HP ZBook Power G9 Buying Guide


Suited for CAD, 3D concepting, modeling, and rendering, the HP ZBook Power G9 Mobile Workstation can help you tackle big projects and take on serious multitasking. Available with a 15.6" display, the HP ZBook Power G9 can come with either a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution or a 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution. The system can be maxed out with up to a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 vPro processor, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, 8TB of storage, and a dedicated NVIDIA RTX A2000 laptop graphics card. Read on to see which HP ZBook Power G9 is right for you.

HP 15.6" ZBook Power G9
HP 15.6" ZBook Power G9

Who's it For?

STEAM students, who require the performance needed for data analysis and simulation, will be happy to know that the HP ZBook Power G9 weighs just over four pounds. While it may not the lightest laptop, it can still be carried with relative ease to lecture halls and labs. With an aluminum chassis and military-grade durability, the HP ZBook Power G9 can handle the journey.

Government industries that work with data visualization, 3D modeling, and real-time rendering will appreciate the HP ZBook Power G9's security. Its Tamper Lock intrusion detection system can sense if someone has tried to open the back of the laptop for unauthorized access. Select models come with an integrated fingerprint reader for a secure way of logging in. HP Wolf Pro Security utilizes deep learning AI to detect emerging threats and stop known malware. Hardware-enforced threat containment isolates malware attacks to prevent the HP ZBook Power G9 from being infected and spreading to other systems in the network.

For freelancers, such as architects, and product designers, the HP ZBook Power G9 is a sturdy laptop that can handle 2D and 3D workflows. The 4K display makes it easy to showcase projects with vivid walkthroughs. For an even more immersive experience, the HP ZBook Power G9 is also VR capable, allowing customers to get a sense of scale added to their requested projects.

Configurations and Software

The HP ZBook Power G9 with a dedicated NVIDIA T600 graphics card with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM can handle creative design and 3D modeling. It can run Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for 2D photos and designs, as well as productivity apps, such as Microsoft Office.

If you opt for the dedicated NVIDIA RTX A1000 graphics card with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM, the HP ZBook Power G9 can handle mainstream creative design and 3D modeling. Run software, such as Solid Edge, SOLIDWORKS, and Autodesk.

For 3D model development, simulation for CAE, photoreal rendering, and accelerated deep learning, it is recommended to get a Power G9 with a NVIDIA RTX A2000 laptop graphics card with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM. It features RTX ray tracing that can handle 3D creation and design as well as Pro Game-engine use. Also, if you're editing video or creating 3D content, it's recommended that you get a Power G9 with more RAM (64GB is the max). It can run software with Substance 3D Painter, Substance 3D Designer, Substance 3D Sampler, Substance 3D Stager, AutoDesk Revit, Siemens NX, CATIA, and Creo.

HP worked closely with independent software vendors (ISVs), such as Autodesk, to help ensure that popular applications are thoroughly tested and certified for the Power G9. The handy HP Performance Advisor software will help you determine which graphics driver is needed for ISV software, making sure your Power G9 is running at its optimal performance.

Display, Connectivity, and Sustainability

HP offers several different display options with the ZBook Power G9. If you don't need the extra pixels, the 15.6" FHD 1920 x 1080 display with a 100% sRGB color gamut and 400 nits of brightness is a solid choice. There is also a 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 display, which also has a 100% sRGB color gamut and 400 nits of brightness. The support for 4K content allows for high-res projects to provide additional details.

The HP ZBook Power G9 features Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) technology, which allows you to take full advantage of the less congested 6 GHz band with compatible high-speed wireless networks. The 720p webcam lets you video chat and make conference calls, while AI Noise Reduction helps suppress background noise during calls. The HP ZBook Power G9 also has several ports, such as Thunderbolt 4, USB-A, HDMI 2.0, and more. Most models have a battery life of about 18 hours, but it may vary depending on usage.

HP has worked on a sustainable design for many of its computers, including the Power G9. 50% of the keycaps of the keyboard are made from recycled DVDs while the speaker enclosure is made from 50% recycled materials, such as ocean-bound plastics. The C&D covers are made of 50% post-industrial aluminum. HP even considered the packaging, choosing a 100% sustainable box.

In Conclusion

If you're looking for a mobile workstation that can handle 2D and 3D content creation as well as data visualization and simulation, the HP ZBook Power G9 may be right for you.