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HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 laptop review: Already outdated by Intel Comet Lake and Nvidia Pascal even without a successor

Intel comet kills ultrabook workstation. Different name, revised design. HP wants to make its ultrabook workstations of the ZBook Firefly series more attractive with this recipe. But as a result, the American manufacturer is slowed down by the chosen processor and graphics chip, because they're both outdated. Pity, since the ZBook Firefly 15 G7 is actually a good mobile workstation for light CAD tasks.
Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),

Ultrabook workstations - this sounds like an oxymoron, but this category of rather inexpensive, thin mobile workstations with ULV processors (TDP of 15 watts) has been available for years. Up until ULV processors with four cores became mainstream, devices of this type were hardly of any use for more demanding tasks. Nowadays, they can partially keep up with older "full-grown" workstations.

HP also seems to think that the category has potential. At any rate, that would explain why HP ZBook branded ultrabook workstations have been given a new, more marketable name in this edition. The HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 7 is the successor to the HP ZBook 15u G6 and comes with more recent Intel Comet Lake CPUs, the Nvidia Quadro P520, 32 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD, and a 4K UHD display. This is the best configuration available, and it costs around 2,100 Euros (~$2,460).

Besides its direct predecessor, we also compare the ZBook Firefly with the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s, an ultrabook workstation from last year. The Dell Precision 5550, which has an ultrabook form factor but uses Intel Comet Lake H CPUs with more cores, serves as another comparison device.

HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Processor
Intel Core i7-10610U 4 x 1.8 - 4.9 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro P520 - 4096 MB, Core: 1493 MHz, Memory: 1375 MHz, 15 W TDP, GP108, 443.18, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, DDR4 2666, 2x SO-DIMM, dual-channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 282 PPI, LGD064F, IPS LED, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02, 1024 GB 
, M.2 2280, PCIE NVMe, 891 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.2 x 359.5 x 233.6 ( = 0.76 x 14.15 x 9.2 in)
Battery
53 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with infrared and privacy shutter
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet with number pad, Keyboard Light: yes, HP Tools, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.759 kg ( = 62.05 oz / 3.88 pounds), Power Supply: 347 g ( = 12.24 oz / 0.77 pounds)
Price
2,099 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83 %
10/2020
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
i7-10610U, Quadro P520
1.8 kg19.2 mm15.6"3840x2160
81 %
10/2019
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
i7-8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200
1.6 kg19 mm15.6"3840x2160
81 %
11/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
i7-8565U, Quadro P520
1.9 kg19.95 mm15.6"1920x1080
86 %
08/2020
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
i7-10875H, Quadro T2000 Max-Q
2 kg18 mm15.6"3840x2400

ZBook Firefly case: Aluminum with plastic core

HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7

HP has launched its ZBook Firefly 15 G7 ultrabook workstation with a completely new case. The first widely visible change is the ZBook logo on the display lid, a stylized Z. There was an HP logo on the predecessor here, which is now only found on the inside on the display frame. Speaking of display bezels: These are much slimmer than on the predecessor. The LCD frame is black like the keyboard; the rest of the case is dark gray.

HP uses aluminum for most of the materials, both for the display lid (A-cover) and palm rest (C-cover) as well as for the underside (D-cover). The display frame (B-Cover) and keyboard are made of plastic; HP also uses plastic for the inner structure - so this isn't a so-called "unibody" case. Nevertheless, stability is at a very high level. The C-Cover can't be indented anywhere, and pressure exerted on the display lid is not transferred on to the LCD panel. However, the base unit can definitely be twisted if you try, considering it's a metal case. Workmanship and feel, on the other hand, are top quality.

The wide hinge has a firm grip on the screen. The display can be opened with one hand but, unfortunately, only up to about 165°. Many other business laptops allow an aperture angle of 180°.

What's more, with the narrower LCD bezels, the dimensions have also shrunk significantly compared to the predecessor. The Lenovo ThinkPad P53s can also be beaten in the compactness category, but the ZBook Firefly 15 G7 doesn't come close to the ultra-compact Dell Precision 5550.

The situation looks different when it comes to weight. The HP ZBook 15u G6 is lighter than its successor, which in return outperforms the competition from Dell and Lenovo in this regard.

Size comparison

371 mm / 14.6 inch 251 mm / 9.88 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.6 kg3.5 lbs365.8 mm / 14.4 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 1.9 kg4.15 lbs359.5 mm / 14.2 inch 233.6 mm / 9.2 inch 19.2 mm / 0.756 inch 1.8 kg3.88 lbs344.72 mm / 13.6 inch 230.14 mm / 9.06 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.4 lbs

Connectivity: HP ZBook does without RJ45 and docking port

With two USB-C ports including Thunderbolt 3, the HP ZBook Firefly G7 offers one more Thunderbolt port than its predecessor, the ZBook 15u. In comparison to the latter, the dedicated, proprietary docking port has been eliminated. Also no longer on board: RJ45 Ethernet. The ThinkPad P53s and its current successor, the ThinkPad P15s, still offer this connection. This also applies to the microSD card reader, which is completely missing in the HP ZBook. The ZBook 15 G7 at least has more ports than the Dell Precision 5550 - which has a full-size SD card reader in return, though.

