We've seen workstations before, and we've seen plenty of all-in-one (AIO) PCs, but according to Hewlett-Packard, there has never been a 27-inch AIO that qualified as a workstation. Until now. HP claims its Z1 Workstation is the world's first to combine both types of systems into a 27-inch form factor, and what's more, the OEM says it's a snap to swap out parts without using any tools, a feature that's few and far between in the AIO sector, but critical if it's to be taken seriously as a workstation.
"The revolutionary HP Z1 sets a new industry standard for workstation design, performance and serviceability," said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. "With its game-changing design and an experience that optimizes visual and computing performance, the HP Z1 will help attract new customers and expand our market leadership."
The Z1 can be configured with an Intel Core i3 2120, Xeon E3-1245, or Xeon E3-1280 processor. It supports up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, integrated and discrete level graphics (up to a Nvidia Quadro Q4000M), various HDD and SSD options, and up to a Blu-ray writer for optical duties. The Z1 also ships with six external USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, 6-in-1 media card reader, GbE LAN, a single PCI-E x16 slot, three mini PCI-E slots, and a 400W power supply.
HP says the Z1 Workstation will be available in April starting at $1,899.