(Last Updated On: August 23, 2018)

This HP ZBook 15 G2 is the refreshed version of the HP ZBook 15 mobile workstation and is a larger version of ZBook 14, which combines both productivity and mobility in one. Ultrabooks are not suited to serious work but are fine for writing and web browsing hence we have workstations built to withstand tough conditions.

The HP ZBook 15 G2 packs a brilliant display, a powerful Core i7-4910MQ  processor which is one of Intel’s most potent mobile processors and it is paired with Nvidia Quadro graphics – a part specifically designed for the rigors of work and other features that an average business user will find quite useful.

Mobile workstations are expensive and specialized computers. They are designed to provide high-end functionality in a relatively compact format and the ZBook 15 G2 is a solid work companion.

Build and Screen

The HP ZBook 15 G2 is sturdy and well-built and because of materials used in its design, it has an acceptable level of ruggedness.

The lid of the mobile workstation features brushed metal and the words “Hewlett Packard” are etched along the hinge, while the interior portion of the machine is coated with plain, dark-grey metal.

The HP ZBook 15 G2 weighs 2.82kg slightly less than 3 kilograms with a thickness of 40 millimeters which means you will not be able to toss the ZBook 15 G2 into a tight notebook bags frequently. It sports a brilliant 15.6-inch display with LED backlight. The matte screen has a resolution of either 1920 x 1080 pixels or 3200 x 1800 pixels.

Performance

HP ZBook 15 G2 is equipped with a powerful dual-core or quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors delivering speeds of up to 3GHz, depending on configuration and runs on Windows 7. This business ultrabook can easily handle even the most demanding productivity tasks. Backed by Intel Turbo Boost Technology, the chip on some models can run at speeds of up to 3.8GHz.

Due to a combination of integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA Quadro graphics or AMD FirePro M5100 graphics processor graphics are effectively handled. The HP ZBook 15 G2 standard model comes with RAM of 8GB, which can be upgraded to up to 32GB.

Miscellaneous Specifications

The integrated storage of the HP ZBook 15 G2  varies, ranging from 256GB HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSD to 1TB SATA hard drive with 7200 revolutions per minute. Buyers can have the business laptop installed with either Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1 Pro.

Connectivity options for the ZBook 15 G2 are unchanged from the previous model and include four USB ports (three USB 3.0 ports), a DisplayPort, a Thunderbolt port, a card reader and a docking station port. The mobile workstation features Bluetooth 4.0, HD webcam, DTS Studio Sound HD-Audio, and dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac.

The VGA port supports external monitor resolutions as high as 3,840 x 2,160. There are opportunities for internal expansion, with an open 2.5-inch internal drive bay and the ability to swap out the four 4-GB 1,600-MHz DDR3 RAM modules with 8-GB versions for 32 GB total.

Security

The ZBook 15 G2 has a biometric fingerprint reader which HP added as an additional security. By simply swiping across the scanner, it records your fingerprints, and registers two fingers, and then asks for three backup security questions. Once you are done with the setup, it will require a fingerprint swipe to log in to the system. Moreover, it has TPM 1.2 and HP Sure Start, which checks the BIOS at startup, and will automatically self-heal if it detects any corrupted file.

Furthermore, it comes with preinstalled HP Client Security that enables you to manage your Windows passwords, encrypt your storage drives, wipe your hard drive and limit device access to the ZBook’s ports, to prevent someone from stealing data via a USB drive. In case of loss or theft, it has theft recovery, which protects your device.

Verdict

HP’s ZBook 15 G2 is an impressive mobile workstation, with plenty of available configuration options or Customisable specification you can fine-tune to your requirements. The HP ZBook 15 G2 has a durable design and solid overall performance due to its military-standard.

Battery life is not great, nevertheless, it is a well-built system that delivers very good performance for the price.

HP ZBook 15 G2 Specs
Here are a few specs of the HP ZBook 15 G2 Mobile Workstation:

General Features

OS: Windows 8.1 64, Windows 8.1 Pro 64, (Windows 7 Pro 64 optional)
Processor: Intel Core i5, Core i7 Processor (quad-core or dual-core)
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4600
Memory: 8GB, 16GB RAM, up to 16GB (dual-core CPU) or 32GB RAM (quad-core CPU)
Colours: Black
Dimension: 38.15 x 25.7 x 3.05 cm
Weight: 2.82 kg

Display & Keyboard

Display: 15.6-inch back-lit LED Display, 1920 x 1080 pixels or 3200 x 1800 pixels, anti-glare
Keyboard: Full-sized back-lit keyboard
Pointing Device: Touchpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, three pick buttons; Pointstick with three additional pointstick buttons

Storage

Built-in Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB SDD or 500GB, 750GB, 1TB hard drive
Optical Storage: Blu-Ray or DVD Drive
Bundled Cloud Storage:

Ports & Connectivity

Webcam: Yes, HD Webcam (optional)
USB 3.0: Yes, 3 ports
USB 2.0: Yes, 1 port
HDMI: No
DisplayPort: Yes, 1 Port (Version 1.2)
VGA: Yes, 1 port
Thunderbolt: Yes, 1 port (Version 2.0)
Ethernet (RJ-45): Yes, 1 port
SD Slot: Yes, 1 slot
Mic/Headphone: Yes
WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 (optional)
GPS: Yes
Secondary Battery Connector: Yes
Docking Connector: Yes
Mobile Broadband: Yes, 4G LTE/HSPA+

Other Features

HP Client Security
HP Fingerprint Sensor
Integrated Smart Card Reader
Enhanced Pre-Boot Security (multiuser/multifactor)
HP Conne

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