Right: 2x Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, power supply
Right: 2x Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, power supply
Left: Kensington lock, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, combo audio, smart card reader
Left: Kensington lock, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, combo audio, smart card reader

Communication

The Intel Wireless AX201 leaves no room for criticism. Intel's most modern 2x2 solution delivers what it promises: Extremely high transfer rates. Of course, it can only really display its advantage over the older Intel Wireless 9560AC found in the ZBook 15u G6 if you also have a Wi-Fi 6 router.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1404 (717min - 1487max) MBit/s ∼100% +23%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=107)
1220 MBit/s ∼87% +7%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1137 (568min - 1726max) MBit/s ∼81%
Average of class Workstation
  (292 - 1557, n=64)
754 MBit/s ∼54% -34%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
652 MBit/s ∼46% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
612 MBit/s ∼44% -46%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=107)
1084 MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1037 (976min - 1071max) MBit/s ∼96% +2%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1016 (596min - 1247max) MBit/s ∼94%
Average of class Workstation
  (83 - 1642, n=64)
687 MBit/s ∼63% -32%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
669 MBit/s ∼62% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
642 MBit/s ∼59% -37%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1137 (568-1726)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1016 (596-1247)

Webcam

ColorChecker
22.1 ∆E
27.6 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
19.1 ∆E
23.1 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
24 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
21 ∆E
19.9 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7: 17.75 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 27.65 ∆E

Security

The hardware security functions are almost fully equipped. These include a smart card reader, a Kensington lock slot, and a privacy shutter for the webcam. The HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 naturally also supports Windows Hello, as it has both a touch fingerprint scanner and an infrared camera.

Accessories

Apart from the 65-watt power adapter with a USB-C plug, no other accessories are included. You can use any Thunderbolt or USB-C dock; model-specific docks are no longer available, since the mechanical docking port has been eliminated. However, HP also offers suitable docks with cable connection.

Maintenance

The HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 can be opened very easily. To do this, you have to remove the D-Cover, which is secured with five cross-head screws on the back. The screws remain stuck in the case, and you only need to loosen clips in the area of the hinges. Afterwards, you can easily remove the bottom cover.

Without the bottom cover, you get an unobstructed view of components like the fan, the battery or the two SO-DIMM slots. The M.2 2280 SSD can be upgraded just like the Wi-Fi module. A WWAN slot is available, but the necessary antennas aren't. The keyboard, which is directly embedded into the case, is not exchangeable.

View of the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7's interior
View of the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7's interior

Warranty

As a top-class business laptop, the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 naturally comes with a 36-month warranty. However, there's only a Pickup-and-Return service by default, where the manufacturer has the laptop collected. There's an extra charge for on-site service.

Input devices: Convincing keyboard, pointing stick and touchpad

Keyboard

Practically identical to its ZBook 15u G6 predecessor is the keyboard of the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7. A small change: The power key has been integrated into the keypad. But you don't have to be afraid of accidentally putting the laptop into standby since a short press of the key has no consequences. Otherwise, the layout is unchanged: To the right of the keypad is a number pad, the vertical arrow keys are very narrow, and the navigation keys are above the number pad.

The flat, square chiclet keys have a two-stage backlight. The keyboard has an estimated travel of 1.5 mm, which is fine for a modern laptop. Overall, it's very pleasant to type on the keyboard, as the pressure point is neither too stiff nor too soft, and the keyboard doesn't give way either. The keyboard is very well suited for frequent typing and productivity.

Keyboard area - HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Keyboard area - HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7

Touchpad and pointing stick

The touchpad has grown slightly in width and is 12 cm wide instead of 11.5 cm. It's made of glass, which provides a high-quality touch sensation and very good gliding capabilites - in any case, a qualitative advantage compared to the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s and its plastic touchpad. To click, you can either use the integrated click mechanism of the ClickPad or the two buttons above the trackpad. The ClickPad is pretty loud, but the dedicated buttons are quiet. There are no issues at all with the software implementation of gestures; all in all, it's a very good touchpad.

The buttons don't belong to the touchpad per se but to the HP pointing stick instead. This offers the same advantage as the ThinkPad TrackPoint - you don't need to remove your hand from the keyboard in order to move the mouse pointer. It's not quite as accurate as the ThinkPad TrackPoint, but the pointing stick is better than Dell's version. It's just a pity that HP does without the middle button for scrolling.

