HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 Review

HP Zbook Firefly 14 G7
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 Review Darryl Linington
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As the world changes and more and more people begin to work from home, there is one thing that is needed… a powerful workstation. One such workstation that caught our eye was the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7.

Jumping straight into the specs, the model we had received for review packed in an impressive Intel Core i7-10810U processor as well as 32 GB DDR4-2666MHz RAM. Also under the hood is an NVidia Quadro P520 graphics card with 4GB GDDR5 memory, which can be used to its full potential on the 14” 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolution IPS display.

Weighing in at a mere 1.4kg and packaged into a 12.73 x 8.45 x 0.71-inch chassis, the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 is super portable when moving around the house. When it comes to connectivity, the workstation also features the following inputs: 2 USB-C 3/Thunderbolt 3, 2 USB-A 3.1, 1 HDMI 1.4b; 1 headphone jack; and 1 smart card reader.

As times are changing and technology is evolving there is also a super convenient 65W USB-C charger that is also easy to hide when trying to keep your home office neat and tidy. As this is a workstation, the storage capacity is a bit on the low side (512 GB NVMe SSD); however, there are 2TB models out there. While on the low side, the SSD is pretty quick and allows this powerful little monster to boot up within seconds.

With the specs out of the way, we spent a few weeks with the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 and it was honestly such a pleasure to use. Not only did it make working from home a lot easier, as I did not have to carry around the current brick I use, but it also allowed for some really great family moments.

Now, we all know that my youngest daughter loves learning about the world, and what better way to do this than through 4K video. Watching her face light up when watching dolphins, elephants, and eagles was the greatest feeling ever. We also spent some time watching movies, which was also a great experience as this workstation is pretty light and did not place any strain on me over long periods of time.

When it came to my eldest daughter, she also found the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 great for general schoolwork as well as video chatting to her friends. However, she did point out that the lack of a touchscreen was a bit of a downer as she used this a lot when working on the HP Elite Dragonfly. With the lack of drawing capabilities, she spent more time catching up on schoolwork, chatting, and gaming.

My time with the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 was more productivity-focused. I spent hours using the workstation for, well, work; however, I did spend a fair amount of time playing Valorent… and even managed to place first in the HP Omen VS Media Esports tournament, which surprised me as I’m more of a console gamer; however, maybe this would be an incentive to move over to PC gaming as this little beast runs games like Fortnite and Valorent pretty well.

My wife also spent a number of hours using the workstation. She found it extremely light and easy to work with… especially when 5 months pregnant. She could easily sit in bed and work without having to put any strain stress on herself and the baby.

Conclusion:
Let’s face it, the world is moving into the work-from-home era and having a powerful workstation is important. HP gets this right with the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7. It’s light, powerful, and has some seriously cool tech under the hood.

Overall, the HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 is the perfect workstation for those looking for a device that can be easily transported around the house. It’s also small and light enough to fit in your bag when on the move. So, it receives a pretty solid thumbs up.

By: Darryl Linington
Contact: Darryl@techitout.co.za
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Editor of Tech IT Out. Former radio host of Cliffcentral.com. Former Editor of IT News Africa and ITF Gaming. All round techie, gamer and entrepreneur. For Editorial Enquiries Contact: Darryl@techitout.co.za or via +27788021400.