HP Announces “World’s First” 27-inch AIO Workstation

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“All-in-one” and “workstation” are generally not terms one would use in the same sentence (unless that sentence was “I wish I could get an all-in-one that’s as powerful as a real workstation computer”), but HP is trying to change that with the release of a 27-inch AIO with impressive specs.

The HP Z1 Workstation has plenty of configuration options and supports quad-core Intel Xeon processors; NVIDIA Quadro graphics; up to 32GB of total system memory (DDR3-1600MHz); up to 2TB (7200RPM) HDD, 600GB (10,000RPM) HDD, or 300GB SSD; DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray writer slot-loading ODD; and four expansion slots (one PCI-E x16, three PCI-E x16 miniPCI-E).

It also has a 2MP 1080p webcam, stereo speakers with a subwoofer, mic and headphone jacks, 6 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, DisplayPort, SPDIF, RJ-45, and a 6-in-1 card reader. You can opt for various iterations of Windows 7 or go with a SUSE Linux option.

The kicker is that the Z1 Workstation is user-upgradeable; the case opens with no tools so users can swap out HDDs/SSDs, memory, and graphics cards.

HP plans to start shipping the Z1s in April, with configurations starting at $1899.

HP Introduces World's First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation

LAS VEGAS -- HP today unveiled the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display.
Designed like no other, the display of the new HP Z1 Workstation snaps open so users can easily swap out parts and make upgrades without any tools required.

The HP Z1 combines a sleek industrial design with accelerated performance featuring Intel® Xeon® processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, support for more than 1 billion colors and HP’s world-class reliability.
Built for computer-aided design, digital media and entertainment professionals, the HP Z1 provides blazingly fast rendering and performance. It offers a full range of workstation-class graphics cards and processors, and is thoroughly tested and certified to work with today’s leading industry applications.

The HP Z1 is the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display.

Whether it’s an engineer creating 3-D components, an architect designing buildings or a videographer editing event footage, the HP Z1 gives creative professionals the power they need to bring ideas to life faster.

“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.”

Workstation performance without compromise

Workstation performance. Features professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics, ECC memory, quad-core Intel Xeon processors, independent software vendor solutions and whisper-quiet acoustics.

Tool-less chassis. Users can easily add a hard drive, upgrade memory or access the graphics card by snapping open the chassis to swap out parts.

Workstation-class storage. Users can choose from a variety of storage types, including 7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD, optional RAID configurations, removable drives (AMO), a multiformat media card reader and optical drives including a slot-load Blu-ray Writer.

Professional display. The 27-inch white LED diagonal display supports more than 1 billion colors(3) and features a wide, 178-degree viewing angle and an in-plane switching (IPS) panel.

High-fidelity audio. Front-facing dual-cone speakers and SRS Premium Sound offer high-fidelity audio.

High-definition Webcam. Have face-to-face meetings and see every detail right down to the twinkle of an eye. Also captures HD-quality video.

HP Remote Graphics Software. Users can work remotely while still accessing the high-performance 2-D, 3-D, video and media-rich applications they count on.

HP Performance Advisor. Reduces the time spent troubleshooting by providing a consolidated report of the workstation’s hardware and software configuration that can be used to tune the workstation for specifically professional application workloads with just one click.

Pricing and availability
The new HP Z1 Workstation is expected to be available worldwide in April. Pricing starts at $1,899 in the United States.

Additional information is available at www.hp.com/z1.
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that actually rater nice the insides are so easily accessible. 

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Feb 14 2012 4:21 PM

Very nice specs and packaging.

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Feb 15 2012 10:11 AM

A great concept, but a $1900 starting price is a bit much for what you get.

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second picture--- this is how i look under my hood! pretty nice. It looks like a BOMB

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This looks like an awesome machine, I just worry about heat when rendering. It's also lacking a way to move data quickly. I guess most professionals will be running on a network instead of using external devices. IMO this would be perfect if they added one of the big three t-bolt/esata/usb3, time is money.

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karanm replied on Wed, Feb 15 2012 7:48 PM

I don't expect most professionels will be using this but I still agree with the lack of usb 3.0 or even esata. I mean you would have something wrong with you if you put in a 300gb SSD and then transfer stuff over usb 2.0.

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karanm replied on Wed, Feb 15 2012 7:54 PM

Sorry missed the Quad Core Xeon option which would be great for pros, but then that just reinforces the problem of no high speed data transfer options.

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