HP's ZBook Studio is the company's thinnest, lightest pro-grade laptop with a quad-core processor. Launched in New York today as HP attempts to 'put the sexy back in workstations', the ZBook Studio is a rival to Apple's MacBook Pro and Dell's Precision 5510 (it's soon-to-be-released replacement for the Precision M3800).

I got some hands-on time with the ZBook Studio at HP's launch - though as it was a pre-production model (it's out in December), I wasn't allowed to benchmark it.

The ZBook Studio has an all-black design that's not necessarily better or worse than that of the MacBook Pro or Dell's Precision M3800 - though it does have a noticeable larger trackpad than the latter. It's only slightly larger than the 15-inch MacBook Pro (375 x 255 x 18mm vs the Mac's 358 x 247 x 18mm) - and you have to be a real stickler to spot the difference - and weighs the same (2kg).

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