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HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 laptop in review: Small workstation with faster ports

Now also with Tiger Lake. Less than three months after our review of the ZBook Firefly G7, we already have its successor on our desk. It comes with a CPU from the Tiger Lake generation and with Nvidia's brand-new Quadro T500 mobile graphics card. This review will show what the upgrade is capable of.
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HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA

In terms of looks, HP has left the ZBook Firefly 14 G8 unchanged, which is why we will refer to the description of the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 in the corresponding sections of this review. On the other hand, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake CPU and the Nvidia Quadro T500 Mobile workstation GPU are new. They are accompanied by 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD.

With this configuration and a price of approximately 1,700 Euros (~$2,007), we pit the HP ZBook Firefly G8 against the contenders listed below. Other devices from our database can also be added to these under each section.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Processor
Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 - 4.7 GHz, 51 W PL2 / Short Burst, 25 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU - 4096 MB, Core: 1560 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, 22 W TDP, NVIDIA 452.69, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7
Memory
16384 MB 
, dual-channel
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AU Optronics AUO068B, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02, 1024 GB 
, 900 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio jack, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.9 x 323 x 214.6 ( = 0.7 x 12.72 x 8.45 in)
Battery
53 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, CyberLink Power Media Player, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.413 kg ( = 49.84 oz / 3.12 pounds), Power Supply: 300 g ( = 10.58 oz / 0.66 pounds)
Price
1,700 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
04/2021
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
i7-1165G7, T500 Laptop GPU
1.4 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
84 %
03/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
82 %
01/2021
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
i7-10610U, Quadro P520
1.4 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
83 %
02/2021
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
i7-10850H, GeForce MX250
1.5 kg21 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case - 14-inch workstation

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA

Size comparison

329 mm / 13 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.6 kg3.51 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 214.6 mm / 8.45 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.4 kg3.12 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 214.6 mm / 8.45 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.4 kg3.1 lbs

Connectivity - HP ZBook Firefly comes with Thunderbolt 4

From the outside, the ports of the ZBook Firefly G8 look identical to those of the predecessor, but there have been some changes in terms of communication standards. Instead of two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now two Thunderbolt 4 ports that also meet the USB 4 standard according to HP. The HDMI standard has increased from 1.4b to 2.0, and the remaining USB-A ports are now specified as USB 3.1 Gen. 1.

Left side: Cable slot, 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen. 1 (1x Power Delivery), combined audio jack, smart card reader
Left side: Cable slot, 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen. 1 (1x Power Delivery), combined audio jack, smart card reader
Right side: 2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x HDMI 2.0, power supply
Right side: 2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x HDMI 2.0, power supply

Communication

HP also uses the Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 module in the Firefly G8. At 1,402 Mb/s for receiving data and 1,396 Mb/s for sending data, the device reaches significantly higher speeds with our Netgear Nighthwak AX12 reference router than the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1402 (1306min - 1480max) MBit/s ∼100%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1365 (1218min - 1406max) MBit/s ∼97% -3%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1300 (676min - 1410max) MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1291 (916min - 1452max) MBit/s ∼92% -8%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=201)
1242 MBit/s ∼89% -11%
Average of class Workstation
  (540 - 1557, n=37, last 2 years)
1132 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1651 (1423min - 1787max) MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1403 (1197min - 1478max) MBit/s ∼85% +1%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1396 (1168min - 1517max) MBit/s ∼85%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=201)
1140 MBit/s ∼69% -18%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1132 (824min - 1302max) MBit/s ∼69% -19%
Average of class Workstation
  (339 - 1642, n=37, last 2 years)
1073 MBit/s ∼65% -23%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1402 (1306-1480)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1396 (1168-1517)

Webcam

A low-resolution 0.9 MP webcam with a correspondingly low image quality is also installed in the HP ZBook G8.

