HP Zbook 17 G4-1NL44UT
Reviews for the HP Zbook 17 G4-1NL44UT
Source: iTech Post
Used by NASA on the International Space Station, the HP's smaller ZBook 15 G4 comes with a 15.6-inch full HD display and boasts hardworking hardware for heavy work. According to ZD Net, HP is highlighting the effort that went into its design, plus accommodating aggressive GPUs and graphic cards. HP also plans to release a smaller ZBook 14u this summer with starting price at $1,079.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/26/2017
Model: With their never-ending conquest of packing desktop performance in a portable form factor, HP recently released their latest Zbook portable workstation. For starters, the 17.3 inch variant only supports up to standard Full HD panel, which is starting to feel very peasantry in 2017 especially considering its little brother, the Zbook 15, has a 4K panel option. While an additional 4K screen option would’ve been better because of its workstation DNA, it somewhat compensates this by being an IPS panel opposed to a regular TN panel, which means better viewing angles and less washed out colors when viewing under bright conditions and odd angles, not to mention its sRGB color space rating of 96%, which is similar to the previous generation. Although this might leave certain professionals wanting more especially those in the graphic design or photography field. Moving on to the heart of the beast, the Zbook is powered by a mobile workstation Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6 processor, which is considered the top end model of the Kaby-Lake-H series of processors. It also comes with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM by default and supports up to 64 GB with all slots filled. As for storage the Zbook comes with a 1 TB hard disk and a 512 GB PCIe based SSD boot drive. This should allow for snappy bootups and responsive app loading times thanks to its fast PCIe based SSD.
Along with its workstation class CPU the Zbook also packs heat in the graphics department with its Nvidia Quadro P4000 workstation GPU, which works flawlessly with professionals in managing graphics intensive workloads. Not to mention the Zbook line was designed with VR content creation in mind. One can rely on HP’s Zbook series for other workloads such as CAD, video editing and content creation. In terms of I/O the Zbook 17 G4 includes a myriad of interfaces including USB 3.0/3.1, Thunderbolt 3, VGA, HDMI, a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, and an SD card reader. Special mention should be made that the user can charge or power the notebook through the Thunderbolt 3 port should they wish to. In addition to the above, the Zbook includes a smart card reader, Kensington lock, TPM security chip plus a fingerprint reader for added security. For wireless connectivity it's pretty much standard fare to see an Intel based solution such as the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 module and instead of a generic Realtek Gigabit Ethernet solution HP has decided to opt for Intel’s Gigabit Ethernet solution. The Zbook is also equipped with Bang & Olufsen HD audio certified speakers which provides a clear uncompromised sound. In terms of construction the Zbook is quite solid with minimal flex to the chassis. Unfortunately for the keyboard and touchpad there isn’t much to be said apart from being standard. In summary, if you are a professional looking to up the ante in terms of having a portable workhorse the HP Zbook 17 G4 should more than satisfy one's needs.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA Quadro P4000: High-end workstation graphics card based on the 16nm GP104 chip (similar to the Quadro P5000) from the Pascal architecture.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
E3-1535M v6: Professional quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 3.1 - 4.2 GHz. It is the top model of the Kaby Lake H-series in the beginning of 2017 and therefore also the fastest mobile processor. The chip also integrates the professional HD Graphics P630 GPU with certified drivers clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion.
Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.
In the laptop segment, HP was the world's largest manufacturer from 2014 to 2016 with a market share of 20-21% from 2014 to 2016, but they only exceed Lenovo by a small margin as of recently. HP is not present in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
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