HP announces all-in-one Z1 Workstation PC

Most of the time, all-in-one PCs are nice to look at but unfortunately cannot be upgraded easily, at least not without the skills and the tools of a professional PC hardware service person. Today, HP announced plans to offer an all-in-one PC for the business market that it claims will be very easy to upgrade, at least with certain parts.

The product is the Z1 Workstation, and inside it has a number of standard hardware parts for such PCs. It has Intel Xeon-based processors and NVIDIA Quadro graphics chips. It also has options for up to 2 TB of hard drive space or up to 300 GB for solid state drives. It can hold up to 32 GB of memory and has a slot loading disk drive (DVD or Blu-Ray).

However, the coolest feature of the Z1 Workstation is its ease of service. The casing of the all-in-one design can be opened up without tools. In addition the PC allows for easy replacement of its power supply, graphics card, hard drives, the optical drive, the PC's cooling blower and its memory.

The Z1 Workstation may not be made for the general consumer but it certainly looks cool and the promise of an easy-to-upgrade design will hopefully inspire HP to release a version for the general public. The Z1 Workstation is due out sometime in April for the starting price of $1,800.

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14 Comments

sam232 said,
cue "OMGZ IMAC COPY IMAC COPY" from the Apple trolls.

I didn't know that Apple focused on consumer devices that are black, easily cleanable, easily upgradable and likely still cheaper.

FISKER_Q said,

I didn't know that Apple focused on consumer devices that are black, easily cleanable, easily upgradable and likely still cheaper.

I am shocked at your use of logic.

FISKER_Q said,

I didn't know that Apple focused on consumer devices that are black, easily cleanable, easily upgradable and likely still cheaper.

Not just to you but to the thread in general, this has more in common with the Mac Pro than the iMac as this is a workstation class machine.

I don't think ive ever seen a comment on Neowin suggest that the Dell/Sony or HP AiO is an iMac clone, as they are usually black as stated above,

Looks good, I think if you ive the public easy enough access and take away the fear of screwing something up, as long as HP Guides you in right direction for upgrades, consumers will do it NO PROBLEMS

At a starting price of $1800 that is a bit pricy for an AIO. Hopefully they crate one that is an i5 or i7 version to bring down the cost.

Business who buy these will only buy them for a very few people, so I don't see it selling well at first. Once they make one that has i5 or i7 based for a typical users and the cost falls to about $1000, then yes they will sell like crazy and I can see Dell and others following suit. Likely Dell will have one like this already at a very sell-able price point.

This workstation is more for a person into graphic design and needs the power to push CAD or similar.

What si good about this PC, is like one poster said, it is like taking a Mac Pro and dropping it into a better form factor. But here is where it differs. The Mac pro is still configured with consumer based GPU's, while the Quatro is a professional level GPU. That si a huge difference. The Mac Pro starts at $2500 vs this at $1800. So HP is certainly offering a better deal.

This is a sweet machine. I think the price is reasonable. I built my own beast for $2000 and it isn't an all-in-one... mine is for gaming and developing. 2600K, 16 GB RAM, Nvidia 570, etc.

I think for a machine that is as easily accessible as this with an excellent CPU and solid graphics cards AND a 27 inch scree is pretty darn reasonable.

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