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HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7: Even new designs can't save Comet Lake laptops

HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7: Even new designs can't save Comet Lake laptops
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7: Even new designs can't save Comet Lake laptops
Intel-based business laptops still have to make do with Comet Lake. This may not stop business customers from buying, but for many customers, laptops with outdated hardware no longer make sense. The HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 also shares this fate.
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The situation on the laptop market in 2020 can be described well with one word: Complicated. There are currently four different CPU architectures from Intel on the market: Comet Lake U, Comet Lake H, Ice Lake and, most recently, Tiger Lake. As if that wasn't complex enough, there's also AMD with its Ryzen 4000 series.

Of all the different architectures, Comet Lake U certainly faces the toughest situation. As the umpteenth 14-nanometer infusion of 2016's Skylake, its technical foundations are very outdated. Ice Lake offers better iGPU performance, while Tiger Lake and Ryzen 4000 are superior both in terms of CPU and GPU - Comet Lake H is unrivaled on the Intel side at least in CPU power.

Nevertheless, Comet Lake laptops can't simply be ignored. There are still too many of them. Business laptops are especially affected: If they don't come with AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, Intel Comet Lake is always used in 2020 business laptops. Tiger Lake is still too new, and Ice Lake was never considered for business models due to the lack of vPro.

Even a workstation laptop such as the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7, which we tested extensively, becomes unattractive with Intel Comet Lake. And this is true even when the ZBook Firefly can cool the processor permanently with a consumption of 25 watts. Especially with AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, Comet Lake can't even begin to keep up.

The HP ZBook 15 Firefly G7 has an even more complicated situation because it uses the highly outdated Nvidia Pascal architecture. The Nvidia Quadro P520 is faster than the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 without problems, but newer iGPUs surpass it in terms of pure GPU performance.

Again, a technology update would be absolutely necessary. In this way, the next version of the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 could be an attractive laptop if it came with Tiger Lake and a new Quadro GPU based on the GeForce MX450.

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Benjamin Herzig
Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Managing Editor - 922 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 414 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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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-10-19 (Update: 2020-10-20)