ColorChecker
19.4 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
24 ∆E
21.8 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
23.1 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
ColorChecker HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA: 14.39 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 24.37 ∆E

Security

Besides a mechanical webcam shutter, a fingerprint sensor, and the smart card reader, the HP ZBook Firefly G8 offers numerous additional security features such as an automatic drive lock, pre-boot authentication, and hardware diagnostics. An Absolute Persistence Module that can be activated by purchasing a subscription is also installed.

Display - ZBook Firefly 14 G8 without SureView

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The display in our test model of the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 consists of a 14-inch IPS panel in the 16:9 format and offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The average maximum brightness is a very good 439 cd/m², but it doesn't match the very high value of the predecessor. However, HP omits the SureView technology in the Firefly 14 G8, which means that there are no restrictions in terms of brightness.

Furthermore, PWM isn't used for brightness control, which is convenient for users with sensitive eyes. Besides the display installed here, the ZBook Firefly G8 is also available with a UHD panel.

431
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
422
cd/m²
448
cd/m²
466
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics AUO068B
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 466 cd/m² Average: 439.2 cd/m² Minimum: 20.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 462 cd/m²
Contrast: 1921:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.6 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 1.1
ΔE Greyscale 4.4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
99.4% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 65.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.29
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
AU Optronics AUO068B, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
N140HCR-GL2, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
InfoVision IVO8C78 (X140NVFC R0), IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
AU Optronics AUO463D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Response Times
29%
-17%
52%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
64.4 (30.4, 34)
38.4 (20.4, 18)
40%
54.8 (28.4, 26.4)
15%
31 (9, 22)
52%
Response Time Black / White *
29.2 (12.4, 16.8)
24 (13.2, 10.8)
18%
43.2 (25.2, 18)
-48%
14 (4, 10)
52%
PWM Frequency
284.1 (100)
Screen
5%
-7%
-59%
Brightness middle
461
430
-7%
934
103%
256
-44%
Brightness
439
432
-2%
937
113%
236
-46%
Brightness Distribution
89
88
-1%
87
-2%
86
-3%
Black Level *
0.24
0.27
-13%
0.37
-54%
0.23
4%
Contrast
1921
1593
-17%
2524
31%
1113
-42%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.6
2.2
15%
4.7
-81%
5.76
-122%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.8
4.4
24%
10.5
-81%
20.65
-256%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.1
0.7
36%
1.6
-45%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.4
3.3
25%
7.1
-61%
4
9%
Gamma
2.29 96%
2.21 100%
2.31 95%
2.52 87%
CCT
6478 100%
6056 107%
6348 102%
6182 105%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65.2
63
-3%
68.5
5%
36
-45%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.4
98.5
-1%
98.9
-1%
56
-44%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
17% / 9%
-12% / -8%
-4% / -40%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 99.4%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 99.4%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 65.2%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 65.2%

Our measurements show that the HP workstation's display has a contrast ratio of 1,921:1 and a good black level of 0.24 cd/m². The color-space coverage is 99.4% (sRGB) and 65.2% (AdobeRGB). Compared with the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7, the display offers a slightly lower contrast ratio, which can still be considered to be very good in relation to the competition.

The CalMAN analysis also reveals that colors are displayed with just a slight deviation out of the box. However, this can still be improved a bit with calibration. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded in the window located at the top, to the right of the display's brightness distribution graph.

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 in outdoor use
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 in outdoor use
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 in outdoor use
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 in outdoor use

The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 can be used well outdoors. There's hardly any glare or reflections due to the matte screen surface. However, it's still difficult to read the display's content in direct sunlight.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 16.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
64.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 30.4 ms rise
↘ 34 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9722 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the ZBook Firefly 14 G8 is very viewing-angle stable. Image content can be read from almost any angle without it becoming distorted or displaying the wrong colors.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Tiger Lake improves single-core performance

With the ZBook Firefly 14 G8, HP targets mobile users who need high processor performance and a dedicated graphics card for rendering tasks, for example. While an Nvidia Quadro T500 Mobile is installed in all the variants that are currently offered, Intel's Core i7-1185G7 is also available in addition to the CPU used here. The storage and RAM configurations also vary depending on the selected model.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 - CPUz
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 - CPUz
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 - CPUz
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 - CPUz
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 - HWiNFO
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 - GPUz
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 - GPUz
 

