HP positions the ZBook Studio G7 mobile workstation as “The new standard for the serious creator”. I say it’s a powerful, light weight mobile workstation with a beautiful design. Despite weighing in at as little as 1.74 kg / 3.84 lbs, the ZBook Studio tick nearly all of the performance and capacity boxes that you could wish for.
Here is a quick look at the specs.
|GPU||Integrated: Intel® UHD Graphics||Quadro RTX 3000 with Max Q||Quadro RTX 5000 with Max Q|
|CPU||Intel® Core™ i5-10400H, 2.6 GHz base frequency, up to 4.6 GHz, with
|Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10850H, 2.7 GHz base frequency, up to 5.1 GHz with, 6 cores||Intel® Core™ i9-10885H or Intel® Xeon® W-10885M, 2.4 GHz base frequency, up to 5.3 GHz, with 8 cores|
|Memory||8 GB 3200 MHz (1)||16 GB 3200 MHz (1)||32 GB 3200 MHz (1)|
|Storage||256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD||512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD||2 TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD|
|Display||15.6" diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS||15.6" diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS||15.6" diagonal, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), touch|
Once you decide to move beyond Intel UHD graphics (and you should), your choices begin with a Quadro T1000 with Max-Q Design and advance step-by-step to a Quadro RTX 5000 with Max Q Design. It is hard to imagine being satisfied with anything less than a Quadro T2000, and a good starting point for this workstation would be the Quadro RTX 3000 which happens to be the GPU in the test system.
This ranges from a 4-core Intel Core i5 up to an 8-core Core i9 or the corresponding 8-core Xeon processor. The Xeon option allows for ECC memory which will provide your applications with a more reliable memory system.
While you could configure this system with as little as 8GB of memory, why would you? The 16 GB that came in the test system is the minimum amount needed for a professional workstation today and the 32 GB capacity is highly recommended. In fact, this upper limit on memory is perhaps the one weak spot in this workstation as many of you could be better served with 64 GB or more.
Although thin and light, this ZBook has good connectivity
As with memory, you could configure this workstation with a ludicrously small capacity SSD of 256 GB. Fortunately, you have the option of selecting 2 TB of SSD storage. In any case, selecting a capacity greater than the 512 GB SSD provided in the test system is recommended.
There are two FHD and two 4K display options. The 4K options allow for either a touch or a regular display and one of these 4K options is recommended as a FHD display is simply too cramped for professional levels of productivity today.
A Final Perspective
That’s it for the quick look. The review with testing and benchmarking data as well as a closer look at the HP ZBook Studio G7’s features and usability is here.
The bottom line: with a decent configuration, this is an amazingly sleek, beautifully designed, powerful mobile workstation.
Notes & Resources
(1) The memory system runs at 2933 MHz