Daniel Fisher (lennybacon.com)

SOA, DATA & THE WEB

New Notebook–HP ZBook G2 15 Review

After 4 years it really was time to get a new notebook. Back in the days at newtelligence we had Alienware stuff. Pretty impressive until Dell bought them and keeps them small (in CPU/RAM/...).  So again (this is the 5th) I decided to go for HP: ZBook 15 G2

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Some Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-4910MQ
  • 256 GB HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSD
  • 15.6" diagonal LED-backlit FHD SVA eDP anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® K1100M (2 GB dedicated GDDR5)
  • 4 x USB 3
  • 1 x Thunderbolt
  • 1 x VGA, 1 x Displayport
  • LTE
  • SmartCard reader
  • 2.78 kg

WTF: Hewlett-Packard Company is an American multinational information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. They are not able to ship me a UK-Layout keyboard!

Solution: Go to ebay and search for “HP zbook 15 keyboard backlit US”. There are offers from China that ship within 3 weeks. QWERTY!

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WTF: Where did the context menu key go? Power users use *the keys* not a mouse!

Solution: Download KeyTweak and remap the right ctrl or windows key.

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WTF: Why can’t I mount a ridiculous amount of monitors to the normal docking station (not advanced!)?

Solution: Disable the Hybrid Graphics feature in the BIOS and it’s all fine.

Finally I added 2 1TB Samsung evo 840 SSDs to increase the storage amount.

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