HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 Review
How do you feel about a 15.6 inch 4k resolution display nvidia, quadro, professional graphics, independent software, vendor isv, certifications and 5g connectivity in a slim posh design? If that tickles, your fancy you’ll want to check out hp’s book firefly. 15 g8 starts at 1, 615 3180. As tested, this lightweight mobile workstation is well suited for 2d and moderate 3d work, though its quad core intel processor isn’t, a heavy lifter like the six and eight core chips, you’ll find in the thicker and heavier’s book, fury 15 and editor’s choice award winning lenovo thinkpad P15, but considering the extra long battery life and svelte 3.74 pound weight of our test model. The well made book firefly 15 g8 is a more than respectable performer that earns editors: choice honors too, for being a rare bird. Indeed, a lightweight mobile workstation, this book, firefly 15, has been refreshed for its eighth generation, with intel’s tiger lake, core processors and some new configuration choices, including the 5g mobile broadband of my review model, its core i7 1185 g7 processor, 3.0 gigahertz space, 4.8 gigahertz turbo – is The top available cpu – and it includes intel’s iris, integrated graphics, to complement the optional four gigabytes, nvidia quadro t500 graphics card when maximum 3d performance isn’t needed. The combination works well for 2d work such as photo editing, full hd 1080p video editing and basic 3d modeling it’s noteworthy that hp backs this model with an array of isv certifications for professional workstation apps.
The firefly 15 g8 is physically unchanged from last year’s, g7 model. Its aluminum and magnesium exterior is a class act in dark gray, complemented by a rather showy z logo on the lid, by contrast, hp’s elitebook 800 series, business laptops are bright, silver, thin display, bezels, complete the modern look, this review model’s 4k or uhd 3840×2, comma 160. Pixel screen resolution creates a richly detailed picture: hp rates, the panel for 100 coverage of the srgb color gamut and a lofty 400 nits of brightness it’s borderline, blinding in a dark room. You can’t get one of hp’s flagship dream color displays on the firefly, though you can on other 15.6 inch book models such as the above mentioned, fury 15. moving or traveling with this book is about as easy as it can be for a laptop with a 15.6 Inch screen the system measures 0.76 by 14.2 by 9.2, inches hwd it on its usbc power adapter, which has a fancy. Braided cable, will add a bit over four pounds to your briefcase. Those numbers match or beat those of the lenovo thinkpad p15s gen, 2 0.75 by 14.4 by 9.8, inches 3.87 pounds, though the dell precision 3560 is a tad trimmer 0.59 by 14.1 by 9.1 inches 3.5 pounds. The fit and finish is top notch, as you’d expect from hp’s book line. The chassis shows some flex when subjected to abnormal force, something that’s almost inevitable, with a notebook this thin, but it has a solid feel and should withstand unkind.
Handling hp seems confident that it will. The firefly has a standard three year warranty with on site service, a perk of going with a premium business model. The visual appeal extends to the smallest details above the keyboard. The bang and olufsen tuned speakers project nicely behind an artful looking girl. I, like the large centered typeface on the island style keys and their precise up and down travel. There are two levels of white backlighting. All i can frown about is the power buttons location on the keyboard. Ideally, it would have been a separate button on the chassis. A smooth press to click touchpad is another highlight traditionalists can opt for the pencil eraser pointing stick centered in the keyboard. It has two dedicated buttons below the space bar a bit unfortunate, since many isv apps rely on a third or middle button for extras. My review unit has a built in near field. Communication nfc element mostly used for android phones at the top right of the touchpad. The optional fingerprint reader is further right and a 720p webcam with a biometric eye or sensor sits atop. The display complete with a sliding privacy cover its image quality, is suitable for a premium laptop pc. The xbook firefly, 15 g8’s physical connectivity, starts on the left edge with a usb 3.2 gen1 type, a port, a headset jack and the optional smart card reader. Seen here, the right edge includes another usb port, an hdmi 2.0 b, video port notable for its 4k 60 hertz output and a pair of usbc ports with thunderbolt 4 capability.
The tiny cutout forward of the thunderbolt ports is a nano sim card slot for this unit’s built in qualcomm snapdragon x55 g1 card. The system also has an intel ax 201 card for wi, fi, 6 and bluetooth 5 signals the 3 180 firefly 15 g8 scene. Here is nearly fully optioned in addition to its core i7 1185, g7 processor and 4 gigabytes, quadro t500 graphics card. It has 32 gigabytes of dual channel memory and a 512 gigabytes pci express 3.0 solid state drive. The memory and storage are user upgradable intel v pro remote management is enabled with this processor. The operating system is a clean, bloatware free, install of windows 10. Pro hp’s pricing is about where it should be. I configured a comparable dell precision 3560 for 948, though i couldn’t get one with both a 4k display and mobile broadband and other screens offer only for g1, and it sticks with a lesser 2 gigabytes version of the quadro t500. Meanwhile, lenovo’s thinkpad p15s gen 2 came in at 2675, though it also stops at 4g connectivity. You can get more raw performance for less money with a non business content creation focused notebook like the msi creator 15, which offers a six or eight course cpu and gaming. Oriented graphics for under two thousand dollars it lacks this book’s polish features and warranty support, as well as the isv certifications. But the temptation is there time to put the firefly 15 g8 on the test bench.
