HP's ZBook Studio G3 is a powerful Windows workstation you can take with you. The system is extremely thin and light considering its beefed-up performance, which can handle the most graphically demanding workloads. You also get a sleek, sturdy design and solid security credentials. But starting at $1,999, it's a bit on the pricey side compared with rival workstations.
The Studio G3 provides blazing-fast performance, including an Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 processor with 32GB of RAM, 512GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage and Nvidia Quadro M1000M graphics. The setup provides enough power for heavy multitasking, as well as graphically intensive workloads like 3D modeling and video editing. The system's 15.6-inch display, meanwhile, is sharp and roomy enough for split-screen work.
And it's surprisingly thin and light for a workstation, weighing just 4.6 lbs. and measuring 0.71 inches thick. That puts it on a par with Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro (4.5 lbs. and 0.71 inches thick). Notably, it's a lot more portable than larger Windows workstations like Lenovo's 17.3-inch ThinkPad P70 (7.6 lbs. and 1.2 inches thick). That's a perk for commuters who need to carry their laptop between home and the office.
The ZBook Studio G3's keyboard is nice and springy, with a solid 1.51 millimeters of travel on each key stroke. A fingerprint scanner located just below the keyboard's far right edge gives workers a nice security boost, letting you unlock your system without fussing with a cumbersome password screen.
And while it didn't exactly impress on our battery life test, the ZBook Studio G3 did last for a respectable 5 hours and 8 minutes, which isn't bad for a desktop-replacement laptop. The time beats the category average of 4 hours and 24 minutes, though the Dell Precision 5510 (5:34) and the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 (5:53) lasted longer on the same test.
Check back for a full review of the HP ZBook Studio G3 very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.