an IPS panel should be. The overlay, on the other hand, creates a TN-panel feeling, and you have to make sure that the display lid is placed at the perfect angle to be able to enjoy the full colors and the maximum brightness.

A privacy filter can undoubtedly be useful. However, if it's designed and implemented like HP's, we can only advise against it, and you should rather go for a configuration without Sure View.

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Christian Hintze
Editor of the original article: Christian Hintze - Managing Editor - 1623 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 361 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
contact me via: LinkedIn
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > HP Sure View in the ZBook Firefly 14 - As you can see, you don't see anything...
Christian Hintze, 2021-01-16 (Update: 2021-01-14)