Processor

HP equips the ZBook Firefly G8 with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 in our test configuration. This processor belongs to Intel's Tiger Lake generation and can process up to eight tasks simultaneously with its four cores. Its clock speeds are between 2.8 and 4.7 GHz, and the maximum performance is determined by the cooling system as well as the configured TDP. The Firefly 14 G8 has a short-term TDP of 51 watts (PL2) and a long-term TDP of 25 watts (PL1).

In our Cinebench R15 endurance test, the HP workstation shows a good initial value that drops by about 17% shortly after and then settles at this value. In the individual disciplines, the Core i7-1165G7 in the ZBook G8 stands out with very good single-core performance in particular. On the other hand, the multi-core results are partly below average. Compared to the predecessor, the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7, users can expect an increase in performance between 10% and 20%, but depending on the application, a slightly lower or higher performance increase is possible.

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HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø710 (671.68-843.29)
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: Ø1389 (1362.63-1416.53)
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 Intel Core i7-10610U: Ø695 (688.4-738.16)
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N Intel Core i7-10850H: Ø1055 (1030.9-1231.53)
Acer SF514-55T Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø679 (635.98-959.46)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
583 Points ∼100% 0%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
581 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (480 - 588, n=31)
554 Points ∼95% -5%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
494 Points ∼85% -15%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
482 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Workstation
  (374 - 581, n=34, last 2 years)
470 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
469 Points ∼80% -19%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3203 Points ∼100% +57%
Average of class Workstation
  (988 - 4161, n=35, last 2 years)
2719 Points ∼85% +34%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
2636 Points ∼82% +29%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2108 Points ∼66% +4%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2036 Points ∼64%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2657, n=31)
1964 Points ∼61% -4%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
1663 Points ∼52% -18%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
225 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (199 - 230, n=28)
217 Points ∼96% -4%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
210 Points ∼93% -7%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
203 Points ∼90% -10%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
200 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Workstation
  (155 - 225, n=40, last 2 years)
194 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
180 Points ∼80% -20%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1417 (1362.63min - 1416.53max) Points ∼100% +68%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
1232 (1030.9min - 1231.53max) Points ∼87% +46%
Average of class Workstation
  (452 - 1726, n=42, last 2 years)
1183 Points ∼83% +40%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
960 (672.4min - 695.53max) Points ∼68% +14%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (599 - 1027, n=33)
849 Points ∼60% +1%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
843 (671.68min - 843.29max) Points ∼59%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
738 Points ∼52% -12%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
660 Seconds * ∼100% -14%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
641 Seconds * ∼97% -11%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 958, n=30)
612 Seconds * ∼93% -6%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
580 Seconds * ∼88%
Average of class Workstation
  (273 - 881, n=32, last 2 years)
466 Seconds * ∼71% +20%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
425 Seconds * ∼64% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
352 Seconds * ∼53% +39%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5352 MIPS ∼100%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5326 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
5241 MIPS ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4651 - 5507, n=30)
5240 MIPS ∼98% -2%
Average of class Workstation
  (4417 - 5703, n=33, last 2 years)
5078 MIPS ∼95% -5%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
4853 MIPS ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4417 MIPS ∼83% -17%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
41491 MIPS ∼100% +82%
Average of class Workstation
  (16182 - 48730, n=33, last 2 years)
32518 MIPS ∼78% +42%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
30988 MIPS ∼75% +36%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15556 - 27203, n=30)
23088 MIPS ∼56% +1%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23087 MIPS ∼56% +1%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
22854 MIPS ∼55%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
20332 MIPS ∼49% -11%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1575 Points ∼100% +2%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1551 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1265 - 1595, n=31)
1534 Points ∼97% -1%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
1305 Points ∼83% -16%
Average of class Workstation
  (1124 - 1551, n=25, last 2 years)
1279 Points ∼81% -18%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
1261 Points ∼80% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1124 Points ∼71% -28%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Workstation
  (3852 - 8491, n=26, last 2 years)
6373 Points ∼100% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
6153 Points ∼97% +23%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5926 Points ∼93% +19%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
5753 Points ∼90% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1821 - 5926, n=31)
5188 Points ∼81% +4%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4999 Points ∼78%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
4386 Points ∼69% -12%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
9.54 fps ∼100% +42%
Average of class Workstation
  (4.2 - 13.6, n=32, last 2 years)
8.86 fps ∼93% +32%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
8.37 fps ∼88% +25%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.7 fps ∼70%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 8.47, n=30)
6.19 fps ∼65% -8%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
5.63 fps ∼59% -16%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.58 fps ∼58% -17%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
106 s * ∼100% -101%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
62.3 s * ∼59% -18%
Average of class Workstation
  (43 - 106, n=24, last 2 years)
56.2 s * ∼53% -6%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
52.8 s * ∼50%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
49.4 s * ∼47% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=29)
48.9 s * ∼46% +7%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
47 s * ∼44% +11%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
0.637 sec * ∼100% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.621 sec * ∼97% -10%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
0.608 sec * ∼95% -7%
Average of class Workstation
  (0.551 - 0.695, n=23, last 2 years)
0.607 sec * ∼95% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.553 - 1.002, n=30)
0.593 sec * ∼93% -5%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.567 sec * ∼89%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.554 sec * ∼87% +2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
37058 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6836 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
11777 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.1 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
156.6 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.63 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
225 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
193 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
843 Points
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System performance