Touchpad - HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Touchpad - HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Pointing stick - HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Pointing stick - HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7

4K UHD display is high quality but doesn't support a wide gamut

Subpixel matrix - HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Subpixel matrix - HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Almost no backlight bleeding (represented in an intensified way here)
Almost no backlight bleeding (represented in an intensified way here)

HP offers four different 15.6-inch matte IPS LCD panels for the ZBook 15 Firefly G7:

  • Full HD (1920x1080), 250 cd/m², 45% NTSC
  • Full HD (1920x1080), 250 cd/m², 45% NTSC, touch
  • Full HD (1920x1080), 1,000 cd/m², 72% NTSC, Sureview
  • 4K UHD (3840x2160), 400 cd/m², 100% sRGB

As a high-end model, our test device contains the 4K UHD LCD. It only reaches the brightness value of 400 cd/m² selectively; on average, it reaches a maximum of 381.9 cd/m². The 4K UHD screens of the HP ZBook 15u G6 and the Dell Precision 5550 are definitely brighter, while the inexpensive Full HD panel of the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s clearly loses the comparison. However, we were already able to test the optional 4K UHD display of the latest ThinkPad P15s in the ThinkPad T15, and it performs best in terms of brightness at just under 500 cd/m².

380
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
386
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LGD064F
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 402 cd/m² Average: 381.9 cd/m² Minimum: 17.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 389 cd/m²
Contrast: 1814:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.5
ΔE Greyscale 3.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6
97.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 64.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
LGD064F, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 15.6
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AU Optronics AUO30EB, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo LEN40BA, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Sharp LQ156R1, IPS, 3840x2400, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
NE156QUM-N66, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 15.6
Response Times
-26%
-13%
-8%
18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (21.2, 22.8)
68.8 (33.2, 35.6)
-56%
51.2 (24.4, 26.8)
-16%
46 (24, 22)
-5%
42 (21.2, 20.8)
5%
Response Time Black / White *
30.8 (16.4, 14.4)
29.6
4%
33.6 (18, 15.6)
-9%
34 (17.6, 16.4)
-10%
21.6 (10, 11.6)
30%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-12%
-67%
-38%
3%
Brightness middle
381
451
18%
260
-32%
469.8
23%
489
28%
Brightness
382
434
14%
243
-36%
464
21%
501
31%
Brightness Distribution
92
89
-3%
88
-4%
85
-8%
91
-1%
Black Level *
0.21
0.25
-19%
0.18
14%
0.42
-100%
0.35
-67%
Contrast
1814
1804
-1%
1444
-20%
1119
-38%
1397
-23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3
4.4
-47%
6
-100%
5.16
-72%
3
-0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.2
6.7
-29%
19.2
-269%
9.33
-79%
5.1
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.5
1.8
-20%
4.3
-187%
3.75
-150%
0.8
47%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
5
-43%
4.2
-20%
5.5
-57%
4
-14%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.31 95%
2.49 88%
2 110%
2.24 98%
CCT
7254 90%
7717 84%
6865 95%
6198 105%
7400 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64.3
63
-2%
37.6
-42%
89.2
39%
84.7
32%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.5
97
-1%
59.2
-39%
100
3%
98.1
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-19% / -14%
-40% / -58%
-23% / -33%
11% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

Colors
Colors
Grayscales
Grayscales
Saturation
Saturation
Colors (calibrated)
Colors (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)

Out of the box, the display's adjustment is a little too cold. If you have the CalMan software and the X-Rite i1Pro 2 colorimeter, you can quickly correct the deviations with one calibration. In a calibrated condition, the panel leaves an excellent impression: The sharpness is perfect thanks to the 4K resolution, and the black level (0.21 cd/m²) and contrast (1,814:1) are also at a very good LCD level.

The complete sRGB coverage that is advertised is almost achieved. This makes the display suitable for semi-professional image-processing. For an even larger color space, users would probably have to resort to a much more expensive ZBook with a Dreamcolor display. In this respect, both the Dell Precision 5550 and the Lenovo ThinkPad P15s with the 4K UHD panel have the clear advantage.

sRGB: 97.5%
sRGB: 97.5%
AdobeRGB: 63.4%
AdobeRGB: 63.4%
Outdoors (in the shade)
Outdoors (in the shade)

With a matte surface and around 380 cd/m², the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 can be used outdoors without any problems. However, you should remain in places in the shade.

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
30.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 14.4 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.2 ms rise
↘ 22.8 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. » 64 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.7 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 9600 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

There are no problems with the viewing-angle stability of the IPS display.

Performance: Comet Lake disappoints in HP laptop despite 25 watts of cTDP up

A selection of different Intel Comet Lake CPUs is available, including four quad-core processors (Core i5-10210Ui5-10310Ui7-10510U, and i7-10610U) as well as two hexa-core CPUs (Core i7-10710U and i7-10810U). The Intel UHD Graphics 620 is always integrated; additionally, the Nvidia Quadro P520 is included in all configurations.

With two SO-DIMM slots, up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 memory is possible. A single M.2 2280 SSD serves as mass storage device. The maximum capacity is 2 TB by default. 

CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z SPD
CPU-Z SPD
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWiNFO
HWiNFO
GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics 620
GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics 620
 

Processor

The Intel Core i7-10610U is the fastest Ultra-Low-Voltage (ULV) processor in the "Comet Lake" series. The four Skylake cores have a clock speed of up to 4.9 GHz. With Hyper-Threading, the CPU has up to eight threads, and the vPro business feature is also available. You can compare the processor with other chips from Intel or AMD in our CPU article.

The cooling system of the HP ZBook 15 Firefly G7 is strong enough to keep the CPU consumption in the Cinebench loop stable at 25 watts, which brings the CPU clock rate to 3 GHz. The temperatures don't rise above 80 °C (~176 °F) here. At 4.2 GHz and a consumption of 50 watts, even higher performance peaks are reached for a short time in the Cinebench multi-core test but only at the beginning of it. 

Consequently, the ZBook Firefly performs well for a model with this GPU and better than its ZBook 15u G6 predecessor. However, compared to current AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs or the Dell Precision 5550 with stronger Comet Lake H chips, it doesn't stand a chance.

The CPU performance is limited on battery power. Here, we only achieve a maximum of 1,168 points in the Cinebench R20 multi-core test.

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HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 Intel Core i7-10610U, Intel Core i7-10610U: Ø653 (629.17-674.89)
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø489 (485.76-508.49)
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø624 (521.26-694.16)
Dell Precision 5550 P91F Intel Core i7-10875H, Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1295 (1188.78-1518.72)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00 AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: Ø1311 (1300.6-1345.67)
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00 Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø689 (632.32-756.56)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 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 R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
1519 (1188.78min - 1518.72max) Points ∼100% +125%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1346 (1300.6min - 1345.67max) Points ∼89% +99%
Average of class Workstation
  (260 - 1714, n=117)
839 Points ∼55% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
756.56 (632.32min - 756.56max) Points ∼50% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
686 (568.11min - 688.08max) Points ∼45% +2%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
675 (629.17min - 674.89max) Points ∼44%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (548 - 675, n=4)
601 Points ∼40% -11%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
494 (492.26min - 519.15max) Points ∼33% -27%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
203 Points ∼100% +6%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
191 Points ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
188.33 Points ∼93% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
181 Points ∼89% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (175 - 191, n=4)
181 Points ∼89% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
178 Points ∼88% -7%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
165 Points ∼81% -14%
Average of class Workstation
  (117 - 214, n=113)
164 Points ∼81% -14%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
3429 Points ∼100% +111%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3050 Points ∼89% +88%
Average of class Workstation
  (988 - 4161, n=23)
2669 Points ∼78% +64%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1636 Points ∼48% +1%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
1624 Points ∼47%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (1271 - 1624, n=4)
1406 Points ∼41% -13%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
492 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
474 Points ∼96% +1%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
469 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
468 Points ∼95% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (374 - 505, n=22)
456 Points ∼93% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (349 - 469, n=4)
424 Points ∼86% -10%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
876 Seconds * ∼100% -30%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (674 - 816, n=4)
772 Seconds * ∼88% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
699 Seconds * ∼80% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
680 Seconds * ∼78% -1%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
674 Seconds * ∼77%
Average of class Workstation
  (273 - 881, n=28)
479 Seconds * ∼55% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
367 Seconds * ∼42% +46%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
351 Seconds * ∼40% +48%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
5379 MIPS ∼100% +12%
Average of class Workstation
  (4503 - 5510, n=25)
5040 MIPS ∼94% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
4815 MIPS ∼90% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4788 MIPS ∼89% 0%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
4783 MIPS ∼89%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
4512 MIPS ∼84% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4467 MIPS ∼83% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (3653 - 4783, n=4)
4442 MIPS ∼83% -7%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
39649 MIPS ∼100% +97%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
39599 MIPS ∼100% +97%
Average of class Workstation
  (16182 - 48730, n=25)
32879 MIPS ∼83% +64%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
20096 MIPS ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
18860 MIPS ∼48% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
18137 MIPS ∼46% -10%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (15369 - 20096, n=4)
17475 MIPS ∼44% -13%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
16182 MIPS ∼41% -19%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
1323 Points ∼100% +5%
Average of class Workstation
  (1184 - 1347, n=13)
1277 Points ∼97% +1%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
1261 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (1201 - 1261, n=4)
1237 Points ∼93% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1232 Points ∼93% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1149 Points ∼87% -9%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
8393 Points ∼100% +82%
Average of class Workstation
  (4622 - 8491, n=14)
6818 Points ∼81% +48%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
6444 Points ∼77% +39%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
4622 Points ∼55%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (3731 - 4622, n=4)
4049 Points ∼48% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
3850 Points ∼46% -17%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
10.4 fps ∼100% +84%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
9.55 fps ∼92% +69%
Average of class Workstation
  (4.2 - 13.6, n=25)
8.83 fps ∼85% +56%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
5.66 fps ∼54%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
5.4 fps ∼52% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
5.24 fps ∼50% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (4.54 - 5.66, n=4)
4.83 fps ∼46% -15%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
4.2 fps ∼40% -26%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (56.1 - 70.7, n=4)
61 s ∼100% +1%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
60.2 s ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
60 s ∼98% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
54.5 s ∼89% -9%
Average of class Workstation
  (43 - 64.7, n=11)
51 s ∼84% -15%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
43 s ∼70% -29%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Average Intel Core i7-10610U
  (0.643 - 0.855, n=4)
0.704 sec * ∼100% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.648 sec * ∼92% -1%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
0.643 sec * ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.616 sec * ∼88% +4%
Average of class Workstation
  (0.568 - 0.695, n=10)
0.602 sec * ∼86% +6%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.589 sec * ∼84% +8%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
675 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
120 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
191 Points
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System performance

