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HP ZBook Mobile Workstation (Macbook Pro Alternative)

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In a society obsessed with Apple computers, we are easy to forget the players in this industry. But I think one brand has come up with a great option for the serious creatives. Thus bringing the HP ZBook Mobile Workstation (released September 2013) to the stage. Now I have not heard or seen any advertisement for this release but I’m sure all of the tech blogs had mentioned it. We know the plagues that Windows platforms bring (BSOD, random freezing, viruses), but Windows 7 Pro & 8 Pro have been more that stable. Constantly running Photoshop CC 64bit & Lightroom 5, I have never run into issues using the Windows OS.

But back to this powerhouse. It comes in three sizes, Zbook 14, Zbook 15 & Zbook 17 and all have numerous configurations. Let’s go with the 15″ version because that is a pretty average size for most users and has a nice balance. The Zbook 15 comes standard with a Intel -4700MQ process (4 core, 8 thread), or you can upgrade to the 4800MQ or 4900MQ. Nvidia Quadra dedicated graphics card, 500GB or 750GB 7200 hard drive, & up to 32GB DDR3L of memory.

 

 

Size wise, this is a sleek and thinly created piece of equipment. Notebooks are sometimes clunky and bulky (minus the netbooks & ultrabooks) but the aluminum structure gives this laptop an edge over the other brands. The 14″ & 15″ variants are insanely thin considering the hardware inside. Even the 17″ looks comfortable being the “desktop replacement”. I’m still trying to grasp the slightly moved track pad as I tend to touch it often when using the HP Probook 4540s. But it would make sense to pick up a wireless mouse to make things easier, otherwise this is a dream to look at

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Battery capacity being the most important is usually a gimmick, but claiming to have a 14hr battery life is pretty sweet. As far as storage there is a 1.8TB (2.8TB on the Zbook 17) storage option if the 500GB & 750GB isn’t enough room. Even the 32 GB mSATA SSD (on specific versions) will speed up boot times and shutdowns as an added bonus. It seem like a small size, but if you’ve opened up a few laptops I’m sure you can upgrade it yourself….maybe.

What I was surprised to see was that it was Thunderbolt enabled. When I was working at Apple, Thunderbolt had just been released and I thought it was only with them exclusively. I was wrong…..but happy because now I won’t have to rely on USB 3.0 for transfers. It may not be bring silver and have a glowing fruit on the lid, but performance and style wise this thing is a work horse. I’m hoping to actually pick one up in the next coming weeks since I decided not to go the Apple route. I’ve always built my computers and stuck by the windows platform and no I have something to show the apple elitists.

Check below to see all options and specs:

 