The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 achieves a very good result in the PCMark 10 test for evaluating system performance, which puts it at the top of our test field. Its strengths are in the individual disciplines "Digital Content Creation" and "Productivity". The ZBook's system always runs smoothly in everyday use and doesn't exhibit any micro stuttering or the like. Files are accessed without delays, and applications are launched quickly. The performance increase compared to the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 is of up to 20% here as well.

Our CPU Benchmarks article shows the performance offered by other laptops.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Workstation
  (2329 - 10441, n=37, last 2 years)
5618 Points ∼100% +3%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
T500 Laptop GPU, i7-1165G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
5476 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
5476 Points ∼97% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5038 Points ∼90% -8%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4016 Points ∼71% -27%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4006 Points ∼71% -27%
Productivity
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
T500 Laptop GPU, i7-1165G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
8337 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
8337 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
7658 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
7592 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Workstation
  (3998 - 8877, n=37, last 2 years)
7438 Points ∼89% -11%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
7060 Points ∼85% -15%
Essentials
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
9312 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Workstation
  (5223 - 10829, n=37, last 2 years)
9154 Points ∼98% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9053 Points ∼97% +3%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
T500 Laptop GPU, i7-1165G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
8765 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
8765 Points ∼94% 0%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
8494 Points ∼91% -3%
Score
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
T500 Laptop GPU, i7-1165G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
5282 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
5282 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (2817 - 6939, n=37, last 2 years)
5159 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5034 Points ∼95% -5%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4725 Points ∼89% -11%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4456 Points ∼84% -16%
PCMark 10 Score
5282 points
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DPC latencies

The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 shows increased interruption times in our test with LatencyMon. As a result, it's not suitable for real-time applications.

LatencyMon - Stats
LatencyMon - Stats
LatencyMon - Drivers
LatencyMon - Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
10290.5 μs * ∼100% -234%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
T500 Laptop GPU, i7-1165G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3083.7 μs * ∼30%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
2046.2 μs * ∼20% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
830.3 μs * ∼8% +73%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

HP installs a 1 TB SSD from Toshiba in the ZBook Firefly 14 G8. It performs slightly better in the storage benchmarks than the 512 GB model in the ZBook Firefly 14 G7. However, the read and write speeds are similar to those of our chosen competitors.

