HP ZBook 15u G3
Average of 3 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the HP ZBook 15u G3
Affordable, portable, professional… The HP ZBook 15u G3 brings us a thin-and-light mobile workstation with capable specs, all within the realm of affordability. But is it a workstation, or is it an Ultrabook… or is it a little bit of both?
Source: It Pro
The HP Zbook 15u G3 is an odd laptop. It has almost everything most professionals could want out of a workstation, but not quite enough. HP not only fumbles the software but it also chose to include a surprisingly mediocre screen. That might be excusable in a cheaper laptop, but not in a portable workstation that costs so much.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
The HP ZBook 15u is like a Hummer H3 with a Mazda Miata drivetrain--it's hard to say exactly where it fits other than as an upsell for the more powerful ZBook Studio and ZBook 15 models, or as a corporate purchase for those whose jobs don't entail heavy computational and design tasks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Model: The HP ZBook 15u G3 is a thin-and-light mobile workstation clad in a magnesium-reinforced casing. The display lid features a soft-touch paint around the perimeter with a stylish yet still rather subdued aluminum inlay in the middle. The display lid is thin yet rigid, and it does a good job of resisting twisting or pressure from the back. The HP ZBook 15u G3 is configurable with a few different display options. Among them are three 1080p displays - a standard TN LED anti-glare display, an anti-glare IPS panel with Panel Self-Refresh, and a touch panel with a glossy finish - and a 3840x2160 high-end IPS display. The HP ZBook 15u G3 is configured with the Intel Core i7-6600U. The Intel Core i7-6600U has a base clock rate of 2.6 GHz, with Turbo frequencies of up to 3.4 GHz (single-core) and 3.2 GHz (dual-core).
This is certainly powerful enough for everyday activities, but the limitations of a dual-core chip should be considered before deciding on something as critical as a professional workstation.For most users, it will be perfectly adequate, especially when paired with the dedicated AMD FirePro W4190M GPU and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. The keyboard is backlit and key visibility is good. To the right of the keyboard is a full-sized number pad, which those doing a lot of data entry are sure to appreciate. During continuous web surfing, the 3910 mAh battery is able to last up to 5 hours 12 mins before running out of juice. Standard accessories for the HP ZBook 15u G3 are a 720p HD webcam, internal speakers, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual SIM, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a fingerprint reader and an SD card reader.AMD FirePro W4190M: Professional lower-mid-range workstation graphics card which is based on the same Mars chip as the Radeon HD 8790M and FirePro W4170M. Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6600U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion.
Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.
In the laptop segment, HP was the world's largest manufacturer from 2014 to 2016 with a market share of 20-21% from 2014 to 2016, but they only exceed Lenovo by a small margin as of recently. HP is not present in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
65.9%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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