Up and Running in Less Than Five Minutes

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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.

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Flat, Compact in the Box

The HP Z1 ships attached to the stand and flat enough to fit in a single box. Standing the system up requires a punch of the green button and a little bit of two-handed strength to lift the monitor to an upright position.

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You Can't Do This With a Mac

Releasing two slide latches on the bottom edge pops open the HP Z1, exposing all subsystems for easy field maintenance.

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View From the Top

The display panel is the only subsystem that requires tools, which makes sense, since it must be held in a precise position behind the protective overlay glass.

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Efficient Component Layout

The components, including the 90 percent efficient 400-watt power supply (far left), are laid out in such a way as to shunt heat through the top grill.

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Left Side View

There isn't anything on the left side edge, except an asset tag pullout ear with system identification stickers.

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Right Side View

The power switch, optical drive, media card reader and peripheral slots, including 2 USB ports, are on the right side edge.

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Extra Peripheral Hidden Under Bottom Edge

Additional peripheral ports are (barely) accessible on the underside of the bottom edge of the HP Z1.

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The HP Z1 comes with a high-definition 1080p 2.0-megapixel Webcam in the top bezel.

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Side-Mounted Optical Drive

The optical drive can be either DVD +/- RW SuperMulti Slot-Load or Blu-ray Writer Slot-Load.

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