HP's ZBook Studio laptop: slim ultrabook with workstation muscle

By David Flynn , April 1 2016
HP's ZBook Studio laptop: slim ultrabook with workstation muscle

It had to happen. With workstation-grade laptops emerging as the muscle-bound champs of the mobile computing scene, while sexy thin-and-light Ultrabooks have slinked their way into the mainstream, the two would eventually meet in the middle.

Happily it’s less collision than collusion: two tech-trends coming together to create HP’s ZBook Studio, which some power users will consider to be the ultimate Windows laptop.

With sixth-gen Intel Core i7 or Xeon processors, up to 32GB of fast RAM and 2TB of solid state storage plus NVIDIA Quadro Professional graphics, the Book Studio has definitely got the chops.

What the ZBook Studio doesn’t have is the heft of its non-Ultrabook mobile workstation counterparts.

The ZBook 15 is just 18mm at the waist with a starting weight of 2Kg – not bad for a powerhouse portable with a 15.6 inch screen.

Yet HP has managed to pack in Bang & Olufsen HD audio speakers plus a full complement of ports including three USB 3.0 sockets and a pair of Thunderbolt 3 jacks.

The HP ZBook Studio is now available in Australia from $4,999.

It joins three new models in HP’s ZBook Mobile Workstation family, which are both thinner and lighter than their predecessors while significantly boosting battery life thanks to Intel’s latest processors.

The entry-level HP ZBook 15u lists at $2,799 with Intel’s 2.6GHz Core i7 quad-core engine, while the gruntier ZBook 15 and ZBook 17 kick off at $3,999

For more details, visit HP.com.au.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Dec 2015

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One big question here is around how much power the PSU/brick draws.

Being able to charge any laptop with a dedicated GPU from the AC supplied on an aircraft is extremely hit and miss (mostly miss).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2016

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The zBook Studio runs off a 150 W (100 to 240 VAC/2.9 A at 90 VAC, 1.45 A at 180 VAC) Slim Smart AC adapter (Operation Voltage 19.5, in flight mode you save up to 3.5 volts also) and the battery has an expected running time of up to 9.5 hours depending of cause on what you are running but in flight that is unlikely to be anything to heavy for the machine.

I have had a demo unit running on a plane plugged into power and it ran for 9 hours between Melbourne and Hong Kong with no problem, battery was still full when I landed (which was good as my connecting flight did not have power at the seat)

Do Speak to the person who is configuring it for and and inform them that you travel a lot as the machine is configurable so they can make sure the power is a high concern

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Dec 2015

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Very detailed - thank you Adam.

Can you confirm which airline you were flying on and which class you were in? I tried plugging my laptop in on Air New Zealand in Business Class in 2014 and was unable to charge it, although the specifications on the adapter are very similar to those for the zBook's.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2016

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I was on Cathay Pacific in Premium Economy


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