The HP ZBook series is probably the best answer if you are looking for business workstation to afford. Every year the manufacture will always refresh the system with much better design and more powerful hardware configuration. This time, HP equips it with Intel 8th generation processor which considered as pretty powerful considering it has 6 cores CPU right now. Work like CAD and other stuff which demand more CPU for getting more performance, will see a big improvement here. They also offer the Intel Xeon model, but it costs a great amount of money here.
It’s started for under 2000 dollars for the I7 model and goes to nearly even 4000 dollars for the Xeon and the 4K resolution model. For this review, I am getting the basic model and it runs pretty great as long as you don’t really that need in performance. I have tried the device for couple of weeks and everything running pretty fine. The GPU itself is probably the biggest selling point here, the P1000 graphic card is comparable to GTX 1050 and should be enough for work and gaming. It’s better for us to take a look inside and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
As the 17 inch notebook, you can clearly see how big and chunky the chassis. I probably won’t recommend you to take it if you have a small desk in your office because it takes so much space in order to get it sits properly here. HP also offers the 15 inch model with the same hardware specification with only difference in screen size. Here, they quite improve the design with better overall look and better material quality. The entire chassis is covered with silver or chrome and finishing and it’s built entirely from aluminum. I don’t see any gap or anything wrong with the build and pretty much expect from an expensive device.
Moving into the inside, you should see a similar design treatment with the exception for the keyboard. They make the keyboard completely in black and adding a decent detail in the rest of design. Like I said before, this is a pretty weight machine because the chassis itself is weight for 7.7 pounds and measured at 16.4 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches. The portability is never meant to be worth mentioning feature here. As for the connectivity, you have five USB ports included couple of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and few other stuff.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
There are two display configurations available to afford here. The 17 inch panel would be equipped with either of 4K and 1080p resolution. In term of quality, both of them will offer a similar quality, but the 4K resolution should improve its color accuracy little bit considering they put a much better panel here. The 1080p model itself is more than enough as long as your work is not related to photo or video editing. I am pretty sure both of these works will need you a great display in order to do everything in better experience. Just make sure to consider of this matter before you are ready to pick it.
As for the keyboard, I think I should mention you despite for being a big and chunky the chassis, the keyboard is pretty shallow here for some reasons. It only features of 1.2 mm travel distant key and below of my standard. I think it should have at least of 1.5 mm travel distant. Typing for long term of keyboard, I feel my hands quite cramped because it’s short travel and shallow keys. Keep in mind, it’s still very usable for work, but should not be the best keyboard available now.
|HP ZBook 17 G5 17 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I7-8750H Coffee Lake 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB GDDR5|
|Display Size||17.3 Inch IPS FHD|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery
The hardware combination between the I7 8750H and Quadro P1000 graphic card are meant to be a decent companion here. I am seeing the similar configuration in both of Thinkpad P1 and Thinkpad Extreme. Comparing to these laptops, I get the similar overall performance. The 8750H processor features of 6 cores CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz. The CPU will reach up to 3 GHz easily in boosted clock mode and the temperature management seems to be very fine here. As for the P1000 GPU, I am not good in doing 3D stuff, but I can say the performance is impressive. It’s scored for around 190 thousands in 3DMark test and considered as a decent result.
As the result of it’s incredibly performance, the battery takes a hit here and only manages to last for 5 to 6 hours. You will get a similar result like a gaming laptop with similar specification. The battery life result is average and I think Lenovo should have a better battery to offer for this case. I have tried to open the back cover and finding 6 cell batteries. That is a good amount of battery capacity, but the result is not something I expect here.back to menu ↑
I should appreciate great work of HP for making such an incredibly great workstation. There is not much thing to complaint from ZBook 17 G5 and overall offer a decent features for its overall price point. Unfortunately, the competitors offer similar case at the same price point here and makes the market becomes so competitive. I think HP should find something to make it more appealing to users, so they will at least get interested to take a look into it. Feel free to take any consideration about it as the choice is always on you. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.