Even though Hewlett-Packard relinquished its spot as the top PC maker (in terms of shipments) in 2013, it isn't giving up on PCs. Instead, HP just announced the Z1 G2, the second generation of the world's first and only all-in-one (AIO) workstation with a 27-inch display, now available with touch support for Windows 8/8.1 and Thunderbolt 2 capabilities. According to HP, it's the most powerful and fully featured AIO in its lineup.
HP is hoping to attract "knowledge workers and specialists in CAD, graphics arts, and university education" customers. Users can select from 4th Generation Intel Xeon and Core processor options along with RAID storage options, the latest Nvidia mobile Quadro GPUs, and other hardware.
One thing that stands out in the spec sheet is the tool-less chassis. HP made a concerted effort to design its second generation Z1 so that users can change most parts and/or make upgrades without tools or a service technician. "Simply snap open the chassis and customize as needed," HP explains.
The second generation Z1 will be available later this month starting at $1,999.