Our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article shows how other mass storage devices performed in our tests.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
SK Hynix PC611 512GB
Average Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-9%
-25%
-8%
-3%
Write 4K
132.4
86.29
-35%
98.07
-26%
125.9
-5%
140 (104 - 182, n=5)
6%
Read 4K
52.59
47.66
-9%
45.16
-14%
42.45
-19%
51 (45.2 - 57.4, n=5)
-3%
Write Seq
1827
2030
11%
1623.03
-11%
2064
13%
1859 (1729 - 1986, n=5)
2%
Read Seq
2255
2345
4%
1993.39
-12%
1627
-28%
1885 (1200 - 2255, n=5)
-16%
Write 4K Q32T1
429
379.7
-11%
311.7
-27%
419.8
-2%
465 (415 - 509, n=5)
8%
Read 4K Q32T1
446.7
289
-35%
289.9
-35%
382.1
-14%
435 (389 - 545, n=5)
-3%
Write Seq Q32T1
3074
2982
-3%
853.1
-72%
2729
-11%
2995 (2813 - 3074, n=5)
-3%
Read Seq Q32T1
3283
3567
9%
3274.1
0%
3441
5%
2850 (1510 - 3283, n=5)
-13%
AS SSD
7%
-6%
3%
1%
Copy Game MB/s
754.82
1824
Copy Program MB/s
324.7
984
Copy ISO MB/s
1768.54
3182
Score Total
3827
4132
8%
3409
-11%
3895
2%
3778 (3297 - 4568, n=5)
-1%
Score Write
1727
2414
40%
1500
-13%
1749
1%
1676 (1406 - 1853, n=5)
-3%
Score Read
1430
1166
-18%
1314
-8%
1456
2%
1408 (1221 - 1801, n=5)
-2%
Access Time Write *
0.032
0.032
-0%
0.03
6%
0.031
3%
0.0316 (0.027 - 0.039, n=5)
1%
Access Time Read *
0.072
0.053
26%
0.066
8%
0.057
21%
0.0616 (0.039 - 0.094, n=5)
14%
4K-64 Write
1470.07
2152.41
46%
1271.12
-14%
1487.98
1%
1388 (1142 - 1470, n=5)
-6%
4K-64 Read
1112.81
857.5
-23%
1004.23
-10%
1138.98
2%
1137 (977 - 1473, n=5)
2%
4K Write
127.98
115.67
-10%
137.94
8%
117.98
-8%
134 (98.3 - 158, n=5)
5%
4K Read
49.52
50.92
3%
48.25
-3%
49.22
-1%
48.5 (43.3 - 52.1, n=5)
-2%
Seq Write
1288.55
1455.64
13%
908
-30%
1429.78
11%
1541 (1257 - 2493, n=5)
20%
Seq Read
2674.36
2579.34
-4%
2613
-2%
2680.58
0%
2223 (1287 - 2762, n=5)
-17%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / 1%
-16% / -14%
-3% / -1%
-1% / -1%

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3283 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3074 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 446.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 429 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2255 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1827 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 52.59 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 132.4 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

Nvidia's Quadro T500 Mobile is a graphics card for entry-level workstations. It's based on the same architecture as the Nvidia GeForce MX450, but it offers a higher clock rate and a driver that is optimized for professional applications. The T500 Mobile installed in the ZBook Firefly 14 G8 can access 4 GB of graphics memory; consequently, it achieves results in the 3DMark benchmarks that are at least 40% better than those of the Nvidia Quadro P520 in the ZBook Firefly 14 G7.

