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HP unveils the 'world's smallest and lightest mobile workstation' laptop, the ZBook 14

HP ZBook Firefly Front
HP ZBook Firefly Front (Image credit: HP)

What you need to know

  • HP announced the ZBook Firefly 14 and ZBook Firefly 15.
  • The ZBook Firefly 14 is the "world's smallest and lightest mobile workstation," according to HP.
  • Both new laptops should launch in August 2020 starting at $1,099.

HP announced two new laptops for users on the go that need to focus on productivity, the ZBook Firefly 14 and the ZBook Firefly 15. HP built these laptops with power users, creatives, and STEAM students in mind. They pass through MIL-STD 810G reliability and durability testing and have an option for 4G gigabit LTE.

Both devices have an option for NVIDIA Quadro P520 graphics and feature up to 10th Gen six-core Intel processors. While the laptops have some new power options with Quadro graphics, HP emphasizes their size. The ZBook Firefly 14 is the "world's smallest and lightest mobile workstation," according to HP. It's 8.8 percent smaller and 5.2 percent lighter than previous generations. The ZBook Firefly 15 is 9.5 percent smaller and 1.8 percent lighter than previous generations.

HP states that both the ZBook Firefly 14 and ZBook Firefly 15 get up to 17 hours of battery life, which should get students and power users throughout a day easily.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7

CategoryHP ZBook Firefly 14 G7
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 China Government Edition
Windows 10 Enterprise
Display14-inch FHD IPS eDP + PSR anti-glare, 100% sRGB, 400 nits w/ ambient light sensor
14-inch FHD IPS, anti-glare, eDP, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
14-inch FHD IPS, touch, eDP, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
14-inch FHD IPS, anti-glare, eDP + PSR, SureView Reflect Integrated privacy screen, 1000 nits, 72% NTSC
14-inch 4K UHD IPS, HDR-400, anti-glare, eDP + PSR, 550 nits, 95% sRGB, ambient light sensor
Processor10th Gen Intel Core i7/i5 processors w/ vPro
GraphicsIntegrated Intel UHD graphics
NVIDIA Quadro P520
Memory64GB DDR4-2666 (integrated graphics configuration)
32GB DDR4-2666 (discrete graphics configuration)
StorageUp to 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (Intel Optane memory on select configurations)
Camera720p HD, IR camera (select models)
SecurityFingerprint sensor (select models)
IR camera (select models)
Absolute persistence module
HP Device Access Manager
HP Power On Authentication
Security lock slot
TPM 2.0
Master Boot Record security
Pre-boot authentication
Microsoft Security Defender
HP Secure Erase
HP Manageability Integration Kit
HP Support Assistant
HP BIOSphere w/ HP Sure Start
HP Sure Sense
HP Client Security Manager
HP Sure Recover w/ embedded reimaging
HP Secure Platform
ConnectivityIntel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5
Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced
Intel XMM 7560 LTE-Advanced
NFC (optional)
Ports2x USB 3.1 Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (charging)
1x headphone/mic combo
1x HDMI 1.4
1x SmartCard Reader
AudioAudio by Bang & Olufsen
2 stereo speakers
HP World Facing Microphone dual array digital microphone
Battery56Wh
Dimensions12.73 x 8.45 x 0.71 in; 32.3 x 21.46 x 1.79 cm
WeightStarting at 3.1 lb (1.41 kg)

HP ZBook Firefly 15 G7

CategoryHP ZBook Firefly 15 G7
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 China Government Edition
Windows 10 Enterprise
Display15.6-inch FHD IPS, eDP + PSR, anti-glare, 100% RGB, 400 nits, ambient light sensor
15.6-inch 4K UHD IPS, eDP + PSR, anti-glare, 100% sRGB, 400 nits, ambient light sensor
15.6-inch FHD IPS, anti-glare, touch, eDP, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
15.6-inch FHD IPS, anti-glare, eDP, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
Processor10th Gen Intel Core i7/i5 processors w/ vPro
GraphicsIntegrated Intel UHD graphics
NVIDIA Quadro P520
Memory64GB DDR4-2666
StorageUp to 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (Intel Optane memory on select configurations)
Camera720p HD, IR camera (select models)
SecurityFingerprint sensor (select models)
IR camera (select models)
Absolute persistence module
HP Device Access Manager
HP Power On Authentication
Security lock slot
TPM 2.0
Master Boot Record security
Pre-boot authentication
Microsoft Security Defender
HP Secure Erase
HP Manageability Integration Kit
HP Support Assistant
HP BIOSphere w/ HP Sure Start
HP Sure Sense
HP Client Security Manager
HP Sure Recover w/ embedded reimaging
HP Secure Platform
ConnectivityIntel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5
Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced
Intel XMM 7560 LTE-Advanced
NFC (optional)
Ports2x USB 3.1 Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (charging)
1x headphone/mic combo
1x HDMI 1.4
1x SmartCard reader
AudioAudio by Bang & Olufsen
2 stereo speakers
HP World Facing Microphone dual array digital microphone
Battery53Wh
Dimensions14.15 x 9.19 x 0.76 in; 35.95 x 23.36 x 1.92 cm
WeightStarting at 3.87 lb (1.75 kg)

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Both laptops feature up to 4K UHD displays that support HDR. The lineup maxes out at 550 nits on the 14-inch 4K UHD IPS option for the ZBook 14, which is enough brightness for indoor or outdoor use. The displays can also lay almost flat, with the ability to open 170 degrees.

The ZBook 14 and ZBook 15 feature dynamic power switching between the CPU or GPU and feature a Z Power Slider that balances performance and acoustics for different workflows.

The new ZBooks feature rubber domes, a quiet clickpad, and other design options that emphasize comfort and being quiet.

The ZBook 14 and ZBook 15 should be available in August 2020 starting at $1,099.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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