Hewlett-Packard will define a new category of workstation computersand garner an eWEEK Labs Analyst Choice awardwhen it releases the HP Z1 on April 16. The HP Z1 Workstation is a 27-inch all-in-one PC with the compute power of systems that have heretofore been available only as tower systems.
I recommend the HP Z1 for those who run high-value workloads that demand large amounts of local processing power. And while the HP Z1 will satisfy end-user computing demands, the device will also please IT managers because it has easy-access, field-serviceable subsystems and is dirt simple to setup.
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The HP Z1 Workstation comes in four configurable models. eWEEK Labs received an advance review system configured with an Intel Xeon E3-1280 3.50GHz CPU, Nvidia Quadro 4000M graphics card 16GB DDR3-1600 ECC RAM, 2-300GB Serial ATA solid-state drives (SSDs), a Blu-Ray DVD+/-RW optical drive that runs Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
My test HP Z1 Workstation priced out at $5,673. HP Z1 Workstation models start as low as $1,899 for a bare-bones configuration. Its worth mentioning that all models come with a 400-watt, 90 percent efficient power supply.
The nearest competitors in terms of compute power are tower systems made by Dell and Lenovo and of course, other HP modelsspecifically the Z210 series, small-form-factor tower systems. While Dell and Lenovo also make all-in-one systems, they are primarily high-end consumer devices.
I normally shy away from all-in-one systems because they can be a single point of failure that can take an end user from 60 to 0 the instant a single component fails. This is largely mitigated in the HP Z1. With no tools required, the Z1 can be opened to expose everything from the display panel to the CPU, memory, drives and power supply.
Once the case is open, changing out some of the components, including the display panel, requires common tools. This is unsurprising given the precision of the components and the fact that the HP Z1 is designed to withstand being moved on a regular basis.
The setup experience is simplicity itself. I was able to get the HP Z1 up and running in under five minutesincluding the time it took to read the one-two-three quick-start guide. The HP Z1 comes with an attached stand, which is sturdy yet also surprisingly easy to adjust. The display can be adjusted up and down just under 4 inches.