Especially in the older PCMark 8 benchmark, the 4K UHD display pushes the score slightly down. But the HP ZBook 15 G7 Firefly always works fast and smoothly in everyday use.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB
5805 Points ∼100% +80%
Average of class Workstation
  (2329 - 10441, n=56)
5235 Points ∼90% +63%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
3591 Points ∼62% +11%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3221 Points ∼55%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
3221 Points ∼55% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2905 Points ∼50% -10%
Productivity
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB
7668 Points ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
7345 Points ∼96% +7%
Average of class Workstation
  (3998 - 8877, n=56)
7218 Points ∼94% +5%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
6883 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
6883 Points ∼90% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3998 Points ∼52% -42%
Essentials
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB
9826 Points ∼100% +17%
Average of class Workstation
  (5223 - 10829, n=56)
8783 Points ∼89% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
8612 Points ∼88% +2%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
8414 Points ∼86%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
8414 Points ∼86% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5223 Points ∼53% -38%
Score
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB
5442 Points ∼100% +33%
Average of class Workstation
  (2817 - 6939, n=57)
4917 Points ∼90% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
4374 Points ∼80% +7%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
4096 Points ∼75%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
4096 Points ∼75% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2817 Points ∼52% -31%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
5140 Points ∼100% +20%
Average of class Workstation
  (3311 - 5655, n=92)
4845 Points ∼94% +13%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB
4515 Points ∼88% +5%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
4298 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
4298 Points ∼84% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4022 Points ∼78% -6%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Workstation
  (2320 - 5505, n=93)
3979 Points ∼100% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
3840 Points ∼97% +16%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB
3729 Points ∼94% +13%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3311 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i7-10610U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
3311 Points ∼83% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3257 Points ∼82% -2%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3311 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3781 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4298 points
PCMark 10 Score
4096 points
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DPC latencies

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HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Quadro P520, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3860.9 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The fast PCIe NVMe SSD in the M.2 2280 format is from Toshiba. Its model name is XG6, and it has a capacity of 1 TB in the ZBook Firefly. It can easily keep up with the other SSDs in our comparison.

HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB
Average Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-13%
7%
-9%
-4%
Write 4K
133.1
156
17%
195.9
47%
122.6
-8%
142 (104 - 182, n=4)
7%
Read 4K
51.62
45.73
-11%
74.92
45%
42.4
-18%
50.6 (45.2 - 57.4, n=4)
-2%
Write Seq
1986
1158
-42%
1194
-40%
2167
9%
1867 (1729 - 1986, n=4)
-6%
Read Seq
2208
1132
-49%
2309
5%
1747
-21%
1792 (1200 - 2208, n=4)
-19%
Write 4K Q32T1
462.3
369.2
-20%
506.8
10%
388.8
-16%
474 (415 - 509, n=4)
3%
Read 4K Q32T1
400.2
573
43%
624.1
56%
367.3
-8%
432 (389 - 545, n=4)
8%
Write Seq Q32T1
3074
1969
-36%
1206
-61%
2629
-14%
2975 (2813 - 3074, n=4)
-3%
Read Seq Q32T1
3268
3138
-4%
3091
-5%
3460
6%
2741 (1510 - 3281, n=4)
-16%
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3268 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3074 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 400.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 462.3 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2208 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1986 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 51.62 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 133.1 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

GPU-Z Nvidia Quadro P520
GPU-Z Nvidia Quadro P520

HP has changed the graphics chip from AMD to Nvidia. However, the switch to the Nvidia Quadro P520 wasn't worthwhile, because the outdated Nvidia Pascal GPU doesn't provide a performance advantage over the AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 found in the HP ZBook 15u G6 predecessor. Overall, the GPU performance conclusion is as follows: Stagnant.

The Nvidia Quadro P520 is certainly faster than Intel's UHD solutions both for games and CAD applications. We measure CAD performance with SPECviewperf 13. However, in this benchmark suite for workstations, the Nvidia Quadro P520 is less than half as fast as the Nvidia Quadro T2000 Max-Q found in the Dell Precision 5550.

