3 HP ZBook Laptops that Provide Power and Maximize Mobility


If you’re a power PC user, you’re likely well-acquainted with the frustrating series of tradeoffs that go hand-in-hand with unrestricted mobility.

In most cases, maximum portability requires getting by with less computing power. Extraordinary durability means carrying around a bulky laptop that resembles a brick.

And desktop-quality speed and storage in a laptop is often out of reach for budget-conscious employers with dozens of coders, designers or architects to supply.

But what if you didn’t have to compromise? What if you could have it all at a low price?

That’s the philosophy behind the HP ZBook lineup, a premium set of mobile workstations that combines immense power with outstanding mobility. Here’s a primer on some of the most popular models.

ZBook Firefly G8

This machine is HP’s smallest and lightest mobile workstation, with increased durability and phenomenal computing power for people who push typical PCs past their breaking point.

The ZBook Firefly G8 starts at just 2.99 pounds,* with a sturdy, slender, featherweight body made with recycled aluminum and ocean-bound plastics that passes 19 military-standard durability tests.

It’s ideal for IT managers, engineering students, graphic designers, architects and office power users on the go, with the ability to withstand the inevitable bumps, drops and thermal shocks that accompany frequent travel.

The ZBook Firefly G8 is powered by 11th-generation Intel® Core™ processors and the NVIDIA T500 graphics card, with 4GB of video memory and a colour-accurate DreamColor display that’s perfect for 2D design workflows. Say goodbye to slowdowns and power through projects and heavy workloads with the new Intel® Evo™ platform. Equipped with boundary-breaking 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, fast overall performance and more immersive experiences. †

You can safely manage projects anywhere, thanks to security and privacy measures like self-healing BIOS, HP SureView ‡ Reflect screen protection and HP SureSense, which uses deep learning algorithms and advanced neural network technology to recognize malware and protect against new attacks.

This is the Lamborghini of business PCs, built specifically to work with apps from Adobe and Microsoft, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and XD, and architecture design software like SketchUp, REVIT, SolidWorks and Autodesk.

* Weight will vary by configuration

† Select SKUS only qualify as Intel EVO and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.

‡ HP Sure View Reflect is an optional feature, requires factory configuration and is designed to operate in landscape orientation.

§ HP Sure Sense requires Windows 10.

ZBook Create

If the Firely G8 is a Lamborghini roadster, the ZBook Create is like a Bugatti supercar: a high-performance laptop for game designers, VR developers, video editors and other serious creators.

All of the same portability, durability, sustainability and security benefits apply — the ZBook Create weighs less than four pounds,* with a 15-inch ultraHD display — but the performance capabilities are maxed out, with a no-compromise approach that rivals a premium desktop machine.

The ZBook Create is equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card, enabling real-time rendering and phenomenal GPU performance in a mobile setting. It’s built for every step of the game development process, from design to rendering and testing. The Create is also powered by a Intel® Core™ i9 processor,† the most powerful generation of Intel® Core™.

Incredible HP DreamColor technology provides amazing accuracy with 1 billion on-screen colours and 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage and HDR capability, ideal for 3D rendering and video editing. It’s also loaded with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB NVMe storage, delivering more than enough power to tackle demanding projects.

The ZBook Create is designed to work with development tools like Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, 3DS Max, Adobe Dimension Redshift, Substance Designer and both the Unity and Unreal engines. It’s also purpose-built for Adobe Premiere, Avid, DaVinci Resolve Studio and Blackmagic video editing software.

This platform is outfitted with razor-thin liquid-crystal polymer fans, three-sided venting and an HP Vaporforce chamber that vaporizes liquids, transfers heat and distributes it for enhanced cooling.

* Weight will vary by configuration

† Select configurations only.

ZBook Power

Think of the ZBook Power as a Tesla-quality PC, without the sticker shock.

It’s HP’s most affordable workstation — a secure, pro-grade laptop, perfect for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) students, as well as architects and IT purchasing managers looking to get the most from their budgets.

ZBook Power comes with up to 64GB of RAM and Intel® Core™ i9 or Intel® Xeon® processors, and the ability to add premium graphics cards up to the NVIDIA® Quadro™ 2000.

The 15-inch display, with optional 4K resolution, complements an all-aluminum chassis that’s built to last — it passes 19 military-standard durability tests.

STEAM students can easily tackle 3D drawings and models or complex problems in their coding classes; the ZBook is designed for Autodesk Revit and Solidworks, as well as Autodesk CAD, Autodesk Civil 3D, SketchUp, Autodesk Navisworks, MicroStation and SolidEdge.

With up to 2TB of local PCIe storage, you’ll never have to delete a project file, and ZBook security and portability standards are integrated here, too.

All ZBook models are sustainably made with recycled plastic and metals, and designed to maximize energy efficiency. No matter where you land on the power PC spectrum, there’s a ZBook for you.

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