HP ZBook 14u G6 Review – World’s Thinnest 14″ Mobile Workstation

by birtanpublished on January 13, 2021

This was Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the HP Z book 14 ug6 meaning generation 6 so obviously this is a refresh of their mobile workstation they say this is the slimmest 14 inch mobile workstation on the planet not that there are a lot of 14-inch mobile workstations it might be a little dull on the outside but once you open it up and take a look at what it has to offer it's actually pretty cool we're gonna look at it now this video is sponsored by Squarespace from websites and online stores to marketing analytics they're your one-stop source for building your online presence so from the outside the Z book

14 you looks like well your average 14 inch sort of business the ultra bug it's understated it's it's fine if you want flashy obviously HP has the spectre and spectre x360 lines for beautiful looks it's not bad open it up and it looks pretty pedestrian mostly because it has very big display bezels so I was a little boom but then you take a look what it has to offer and I'm like huh you know there's more than beauty is just not everything when it comes to a laptop is it you know the option of getting a 600 NIT 4k display which we happen to have and that's full Adobe

Srgb coverage it's a 14 inch ultra book that's pretty thin and pretty light but yeah you've got AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 graphics inside so that's mobile workstation graphics on the lower end side because let's be real it's a small 14-inch laptop but still huh we've got the under ball three here not just that but we have a lot of ports you usually won't see on a 14 inch laptop including Ethernet a micro SD card slot HDMI 1.4 be optional 4G LTE onboard I'm like okay this is starting to get pretty interesting so like most really small mobile workstations this does not have

Your typical mobile workstation 45 Watts 6 are now even eight core CPUs it has the latest until 8th gen whiskey like 4 core CPUs inside but it performs very well and it benchmarks significantly above some of the competitors with the same CPU inside and that in part is because the cooling here is let's put it this way you got a business-class performance here going on the cooling is very effective so the chip is able to run at higher clock speeds for longer for very good performance and benchmarks and in real world stuff so I'm starting to

Like this the keyboard on it also is quite good a lot of consumer ultrabooks have compromised keyboards to make them so thin and all that sort of thing you know low key travel not a lot of tactile feel this one has a comfortable keyboard I know they're going after the thing pad line particularly with this and it's a different feel from a think pad keyboard in a different design obviously but it's a very good feel to it I like it and you've got a Microsoft precision trackpad and you have their version of the track point or a Cystic pointer that lenovo has been using on ThinkPads just

In case you happen to convert over from a think pad and well I'm not a big fan of that pointer stick kind of thing I know some of you love it and it seems to work fine to me business laptops typically are expensive this one's not really too bad a core i5 with eight gigs of ram in a 256 gig SSD starts at around $12.99 if you want to really go to town and get a core i7 the 4k display you got your AMD graphics sort of thing you can hit $2,000 with it obviously if you're an IT shop you might be getting discounts for volume buys and all that sort of thing and if you're not an IT

Shop person HP does have sales on their website again because it's a business oriented laptop of course you have a TPM 2.0 you have an optional fingerprint scanner optional windows hello IR camera HP's self-healing bios that's something that I really like a lot and BIOS guard as well and there's also also an optional privacy screen if you want so who is this laptop for obviously it isn't meant to replace a 15 or 17 inch mobile workstation with much beefier graphics and CPUs inside this is for business users who care about keyboard typing experience this is also for those

Who are doing some 2d can work maybe some web design work I again Excel so that sort of thing and speaking of web design this video has been brought to you by Squarespace join the millions of photographers small business owners fitness instructors who've used squarespace's one-stop do it all platform for building a website a business an online presence whatever it is you need to market or to show off to the world they have done main name transfer and registration services they have analytics they have marketing tools head to squarespace.com for a free trial

And when you're ready to launch go to Squarespace comm forward slash mobile tech review to save 10 off your first purchase of a website or domain now back to our review so this is available with core i5 and core i7 CPUs both the standard and the V Pro editions of that again given us a business laptop and an AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 graphics that's a 14 nanometer Polaris architecture for those who will follow AMD GPUs and they do gear it towards the mobile workstation krab not the gaming crowd so much it's a it's a shall we call it an entry-level dedicated GPU and

