HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8, i7-1185G7
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Reviews for the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8, i7-1185G7
The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 is a powerhouse packed in a small floor plan. I can see the G8 being purchased and deployed to employees as their main work from home laptop. There is more than enough power for some intensive tasks, and the small footprint is excellent for portability and space savings. The 720p webcam is a disappointment, and our 250 nits display isn’t the right choice. I think the sweet spot for this laptop is the HP 500 nits Dreamcolor display. The speakers are also weak, but this is an ultrabook, after all. We think the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 should be on your shortlist when considering high-performance ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/22/2021
Rating: Total score: 93% price: 95% performance: 95% display: 90% mobility: 100% workmanship: 95%
Source: Hot Hardware
Overall the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 is an excellent option for users who need a lightweight mobile workstation. The premium fit and finish, excellent security features, and the necessary hardware to drive heavy-duty CAD software will make the Firefly attractive for the people who need it. While its features aren't for everyone, the target audience will know exactly what to do with it. For that reason, we're granting the Firefly our Recommended award.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/22/2021
HP has been known for designing lightweight, powerhouse workstations and the latest HP ZBook Firefly G8 simply complies to that. This 14-inch mobile workstation is another Zbook meant for those who wish to push their mobile workstations to the limits. Whether it is to write documents or to run graphics heavy programs or even to connect to a 5G network, the ZBook Firefly can do all of it with ease. In terms of its design, the ZBook has an angular, aerodynamic curbside appeal to it. Despite being lightweight, the Firefly G8 is sturdy and has passed several MIL-SPEC tests for drops and spills. As for its overall appearance, this ZBook is lightly coated with a silvery gray hue with a simple yet stylish chrome Z logo on the lid.
While laptops were often meant to open quickly so that one can get right to work, usually it is not the case with most devices. However, HP is living true to that statement by acquiring an angular design that creates a lovely groove for the lid to be easily opened. When opened, there is a 14-inch display surrounded by a thin plastic bezel. In addition, there is an IR webcam which has been equipped with a manual security shutter and is placed in the center above the display and is hidden within the bezel.
As for the keyboard, this model comes with a black Chiclet-style backlit keyboard with letters displayed in a clean white font. Apart from that, it should be noted that there is a track nub between the G, H, and B keys. The touchpad is situated beneath the keyboard and is slightly left of center and comes with two very clicky buttons above it. There is also a fingerprint reader to keep the files and data secure, placed just below the keyboard, on the right. In terms of its ports and connectivity, the ZBook Firefly 14 G8 has a 3.5 combo headphone/microphone port and two USB Type-A 5Gbps ports for fast charging and data transfers on the left, while there is a power connection port, an HDMI 2.0 port, two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, and a Sim card slot for 5G connectivity on the right of the laptop.
As for its display, this model has been equipped with 1920 x 1080-pixel 14-inches DreamColor display which is both colour-accurate and vivid. In terms of its performance, the Firefly 14 G8 carries an Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU with 32GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD along with the Nvidia Quadro T500 GPU which can run games but was never meant to turn the ZBook into a proper gaming machine. As for the battery, this laptop will outlast an average 8-hour workday need easily. Overall, it is a great device to be explored, depending on the need and preference of the users.
NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU: Entry level dedicated graphics card for professional laptops based on the consumer GeForce MX450 with 896 shaders and a 64 bit memory bus. Therefore it uses the Turing architecture without raytracing and Tensor cores. Sometimes also called Quadro T500.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i7-1185G7: Tiger Lake based low power quad-core processor for thin and light laptops. The four cores clock around 3 - 4.8 GHz. Produced on the second-gen 10 nm Intel process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
HP: Founded in 1939, the US company is a major server and printer manufacturer and one of the leading IT companies in the world. Until 2015, the company was called Hewlett-Packard Company. After a split, the computer division was renamed HP Inc.
In 2023, HP had an approximate market share of 22% of global PC sales, making it number 2 after Lenovo.
93%: This rating is indeed excellent. There are not many models that are rated better. This can definitely be seen as a purchase recommendation.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.