HP INC has unveiled its third-generation Z1 workstation, having given it a boost with more memory, more storage and the latest Intel processors.
The HP Z1 G3 is said to be 47 percent smaller and 51 percent lighter than previous generations of the system, according to the firm, while still offering enough compute power for demanding applications.
HP also said it has reduced the cost of the all-in-one workstation by over 21 percent, bringing it more in line with the Z240 entry-level system in HP's line-up.
Claimed as still the only all-in-one workstation on the market, the new Z1 is based on the latest Intel Skylake 6th-gen Core chips with Xeon E3 chips optional for even more power, and can be configured with double the amount of memory (64GB instead of 32GB), and upgraded storage options that 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 due to the new HP Z1 having 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 in size, and reduced the size of this platform by over 50 percent by reducing the display size," said Mike Diehl, HP Inc marketing manager for Workstations.
"The 27in screen was fine, but now we're finding that more and more customers are wanting 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, with the Z1 G3 boasting a 4K display compared with the 2560x1440 of earlier models. The hardware driving it has also been boosted, with support for latest generation of Nvidia graphics accelerators based on the Maxwell GPU architecture, HP said.
HP has also 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 tout the ease of maintenance of the Z1 system. The back of the chassis can be removed for access to all of the internal components, making maintenance as easy as with a tower format chassis, the firm claimed.
"Oftentimes, 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 system format with a consumer desktop, as the Z1 series has used enterprise-grade hardware from the start, according to HP.
"Customers demand mission-critical readability. What we do is 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 with prices starting at £1,050. µ
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