At the 2012 HP Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas today, HP unveiled a revolutionary new all-in-one workstation computer. The new HP Z1 Workstation packs in a 27-inch, 30-bit LCD panel, dual USB 3.0 slots, slot-loading Blu-ray burners, easy upgradeability, HD video camera and more.
HP plans to start shipping the Z1 Workstation sometime in “early April” with a starting MSRP of $1,899.
HP Z1 Specifications:
- CPU: Intel Core i3-2120, Xeon E3-1245 or Xeon E3-1280 processors
- Display: 27-inch IPS LED display, 30-bit panel, 178 degree viewing angles, 10 billion colors
- Resolution: 2560×1440
- Webcam: HD 1080p video camera (tilts 20 degrees, can be physically locked out for use in sensitive areas)
- Sound: SRS premium speakers (zero internal vibration)
- Stereo microphone array
- Storage: One internal 3.5-inch HDD or two 2.5-inch 10k HDDs/SSDs
- Optical storage: Slot-loading DVD+/-RW, Blu-ray writeable
- Graphics options:
- Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 2000 or P3000
- Entry 3D: NVIDIA Q500M Graphics
- Midrange 3D: NVIDIA Q1000M or Q3000M Graphics
- High-end 3D: NVIDIA Q4000M Graphics
- Networking: Intel Gigabit Ethernet
- Wireless networking: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 2.1+EDR, 3.0, 3.0+HS
- Inputs: 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, 1x FireWire IEEE1394a, Mic/Headphone jacks, 6-in-1 card reader, Video in/out
- Power supply: 400W 90% efficient
- Dimensions: 23.0 x 26.0 x 16.5 inches (HxWxD)
- Can recline a full 90 degrees for upgradeability and access
- Warranty: Limited 3-year NBD Parts and Labor with 24/7 phone support
One of the main ways the HP Z1 is different from every other all-in-one on the market has to do with how the Z1 can be serviced. The whole unit folds down flat, thanks to its dual-hinged stand. Once flat, the screen on the display can unfold, and it is kept open thanks to a pair of extending supports. You can open it up, swap parts as you see fit, then tap it close – the system slowly folds itself back into place, so you don’t have to worry about slamming something shut and breaking the expensive new workstation.
Along with the new Z1 design, the system will be packed differently from the rest of HP’s products. The product designers also came up with a new “pizza box” style of packaging. Users can open it up and then simply lift the Z1 out of the box.