2021: HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Laptop Review

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 View

The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 and HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 are new 14-inch Ultrabooks with 5G, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi ax connectivity that run on an Intel Tiger Lake processor Iris Xe graphics solution, NVIDIA graphics card, storage SSD or DCI-P3, and 4K screen.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Side

ZBook provides true mobility for people who use typical professional equipment beyond its breaking point. Regardless of whether you are in the office or the field, with professional-grade performance and a full-size numeric keypad. , you have everything you need to review your work and manage projects from anywhere.

Pros and Cons

PROSCONS
Clear 4K screenLow-resolution webcam
Sleek and light designA bit expensive
Good battery life

It weighs 1.35 kg, measures 323 x 214.6 x 17.9 mm, and runs under an Intel Tiger Lake low power processor Quad Core i5-1135G7 (2.4 GHz) or Quad Core i7-1165G7 (2.8 GHz), both with integrated Intel Xe graphics.

General Info

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8
BrandHP
ModelZBook Firefly 14 G8
ProcessorIntel Core i7 (11th Gen) 1185G7 / 3 GHz
GraphicsNVIDIA T500 / Intel Iris Xe Graphics
OSWindows 10 Pro 64-bit Edition
Weight2.98 lb / 1.35 kg
Display14″ 1920 x 1080 IPS Display
Dimensions17.9 x 323 x 214.6 mm
TypeLaptop

Design

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Sleek
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 back

Mobile professionals no longer have to choose between portability and performance, thanks to the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 15.6 “Mobile Workstation. Weighing just under four pounds, this ZBook Firefly remains easy to transport. While portable, the Firefly also houses an 11th Gen 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, allowing you to run your business applications quickly and efficiently. Your SSD 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe enables faster boot times.

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Display

Display TypeIPS
Display Size14-inch
Display Resolution1920 x 1080
Display Features100% sRGB color gamut, 72% NTSC color gamut,
Full HD ultra wide-viewing angle (UWVA) eDP anti-glare +PSR, privacy filter
Dimension 17.9 x 323 x 214.6 mm
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Display

On the display side, we are dealing with a 14 inch IPS Full HD screen (1920×1080) either anti-glare 500cd / m² 100% DCI-P3 DreamColor Pantone, or touch anti-glare 250cd / m² 45% NTSC, or anti-glare 400cd / m² 100% sRGB, either 250cd / m² 45% NTSC glossy touchscreen or 1000cd / m² 72% NTSC anti-glare with HP Sure View filter to avoid prying eyes (which negatively affects viewing angles).

On the display side, we are dealing with a 15.6 inch IPS anti-glare screen either Full HD 250cd / m² 45% NTSC (touch), or Full HD 1000cd / m² 72% NTSC HP Sure View, or Full HD 400cd / m² 100% sRGB, or Ultra HD 4K (3840×2160) 400cd / m² 100% sRGB.

Performance

ProcessorIntel Core i7 (11th Gen) 1185G7 / 3 GHz
Max Turbo Speed4.8 GHz
Number of CoresQuad-Core
CacheL3 – 12 MB
GraphicsNVIDIA T500 / Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM16 GB DDR4 SDRAM
Storage512 GB NVM Express (NVMe), triple-level cell (TLC)

This laptop also integrates up to 64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz of non-ECC RAM (2 slots) or up to 32 GB for editions with a dedicated graphics card. As an option, the NVIDIA Turing Quadro T500 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated, equivalent to a GeForce GTX 1650, is in fact planned.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Crystal Disk

There is a 128/256/512 GB SSD in M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2 or x4 format with or without hardware encryption on the storage side.

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Dedicated graphics card on board or not, it accepts up to 64 GB DDR4 3200MHz non-eCC (2 slots).

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 3Dmark
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Pc mark
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Geekbench
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Open CL
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Cinebench 20

Multimedia

Webcam Above the display
Webcam resolution720p
AudioDual stereo speakers, HP World Facing Microphone /
dual-array digital microphone
NetworkIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX 201 – PCI Express Mini Card (M.2)
BluetoothBluetooth v5.1
PortsHDMI
2 x USB4 (supports Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode)
(Power Delivery, Sleep & Charge)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (charging)
USB 3.1 Gen 1
Headphone/microphone combo jack
Keyboard NumpadNo

This Ultrabook is clearly distinguished in terms of connectivity by its integration (optional) of 5G (Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RV) or 4G (Intel XMM7360 LTE Advanced CAT 9) module.

Also included is a Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201) and Bluetooth 5.0, HDMI 1.4b, Headphone / Microphone combo audio, 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4 . A SmartCard reader is optional.

As an option, a 720p infrared webcam is provided for authentication by facial recognition via Windows Hello technology, also used for authentication by biometric recognition with the optional fingerprint reader.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Webcam

The HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 connection is also positioned differently, and we note that the video output adopts the HDMI 2.0b standard.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Left Ports
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Right Ports

Thunderbolt 4 is a hardware interface that uses the reversible USB Type-C connector. Double the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 4 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb / s when used with compatible devices.

The connector also transmits data over USB 3.2 Gen 2 at up to 10 Gb / s, and dual-bandwidth DisplayPort 1.2 allows you to connect up to two 4K displays simultaneously or one 8K display. Plus, you can daisy chain up to six devices from a single Thunderbolt 4 port.

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Battery

ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5
Battery Type3-cell lithium-polymer
Battery capacity53 Wh
AC AdapterAC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 Back Battery

The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 is a new Ultrabook offering an advertised battery life of 14 hours under Windows 10 (Pro) with its 3-cell 53Whr Li-Polymer battery, rechargeable at about 50% in 30 minutes.