Windows professional users will pay a premium for certain features like a sharper than normal screen and professional workstation graphics. The HP ZBook 14 has these features, plus a highly mobile design with a thinness and light weight never before seen on a professional-grade mobile workstation. Power, battery life, a gobsmackingly nice screen, and a good price all combine to earn the HP ZBook 14 our latest Editors’ Choice for mobile workstations.
Design and Features
The ZBook 14 looks very much like a 14-inch ultrabook, and that is the point. It measures about 0.83 by 13.5 by 9.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 3.88 pounds, so it will blend in with other business ultrabooks rather than stand out like the chunkier mobile workstations.
The ZBook 14’s top lid and keyboard deck are finished in metal, but the bottom lid is plastic/polycarbonate. This is one of the Zbook 14’s strengths: The light, tool-less removable lid allows access to the internal components, primarily the system’s hard drive bay, memory slots, and slots for accessories like the optional 4G mobile broadband module. The lid also allows access to the system’s 50WHr removable battery, something that may be of the utmost importance when you’re computing far away from a power outlet or car charger. The removable and replaceable battery is something you won’t find in most ultrabooks.
The system’s components include an Intel Core i7-4600U processor, 8GB of DDR3L memory , a 512GB SATA SSD , and Dedicated Nvidia Graphics. The system uses Intel Core Graphics technology, so the system can use the Intel Core i7’s HD Graphics 4400 integrated GPU when you don’t need discrete GPU power. As we’ll see below, that helps keep the ZBook 14 running for most of the day.
* Processor: Intel Core i7 5th gen
* Operating System: Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
* Memory: 8GB
* Hard Drive: 512GB SSD
* Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 520
* Display: 14 Inch Full HD (1920×1080)