HP ZBook 15u G4
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Reviews for the HP ZBook 15u G4
Ultrabook or workstation. The ZBook 15u G4 is a mobile workstation made by HP that - while cheaper than its brethren - still manages to meet the ZBook’s high quality standards. Unfortunately, the light and thin workstation also comes with lower performance hardware. Find out whether or not the concept works as expected in our extensive review.
Source: Tech Smart
All in all though, for the price you're getting a reliable piece of technology. Armed with a spacious and vivid display, as well as a keyboard that lends itself to long hours of typing, the ZBook 15u is the type of workhorse notebook that should make the nine to five grind a tad more bearable.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/23/2018
Model: The HP ZBook 15u is a compact mobile workstation equipped with Windows 10 and the latest Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7200U / 2.5 GHz processor. The 4th generation ZBook also comes equipped with three USB ports (charging, 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0) a DisplayPort, and a 720p HD webcam. There are several HD touch or a non-touch 4K UHD display options. The HP ZBook 15u has a starting weight of 1.9 kg (4.18 lbs) with a maximum thickness of 19.9 mm. The 15.6-inch display optionally supports touch input. The laptop features a microphone or a dual-microphone array when equipped with the optional webcam. In addition, the keyboard has an integrated numeric keypad as well as a touchpoint interface for those who still enjoy using such over a touchpad. The sides of the workstation house all of the workstation’s connectivity. On the right side there are the USB Type-C charging port, a Dual-Mode DisplayPort for optional digital display devices, an SD memory card reader, a combo microphone-in/stereo headphone-out jack, a USB 3.x port, a space-scaling collapsing LAN port, status lights, a SIM card slot and a power connector. HP also leverages fast battery-charging technology, indicating that users can attain 50% battery life with just a 30-minute charge.
As for display, the 15.6-inch SVA TN anti-glare display features a Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), LED-backlighting, a 16:9 aspect ratio, 300 cd/m² brightness, a 400:1 typical contrast ratio, a refresh rate of 60 Hz, 142 PPI, and viewing angles of 45/45/25/35°. The dedicated AMD FirePro W4190M graphics card has 2 GB of discrete GDDR5 VRAM and delivers a sharp, clear picture. Users will also be able to output video to an external display at resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 using the system's DisplayPort 1.2 and VGA outputs. While this system natively includes 8 GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM in a 1 x 8 GB configuration, it can be upgraded to a maximum of 32 GB when 16 GB memory modules are used in each of the system's 260-pin SO-DIMM slots. For long term storage of files, this ZBook 15u G4 is equipped with a 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA III 2.5" / 7 mm hard drive. If users want to expand their system's internal storage, there is one free M.2 2280 slot. As a business laptop, it starts with a genuine HP BIOS every time. HP Sure Start Gen3 monitors in-memory BIOS, recovers the platform without user or admin intervention, restores the BIOS to a custom state, and is enterprise ready for centralized management. Other security features include Common Criteria EAL4+ Augmented Certified Discrete TPM 2.0 Embedded Security Chip, DriveLock, Absolute Persistence Module and Support for Intel AT. For those who need a proper mobile laptop, the ZBook 15u is definitely a good person to study first.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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.
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.
7500U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.7 to 3.5 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process.» 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.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
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).
80.5%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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