HP Z1 27-inch AIO Workstation Review
| Operating System:
|| Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
|Display:|| 27-inch LED IPS Display at 2560 x 1440
|Processor:||Intel Xeon E3-1245v2 Quad-Core(3.4GHz, TurboBoost to 3.8GHz)|
|Memory:|| 16GB DDR3-1600 ECC (4x4GB)
|Graphics:||NVIDIA Quadro K3000M 2GB|
|Storage:||1TB WD1000CHTZ 2.5-inch HDD|
|Optical Drive:||Slot Load 8X SuperMulti DVDRW|
||400W HP 90% efficient|
|Audio:||SRS Premium Sound, Dual-Cone Speakers|
|Webcam:||1080p 2.0MP Webcam|
|Ports:||2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, FireWire, DisplayPort In/Out, Subwoofer, Mic/Headphone, 6-in-1 Media Card Reader|
|Connectivity:||Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0|
||CyberLink Power2Go, HP MyDisplay, HP Performance Advisor, HP Power Assistant|
||HP Wireless Keyboard and Mouse|
|Warranty:||HP Three-Year Warranty|
|As Configured:||$3,344.80 MSRP - Currently lower on Amazon|
For the purposes of this review, HP configured a relatively powerful Z1 designed for multimedia content creation. The system is configured with some high-end components, as is evident by its $3,344.80 asking price. As such, it has some heavy hitters on board, including a quad-core Xeon processor and discreet workstation-class graphics card, but not the top components in the Z series lineup.
That quad-core processor featured in the system is an Intel Xeon E3-1245v2, which is less than a year old. The CPU runs its four cores at 3.4GHz and has 8MB of cache. It supports error correction code (ECC) memory, which is ordinarily a tricky component to put in a slim computer, as ECC memory generally resides on full-height DIMMs. HP made room for the full-size memory in the Z1 series and installed 4GB DDR3-1600 ECC DIMMs into the system’s four memory slots, for a total of 16GB of memory.
Graphics are powered by NVIDIA’s Quadro K3000M, which is designed specifically for AIO workstations. It has 2GB of GDDR5 memory and 240 CUDA Cores, and has only a 75W TDP. This card is one step below the top of the line - the Q4000M takes that spot – but it’s plenty powerful for a range of uses.
HP rounded out the system with a 1TB Western Digital Velociraptor hard drive. The 2.5-inch drive looks tiny in the HDD bay, which is designed to accommodate full-size hard drives. The system also includes a 400W power supply, which is a fairly powerful PSU for an AIO.
The Z1 features a gigabit LAN port, as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, but its Bluetooth 3.0 feature is a generation old. The biggest differentiator between Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 is the latter’s lower energy consumption, so it's not necessarily a problem with a desktop system such as this. The system will work with peripherals that have the newer Bluetooth standard, however.
Now, let’s dig into what makes the Z1 so interesting: its design.