We weren't able to determine a performance limitation of the GPU on battery power.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
11454 Points ∼100% +177%
Average of class Workstation
  (841 - 32999, n=126)
8089 Points ∼71% +96%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
4273 Points ∼37% +4%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
4256 Points ∼37% +3%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
4128 Points ∼36%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3870 - 4273, n=3)
4090 Points ∼36% -1%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Workstation
  (566 - 9956, n=46)
3935 Points ∼100% +295%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
3122 Points ∼79% +213%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
1043 Points ∼27% +5%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
997 Points ∼25%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (918 - 1043, n=3)
986 Points ∼25% -1%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
938 Points ∼24% -6%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
8416 Points ∼100% +162%
Average of class Workstation
  (752 - 24354, n=118)
6535 Points ∼78% +103%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
3410 Points ∼41% +6%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3030 - 3410, n=3)
3218 Points ∼38% 0%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
3215 Points ∼38%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
3088 Points ∼37% -4%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
39803 Points ∼100% +114%
Average of class Workstation
  (5836 - 133756, n=117)
37707 Points ∼95% +103%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
20665 Points ∼52% +11%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (18131 - 20665, n=3)
19120 Points ∼48% +3%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
18952 Points ∼48% +2%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
18564 Points ∼47%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
Average of class Workstation
  (37.3 - 217, n=37)
110 fps ∼100% +75%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
103.92 fps ∼94% +66%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
62.79 fps ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
56.42 fps ∼51% -10%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (37.3 - 62.8, n=3)
52.2 fps ∼47% -17%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
44.6 fps ∼41% -29%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
Average of class Workstation
  (36.4 - 465, n=36)
187 fps ∼100% +278%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
139.36 fps ∼75% +182%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
66.07 fps ∼35% +33%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
49.5 fps ∼26%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
49.42 fps ∼26% 0%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (36.4 - 49.5, n=3)
45.1 fps ∼24% -9%
Showcase (showcase-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (12.6 - 127, n=36)
56.1 fps ∼100% +301%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
42.39 fps ∼76% +203%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
19.38 fps ∼35% +39%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
14.56 fps ∼26% +4%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
13.98 fps ∼25%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (12.6 - 14.6, n=3)
13.7 fps ∼24% -2%
Medical (medical-02)
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
48.02 fps ∼100% +152%
Average of class Workstation
  (6.8 - 133, n=36)
47.4 fps ∼99% +149%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
19.06 fps ∼40%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (6.8 - 19.1, n=3)
11.9 fps ∼25% -38%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
11.8 fps ∼25% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
9.85 fps ∼21% -48%
Maya (maya-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (29.4 - 341, n=36)
139 fps ∼100% +245%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
110.2 fps ∼79% +173%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
45.21 fps ∼33% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
40.74 fps ∼29% +1%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
40.31 fps ∼29%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (30.8 - 40.7, n=3)
37.3 fps ∼27% -7%
Energy (energy-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (0.72 - 57.3, n=36)
18.6 fps ∼100% +184%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
15.66 fps ∼84% +139%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
6.55 fps ∼35%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (0.72 - 6.55, n=3)
2.7 fps ∼15% -59%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
2.15 fps ∼12% -67%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
0.83 fps ∼4% -87%
Creo (creo-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (27.8 - 320, n=36)
139 fps ∼100% +208%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
116.75 fps ∼84% +158%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
45.17 fps ∼32%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
44.68 fps ∼32% -1%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (27.8 - 45.2, n=3)
36.4 fps ∼26% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
36.25 fps ∼26% -20%
Catia (catia-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (27.7 - 339, n=36)
154 fps ∼100% +220%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
143.89 fps ∼93% +199%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
48.08 fps ∼31%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
47.78 fps ∼31% -1%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
45.35 fps ∼29% -6%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (27.7 - 48.1, n=3)
41.2 fps ∼27% -14%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
Average of class Workstation
  (20 - 232, n=37)
111 fps ∼100% +224%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
88.95 fps ∼80% +159%
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-10610U
34.3 fps ∼31%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
32.36 fps ∼29% -6%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (20 - 34.3, n=3)
26.5 fps ∼24% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
25.17 fps ∼23% -27%
3DMark 11 Performance
4495 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14333 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2957 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1121 points
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low med. high ultra4K
The Witcher 3 (2015) 57 32.6 19.1 10.8 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 141 120 67 60.4 21.8 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 71.1 53.2 48 21.3 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 51.2 19.3 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 71.2 20.9 12.2 fps

Emissions: HP laptop remains quiet but gets hot

Noise emissions

Although the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 sometimes starts the fan in idle, it can still be described as being very quiet. The fan is hardly audible even under load. There isn't any coil whine either.