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HP Zbook 14

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Operating system
Windows 8 Pro 64
Windows 8 64
Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro)
Windows 7 Professional 64
Windows 7 Professional 32
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
FreeDOS
Processors
Intel® Core™ i7-4600U with Intel HD Graphics 4400 (2.1 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Core™ i5-4300U with Intel HD Graphics 4400 (1.9 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Core™ i5-4200U with Intel HD Graphics 4400 (1.6 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Core™ i5 with vPro technology10 (select models)
Intel® Core™ i7 with vPro technology10 (select models)
Chipset Chipset is integrated with processor
Memory
DDR3L SDRAM, 1600 MHz, 2 SODIMMs, up to 16 GB
Internal storage
SATA (7200 rpm), 320 GB, 750 GB, SATA (5400 rpm), 1 TB, SATA SED13, 500 GB, SATA FIPS 140-2 SED13 (5400 rpm), 500 GB, SATA SSD,
180GB, 512 GB, SATA SE SSD, 256 GB, M.2 SSD, 120 GB
Display
14-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD SVA eDP anti-glare (1366 x 768);
14-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ SVA eDP anti-glare (1600 x 900);
14-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD+ SVA eDP anti-glare touch (1600 x 900);
14-inch diagonal LED-backlit FHD UWVA eDP anti-glare + PSR
(1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Integrated: Intel® HD Graphics 4400;
Discrete: AMD FirePro M4100 (1 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
AMD Dynamic Switchable Graphics supported
Audio
DTS Studio Sound HD audio (Windows operating systems only); Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated microphone
(dual-microphone array when equipped with optional webcam); Button for volume mute, functions keys for volume up and down;
Combo microphone-in/stereo headphone-out jack
Wireless support
WLAN: Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260NB 802.11a/b/g/n (2×2) Wi-Fi; Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260AN 802.11a/b/g/n (2×2)
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 combo; Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac (2×2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 combo
WWAN: HP hs3210 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Module; HP lt4112 LTE/HSPA+ Gobi4G Module (EMEA); HP lt4111 LTE/EV-DO/HSPA+ Gobi4G
Module
Communications Integrated Intel I218-LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000)
Ports and connectors
USB 3.0; 1 USB 3.0 charging; 1 DisplayPort; 1 stereo microphone-in/headphone-out combo; 1 AC power; 1 RJ-45;
1 side docking connector; 1 VGA
Expansion slots
1 Secure Digital; 1 Smart Card Reader
Input devices Spill-resistant keyboard and drain, Touchpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, two pick buttons; Pointstick with three
additional pointstick buttons; Image sensor touchpad, 720p HD webcam (on select models)
Software HP Recovery Manager; HP Performance Advisor;5
HP Remote Graphics Software (pre-load);2
HP Support Assistant; HP Client Security;19
HP Hotkey Support; HP Wireless Hotspot20 (Windows 8 only); HP Connection Manager (Windows 7 only); HP GPS21 and Location (Select
Models – Windows 7 only); Adobe® Flash Player (Windows 7 only); Buy Office; Microsoft Security Essentials;22 Cyberlink Power DVD;
Cyberlink Media Suite; Cyberlink Photo Director; Cyberlink Power Director; Cyberlink Power2Go; Cyberlink YouCam BE; Cyberlink Webcam
Sharing Manager (web download); PDF Complete Corporate Edition; Skype
Security Standard: HP Client Security (Windows 8 only); HP Fingerprint Sensor; Integrated Smart Card Reader; Enhanced Pre-Boot Security
(multiuser/multifactor); HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup); One-Step Logon; Common Criteria EAL4+ Augmented Certified
Discrete TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip; Security lock slot; Support for Intel AT;23 Optional: Computrace24 with GPS Tracking
(sold separately and requires the purchase of subscription)
Dimensions (w x d x h) 13.35 x 9.33 x .83 in
33.9 x 23.7 x 2.1 cm
Weight 3.57 lb, 1.62 kg
Power HP Long Life 3-cell (24 WHr) polymer battery; HP Long Life 3-cell (50 WHr) polymer/prismatic battery
Secondary: 6-cell HP Long Life (60 WHr) polymer slice battery
External 65W “Smart” AC adapter; HP Fast Charge (not supported on 3-cell primary battery)
Certification ENERGY STAR® qualified configurations available, Low halogen25
Expansion Solutions
HP Adjustable Dual Monitor Stand
HP Adjustable Display Stand
HP Ultraslim Docking Station

