We were impressed with the performance of HP’s last generation small form factor workstation, the HP Z200, and now they’ve introduced the follow-up to that model: the HP Z210. This model continues the trend in the industry of delivering workstation performance without the workstation footprint.
At a press event this month, HP showed off a few of the new models, and the results were as you might expect – an evolutionary update to a promising entry-level business computer. The biggest change over the last generation of Z series workstations is probably the availability of AMD components scattered throughout the new models, as opposed to the Intel-based nature of the Z210’s progenitors.
The processors are still Intel, and this time around, customers can get the new Z models with Intel Xeon E3 chips inside, or second-gen Core i3/i5 and Core i7 CPUs. Again, these workstations are targeted at users who want high-performance computing capabilities and the accompanying business support, but who don’t necessarily need the very high-end performance offered by some of HP’s top workstation models.
HP says that the Z210 workstations are used by people in the audio/video generation and editing industries as well as users in the education and public sector environments. Going after these entry-level needs has garnered HP a few points in the high revenue workstation market space: the company now commands just under 46% of the worldwide desktop workstation category, according to IDC.
Also prominently on display at the spring press event was HP’s famous DreamColor displays. The DreamColor pairs a high-end IPS LCD panel with an RGB LED backlit display (current high-end displays used white LED or even white CCFL backlighting systems), which allows for extremely faithful color reproduction. HP boasts that while DreamWorks remains their principal partner in the industry space (hence the name of the displays), the high-end monitors are now in use in every major motion picture and rendering studio in the business. Few other companies can claim the same.
No solid release dates were given for the new workstations; HP is currently targeting a general availability date of Spring 2011. The mini-tower Z210 Workstation carries a beginning pricetag of $659 while the 65% smaller Z210 SFF Workstation starts at $569. The HP DreamColor LP2480zx display is currently available for $2,499.