HP has unveiled its Z1 all-in-one workstation, aimed at business users faced with working in ever tighter spaces and wanting a mobile option they can take out into the field.
The HP Z1 is the first 27in all-in-one workstation, according to HP.
The 26x23x16.5in dimensions of the Z1 are a nod to the space-constrained working environments that many users are now faced with.
“Back in the day, people had huge mahogany desks and doors that actually closed,” said Josh Peterson, manager of worldwide product marketing for HP Workstations.
“Now people are working in 4x4 cubicles with clutter, which hampers productivity. [The HP Z1] is introducing power without the tower.”
HP is targeting a range of users with the Z1. The computer-aided design (CAD) market is a key focus. These include mechanical engineers, architects and civil or structured engineers, who have tight working environments and who would also benefit from being able to take the machine out into the field.
HP is also aiming at the media and entertainment industry, including amateur and enthusiast video producers, for example a sales person working on a training video or graphic artists; and the higher education sector, such as engineering and trade schools or art and design schools.
Specs-wise, the machine features a quad-core Xeon processor from Intel's existing Sandy Bridge range. The base configuration is a Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz chip with integrated Intel graphics.
There are two USB 3.0 ports for high speed connectivity, a 6-in-1 media card reader, and a DVD slot that can be upgraded to Bluray. On the multimedia front, HP has built in HD audio and a subwoofer can be plugged in. For those users who prefer a tranquil working environment, whisper-quiet acoustics are on offer.
There are four memory slots, with up to 32GB, DDR3 error-correcting code (ECC) memory to detect and correct common internal data corruption, along with pro 3D graphics.
The Z1 supports 2x internal 2.5in hard disk drives, or 1x 3.5in version offering a maximum of 2TB, along with 7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD and optional RAID configurations.
The display is a 27in, 2560x 1440 resolution, one billion colour version.
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