Our GPU Benchmarks article lists the performance offered by other graphics cards in comparison.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Workstation
  (3870 - 32999, n=39, last 2 years)
16406 Points ∼100% +103%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-1165G7
8081 Points ∼49%
Average NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
8081 Points ∼49% 0%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6524 Points ∼40% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
5401 Points ∼33% -33%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
4641 Points ∼28% -43%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
4110 Points ∼25% -49%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Workstation
  (918 - 9956, n=39, last 2 years)
4698 Points ∼100% +142%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1939 Points ∼41%
Average NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
1939 Points ∼41% 0%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1682 Points ∼36% -13%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
1165 Points ∼25% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1091 Points ∼23% -44%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
988 Points ∼21% -49%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Workstation
  (3030 - 24354, n=38, last 2 years)
12457 Points ∼100% +169%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4635 Points ∼37%
Average NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
4635 Points ∼37% 0%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4371 Points ∼35% -6%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
3824 Points ∼31% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3572 Points ∼29% -23%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
3220 Points ∼26% -31%
3DMark 06 Standard
31133 points
3DMark 11 Performance
8104 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
70066 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15851 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4347 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
2095 points
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Gaming performance

The Nvidia Quadro T500 Mobile can also run games. Depending on the graphics performance requirements, even modern titles in Full HD resolution can be run smoothly at medium graphics settings.

The gaming performance that can be expected in comparison to other graphics cards is listed in our GPU Games article.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average of class Workstation
  (12.3 - 199, n=32, last 2 years)
90.7 fps ∼100% +189%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
31.4 fps ∼35%
Average NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
31.4 fps ∼35% 0%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
30.8 fps ∼34% -2%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30 (25min - 34max) fps ∼33% -4%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
21 fps ∼23% -33%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
19.2 fps ∼21% -39%
Cyberpunk 2077 - 1280x720 Low Preset
Average of class Workstation
  (34.3 - 118, n=3, last 2 years)
81.7 fps ∼100% +138%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
35.5 fps ∼43% +3%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
34.3 fps ∼42%
Average NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
34.3 fps ∼42% 0%
Far Cry 5 - 1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T
Average of class Workstation
  (20 - 128, n=9, last 2 years)
75.7 fps ∼100% +123%
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
34 fps ∼45%
Average NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
34 fps ∼45% 0%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
33 (26min - 44max) fps ∼44% -3%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
28 fps ∼37% -18%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 96.2 56.9 31.4 21.9 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 133 117 101 77.8 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 49.1 25.2 16.7 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 75.6 64.2 56.4 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 72 34 33 32 fps
Star Wars Squadrons (2020) 54.7 47.2 42.4 fps
Immortals Fenyx Rising (2020) 65 35 29 24 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (2020) 34.3 19.3 15 fps

Emissions - High-frequency fan noise

Noise emissions

The fan of the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 reaches a noise level of up to 40.1 dB(A) under load. The resulting noise is uniform but also somewhat high-frequency. Users with sensitive ears might find this unpleasant. In office mode, however, the HP workstation is almost silent.

Noise Level

Idle
28.7 / 28.7 / 28.7 dB(A)
Load
34 / 40.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.7 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.532.841.433.535.738.937.634.92529.924.928.72829.827.126.8293136.830.741.636.633.936.43238.54034.429.938.5353233.532.133.15026.624.624.829.927.629.129.132.66324.327.226.632.826.129.924.425.98033.831.624.627.624.228.121.534.610028.226.727.428.129.628.527.729.112525.725.624.726.627.425.924.726.216027.328.727.328.92827.725.926.420025.82526.426.927.724.523.725.225024.925.624.927.427.624.324.424.731523.322.222.823.122.621.620.123.140024.724.624.122.922.222.220.6245002524.123.222.821.821.321.124.263026.425.124.323.622.623.221.526.780026.7252523.722.321.818.226.3100029.728.227.327.225.126.221.129.3125029.527.926.324.923.222.516.628.6160031.328.927.12624.322.914.431.1200030.228.62725.3242313.831.2250030.228.827.225.323.321.811.829.2315028.925.523.622.120.419.811.629400028.328.325.223.419.117.311.928.3500025.424.419.216.714.71412.325.5630021.1181614.513.413.612.520.7800019.31614.613.513.113.112.518.91000016.113.713.41312.712.912.616.31250013.512.91312.812.712.912.413.81600011.911.812.111.91212.111.612.2SPL40.138.536.835.63433.428.740N3.22.82.52.31.91.81.13.2median 25.8median 25.1median 24.7median 23.6median 22.6median 21.8median 16.6median 26.2Delta3.33.93.84.64.13.55.53.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

According to our measurements, the surface of the ZBook Firefly 14 G8 heats up to 49 °C (~120 °F) under load. The warmest point is at the center of the underside's rear section. The temperatures of the palm rests always remain moderate, so that the laptop can be used even under load.