Noise Level

Idle
29.3 / 29.3 / 30 dB(A)
Load
32.8 / 32.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM-1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.429.332.62525.925.528.13127.429.331.54029.829.4305025.724.829.26325.923.925.6802324.82410024.825.224.712523.721.524.216022.722.123.120023.521.823.62502321.324.331521.821.322.140021.620.421.450020.419.320.963021.118.720.980021.618.421.2100021.418.121.4125021.51821.4160021.717.321.820002316.522.5250022.916.221.6315020.515.820.3400019.115.618.5500018.315.717.3630016.515.816.280001615.6161000015.815.515.81250015.615.415.61600015.415.315.4SPL32.829.332.5N1.71.21.7median 21.5median 18median 21.4Delta1.92.42.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP ZBook Firefly 15 G7

Temperature

Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

Aluminum has both advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages can include its high thermal conductivity. On the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7, the temperatures rise to an alarming 60 °C (~140 °F), especially on the underside. The top also warms up noticeably, and even the palm rest doesn't stay cool.

The behavior in the stress test is responsible for the strong temperature increase. The ZBook 15 Firefly G7 can allow a consumption of 22 watts for the CPU in the long run while also cooling the GPU without throttling. This positive aspect in terms of performance, however, also conversely leads to high temperatures. The sensors measured 93 °C (~199 °F) at the processor and 84 °C (~183 °F) at the GPU. The latter, in particular, could be a cause for concern in the long term, since dedicated graphics chips have often fallen victim to material fatigue due to heat damage in the history of laptops.

Max. Load
 50.4 °C
123 F
51.5 °C
125 F
47 °C
117 F
 
 40.2 °C
104 F
46.9 °C
116 F
45.4 °C
114 F
 
 28.8 °C
84 F
35 °C
95 F
34.2 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 51.5 °C = 125 F
Average: 42.2 °C = 108 F
57 °C
135 F
60.3 °C
141 F
44.4 °C
112 F
45.4 °C
114 F
47.6 °C
118 F
35.5 °C
96 F
37.2 °C
99 F
37.1 °C
99 F
31.9 °C
89 F
Maximum: 60.3 °C = 141 F
Average: 44 °C = 111 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.7 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 31.5 °C / 89 F for the devices in the class Workstation.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 51.5 °C / 125 F, compared to the average of 37.5 °C / 100 F, ranging from 22.2 to 69.8 °C for the class Workstation.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 60.3 °C / 141 F, compared to the average of 40.7 °C / 105 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.9 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 31.5 °C / 89 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (35 °C / 95 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.9 °C / 82.2 F (-7.1 °C / -12.8 F).

Speakers

The speakers are prominently placed above the keyboard and provide a good sound overall for a laptop, but they lack a bit of volume - in this respect, the Dell Precision 5550's speakers are an upgrade in any case.

External speakers could be an even bigger upgrade. These can be connected, for example, via the perfectly functioning headphone connection.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.330.72525.525.63129.3294029.427.75024.828.16323.925.28024.823.210025.226.812521.531.716022.141.120021.846.525021.351.131521.354.540020.456.150019.357.363018.759.280018.457.1100018.158.412501856.6160017.356.4200016.559250016.259.3315015.861.3400015.660.3500015.758.9630015.855.7800015.6531000015.553.31250015.452.41600015.346.6SPL29.370.2N1.227.1median 18median 56.1Delta2.45.436.13736.131.530.231.526.125.126.127.425.527.430.222.630.24123.74145.221.745.256.620.256.662.817.662.864.817.564.866.116.366.171.116.271.171.517.371.569.616.469.669.71569.770.114.370.172.313.972.375.813.575.87713.37774.713.474.767.413.367.467.313.567.369.213.869.271.21471.271.914.371.975.214.775.274.514.174.573.113.873.172.413.772.467.512.867.58526.28568.60.868.6median 71.1median 14.1median 71.12.61.32.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP ZBook Firefly 15 G7Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 16% of all tested devices in this class were better, 15% similar, 69% 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, 4% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Dell Precision 5550 P91F audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 5.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management: HP laptop with good battery life

Energy consumption

Fortunately, the power consumption of the HP laptop has improved significantly compared with the HP ZBook 15u G6. All other workstation laptops in our comparison also perform worse. The only exception is the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s, which also has a considerably more power-saving Full HD display.

The maximum consumption is above the output of the 65-watt power adapter. But since the average consumption under load is only 60 watts, you don't have to worry about the laptop's battery discharging during use.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.53 / 0.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.5 / 6.7 / 9.6 Watt
Load midlight 60 / 68.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
i7-10610U, Quadro P520, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 15.6
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
i7-8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
i7-8565U, Quadro P520, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
i7-10875H, Quadro T2000 Max-Q, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB, IPS, 3840x2400, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
i7-10510U, GeForce MX330, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 15.6
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
Average of class Workstation
 
