Inside HP ZBook Power G7 – disassembly and upgrade options

This notebook is a true low-key workstation computer. In addition to the commendable amount of performance it offers, you get good upgradability with ECC memory options (depending on the processor).

Check out all HP ZBook Power G7 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.


1. Remove the bottom plate

Getting inside this notebook is particularly easy. You need to undo five Phillips-head screws, three of which are captive. Then, just pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool.


2. Battery

The battery pack here is pretty beefy, with a capacity of 83Wh.


3. Мemory and storage

Here, we have two RAM SODIMM slots, which fit up to 64GB of memory in dual-channel mode. As for the storage, there are two M.2 NVMe drive slots. By the way, if you configure the laptop with a Xeon processor, you will be able to fit ECC memory, half the maximum capacity supported.


4. Cooling system

Now, the cooling system looks conventional, with two heat pipes cooling both the CPU and the GPU. However, HP was bold enough to introduce a third heat pipe, solely for the purpose of cooling the VRMs and the graphics memory.

Check out all HP ZBook Power G7 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

HP ZBook Power G7 in-depth review

We are on a verge of reviewing workstation laptops, and in contrast to the Precision 15 3560, the HP ZBook Power G7 is a proper 15-inch performer. It goes all the way to the Core i9-10885H, and can even be outfitted with an Intel Xeon W-10855M. And this is exactly where the "Power" part of the name stands. As you know, some manufacturers (including HP by the way), dub some of their systems as "workstations" even if they come with ULV processors - something that greatly impacts the performance. Keep in mind that if you get the Xeon version, you will be able to take advantage of ECC memory, whi[...]

Pros

  • Great upgradability plus ECC memory support
  • Very good thermals
  • Lack of PWM (LG LGD064C)
  • Strong and stylish body
  • Great input devices
  • Good battery life
  • Thunderbolt 3, and optional IR face recognition and fingerprint reader

Cons

  • Covers only 53% of the sRGB color gamut (LG LGD064C)
  • Lacks a MicroSD card slot
  • Nonuniform luminance across the area of the display (LG LGD064C)
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