HP ZBook Studio G3 Owner's Review

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  1. kjozsa

    kjozsa Notebook Enthusiast

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    Oh and according to a HP salesman this machine was built on the base of the Omen / Omen Pro.. might be just a legend though ;)
     
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    Using PCMark8 seems to be the standard way of testing - with wifi on and screen at normal brightness
     
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    Great review! Interesting to see it has an Alps Touchpad. That is probably a first for HP.

    My only question is if the bios has a dedicated graphics only option. That would help make a Linux install a bit easier.
     
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    Adamcs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi, I 've been sitting on the fence for sometime. I need to replace my old macbook pro in the near future.
    I thought I would give windows a chance.
    My short list is as follows:
    - lenovo p50
    - dell 7510
    - hp zbook studio g3

    My priorities:
    - build quality and durability (have small kids around and work sometimes at home
    - keyboard quality (I have to write lots of strategies)
    - display (apple spoiled me, so I want a better display)
    - future proofness (would like to keep it for a few years)

    I don't mind weight, but of course better portability ie less weight is an advantage and so is better battery life

    You wrote that you tried a couple of rivals , though did not specify which ones.
    Could you elaborate on keyboard and durability (naturally you can't have hands on experience concerning durability)?

    Right now, I am leaning towards dell 7510 as I was quoted a really attractive price that lenovo can't match. However, a big company would source it for me, so they might
    get the same discount from HP (I'll find out in the coming days).

    Thanks
    Cheers
    Adam
     
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    Pirx Notebook Virtuoso

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    Great review, thanks. How about pictures of the laptop with lid open?
    Hey, I had to ask ;)

    P.S.: Gosh, your screenshots remind me of how much I hate those Windows 10 controls. For cryin' out loud, why, in 2015, do we need to go back to DOS-style ASCII art from the 1980s? Been there, done that. Sheesh... :mad:
     
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    Pirx Notebook Virtuoso

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    My take on this: If you're already used to and invested in OS X, and given how much Windows has deteriorated since Windows 7, then I would not move over to Windows now if I were you. As a matter of fact, I am still debating with myself whether I should abandon Windows. This is coming from someone with a huge investment in the Windows ecosystem, by the way.

    Other than the reinvestment in training and software, if you go Windows you'll also have to deal with the near-non-existing support for high-DPI displays, Microsoft spyware, non-existing app ecosystem, and generally beta-like quality of the OS at this point (although praise for El Capitan right now seems somewhat muted, too...).
     
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    pipspeak Notebook Deity

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    IMO there is still no manufacturer that can touch the quality and overall feel of a Lenovo keyboard, but I'm also curious about the amount of key travel on the G3 Studio. I suspect, being a super thin machine, the travel is pretty shallow.
     
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    kjozsa Notebook Enthusiast

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    I guess that gets pretty much subjective at this point. Having a background of 8+ years with various Elitebooks, I do prefer those keyboards to my friend's X1 Carbon's one..
     
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    There is a difference between x1 carbon and p50 keyboards AFAIK. Though, I haven't seen the p50 in the flesh ,yet.
     
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    Adamcs Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have been a mac user for 15 years for personal purposes. For work, I use Windows too.

    Normally, I wouldn't need a workstation. I do edit videos and work with photoshop etc, but not professionally. I would just like to get something that is on par with MBP in terms of build quality.

    I am bit bored by Apple products... But I also might be in for a big surprise (disappointment)...
     
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