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HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 Mobile Workstation (2021)

MSRP 2258 USDExt score 70%

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Product Overview

HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 is an ultra-portable 15.6-inch mobile workstation powered by Intel's 11th-gen Core, Tiger Lake processors. Like the 14-inch Firefly 14 G8, it adds 5G mobile broadband support via the optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 LTE/5G modem compared to its predecessor.
Other upgrades over the G7 model include dual Thunderbolt 4 ports and memory upgrade to DDR4 3200MHz. Naturally, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, and NVIDIA T500 are part of the package, too.
All this is packed in a chassis just over 3/4 of an inch thin (just under 20mm).
Still, due to the minimum increment in performance in Intel's new chip, we can expect the overall performance of the G8 to be close to that of the ZBook Firefly 15 G7, which is on sale at the launch of the G8.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Bright, high-contrast IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Good system performance
Cons
  • Only one USB Type-C port

What external reviewers found***

Ext 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Solid 4K display
  • Good input devices
  • Long battery life
  • High-quality case
  • High-contrast display
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Pricier than competitors
  • High temperatures under load
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Specifications

FHD4K

Connectivity

Ports2x Thunderbolt 4 + 2x USB 3.0 + 1x Audio combo + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x Smart card reader
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, optional Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced mobile broadband or Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 LTE+5G WWAN

Construction

Battery | Capacity3 Cell 56 Wh Li-ion polymer
Camera | Front720p HD camera or HD IR camera
ColorsTurbo Silver
MicrophoneDual array digital microphones
SpeakersBang & Olufsen stereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth9.19 inch
Size | Height0.76 inch
Size | Width14.15 inch
Weight3.74 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio16:9
Brightness250, 400, or 1000 (Privacy Screen only) nits400 nits
Display Color Depth10-bit (8-bit + A-FRC)
Display Diagonal15.6 inch
Display TypeIPS, anti-glare
ResolutionFHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

GraphicsIntel Iris Xe or NVIDIA T500 4GB GDDR6
HDRYes
Operating SystemWindows 10, FreeDOS
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1135G7, i5-1145G7, i7-1165G7, or i7-1185G7
SecurityOptional fingerprint reader
SIM4G LTE or 5G
Touch ScreenOptional

Performance

Key Travel1.3 mm
Memory | Capacity8, 16, 32, or 64 GB
Memory | TypeDDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply45 or 65 W
StorageUp to 2 TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD

Production

Debut2021

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The ZBook Firefly 15 G8 is equipped with an Nvidia Quadro T500. This entry-level graphics card for workstations is based on the GeForce MX450. It offers very good read and write speeds that are on par with the competition. With an average power consumption of 5.6 watts in idle usage and 64.4 watts under load, it is one of the most energy-efficient devices in the field.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • High-contrast display
  • Long battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons
  • High temperatures under load
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 is a compelling mobile workstation. Its Intel "Tiger Lake" CPU and available Nvidia Quadro T500 graphics make it peppy enough for 2D and 3D rendering. The 15.6-inch ZBook wasn't destined to challenge the MSI or the two Lenovos.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim, light design
  • Solid 4K display
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Pricier than competitors
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

User Reviews

References

1. ^ HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 laptop in review: Quadro T500 and Tiger Lake in a 15-inch model. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-ZBook-Firefly-15-G8-laptop-in-review-Quadro-T500-and-Tiger-Lake-in-a-15-inch-model.536107.0.html. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
2. ^ HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-zbook-firefly-15-g8. 2021-04-28. Retrieved 2021-04-28.

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