HP Zbook 14: Conclusion

May 2, 2014 by Michael Epstein Reads (106,427)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 9.5
    • Usability
    • 8.5
    • Design
    • 8.5
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.36
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


The Zbook 14 is a very nice piece of equipment for those who need the power of a workstation without being tied down to the office. Not just for corporate 3D rendering work, its specs allow this Ultrabook to function very well for basic PC gaming, and with its great screen and speakers it makes a strong media device too.

While it may not replace the most hardened users’ heavy-duty desktops for 3D modeling or gaming, it’s definitely a worthy option for either a second machine or for those who prioritize mobility over extreme graphics power. Its portability and expandable options (via the docking station) are definitely worth considering if the 6.2 lb Zbook 15 seems a bit much of a load to carry.

Thanks to Michael Lowe for providing his 3D modeling skills during the performance tests.


  • Powerful and portable
  • Sturdy
  • Great display
  • Good connectivity and features


  • Noisy trackpad buttons
  • Thick for an “Ultrabook” (slim for a workstation)
  • No Thunderbolt port



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  1. HiDesertNM

    Looks to be a winner. Biggest drawback? Price. Ouch, over 2K in this day of age is a bit hard to swallow. Is it really that much better then a MB Pro? Now that Lenovo killed off its mobile processors on the X240, this seems to be a decent replacement for those that want something reasonably light with some muscle.

  2. HiDesertNM

    My bad, the Intel Core i7-4600U is also a ULV. This is not a full mobile processor. My Intel 3380M i5 that is 2.9 GHz that turbos up to 3.6 on my X230 ThinkPad has more CPU power then this i7 ulv. Grant you, this HP has better graphics. Oem’s sure do like using the ulv’s these days. You have to get into the 2.5KG monsters before you see mobile processor options.

  3. skasgorgis

    Hello Michael,
    Good write up. Is there an Audio benchmark to help evaluate audio quality and power consumption? If yes have you run it for any exiting platforms, I would be interested in seeing the results.