IT Infrastructure: HP Z1 Workstation Sets New Bar for Portability, Performance
Up and Running in Less Than Five Minutes
I was able to deploy the HP Z1 workstation in under five minutes, and that includes reading the one-two-three deployment guide. The CPU, memory, drives and all other components are mounted behind the bright 27-inch display. The monitor height can adjust 100mm up or down.
When the HP Z1 Workstation ships April 16, it will define a new category of all-in-one PC workstations and set a very high bar for competitors following on. The 27-inch display is combined with tool-less, field-serviceable components and wide-ranging configurability so that IT managers can keep high value workloads up and running with a minimum of delay or fuss. The HP Z1 is packed with Intel server-grade processors, ECC RAM, optional Nvidia graphics and a wide variety of high-performance spinning drives or solid-state drive (SSD) storage in a cool-running, easy to set up system. Users who need workstation performance but have constrained desk space or who are working on projects in the field, where fast, no-fuss deployment is required, will appreciate the compact footprint while still getting a 27-inch display. Overall, the Z1 is an outstanding example of practical engineering. Even so, there are some minor drawbacks of which IT managers should be aware. The bottom-edge peripheral ports are difficult to access, and the glass overlay that protects the display panel blunts what would otherwise be a crystal-clear visual experience. But these minor shortcomings are more than outweighed by the path-breaking features that abound in the HP Z1.