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HP ZBook Studio G8 Mobile Workstation (2021)

MSRP 2529 USDExt score 80%

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Product Overview

ZBook Studio G8 is a premium 15.6-inch mobile workstation in HP's 2021 ZBook lineup. Like its G7 predecessor, the Studio G8 targets the light-and-powerful segment and, as such, packs a lot of power in a chassis barely 0.7" thin.
Sharing the exact same design with the Studio G7, the G8 has a range of new CPU and GPU options, including 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake CPU up to i9-11950H and NVIDIA consumer- or professional-grade CPU up to RTX A5000 with 16GB GDDR6 graphics memory. Quadro cards are no longer available.
With these changes, the Studio G8 now uses DDR4-3200 memory. The laptop's Thunderbolt ports are also upgraded to Thunderbolt 4, though its USB ports are still USB 3.1 Gen1.
On the display front, the same FHD and 4K options from last year are carried over, including the 4K OLED touch screen with 100% DCI-P3 coverage. That latter is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
As before, HP's 2021 ZBook lineup (G8) powered by 11th-gen Intel processors also include other 15.6-inch models, notable the Fury 15 G8 that has similar configurable specifications but is markedly thicker.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Bright, colorful 4K OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent performance and expandability
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • No headphone jack
  • No SD card reader
  • No privacy switch or slider for webcam
  • No USB Type-C ports
  • Display could be brighter
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Specifications

4K IPS4K OLEDFHD

Connectivity

Ports2x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x RJ45 + 1x Audio combo + 1x SD
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5

Construction

Battery | Capacity6 Cell 83 Wh Li-ion polymer
Camera | Front720p HD IR camera
ColorsTurbo Silver
MaterialCorning Gorilla Glass 6 on 4K touch screen
MicrophoneDualAryMic
SpeakersAudio by Bang & Olufsen, stereo speakers (2 tweeters & 2 woofers)

Dimensions

Size | Depth9.24 inch / 234.6 mm
Size | Height0.69 inch / 17.5 mm Touch | 0.70 inch / 17.9 mm Non-touch
Size | Width13.93 inch / 354 mm
Weight3.96 lbs / 1.79 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio16:9
Brightness600 nits400 nitt400 nits / 1000 nits (HP Sure View Reflect privacy screen)
Display Diagonal15.6 inch
Display TypeIPS, anti-glareIPS, anti-glare or OLEDIPS, anti-glare
Gamut100% DCI-P3100% DCI-P3100% sRGB / 72% NTSC
Refresh Rate120 Hz60 Hz60 Hz
ResolutionFHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

ChipsetIntel WM590
Fast Charging50% in 30 minutes
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6, RTX 3080 16GB GDDR6, T1200 4GB GDDR6, RTX A2000 4GB GDDR6, RTX A3000 6GB GDDR6, RTX A4000 8GB GDDR6, or RTX A5000 16GB GDDR6
HDRHDR 400HDR 500
Operating SystemWindows 10, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, or FreeDOS 3.0
Processor11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H, i7-11850H, i9-11900H, or i9-11950H Tiger Lake
SecurityFingerprint reader
Touch Screen4K OLED panel

Performance

Battery LifeUp to 9.5 hours
Memory | CapacityUp to 32GB soldered
Memory | TypeDDR4 3200HHz non-ECC Dual Channel
Power Supply150W Smart or 200W Slim Smart
StorageUp to 2 TB PCIe Gen3 NVMe SSD

Production

Debut2021-Q2

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External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 58%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ZBook Studio G8 succeeds at packing workstation-level components into a thin and light chassis. However, it does so at the cost of pure performance and expandability. It's a great machine, no doubt about it, but it's also horrendously expensive without adding much to justify the investment.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance and expandability
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • No privacy switch or slider for webcam

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 95%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The ZBook Studio G8 has a 15.6-inch, 4K multitouch OLED UWVA Display HDR 500 panel. The full Chiclet-style keyboard offers generous spacing with deep travel and clicky feedback. Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers are some of the best to date.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Comfortable touchpad
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The $4,727 HP ZBook Studio G8 is one of the best laptops on the market. With HP Omen software installed, an RGB keyboard, an Nvidia RTX GPU, and 32GB of RAM, it is armed and ready to play games. HP's 720p HD webcam is standard fare as far as laptops go, but it's not great either.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Bright, vivid 4K display
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Display could be brighter

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
ZBook G8 can get louder than the competition including the Razer Blade 15 Studio and last year's ZBook Studio G7. Surface temperatures are symmetrical due to the symmetric cooling solution within. The integrated quad speakers (2x tweeters + 2x woofers) provide excellent sound with good balance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, premium design
  • High-quality OLED panel
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No webcam shutter

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The HP ZBook Studio G8 comes close to unseating the Dell Precision 5560 for our Editors' Choice award among lightweight mobile workstations. The Studio's OLED screen delivered dazzling color fidelity and satisfying if not exceptional brightness. All five laptops smashed the 4,000-point mark that indicates superb performance for Microsoft Office or Google Workspace.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No USB Type-C ports
  • No SD card reader

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The HP ZBook Studio G8 is the best enterprise laptop trying to be a gaming laptop. Its OLED screen is a treat to look at, but I hope HP employs a taller 3:2 aspect ratio next time. There are a dearth of ports for a laptop of this size, and for one made to wear so many hats.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • No headphone jack

User Reviews

References

1. ^ HP ZBook Studio G8 review: Portable, powerful, and pricey. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/hp-zbook-studio-g8-review/. 2021-12-16. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
2. ^ HP ZBook Studio G8 hands-on. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/hp-zbook-studio-g8-hands-on. 2021-05-11. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
3. ^ HP ZBook Studio G8 review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/hp-zbook-studio-g8-review. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
4. ^ HP ZBook Studio 15 G8 Laptop Review: More Options Than Ever Before. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-ZBook-Studio-15-G8-Laptop-Review-More-Options-Than-Ever-Before.555970.0.html. 2021-08-28. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
5. ^ HP ZBook Studio G8 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-zbook-studio-g8. 2021-12-10. Retrieved 2021-12-13.
6. ^ HP ZBook Studio G8 review: works hard, plays harder. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22671603/hp-zbook-studio-g8-laptop-business-gaming-review. 2021-09-13. Retrieved 2021-10-16.

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