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HP ZBook 15

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Operating system
Windows 8 Pro 64
Windows 8 64
Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro)
Windows 7 Professional 64
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
FreeDOS
Processors
Intel® Core™ i7-4900MQ with Intel HD Graphics 4600 (2.8 GHz, 1600MHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-4800MQ with Intel HD Graphics 4600 (2.7 GHz, 1600MHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ with Intel HD Graphics 4600 (2.4 GHz, 1600MHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-4600M with Intel HD Graphics 4600 (2.9 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Core™ i5-4330M with Intel HD Graphics 4600 (2.8 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Chipset Mobile Intel® QM87
Memory
DDR3L SDRAM, 1600 MHz, 4 SODIMMs. Up to 32 GB
Two SODIMM slots (dual-core processor) or four SODIMM slots (quad-core processor) supporting dual-channel memory.
Internal storage
SATA (7200 rpm), 320 GB, 750 GB, SATA (5400 rpm), 1 TB, SATA SED,11 500 GB, SATA FIPS 140-2 SED11 (5400 rpm), 500 GB, SATA SSD, 128GB,
500 GB, SATA SE SSD, 256 GB, mSATA SSD, 128 GB
Optical storage
Blu-ray R/RE DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL; Blu-ray ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL; DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL; DVD-ROM
Display12 15.6″ diagonal LED-backlit FHD SVA eDP anti-glare (1920 x 1080); 15.6″ diagonal LED-backlit FHD UWVA eDP anti-glare + PSR
(1920 x 1080); 15.6″ diagonal RGB LED-backlit FHD DreamColor UWVA eDP anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 4600
Discrete: NVIDIA Quadro K610M (1 GB dedicated GDDR5); NVIDIA Quadro K1100M (2 GB dedicated GDDR5); NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
(2 GB dedicated GDDR5)
NVIDIA Optimus Technology supported
Audio
DTS Studio Sound HD audio (Windows operating systems only); Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated microphone (dual-microphone array
when quipped with optional webcam); Button for volume mute, functions keys for volume up and down; Combo microphone-in/stereo
headphone-out jack
Wireless support
WLAN: Intel Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 802.11 a/b/g/n (2×2); Intel Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 802.11 a/b/g/n (2×2) + Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Combo; Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac (2×2) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 combo
WWAN: HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Module; HP lt4111 LTE/EV-DO/HSPA+ Gobi4G Module; HP lt4112 LTE/HSPA+Gobi4G Module (EMEA)
Communications Integrated Intel I217-LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000)
Ports and connectors
(2) USB 3.0; (1) USB 2.0; (1) USB 3.0 charging port; 1 Thunderbolt2
; 1 DisplayPort; 1 stereo microphone-in/headphone-out combo;
1 AC power; 1 RJ-45; 1 docking connector; 1 secondary battery connector; 1 VGA
Expansion slots 1 ExpressCard/54; 1 Secure Digital; 1 Smart Card Reader
Input devices Spill-resistant keyboard and drain, Touchpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, three pick buttons; Pointstick with three additional pointstick buttons; Image sensor touchpad, 720p HD webcam (on select models)
Software HP Recovery Manager; HP Performance Advisor;7
HP Remote Graphics Software1
(pre-load); HP Support Assistant; HP Client Security;17
HP Hotkey Support; HP Wireless Hotspot18 (Windows 8 only); HP Connection Manager (Windows 7 only); HP GPS and Location19 (Select Models
– Windows 7 only); Adobe® Flash Player (Windows 7 only); Buy Office; Microsoft Security Essentials;20 Cyberlink Power DVD; Cyberlink Media
Suite; Cyberlink Photo Director; Cyberlink Power Director; Cyberlink Power2Go; Cyberlink YouCam BE; Cyberlink Webcam Sharing Manager
(web download); PDF Complete Corporate Edition; Skype
Security Standard: HP Client Security (Windows 8 only); HP Fingerprint Sensor; Integrated Smart Card Reader; Enhanced Pre-Boot Security (multiuser/
multifactor); HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup); One-Step Logon; Common Criteria EAL4+ Augmented Certified Discrete TPM 1.2
Embedded Security Chip; Security lock slot; Support for Intel AT;21 Optional: Computrace with GPS Tracking22 (sold separately and requires the
purchase of subscription)

Dimensions
(w x d x h)
15 x 10.1 x 1.2 in
38.15 x 25.7 x 3.05 cm
Weight 6.2 lb, 2.82 kg
Power Primary batteries: 8-cell (83 WHr) Li-Ion battery;23
HP Long Life 8-cell (75 WHr) Li-Ion battery23
Secondary batteries: HP BB09 Ultra Extended Life Notebook Battery (9-cell/100 WHr); HP ST09 Extended Life Notebook Battery (9-cell/73 WHr)
External: External 150W Slim Smart AC adapter; External 200W Slim Smart AC adapter; HP Fast Charge (not supported on 9-cell primary battery)

Expansion Solutions
HP Adjustable Dual Monitor Stand
HP Adjustable Display Stand
HP 230W Docking Station
HP 120W Advanced Docking Station
HP 230W Advanced Docking Station

