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HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8: How much better can an entry-level workstation get?

Even more powerful with the Nvidia Quadro T500 and Tiger Lake: The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8
Even more powerful with the Nvidia Quadro T500 and Tiger Lake: The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8
Laptop manufacturers also serve users with special demands through regular model updates. The ZBook Firefly 14 G8 shows that criticism is taken into account in this process as well.
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Prospective buyers don't have to search long for a mobile workstation with a 14-inch display because the selection is extremely limited. Those who want a dedicated graphics card in addition to a powerful CPU will end up with the HP ZBook Firefly 14 sooner or later.

We had already reviewed the ZBook Firefly G7 variant, where the filter technology known as "SureView" was a major annoyance. This privacy filter is no longer installed now; not only are viewing angles and brightness better as a result, but PWM is no longer present as well.

Another new feature in the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 is the Tiger Lake CPU, but it only brings significant improvements in single-core performance. The Nvidia Quadro T500 that is now installed also adds considerable improvements, and it offers a noticeable increase in graphics performance compared to the Quadro P520 that was previously installed.

Besides performance, battery life has also increased significantly. The Firefly 14 G8 lasts three hours longer than the Firefly 14 G7 with almost 13 hours in our real-world Wi-Fi test.

However, some points of criticism, such as the lack of a memory card reader and Gigabit LAN port, are still present. The fact that you can't upgrade RAM is also understandable in principle, but it's not really an advantage.

Our comprehensive review shows the improvements that buyers of the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 can expect in detail compared to the predecessor model.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 422 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 406 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.
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Mike Wobker, 2021-04- 7 (Update: 2021-04- 5)