I compared it with the following mobile workstations and creative laptops. In our performance benchmarks, their basic specs appear in the table below the creator 15 and the thinkpad p15. Are this group’s heavy hitters with their eight core intel, h, class cpus? The value driven lenovo thinkbook 15p is no slouch either. However, the one to watch is the hp’s book firefly 14 g7. Its uclass processor is older, but it has two more cores than the quad core chip in the firefly. 15 g8 let’s see how that math works out in real life. This book, firefly 15 g8 started by scoring a strong 5537 points in all’s pc mark 10, our real world office, productivity and general performance benchmark that’s well over the 4 000 points that we consider a sign of excellent productivity. The firefly 14 g7 fell just short, though it predictably trailed the mighty thinkpad p15 and creator 15.. Meanwhile, the news book matched its rivals in pc. Mark 8’s storage exercise no surprise with today’s speedy, solid state drives. The next two tests may be bad news for the firefly 15 g8, since their cpu benchmarks that reward extra cores sin bench r15 stresses all available, processor cores and threads while rendering a complex image. While in our handbrake test, we time systems as they transcode a 12 minute, video clip from 4k down to 1080p resolution, the 15.6 inch spoke wasn’t destined to challenge the msi or the two lenovos, but it kept pace with the firefly 14 g7.
Its newer core i7 chip has a higher clock, speed and more efficient architecture which made up for its comparative core count deficiency. The final test in this section is photo editing. We use an early 2018 release of adobe photoshop creative cloud to apply 10 complex filters and effects to a standard, jpeg image timing, each operation and adding up the total. This test is not as cpu focused as sin bench or handbrake. Bringing the performance of the storage sub system memory and gpu into play dominant is the key word for the zbook firefly 15 g8’s excellent time, an indication that its 11th gen processor has superior single threaded performance versus the older comet lake chips. Sometimes core and thread count. Aren’T everything our first two benchmarks in this section measure a pc’s gaming performance potential in ul’s 3dmark. We run two directx 11 tests, skydiver lightweight, capable of running on integrated graphics and fire strike more demanding for high end gaming. Pcs, unigin corporation’s superposition uses a different rendering engine to animate a complex 3d scene. Both tests show the newsbooks quadro t500 gpu to be a relatively shallow performer, though appreciably faster than integrated graphics. For reference, the fairly potent amd radeon integrated graphics of the 15 inch amd risen based microsoft, surface laptop for scored 3689 points in fire strike. Our workstation specific tests start with pavra 3.7. A cpu exercise that uses rate racing to render a complex 3d image. Note that the benchmark doesn’t use the retracing features of nvidia’s rtx gpus, it’s purely focused on the processor and its floating point unit.
This test’s multi threaded nature gave the six core firefly 14 a slight edge over the firefly 15, though the margin is hardly noticeable in real world use. Our last and most workstation savvy benchmark is spec viewport 13, which renders and rotates solid and wireframe models. Using real world view sets from popular isv apps the lenovo thinkpad p15 and msi. Creator 15 were untouchable with their powerful graphics cards, but that doesn’t mean this book. Firefly 15 g8 is a disappointment. In fact, it challenged the msi in the solidworks vue set thanks to its optimized quadro drivers. Its numbers suggest that it can handle 2d and basic 3d rendering without making you wish. You had a desktop workstation thermally speaking the firefly 15. G8 remained quiet throughout my testing. Its rear facing cooling fan was active during most of the benchmarks, though its noise was dismissable even in a quiet room. The bottom center of the chassis warmed up after extended use, though it never got close to untouchable for our final benchmark. We measure a laptop’s unplugged runtime, while playing a locally stored video with screen brightness at 50 and audio volume. At 100. We use the energy saving rather than balanced or other power profile, where available turn off wi fi and even disable keyboard backlighting to squeeze as much life as possible. Out of the system. The firefly 15 g8 set a high standard sailing past the 14 hour mark that’s. No small feat for a laptop with a bright 15.
6 inch 4k display the hp’s book. Firefly 15 g8 offers less raw performance than a bulkier desktop replacement model, but its intel tiger lake cpu and available nvidia quadro t500 graphics, make it peppy enough for 2d and mild 3d design and rendering needs its trim and light chassis, admirable input, devices and mobile friendly 5G and long battery life make it a practical on the go choice with little to dislike, except a posh price. Corporate buyers can hope for fleet discounts. The firefly 15 g8 wins our editor’s choice.