It says somewhere between nvidia quadro 500 and 1000 cards so it is enough to amp up performance a bit if you aren't doing 2d CAD work it may be a little bit of Photoshop obviously that sort of stuff too you can get anywhere from 8 to 32 gigs of ram which again is more mobile workstation like most ultrabooks top out as 16 gigs around which is nice in a fast that to nvme SSD inside that keyboard is backlit in white like I said 4G LTE is optional with this and you've got the smart card reader if you needed to so when it comes to displays there's a lowly entry-level model that always

Exists for IT departments on a budget 215 it's full HD that's a matte display there is a touch screen option available if you want a touch screen also in full HD resolution there's a privacy guard screen which HP says nine hundred and fifty minutes oh my god they'll be interesting to see but we got the 600 nits nominally 4k display again full Adobe RGB coverage the metrics on this in terms of color accuracy and tuning out of the box are actually pretty good this is a nice looking display and it's a matte display non-touch sorry about that if you wanted a touchscreen but boy

Is that good so obviously you've got the clarity here if you are doing things like working in AutoCAD or something like that and you need to be able to see your designs up close and personal and without doing so much zooming when it comes to webcam privacy this is not like the HP spectre x360 that has a little switch on the side of the laptop that controls the webcam it's sort of going after the lenovo thinkcentre but that one is really discreet you really have to look for the little slider this one you really can't miss it it's a big sliding pieces yeah so right on the top

Of that large bezel but it's there so you know the webcam is physically blocked nobody can spying the bank and up firing speakers on this are really surprisingly good for a 14-inch business ultrabook they're pretty loud they have reasonable bass it's actually nice to listen to them so how about battery life we have a 50 watt hour battery inside which is pretty typical for an ultrabook of this size and a 65 watt fast charger on board it's really gonna depend on which display you get obviously if you get one of the

Super-high bright displays and you're running it at high brightness well you're gonna tank your battery life by the way our 4k display actually has auto brightness it auto brightness enabled in the Windows settings the mana and charm settings so if you don't see it doesn't look that bright that's why you might want to turn that off and adjust the brightness to suit yourself but anyway if you get the base model of the 215 it Full HD display I would imagine you should be able to do eight hours easily perhaps even nine if you get the 4k display are that super-bright privacy

Guard display then depends how bright you're gonna run it but it could be as short as six hours or if you're running in at low brightness it will be higher also if you're doing cat on the go unplugged you're gonna take your battery life a lot faster than if you're just doing Word or Excel taking you off the bottom cover isn't too hard we have Phillips head screws most of which you can see pretty easily and there are screws here and here in the recessed hold nothing over here and this probably would be the keyboard drain holes because this isn't a spill resistant

Keyboard so then you work the cover off nice metal cover and this is a nice sight to see isn't it look at this a little 14-inch ultrabook that has two RAM slots so yes you can upgrade it yourself afterwards our RAM goes bad you can replace it here's our m2 nvme SSD right there and the slot if you went with the optional 4G LTE the card would go right there and these are the antenna leads that are pre-installed to connect to that which is convenient and here is our socket and Wi-Fi card and you can get this with Intel 95 60 AC Wi-Fi or in the new

Generation Wi-Fi six Intel a X 200 cards suite our fan right here with two heat pipes that do a little bit of extra work because it's also cooling that low-end AMD Radeon pro GPU and there's our battery right there and the speakers are up firing so that's the HP z book 14 you geez six and you know what it is a very good mobile workstation for the price now as long as you don't confuse it with big beefy mobile workstations that have 45 watts six and eight core processors that is but for something this thin and this light the cooling is very good on this

The performance is very good if you keep your expectations in line with the kind of graphics it has which means yes it's good for 2d CAD work on the go it's certainly you Excel spreadsheet jockeys that sort of thing the display on this really nice the ports on this excellent and I'll forgive the big bezels because just about everything else it's actually quite good and they said for mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos and after you do that be sure to hit that notification bell so you actually know when we post a new video

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