Workstation Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 5530 Review

The Precision 5530 is the successor to Dell's sleek, stylish and powerful Precision 5520 mobile workstation, claiming an even lighter and thinner design. The new Dell workstation has also been upgraded with impressive component options, including support for both Intel Core and the Xeon 6-core processors, the latter which will certainly add a ton of potential in the performance category. The 5530 also offers Thunderbolt type-C and HDMI 2.0 connectivity, Quadro professional graphics, and memory and storage options, making it a viable mobile workstation for a range of different applications. If you have the budget, the Precision 5530 can be outfitted to compete against most mid-to-high-end workstations on the market.

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by Michael Rink

HP Z2 Tower G4 Workstation Review

The HP Z2 Tower G4 workstation is the next generation up from the Z240. HP is targeting the Z2 at entry and mid-range creators needs in AEC/Product Dev (e.g., CAD), Higher Education (e.g., Engineering labs), as well as Media and Entertainment (e.g., Maya). It is 13% smaller but with options for graphics packages providing 60% more power than the Z240.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7530 Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7530 is a high-end mobile workstation designed to excel during graphic or data-heavy applications. To emphasize its capabilities, Dell boldly claims that it is the world’s most powerful and first "Ready for VR" 15-inch mobile workstation to hit the market. That said, users can certainly outfit the 7530 with some pretty impressive builds, which is highlighted by 8th Gen Intel Core and Xeon 6-core processor options and Radeon Pro and NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs. The mobile workstation also supports up to a whopping 128GB of 3200MHz SuperSpeed memory with a maximum storage capacity of an impressive 6TB via up to three 2TB PCIe Solid SSDs or 2x and 1x 2.5” HDDs.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 15u G5 Review

HP has released the ZBook 15u G5, the 5th generation of their popular mobile workstation line. Announced back in April of this year, HP describes the 15u G5 as an entry-level, performance-driven workstation that is ideal for professionals on the go, which is pretty much in line with other 15u models we looked at over the past few years (we found that they are generally solid mobile rigs that offer a good bang for their lower price tag). The new 15u is highlighted by an optional 4K, touch display, quad core Intel Core processors and 3D professional graphics, all packed inside a thin mobile workstation.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook x2 G4 Review

The HP ZBook x2 G4 is the company’s newest addition to their ZBook line. The ZBook x2 G4 makes mobility effortless and is probably the truest form of a mobile workstation we’ve reviewed so far. With its slim form factor and detatchable and powerful components, the x2 brings the best of both worlds in performance and versatility. This is because, unlike tablet hybrids like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the x2 has all components in the tablet itself, so it performs the same with or without the keyboard.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7820 Tower Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7820 Tower (T7820) is a powerful workstation designed to handle data-intensive workloads, delivering dual-socket performance through Intel’s current gen Xeon processor Scalable Family (up to 28 cores per processor). Though it uses a fairly compact design, the T7820 is a fully customizable workstation that can be scaled as your needs grow. For example, the T7820 can be outfitted with a massive 384GB of 2666MHz memory and up to 24TB in storage capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 17 G4 Mobile Workstation Review

The ZBook 17 G4 is HP’s 17-inch model of company’s new line of mobile workstations, offering high performance, battery longevity, and improved visuals. Like ZBook 15 model (which we reviewed a few months ago), the 17 G4 is an impressive-looking mobile solution for professionals on the go and a significant step up from the previous generation. With the exception of the bigger screen size, all models from the new HP line can be equipped with more or less the same options, as the 17 G4 supports up to the 7th Generation Intel Xeon processor (E3-1535M v6, E3-1505M v6 models) for the ultimate mobile performance and offers an array of powerful professional graphics options from the NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro lines, while also offering less expensive integrated options. Users also have the option of equipping their HP ZBook 17 G4 with up to 64GB of standard or ECC 2400 MHz memory and 4TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage using multiple M.2 HP Z Turbo Drives. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7920 Rack Workstation Review

Dell’s Precision 7920 Rack is the company’s newest performance-driven, 2U-form-factor-desktop workstation designed for complex projects such as virtual-reality workflows. This powerful workstation provides datacenter protection, access to shared storage, IT management and control, security and more. It also features pretty much everything a server needs, including iDrac support (which allows admins to remotely deploy, update, monitor and maintain the Precision workstation seamlessly). Moreover, because the 7920 is of the 2U form factor, workers won’t have to deal with a noisy computer around their workspace, as the 7920 sits nicely tucked away in a server room among other rack devices.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 15 G4 Review

HP is back with a series of new impressive-looking workstations. Among these releases is the ZBook 15 G4, marketed as a high-performance mobile workstation for professionals on the go. Not only can it be equipped with 7th generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, users can now leverage the massively powerful Xeon processor for the ultimate performance build. In addition, the ZBook 15 provides a new range of heavy-duty professional graphics from the new NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro graphics lines, while also offering a less expensive integrated GPU option. The HP ZBook 15 G4 can also be expanded up to 64GB of standard or ECC 2400 MHz memory and 3TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage via multiple M.2 HP Z Turbo Drives.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkStation P910 Review

The Lenovo ThinkStation P910 is part of the company’s P-series, a family of rugged workstations that offer higher internal capacity as well as more support for workloads than any of their other previous series. These tank-like workstations can scale to entry level all the way up to the high demands of CAE, R&D, rendering, special effects and Oil & Gas. The P910 is the most powerful model of the bunch, as Lenovo touts it as highest producer of I/O output on the market along with having the largest storage capacity.

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