HP unveils new Z1 workstation

By on February 15, 2012
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With the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas as a backdrop, HP today unveiled the brand new Z1 workstation, a project that the company has secretly been working on for the past few years.

It’s no secret that its Z800 workstation is utilized by thousands of companies each day for mission-critical applications in sectors such as healthcare and government to complex processor-intensive applications such as film, audio, and CAD. Harnessing on this world-class expertise, the Z1 revolutionizes the workstation model by combining no-compromise workstation performance into a slim and streamlined design.


Jeff Wood, VP of Worldwide Marketing for HP said that the company focused on the mantra of “power without the tower” when designing the Z1. They also targeted three core types of users that would benefit from the Z1 – those in the field of engineering and CAD who utilize applications such as Autocad, those in the media and entertainment industry who run programs such as Adobe, and lastly the higher education field which teach students design and engineering courses.

The specs on this machine are no laughing matter – a 27″ LED-backlit display with support up to 1.07 billion colors, SRS dual-cone front facing speakers, up to 32GB of RAM, DVD and optional Blu-ray drive support, NVIDIA graphics, Intel Xeon processors, and support for one 3.5in or two 2.5in hard drives. Not to mention support for a second display and the fact that the unit can be mounted with a VESA stand to give you more desk space.

Apart from the specs and just sheer beauty of the device, the Z1 also incorporates the Z800′s user-friendliness when it comes to component servicing and upgrades. Simply pivot the Z1 flat and pop open the display to reveal the internal components. Everything from the display to the hard drives disconnect just by sliding them out, making upgrades last for just a few minutes. The Z1 also features the whisper-quiet operation that has been synonymous with HP workstations by introducing more fans into the chassis running at a lower speed, which keeps the whole unit at a comfortable temperature, even when running 24/7.

The Z1 is set to ship worldwide from April onwards, and is priced in the U.S from $1,899 for the base model.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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