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The HP ZBook Studio offers plenty of GPU performance and a very bright DreamColor display

HP's mobile workstation ZBook Studio G7 is very slim and competes with devices like the Dell Precision 5550 and Lenovo ThinkPad P1. The GPU performance is very good thanks to Nvidia's Quadro RTX GPUs and you can get a very bright 4K DreamColor display.

HP's ZBook Studio G7 is a slim mobile workstation with professional Quadro GPUs from Nvidia. Compared to rivals from Dell or Lenovo, HP also offers powerful RTX Max-Q GPUs with ray tracing support. If you do not need the professional ISV certifications, HP also sells the same model with regular GeForce GPUs, which is called ZBook Create G7.

HP completely reworked the aluminum chassis and made it more compact. Similar to the bigger ZBook Fury 15, HP also uses a vapor chamber cooling solution. It can dissipate the heat from the components very well, but the processor is still throttled under combined CPU/GPU workloads. The two fans can also be pretty loud, but the surface temperatures are okay.

The port selection includes Thunderbolt 3 as well as full-size card reader, which also manages fast transfer rates. The keyboard offers a very comfortable typing experience and we also like the sound from the four speakers. 

The display of our test unit is the optional matte DreamColor panel with the 4K resolution. Bright surfaces look a bit grainy due to the matte surface, but the subjective picture impression is still very good overall. The colors are also very accurate. The new version of the DreamColor display differs in two aspects from previous generations: It does not cover AdobeRGB anymore, but "only" the smaller P3 color gamut. The new panel is now also compatible with the iGPU, which reduces the power consumption. The battery runtime is still just average because the bright panel (up to 700 nits) needs a lot of power.

There are also some issues. The memory is soldered and there is no WWAN module. We also noticed problems with the DPC latencies, so the ZBook Studio G7 is not suited for real-time audio applications.

Please see our comprehensive review for more information on the HP ZBook Studio G7:

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Andreas Osthoff, 2021-03-25 (Update: 2021-03-23)