HP Begins Shipping Z1 AIO Workstation

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NavarWynn

Not bad, but not great. I guess, given the budget

For example, the built in display is 2560x1440, which is acceptable, and can be paired w/ an 'external' second display of identical resolution and size (a must). Giving a total desktop workspace of 5120x1440, which is reasonable (even though the pixel density is still ABYSMAL) But can you run 3 or 4 displays?

But no option to run dual Xeon's? hmmmmm That's kind of weak. Maybe it's for the 'budget professional' ;-)

Also the 32gb cap on RAM is kind of weak in this day and age.

I'm sure that for 'most' professionals it'll work and (apparently a bit more important for the modern pro) it'll be sexy...

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MrHasselblad

The specs just are not there at any price level. Literally the only two items that it hs going for it are that; it's a workstation and it has parts that can be switched out by the user.

On the other hand - if only HP could make any level of a laptop with user interchangeable (upgradeable) parts that would be great.

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Penterax

I disagree; the top end components are well worth the money for an all-in-one workstation. If I were working in the cramped environment a lot of people do have to work in these days, I would seriously consider this machine.

This isn't intended to be a gaming machine; if you are judging it based on that purpose, you are making as much sense as it would to eat an orange for a protein source.

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Morete

For those of you who haven’t physically seen the insides of any member of the z-series of workstations from HP, you’re missing a lot. These devices are marvels of engineering, and design. Form follows function symbiotically, and making changes to the hardware is a breeze.

On a side note...I just wish HP and Adobe would show more love for AMD's FirePro.

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jason2393

My cousin bought a 27" iMac back in December, so the claim from the website: "Introducing the HP Z1, the world's first all-in-one workstation with a 27” (diagonal) display that snaps open to let you swap out parts and make upgrades." is only true when including the part about upgrading.
As for performance, the mac has better specs and a lower price. I'm not even a mac fan, but I can't see the justification for a purchase like this. In what scenario is this better than a desktop, laptop, or my cousin's 27" iMac?

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CHR15x94

What AETAaAS said. HP's Z1 is aimed at professionals, not consumers.

They're designed to be used with AutoCAD and other professional programs, and I imagine they'd offer better, more involved support than Apple and other consumer oriented companies/products.

Consumer products in general tend to be less reliable than their professional counterparts as well.

There's also the Quadro GPU which is designed for AutoCAD and the like.

But, I do agree... Pricey. :P

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Refuge88

Also the iMac is a laptop, not a workstation.

Two totally different markets.

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jason2393

The iMac has been an all-in-one since its launch in 1998.

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Penterax

You can't seriously be including the 1998 iMac to this machine. That's just stupid.

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jason2393

No, I was merely indicating that the iMac has always been an all-in-one, not a laptop.

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AETAaAS

The HP is not targeting the same consumers as the iMac. With internals such as the enteprise grade Xeon processors and Quadro cards, they are very much going for professional customers.

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jason2393

I just priced out a desktop on newegg that costs less, has the same processor, more ram, bigger hard drive, way better professional graphics, a monitor with the same size, resolution, and number of colors. $2,500 versus $2,900 for the HP.

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thetechchild

Of course it's higher priced, with labor and design costs. It might be easy to buy a bunch of parts and assemble something that resembles stock consumer PCs, but this thing is packed into an AIO form factor that is accessible enough to upgrade. And, as others have mentioned, they're using enterprise parts, which might differentiate them from a lot of other options out there.

It might seem to target a niche audience, but the price is definitely no obstacle in this case, compared to the alternatives. And what professional firms actually assemble their own PCs?

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