Power Consumption
-22%
6%
-77%
-36%
6%
-145%
Idle Minimum *
3.5
5.5
-57%
2.74
22%
5.6
-60%
4.3
-23%
3.05 (2.74 - 3.5, n=3)
13%
12.9 (2.4 - 65.2, n=147)
-269%
Idle Average *
6.7
9.8
-46%
6.4
4%
11.2
-67%
13.8
-106%
6.01 (4.94 - 6.7, n=3)
10%
18.7 (4.94 - 69, n=146)
-179%
Idle Maximum *
9.6
12
-25%
9.7
-1%
18.4
-92%
16.2
-69%
9.07 (7.92 - 9.7, n=3)
6%
22.3 (7.1 - 73.1, n=147)
-132%
Load Average *
60
59
2%
55.2
8%
114
-90%
66
-10%
58.7 (55.2 - 60.8, n=3)
2%
89.5 (34.4 - 185, n=145)
-49%
Witcher 3 ultra *
49.3
51
-3%
76.7
-56%
53
-8%
Load Maximum *
68.6
70
-2%
69.4
-1%
134.2
-96%
67.4
2%
68.7 (68.2 - 69.4, n=3)
-0%
135 (43.5 - 336, n=145)
-97%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

Charging time: 125 minutes
Charging time: 125 minutes

Although the internal battery has a comparatively small capacity at 53 Wh, the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 still achieves clearly better runtimes than the most comparable workstations. The ZBook 15u G6 and the ThinkPad T15 perform about 23% worse than the more recent HP workstation. With about nine hours of battery life in our Wi-Fi test, The ZBook Firefly delivers an absolutely practical result.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 06min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
7h 19min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
12h 10min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 00min
HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
i7-10610U, Quadro P520, 53 Wh
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
i7-8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200, 56 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
i7-8565U, Quadro P520, 57 Wh
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
i7-10875H, Quadro T2000 Max-Q, 86 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
i7-10510U, GeForce MX330, 57 Wh
Average of class Workstation
 
Battery Runtime
-4%
5%
-17%
-32%
-30%
Reader / Idle
745
1510
1354
626 (63 - 2360, n=130)
H.264
730
705
-3%
483
-34%
419 (123 - 1131, n=69)
-43%
WiFi v1.3
546
415
-24%
517
-5%
540
-1%
426
-22%
426 (106 - 974, n=86)
-22%
Load
120
140
17%
148
23%
82
-32%
72
-40%
91.4 (22 - 323, n=131)
-24%

Pros

+ more compact than the predecessor
+ high-quality aluminum case
+ good keyboard, touchpad, and pointing stick
+ matte 4K UHD display
+ two RAM slots
+ above-average battery life
+ hardly any fan noise

Cons

- outdated CPU/GPU architectures
- no AMD Ryzen 4000 option
- RJ45 and (micro) SD reader missing
- high case temperatures
- 4K LCD: no wide-gamut panel

Verdict: The HP ZBook Firefly is good but not good enough

In review: HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7, provided by HP.
In review: HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7, provided by HP.

A new name alone doesn't bring a revolution - that's why HP has also given its ZBook Firefly 15 G7 ultrabook workstation a new design, which has both strengths and weaknesses.

The biggest improvement: The new case is much more compact. On the other hand, you lose the dedicated docking port and RJ45 Ethernet. To compensate, there's one Thunderbolt 3 port more, but a (micro)SD card reader is still missing. There is no qualitative change when it comes to the input devices, the metal case, and the 4K display - the ZBook Firefly is at a high-quality level in all three areas, even when the 4K LCD unfortunately isn't a wide-gamut panel.

In terms of components, the two RAM slots are to be praised since they allow up to 64 GB. The CPU and GPU are less cause for enthusiasm: None of the components are below the direct competition when it comes to performance, but they're simply highly outdated by now. As for the CPUs, we would like to see AMD's Ryzen 4000 series being used, while the Quadro P520 would urgently need to be replaced by a new version based on the GeForce MX450. We can at least praise the low noise level as well as the good battery life, while the temperature development on the case is a bit too strong for our taste.

Good but expensive and internally somewhat outdated without an AMD option: The HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7

All in all, the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 is a good workstation for light CAD tasks. If you as a corporate customer have a framework contract with HP and you need laptops for this field of work, purchasing the HP laptop won't be a mistake. But all other customers should rather look for laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs - or wait for a version with Intel Tiger Lake and a newer Quadro GPU.

HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7 - 10/14/2020 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
90 / 98 → 92%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
62 / 80 → 78%
Weight
66 / 10-66 → 100%
Battery
87 / 95 → 92%
Display
91%
Games Performance
63%
Application Performance
86%
Temperature
83 / 95 → 88%
Noise
94 / 90 → 100%
Audio
67%
Camera
21 / 85 → 25%
Average
75%
83%
Workstation - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-10-17 (Update: 2020-10-17)
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Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Editor
In 2010 I started to get more and more involved with technology, especially notebooks have been my passion ever since. Of course I came across the detailed tests of Notebookcheck very quickly. With time I learned more and more about notebooks and started writing small reviews about notebooks in forums and blog pages. To earn some extra money during my studies I turned my hobby into my profession and joined the team of Notebookcheck in 2016. My personal interest is especially in business notebooks.