HP Inc has unveiled a third generation of its Z1 workstation in an all-in-one form factor, adding more memory and storage and the latest Intel processors, while keeping the small footprint to support engineers and other professionals working within space constraints.
The HP Z1 G3 is 47 per cent smaller and 51 per cent lighter than previous generations of the system, according to the firm, while still offering enough compute power for demanding applications.
HP has also reduced the cost of the all-in-one workstation by over 21 per cent, bringing it more in line with the Z240 entry-level system.
Claimed as still the only all-in-one workstation on the market, the new Z1 is based on the latest Intel Skylake 6th Generation Core chips with optional Xeon E3 chips for even more power.
It can be configured with double the amount of memory (64GB instead of 32GB), and upgraded storage options enable two 2.5in hard drives to be paired with two HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe solid state drives.
Meanwhile, the reduction in size is partly down to a smaller 23.6in screen in place of the 27in of its predecessors, something that HP decided to do based on feedback from customers.
"We've incorporated evolving customer needs and reduced the size of this platform by over 50 per cent by reducing the display size," said Mike Diehl, HP Inc marketing manager for workstations.
"The 27in screen was fine, but now we find that more customers want to connect a second display, and having two 27in displays was encroaching on their desk space," he explained.
However, while the size may have gone down, the resolution has increased, and the Z1 G3 has a 4K display compared with the 2560x1440 of earlier models. The hardware driving it has also been boosted with support for the latest generation of Nvidia graphics accelerators based on the Maxwell GPU architecture, HP said.
HP has equipped the new model with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports in a USB Type-C connector that also provides USB 3.1 capability.
Despite the all-in-one chassis, HP is keen to promote the Z1's ease of maintenance. The back of the chassis can be removed for access to all internal components, making maintenance as easy as with a tower format chassis, the firm claimed.
"Often, components such as the graphics or the storage need to be updated. With the Z1 changes can be done at the user's desk without sending the system off site, and it can be done in a matter of minutes," said Diehl.
Buyers should not confuse the all-in-one format with a consumer desktop, as the Z1 series uses enterprise-grade hardware from the start, according to HP.
"Customers demand mission-critical readability. We build reliability from the ground up using true server-grade hardware. No corners are cut," Diehl said.
The HP Z1 G3 is expected to be available in the UK in May starting at £1,050.
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