HP ZBOOK STUDIO G3 REVIEW

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It’s not often I can say a máy tính serves well as a shield, serving tray, pillow, truyền thông media center và power serving CAD/Render workstation, but that’s exactly what this HP.. ZBook 15 G3 thiết bị di động Workstation has done over the past few months I’ve sầu used it, with emphasis on the last thành tích, of course. I had thought (lớn vày anything substantial anyway) you needed at least a 17″ máy tính xách tay, at least for that extra 1.5-ish inches of available screen area. Now, this quad-core mobile workstation with a 15.6″ screen has me thinking differently, to lớn the point I don’t notice the smaller screen kích thước, and actually prefer it. Let’s see why.

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OVERVIEW

When HPhường asked if I was interested in reviewing a 15″ Workstation, I was hesitant. I mean, it’s only a measly 15 inches? (My desktop screen is a 32″ UHD screen.) Well, the new features the ZBook G3 models boast peeked my interest. The options on this 15 inch máy tính are impressive sầu. First, you have sầu options for FHD, FHD Touch or UHD screens, the lademo Hãng Intel Core i7 or Xeon E3 processors, 4GB NVIDIA or AMD GPUs, & 4 memory slots for up to 64GB RAM. It’s standard with a full-kích thước keyboard & a large touchpad, Bang & Olufsen audio & Thunderbolt 3 ports. Yes, the newest Thunderbolt ports.

Up until this year, my definition of a điện thoại Workstation was, “a computer that weighs less than a desktop computer, but still requires you khổng lồ have use a desk next khổng lồ electrical outlet.” I’m four hours in with the ZBook 15 G3, cranking all manner of apps, music and processes, and just now getting my 10% low battery warning. I was so happy about that, I took a pholớn of it on my lap.


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The HP.. ZBook 15 G3 is easily mobile than larger di động workstations và works well for extended lap use without baking your legs. Lacks cupholders.

SPECS

You can find the full data sheet for the ZBook 15 G3 here. This is a các mục of what came with the Model I’m using – (và what’s available).

HIGHLIGHTS

Design – The ZBooks broke away from the blocky exterior of the previous EliteBooks, & while it still looks solid và industrial, the top cover/screen is thinner without seeming weak & the rounded lower gives it a sleeker appearance. The top cover has a smoother finish và better feel than the rubbery top edge of the G2 models. Overall, it’s a much more comfortable máy tính for the điện thoại user.


Ports – This is the first máy tính xách tay I’ve used with Thunderbolt 3 ports and glad to see them becoming more common. The speeds through a Thunderbolt 3 port are INSANE. With Thunderbolt SSD drives coming on the scene this máy tính has the next generation of storage tư vấn ready to lớn go-the Akitio Thunder3 Duo Pro is one of the first. Oh, and those Thunderbolt 3 ports use the USB Type-C shape, so they’re MiniDisplay 1.2 and USB 3.1 compatible.

Weight – So, with a new magnesium-reinforced chassis & aluminum throughout, they shaved off 7% of the weight. Not much, but it’s noticeable, và compared to the much heftier 17 G2 the 1lb+ difference makes it all the more thiết bị di động.

CPU Power – You have sầu the option for Hãng sản xuất Intel bộ vi xử lý Core i7 or Xeon E3 (Skylake 14nm) processors. Both are 4 core (8 thread/virtual core) processors, but the Xeon gives you more GHz & cađậy speed; 2.60Ghz và 6MB cabít (Vi xử lý Core i7) or 2.80GHz and 8MB cađậy (Xeon). With the Xeon, all cores pegged out, I consistently had an average 100 FPS on the KeyShot benchmark (
1920×1080).

Battery life – điện thoại Workstations are notoriously awful with battery life, but that has changed quite a bit. This is the first high-powered máy vi tính I felt comfortable using without being plugged in or having immediate access lớn an outlet.

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Fan Noise – This is the only fault I can find with this machine. On startup và running through any process, the người kicks on và stays on pretty regularly. This is while the CPU is maintaining a temp around 32 degrees Celsius, and definitely keeps cranking with the modeling or CPU intensive sầu rendering that pushes it above 70 degrees Celsius.

CONCLUSION

If you’re looking for a di động workstation that doesn’t require overdeveloped lower back muscles to carry around, you’ve sầu likely come across the HPhường. ZBook line. The ZBook 17 G3 is a powerhouse that straddles the line on mobility, but its 15 G3 little brother makes up all the difference with a more Mobile weight and all the features professionals need. The design is fabulous. The latest CPU, GPU, plenty of space khổng lồ expvà memory và the inclusion of the new Thunderbolt port makes the Zbook 15 G3 ready for the long haul and the next-generation of high-speed storage devices. On this configuration I’d spring for the UHD resolution, keep the storage & purchase a Thunderbolt 3 external drive sầu. The fan noise is unfortunate, but a small cost for the power you get, yet I hope to lớn see it improved in the ZBook G4 models.

I’ve been on the lookout for smaller, mobile workstations with better battery life and more capabilities. Though a 17″ screen is nice to lớn have sầu, the higher resolution possible with the 15″ model, coupled with the features và battery life, makes this small workstation a more attractive sầu option for my needs. Features and mobility. The HP G3 15 has all that going for it, plus the power lớn keep you rollin’.

Buy: HPhường (Starts at $1449) | Amazon (starts at $1300)


Unpacking the HPhường ZBook 15 G3. One of the easiest máy vi tính unboxings I’ve had.

You can actually lift the AC Adapter with one hand.

Pulled this sucka out with one hvà also. So handsome in his plastic & foam coat.

That’s a damn shiny HP insignia.


You could serve drinks on this, & the edges make it so much easier to lớn hold.

Mmmm, just look at all those ports. (From left lớn right) John Headphone Jaông chồng, Andrew and Laura USB, Micky HDXiaoMI, Sarah and Daniel Thunderbolt, Leroy.


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AuthorJosh Mings

Josh is founder và editor at doanhnghiepnet.com.vn, founder at Aimsift Inc., và co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, & the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.