HP’s latest laptop for business and enterprise users, the ZBook Firefly G7 is available with 14-inch and 15.6-inch display. These ultralight mobile workstations are not short in specs, wrapped in a clean and minimalist chassis that means business.
Designed for the workforce on the move while needing pro-level performance and reliability, the HP ZBook Firefly 15 and 14 G7 will work perfectly both in the field and in the office, crunching through everything you can throw at it.A true mobile workhorse that will rival even the mainstream desktop workstations, the HP ZBook Firefly is a mobile workstation for creators, architects and designers as well as office power users.
The latest generation ZBook Firefly is not only the smallest but the lightest in both iterations, 14 and 15. Both iterations support NVIDIA Quadro P520 GPU with dedicated 4GB GDDR memory. Powered by 10th generation Intel Core i7, the highest of the two models from each iterations, 14 and 15 use the following processor, memory, storage and GPU.
- Intel® Core™ i7-10610U (1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB L3 cache, 4 cores)
- 32 GB memory
- 1 TB PCIe® NVMe™ SSD storage
- NVIDIA® Quadro® P520 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
On the other hand, the lower of the two models from each iterations, 14 and 15 use the following processor, memory, storage and GPU.
- Intel® Core™ i7-10510U (1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB L3 cache, 4 cores)
- 16 GB memory
- 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD storage
- NVIDIA® Quadro® P520 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
The differences here other than size of display are the processor, size of memory and size of storage. We will talk about the differences between the two processors used as well as memory and storage configurations.
First off, the processors. Both are based on the Comet Lake power efficient parts. A quad-core SoC for notebook, they support higher memory speeds of up to DDR4-2666 and run at the same base speed of 1.8GHz and the same Turbo frequency at 4.9GHz. They also support HyperThreading going up to 8 threads.
Other similarities shared between the two chips are 8MB Intel Smart Cache, supports up to 64GB system memory use the same integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 and are produced using 14nm process. Being an efficient chip, the TDP is set at 15 Watt although this can be varied to suit the application and need to balance power usage from 10 to 25 Watt.
So how are the two chip different. One word, vPro. The higher Intel Core i7-10610U supports vPro, a platform that combines a set of hardware and technologies for premium performance, security, manageability and platform stability. This is the only thing that sets it apart from the lower Intel Core i7-10510U. You can find out more about the Intel vPro Platform on this page: What is Intel vPro Platform?
Memory and Storage
Next, we have the different memory and storage sizes. For memory, these are configured as either 32GB GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM memory or 16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM memory over 2 SODIMM interface. It is worth noting that the memory modules are soldered down so those who wish for more memory will need to go for the 32GB option at the time of purchase. For storage, this is paired according to the size of the memory, with the bigger 1 TB PCIe® NVMe™ SSD storage offered with 32GB memory and 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ SSD offered with 16GB memory.
Another big difference between the two models, HP ZBook Firefly 15 and 14 is undoubtedly the displays. Here is how they differ in size and resolution.
For the 15-inch model you get a choice of two displays; 15.6-inch at 4K or FHD resolution.
- 39.6 cm (15.6″) UHD Anti-Glare LED UWVA 400 for WWAN for HD Webcam + IR bent Low PowerALSensor (3840×2160)
- 39.6 cm (15.6″) diagonal FHD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit, 400 nits, 72% NTSC (1920 x 1080)
Whichever one you choose, you are guaranteed a quality display with high contrast, brightness and colour accuracy, all with the exception of the cheaper 14-inch Full HD panel which is only capable of 250 nits and 45% NTSC due to touchscreen integration. If you have to choose a 14-inch Full HD display and have no need for touch interface, pick the 14-inch Full HD with privacy screen. It is a far brighter and more superior display.
The 15-inch model is 340grams heavier at 1.75kg while the 14-inch model is a lightweight 1.41kg. For comparison, the MacBook Pro 13 weighs 1.4kg while the MacBook Pro 16 weighs 2.0 kg.
- HP ZBook Firefly 14 G 7 Dimensions and Weight: 35.95 x 23.36 x 1.92 cm, from 1.75kg