The HP ZBook 15u G2 sports a suit in three shades of gray, a professional design that looks understatedly sleek and demure - the strong, silent type. The shiny HP logo in the center of the lid is the darkest, while the area surrounding it is a slightly lighter shade of brushed aluminum. It's bordered by another layer of aluminum whose smooth finish matches the rest of the notebook's magnesium-reinforced body.
The ZBook 15u isn't as bulky as its competition. At 4.23 pounds and measuring 14.78 x 9.98 x 0.84 inches, it's slightly lighter than the MSI WS60 (4.36 pounds, 15 x 10.5 x 0.78 inches) and the Lenovo W550s (5.47 pounds, 15 x 10.2 x 0.92 inches).
Durability and Security
Don't let its pressed-suit looks fool you - the ZBook 15u is a tough workstation. It passed MIL-Spec 810G testing, so it's protected against drops from up to 3 feet, altitudes up to 15,000 feet, as well as dust and shocks. It can also withstand extreme temperatures, performing regularly in minus-60 degree weather as well as in a boiling 160 degrees.
To add another level of security, HP gives you the option to add a fingerprint sensor and a Smart Card reader. Other security options include TPM 1.2 and HP Sure Start, which checks the BIOS at startup, and will automatically self-heal if it detects any corrupted files.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The full keyboard on the HP ZBook is comfortable enough to use all day, and backlighting makes it easy to see even when the lights are out. The keys don't have a lot of travel -- just 1.42 millimeters -- and with 60 grams of actuation they are clicky yet soft. On the TypingTestOnline.Org challenge, I managed an average of 80 words per minute, a bit lower than my 90-wpm average.
The roomy and smooth 4 x 2.6-inch trackpad sits under the space bar, slightly to the left of center on the keyboard deck. The cursor reacted swiftly to all my movements, including pinch-to-zoom and scrolling. I also appreciated the two sets of left/right buttons at the top and bottom of the touchpad for giving me more click options, as well as the TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard.
The ZBook's 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display played the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer in crisp detail. I could see all the pieces of debris flying through the air from huge explosions, but colors were slightly dull on its matte display.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-5500U|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)|
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|Hard Drive Size||1 tb HDD|
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|Graphics Card||AMD FirePro M4170|
|Touchpad Size||4 x 2.6 incches|
|Ports (excluding USB)||USB 3.0|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Audio-out|
|Ports (excluding USB)||DisplayPort|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Ethernet|
|Ports (excluding USB)||VGA|
|Card Slots||Smart Card|