HP Z1 27-inch AIO Workstation Review

Software & Accessories

Because this is a business-class computer, OS choice is important. HP ships the Z1 Workstation with Windows 7/8, or Linux (Red Hat and Suse, among others). Our test system includes an oldie-but-goodie: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

The Z1 is mercifully light on installed applications. A smattering of CyberLink and HP utilities make up the bulk of the system’s third-party software. The workstation has webcam software, so you can start snapping shots right away, but security software is left to your judgment. That’s for the best – your business mostly likely has a security plan in place and uninstalling trialware would just waste your tech’s time.

HP My Display is a handy tool that helps you optimize the display for certain activities, like working with text documents or watching movies. You can dig a little deeper into the settings if you have a particular task you want to configure the display for, but we suspect most people will stick to presets.

HP My Display

HP Performance Advisor is a utility with a slick interface. Some of the features provide the same info that Windows can (like the Windows Experience Index), but the interface makes it easy to find features you want. And, the utility has some useful tools, like the Memory Graph.

HP Performance Advisor

CyberLink Power2Go has some handy backup features, but not all of the features that appear in the main menu are available on the system free. It does have a DVD burning tool, however, which is worthwhile. A better program is the HP Power Assistant, which lets you set energy usage profiles and schedule automatic profile switching so your workstation (or workstations) conserve energy during down times.

CyberLink Power2Go

HP Power Assistant

HP also sent us a wireless keyboard and mouse, both of which are tied to a single, tiny transceiver. Plug the transceiver into a USB port, and you’re ready for action. The mouse is serviceable, but unexciting. The keyboard is also modest, but the keys are responsive and the layout felt comfortable.

Next up, we’ll take a look at the HP Z1 Workstation’s performance.

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