HP ZBook Studio and ZBook Create are 'world's smallest 15-inch notebooks for creation and gaming'

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Hp Zbook (Image credit: HP)

What you need to know

  • HP has two new workstations: ZBook Studio and ZBook Create
  • ZBook Studio uses Intel Xeon and NVIDIA Quadro.
  • ZBook Create using Intel 10th Gen Core and up to NVIDIA RTX 2080S.
  • No pricing yet, but both will be available in August.

For a long time, HP's ZBook line of laptops delivered a ton of power, but usually at the expense of a high-quality display, speakers, and other features found its ENVY and Spectre series of notebooks (see our recent review). That line though between "workstations" and premium Ultrabooks, is coming to an end with the all-new ZBook Studio and ZBook Create for 2020.

The two laptops are effectively the same, but the ZBook Studio is powered by the latest Intel Xeon processor with Quadro graphics, while the ZBook Create goes up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 (H-series) and an NVIDIA RTX 2080S for graphics. The former is more for CAD and engineering uses, while the ZBook Create is ideal for VR, gaming, and prosumer-level creativity.

Besides just more raw power, the centerpiece of both laptops is the display. HP is using a 15.6-inch Pantone validated DreamColor HDR-400 4K (UHD) OLED display with optional HP Sure View Reflect (1,000 nits) for screen privacy. Thin bezels result in an 87 percent screen-to-body ratio.

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OSWindows 10 Pro
ProcessorUp to Intel 10th Gen Core i9Latest Intel Xeon
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA Quadro 5000NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
Display15.6 inches4K DreamColor HDR-400 Pantone validated w/ 600 nits4K OLED HDR-500 True Black SureView Reflect w/ 1000 nits
Ports2x USB-C (2x TB3)2x USB 3HDMISD CardAudio, power
SecurityFingerprint readerWindows Hello
Wireless802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)Bluetooth 5.0
BatteryUp to 17.5 hours
Dimensions13.9 x 9.2 x 0.69 inches (354 x 234.6 x 17.5mm)
Weight3.96 pounds (1.8kg)
Expected releaseAugust 2020

Another trick of the display, which is excellent for creators, is a built-in colorimeter for automatic self-calibration.

HP is also not shy comparing both ZBooks to the new MacBook Pro 16. HP claims the ZBook packs 2.23 times more power than Apple's latest. New "Z Vaporforce thermals" with liquid crystal polymer help keep that Core i9 running smoothly along with 3-sided venting that won't heat your lap. HP also has its new "Z Predictive Fan Algorithm intelligently manages fan behavior based on the kind of work and applications used by creatives."

There are also many more ports with the ZBook, including two Type-C (Thunderbolt 3), two Type-A, HDMI, and SD media card reader.

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Header Cell - Column 0 HP ZBookMacBook Pro 16
Weight3.96lbs (1.9kg)4.3lbs (2kg)
Display100% DCI-P3P3
HDRHDR400 Pantone validatedNone
Brightness600 nits500 nits
CPUIntel 10th GenIntel Xeon (latest)Intel 9th Gen
GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080SNVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
Power25 + 80 (csTDP)19.1 + 28 (csTDP)
Ports2x USB-C (TB3)2x USB-AHDMICard reader4x USB-C TB3

Other features of the ZBook include MIL-STD testing with a CNC aluminum unibody design and ocean-bound recycled plastics. HP claims 17.5 hours of battery life, though real-world usage is likely to be much lower than that.

Overall, these look like beastly laptops that either engineers or gamers would enjoy. The design is slick, clean, minimal, and modern looking. The power, performance, ports, and price should all take on Apple's $2,400+ MacBook Pro 16, too, as a viable alternative to those who need a PC.

No word on pricing yet for either ZBook, but availability is not slated until later in August on HP.com.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.