HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 Review
An entry-level mobile workstation, the HP ZBook 14 G7 gains "Firefly" branding to emphasize that its chassis is as light (under three pounds) as it is sleek. Architectural design, financial modeling, and other such specialized computing tasks require hardware found only in a certain category of laptop: the workstation. But while many mobile workstations are hulking, expensive beasts, the revamped HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 (starts at $1,806; $2,391 as tested) is not. Many things remain the same in the latest seventh generation reviewed here: The Firefly doesn't carry the priciest or fastest processors and graphics chips in the ZBook line, but it does pack a fair amount of power into a form factor that's light in your bag and on your wallet. Noticeably absent from the configuration options are Intel Xeon processors and Quadro RTX graphics chips; these are simply too powerful and expensive to fit into a chassis like the Firefly's. As it stands, the roughly $2,400 list price of our tester is expensive by ultraportable standards but actually qualifies the Firefly as one of the most affordable mobile workstations we've tested recently, a key reason we're picking it as an Editors' Choice winner.