During our approximately one-hour endurance stress test, the core temperatures in the interior of the HP ZBook 14 G8 rose up to 95 °C (~203 °F). The clock rates dropped below the base clock speed for a short time here, but they stabilized to an average value of about 2 GHz until the end of the test run. The system ran smoothly at all times; therefore, users don't need to worry about experiencing limitations due to excessive temperatures.

Max. Load
 38.1 °C
101 F
42.6 °C
109 F
41.6 °C
107 F
 
 36.5 °C
98 F
41 °C
106 F
41 °C
106 F
 
 25.1 °C
77 F
28.8 °C
84 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
Maximum: 42.6 °C = 109 F
Average: 36.2 °C = 97 F
46.6 °C
116 F
49.4 °C
121 F
39.3 °C
103 F
45.5 °C
114 F
44.8 °C
113 F
29.3 °C
85 F
33.8 °C
93 F
32.9 °C
91 F
29.1 °C
84 F
Maximum: 49.4 °C = 121 F
Average: 39 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  54.9 °C = 131 F | Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.2 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 31.6 °C / 89 F for the devices in the class Workstation.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 37.7 °C / 100 F, ranging from 22.2 to 69.8 °C for the class Workstation.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 49.4 °C / 121 F, compared to the average of 41.1 °C / 106 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.9 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 31.6 °C / 89 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the device average of 31.6 °C / 89 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.4 °C / 88.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.8 °C / 82 F (-3.6 °C / -6.5 F).
Heat map under load - Top
Heat map under load - Top
Heat map under load - Bottom
Heat map under load - Bottom

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.636.52526.833313237.74032.135.35029.129.46324.430.28021.531.410027.736.412524.738.516025.949.420023.756.625024.46131520.161.540020.664.250021.165.563021.56780018.268.6100021.171.3125016.669.7160014.469.2200013.869.4250011.869.7315011.669.6400011.969.2500012.364.1630012.563.7800012.5611000012.662.21250012.460.61600011.654.1SPL28.780.2N1.148.7median 16.6median 64.1Delta5.56.634.231.825.528.2333633.731.726.330.820.52721.428.827.132.12533.922.542.62353.321.655.61659.213.362.21367.111.469.510.568.410.764.49.965.79.266.29.663.31062.810.465.810.759.81160.111.258.911.355.811.155.211.157.410.445.72476.30.638.5median 11.1median 59.83.55.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EALenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 15% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 11% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 21% of all tested devices in this class were better, 15% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 15% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management - Considerably improved battery life

Energy consumption

Our measurements show that the ZBook Firefly 14 G8 has an average idle power consumption of 4.7 watts. This makes it much more energy-efficient in moderate use than its predecessor, the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7. However, the gap is much smaller in terms of maximum energy consumption with up to 68.5 watts compared to 69.4 watts.

With a rated output of 65 watts, the capacity of the power adapter that is included with the ZBook Firefly 14 G8 is somewhat limited.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.43 / 1.02 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.1 / 4.7 / 8.6 Watt
Load midlight 64.8 / 68.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
i7-1165G7, T500 Laptop GPU, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
i7-10610U, Quadro P520, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
i7-10850H, GeForce MX250, SK Hynix PC611 512GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Average NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
 