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HP ZBook 17

Operating system
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Windows 8 64
Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro)
Windows 7 Professional 64
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
FreeDOS
Processors
Intel® Core i7-4930MX (3.0 GHz, 1600 MHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-4900MQ (2.8 GHz, 1600 MHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-4930MX (3 GHz, 1600 MHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-4800MQ (2.7 GHz, 1600 MHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ (2.4 GHz, 1600 MHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-4600M (2.9 GHz, 1600 MHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Core™ i5-4330M (2.80 GHz, 1600 MHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Core™ i5-4300M (2.6 GHz, 1600 MHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Chipset Mobile Intel® QM87
Memory
DDR3L SDRAM, 1600 MHz, 2 or 4 SODIMMs, up to 32 GB
Two SODIMM slots (dual-core processor) or four SODIMM slots (quad-core processor) supporting dual-channel memory.
Internal storage
SATA (7200 rpm), 320 GB, 750 GB, SATA (5400 rpm), 1 TB, SATA SED11, 500 GB, SATA FIPS 140-2 SED11 (5400 rpm), 500 GB, SATA SSD, 128GB,
500 GB, SATA SE SSD, 256 GB, mSATA SSD, 128 GB
Optical storage
Blu-ray R/RE DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL; Blu-ray ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL; DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL; DVD-ROM
Display
17.3″ diagonal LED-backlit HD+ SVA anti-glare (1600 x 900); 17.3″ diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080); 17.3″ diagonal
LED-backlit FHD DreamColor UWVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA Quadro K610M (1 GB dedicated GDDR5); NVIDIA Quadro K3100M (4 GB dedicated GDDR5); NVIDIA Quadro K4100M (4 GB dedicated
GDDR5); NVIDIA Quadro K5100M (8 GB dedicated GDDR5), NVIDIA Optimus Technology supported
Audio
DTS Studio Sound HD audio (Windows operating systems only); Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated microphone (dual-microphone array
when quipped with optional webcam); Button for volume mute, functions keys for volume up and down; Combo microphone-in/stereo
headphone-out jack
Wireless support
WLAN: Intel Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 802.11 a/b/g/n (2×2); Intel Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 802.11 a/b/g/n (2×2) + Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Combo; Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac (2×2) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 combo
WWAN: HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Module; HP lt4111 LTE/EV-DO/HSPA+ Gobi4G Module; HP lt4112 LTE/HSPA+Gobi4G Module (EMEA)
Communications Integrated Intel I217-LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000)
Ports and connectors
(2) USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 USB 3.0 charging port; 1 Thunderbolt2
; 1 DisplayPort; 1 stereo microphone-in/headphone-out combo; 1 AC power;
1 RJ-45; 1 docking connector; 1 secondary battery connector; 1 VGA
Expansion slots
1 ExpressCard/54; 1 Secure Digital; 1 Smart Card Reader
Input devices Spill-resistant keyboard and drain, Touchpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, three pick buttons; Pointstick with three additional pointstick buttons; Image sensor touchpad, 720p HD webcam (on select models)
Software HP Recovery Manager; HP Performance Advisor;7
HP Remote Graphics Software1
(pre-load); HP Support Assistant; HP Client Security;17
HP Hotkey Support; HP Wireless Hotspot18 (Windows 8 only); HP Connection Manager (Windows 7 only); HP GPS and Location19 (Select Models
– Windows 7 only); Adobe® Flash Player (Windows 7 only); Buy Office; Microsoft Security Essentials;20 Cyberlink Power DVD; Cyberlink Media
Suite; Cyberlink Photo Director; Cyberlink Power Director; Cyberlink Power2Go; Cyberlink YouCam BE; Cyberlink Webcam Sharing Manager
(web download); PDF Complete Corporate Edition; Skype
Security Standard: HP Client Security (Windows 8 only); HP Fingerprint Sensor; Integrated Smart Card Reader; Enhanced Pre-Boot Security (multiuser/
multifactor); HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup); One-Step Logon; Common Criteria EAL4+ Augmented Certified Discrete TPM 1.2
Embedded Security Chip; Security lock slot; Support for Intel AT;21 Optional: Computrace22 with GPS Tracking (sold separately and requires the
purchase of subscription)

Dimensions
(w x d x h)
16.37 x 10.7 x 1.33 in
41.6 x 27.2 x 3.4 cm
Weight 7.67 lb, 3.48 kg
Power Primary Batteries: 8-cell (83 WHr) Li-Ion battery,23 HP Long Life 8-cell (75 WHr) Li-Ion battery23
Secondary Batteries: HP BB09 Ultra Extended Life
Notebook Battery (9-cell/100 WHr), HP ST09 Extended Life Notebook Battery (9-cell/73 WHr)
External: External 200W Slim Smart AC adapter; External 230W Slim Smart AC adapter; HP Fast Charge (not supported on 9-cell primary battery)

ExpansionSolutions
HP Adjustable Dual Monitor Stand
HP Adjustable Display Stand
HP 230W Docking Station
HP 230W Advanced Docking Station