HP Z1 Workstation Review
This summer HP has caused a beast of a business machine within the Z1 all-in-one Workstation, complete with an upgradable set of innards and all-in-one style. The display is an incredible LED-backlit 27-inch IPS panel at 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and inside you may have several configurations available straight from HP, each of them landing in at right around $2,700 USD eventually. You may be working with an Intel Core i3 processor, Windows 7 or Linux, and the overall machine is simpler to change than your sub sandwich – fabulous for the tech-friendly business owner.
This beast is heavier than you’ll ever desire to carry at a back-breaking 21.32 kg (47 lbs). You have got a beast of a display up on two different hinges, this allowing you to regulate both the attitude and the peak at which the display sits. Once you have got it where you would like it, you’ll likely desire to leave it alone, though, because the weight of this conglomeration of metal, plastic, and glass isn’t the easiest thing to go around.
The monitor sits on its two hinges mightily, either one of them to ensure that this heaving beast would not move even the slightest bit once its set in place. Along with with the ability to set this computer up with its “traditional display” setup (at the stand it comes attached to) you could mount it to the wall with industry standard VESA mounts. This unit utilizes a 100×100 VESA mount pattern, making it easy to establish with 3rd party display gear.
HP has done an excellent job of creating sure this computer both looks and feels fabulous with a black and silver metal setup both on back and front . While most workstation-aimed computers are made to sit down out of ways or under a desk, this all-in-one unit looks great from either side. The only odd point that looks off so far as aesthetics go is the ability cord port which sits under the display – it looks like HP went to this point to maintain front and the back clean that they nudged that rather unsightly cord to the bottom.
That said, the remainder of the pc is indeed rather clean looking. You have got your power button up top at the right, a system activity LED below that right near the eject button on your optical drive. The optical drive is usually a Slot Load 8X SuperMulti DVDRW it doesn’t matter what configuration you choose up, and it sits right above a 4-in-1 Media Card Reader besides. Next at the right is a regular Firewire 1394a port above two USB 3.0 ports and ports for Audio out and in. Each of those buttons and ports are super easy to access.
What’s not really easy to access – and maybe rightfully so – are the ports below the monitor. This selection of ports includes the ability port (as mentioned above), one standard DisplayPort in/out, digital audio via a S/PDIF port, audio in/out and subwoofer out, and a hard and fast of 4 more USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a hidden USB 2.0 port under the hood which HP has used up with a dongle that connects with just a few packaged accessories: keyboard and a mouse – either one of that are relatively high-quality.
You can work in this system with Windows 7 or HP provided Linux, the Linux builds including drivers from 32 and 64-bit OS versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Workstation, RHEL 6 Workstation, and 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11 in your convenience. For Windows 7 you’ll either get 32-bit or 64-bit Genuine Windows 7 Professional installed right out of the box.
With a working laptop or computer that’s made to be updated inside the hardware universe for years into the long run, you’ll also desire to be certain you have got the software to back it up besides. Windows 8 will in fact manage to be loaded here, and with HP Performance Advisor included within the out-of-box experience, you may have HP’s own software wizard to assist out out along the way in which as you still optimize your system towards its constant full potential.
This machine also includes HP Remote Graphics Software, (loaded standard with every new-age HP workstation,) an atmosphere which lets you access your setup remotely from other machines connected to the net simply. Just because it was with all of the other HP workstations we’ve tested during the last year or so, this machine plays nicely with an infinite array of machines outside its build – Directory Mode let you access workstations throughout your office, RGS functionality works with pixels (in preference to data) to expand your workspace to a wide selection of 3rd party monitors automatically, and the full RGS suite works on both Windows and Linux.
This device also comes with ISV certification so that you know its as much as snuff consistent with the Independent Software Vendor set of tests – standard stuff! Along those self same lines is the undeniable fact that this machine is Energy Star certified with 90% efficient power supplies, and every HP Z1 comes with a guaranty featuring limited 3-year parts, 3-year labor and three-year onsite service extendable as much as 5 years with HP Care Pack Services – business friendly indeed!
|Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)|
|Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31280 @ 3.50GHz|
|GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7|
|32.0 KB||32.0 KB|
|256 KB||8.00 MB|
|16.0 GB DDR3 SDRAM 666MHz||99.8 MHz|
|Hewlett-Packard J52 v01.04|
Above and below you will see some additional components listed in addition to our standard Geekbench benchmark results. This machine does extremely well for itself, both in benchmarks and in practice with everyday light and heavyweight tasks like video processing. And again, you may switch essentially each piece out and make it more powerful as you deem necessary.
|Integer||Processor integer performance||12316|
|Floating Point||Processor floating point performance||23630|
|Stream||Memory bandwidth performance||7951|
This machine is fabulous in its ability to be modified. Push the display down horizontal and raise the face up just like the hood of a car and poof! Like magic, you have an unlimited array of plug-n-play pieces at your fingertips. You could change out essentially anything under the hood at your leisure, and several other expansion slots and bays are available in in your DIY modifications. You will have one internal 3.5-inch bay OR 2x 2.5-inch bays, one MXM expansion slot for graphics (requiring NVIDIA custom cards, you might have considered trying to notice) the bottom model uses Intel integrated graphics, but Quadro 500M, 1000M, 3000M and 4000M graphics cards are optional. You’ve also got 3 miniPCIe full-length expansion slots in addition.
Four zones separate this device’s insides, with the 400w power supply, Quadro graphics card, CPU, and memory sitting behind fans and panels. Your power supply, hard disk chassis, and DVD/Blu-ray drive are easily removable, needless to say, and as much as four 8GB full-sized memory DIMMs may be added besides.
Everything under the hood is ready to be clipped inside and outside conveniently using the easy to grasp green arrows and tough-plastic holds. The hands-on video earlier on this review shows how simple it’s to change components inside and outside. Business owners put concentration here: upgrading your entire office can be really easy which you won’t must hire Nick Burns to do it – for real!
This computer is a marvelous choice for an office wanting massive displays and Windows 7 (or Windows 8 later this year). You might have a superbly solid build, HP has made the whole structure out of high-end components, and you will be ready to modify this beast in your liking well into the longer term. So long as you are not planning on lifting this monster up and lugging it around usually, you will be glad this was what you are promoting-oriented Windows choice in your next-generation standard workstation situation.
Video editors, web designers, graphic designers, and people working with massive files normally will find this machine quite satisfying.
Have a peek below at additional HP Z-series hands-on, review, and news posts we’ve published during the last two years, the entire as far back as the official launch of the series at an event we attended with HP!