Average of class Workstation
 
Power Consumption
-15%
-21%
-28%
-3%
-118%
Idle Minimum *
3.1
4.8
-55%
3.3
-6%
3.1
-0%
3.2 (3.1 - 3.3, n=2)
-3%
8.01 (2.74 - 21, n=37, last 2 years)
-158%
Idle Average *
4.7
8.8
-87%
9.3
-98%
5.4
-15%
5.15 (4.7 - 5.6, n=2)
-10%
13 (4.7 - 30.4, n=37, last 2 years)
-177%
Idle Maximum *
8.6
11.4
-33%
12.1
-41%
9
-5%
8.65 (8.6 - 8.7, n=2)
-1%
17.4 (7.92 - 41.5, n=37, last 2 years)
-102%
Load Average *
64.8
45.2
30%
59.4
8%
84
-30%
64.6 (64.4 - 64.8, n=2)
-0%
91.8 (45.2 - 133, n=37, last 2 years)
-42%
Witcher 3 ultra *
59.6
42.2
29%
52.7
12%
Load Maximum *
68.5
50
27%
69.4
-1%
131
-91%
68.8 (68.5 - 69, n=2)
-0%
146 (50 - 241, n=37, last 2 years)
-113%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

In our real-world Wi-Fi test, the ZBook Firefly 14 G8 achieves a very good runtime of almost 13 hours. This means that it can utilize its 53 Wh battery very well; it also outperforms the rivals in our test field that are equipped with a larger battery capacity.

When the HP laptop is charged with a 65-watt power adapter, it's provided with enough power to last another five hours after being charged for only half an hour thanks to its fast-charging capability.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 50min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
9h 44min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 17min
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA
i7-1165G7, T500 Laptop GPU, 53 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen1-20Y10002GE
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7, 50 Wh
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
i7-10610U, Quadro P520, 53 Wh
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
i7-10850H, GeForce MX250, 68 Wh
Average of class Workstation
 
Battery Runtime
-65%
-44%
-34%
-49%
WiFi v1.3
770
350
-55%
608
-21%
510
-34%
500 (218 - 844, n=37, last 2 years)
-35%
Load
257
67
-74%
88
-66%
97.2 (37 - 257, n=32, last 2 years)
-62%

Pros

+ stable case
+ good input devices
+ good speakers
+ two Thunderbolt 4 ports

Cons

- no LAN port, no card reader
- moderate multi-core performance
- RAM can't be upgraded

Verdict - HP significantly improves the ZBook Firefly 14

In review: HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8. Test device provided by: HP Germany
In review: HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8. Test device provided by: HP Germany

In the configuration before us, the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 presents itself as thoroughly improved laptop compared to the Firefly 14 G7 predecessor. The omission of SureView benefits the display quality, and PWM is no longer present either. The upgrade to Intel's Tiger Lake CPU increases the processor's performance significantly, especially in single-core mode, and the Quadro T500 also proves to be much stronger than the previously used Quadro P520, even though it's an entry-level graphics card for workstations.

The upgrade to Tiger Lake and Nvidia's Quadro T500 make the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 significantly more powerful. However, some of the predecessor's points of criticism are still present.

Nevertheless, some points of criticism remain, and the intensity of their impact will vary based on the user's behavior. For instance, the lack of a memory card reader and Gigabit LAN port is certainly bearable. On the other hand, the fact that you can't upgrade RAM is a bit more annoying. While this is admittedly beneficial for the slim build, it's not if you want to use the device for as long as possible. Users who need 32 GB of RAM will only find it in the most expensive configuration with the Intel Core i7-1185G7.

Price and availability

You can find the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 with the Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD on Amazon for about $2,245. Alternatively, you can also find further configurations of the Firefly 14 G8 on the manufacturer's webstore.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 2C9Q2EA - 04/05/2021 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
86 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
90%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
66 / 80 → 82%
Weight
70 / 10-66 → 100%
Battery
90 / 95 → 94%
Display
88%
Games Performance
72%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
88 / 95 → 93%
Noise
95 / 90 → 100%
Audio
85%
Camera
32 / 85 → 38%
Average
79%
85%
Workstation - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2021-04- 5 (Update: 2021-04- 5)
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.
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