HP Z1 G2, an all in one workstation, touch screen, Thunderbolt 2. These are, powerful words to be involved with. HP has them all, and lots to back it up too. We've seen the Z1 in the past year or so, and the ZBooks got us excited, so with the HP Z1 G2, what really makes the headline are two front running features, coincidentally, two Ts, touch and Thunderbolt 2.
Try 10 fingers at once and the Projected Capacity Touch takes care of the rest. If you missed the part about the 27-inch screen, imagine the difference of surface area between your touch devices. Your phone might be 5-inches diagonally or you've got a 9-inch tablet, the workspace becomes huge. So if you recall, last year's HP Z1 is also 27-inches so with the Z1 G2 the glass continues to be an edge to edge design, with an option for a non glass, thus non-touch model which may be preferable for video editors. This time the I/O accessibility is better. Good aspects that were unaltered include the lifting screen for tool-less upgrading and high-level components. With mSATA there's room for three drives, making RAID configurations possible. Having Thunderbolt 2 can be daisy chained with six devices and opens up another of the growing number of Windows computers capable of Intel's Thunderbolt technology.
The power in the Z1 G2 is also dialed down where it counts: consumption, with a 400W 90% efficient Gold power supply. The base model will cost $2,000, and would leave you the option to enjoy upgrading your machine.
HP Unveils First 27-inch Diagonal All-in-one Workstation with Touch Capability
LAS VEGAS — HP today unveiled the second generation of the world’s first and only all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display, the HP Z1, now available with Windows® 8 Touchand Intel® ThunderboltTM 2(1) capabilities—making it HP’s most powerful, innovative and fully featured all-in-one workstation.
Ideal for knowledge workers and specialists in CAD, graphic arts and university education, the HP Z1G2 offers fast data transfer speeds for compute-intensive workloads and new technologies like Thunderbolt offer the flexibility for high-performance external expandability. Whether it’s being used by an engineer creating 3-D components, an architect designing buildings or a videographer editing event footage, the HP Z1G2 gives creative professionals the power they need to bring ideas to life faster.
The HP Z1 G2 is joined by three new all-in-one PCs ideal for use in small and midsize business (SMB) and enterprise environments, including the HP Slate21 Pro All in One, HP’s first commercial Android all-in-one PC. The HP Slate21 Pro offers seamless integration with Android-based phones and tablets, along with access to efficient manageability tools, security enhancements and apps available through the Google Play™ app store.
“Since its launch in 2012, the highly acclaimed HP Z1 has opened the eyes and ears of customers hoping to solve business problems no longer being met by current vendors,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “Today’s professionals demand high-performance products that are serviceable and easy-to-use, all wrapped in a sleek and elegant design.”
HP is the only workstation vendor to offer Thunderbolt as an option across both desktop and mobile workstations. Thunderbolt enables cutting-edge creative work, and the addition of this technology to the HP Z1 G2 expands HP’s leadership in innovation and demonstrates its commitment to the professional market.
The HP Z1 features Intel integrated HD Graphics, 4th Generation Intel Xeon® and Core™ processors,(2) ECC memory,(3) and RAID storage options,(4) providing users with more reliability and performance. Additionally, the HP Z1 features the latest NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs for professional use and the best graphics performance for demanding applications. All HP Z Workstations are tested and certified for professional applications.
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation is regarded as one of the most important, innovative and prestigious architecture schools in the world. As one of the first architecture schools to provide individual workstations for every student, it always has been a leading program in uses of design technology, including the use of more than 100 HP Z1 Workstations.
“Our architectural students, from approximately 50 countries, have an endless thirst for experimentation,” said John Ramahlo Jr., executive director, Technology, School of Architecture, Columbia University. “To quench that thirst, we must provide our students expertise in the state of the art in architecture and computer technology so that they can decisively assert themselves around the world by producing remarkable buildings, plans and policies—the HP Z1 gives our students that edge.”
A powerful workstation
The HP Z1 enables designers to streamline the workflow with key features such as:
- The power of Thunderbolt. Connect in a flash with up to four times USB 3.0 bandwidth using optional high-performance Thunderbolt 2.0 ports located on the side of the HP Z1G2.
- Professional display. Let ideas shine on the HP Z1 G2’s brilliant next-generation, 27-inch diagonal IPS display. Choose from 10-point touch with stunning edge-to-edge glass or non-touch with antiglare capability.
- Tool-less chassis. Change most parts or make upgrades without tools or a service technician. Simply snap open the chassis and customize as needed.
- Bold and bright. A wide range of 3-D professional graphics options, including NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs, gives users the power they need to bring their creations to life.
- Astounding sound. Premium audio features on the HP Z1 G2 Workstation include dual-tone, front-facing speakers and DTS Studio Sound Audio.
Pricing and availability
The new HP Z1G2 Workstation is expected to be available in late January. U.S. pricing starts at $1,999.(5)
(1) Thunderbolt is new technology. Thunderbolt cable and Thunderbolt device (sold separately) must be compatible with Windows. To determine whether a device is Thunderbolt Certified for Windows, see https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products.
(2) Multi-Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. 64-bit computing on Intel architecture requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel 64 architecture. Processors will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel 64 architecture-enabled BIOS. Performance will vary depending on hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.
(3) Maximum memory capacities assume Windows 64-bit operating systems or Linux. With Windows 32-bit operating systems, memory above 3 GB may not all be available due to system resource requirements.
(4) RAID configuration is optional add on feature and requires a second hard drive.
(5) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.
Intel, Xeon, Core and Thunderbolt are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
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