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[ars]Hands-on with HP’s Z1 G2, the ultimate all-in-one

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All-in-one computers have had a reputation for being the worst of both PC worlds, combining the upgradeability and power of a notebook PC with the mobility of a desktop. So it's a bit of a stretch to think of an all-in-one as being worthy of the title "workstation." Hewlett-Packard challenged that assumption last year with the introduction of its Z1 line, and now the company has pushed the definition of "all in one" even further with the Z1 G2.

Mike Diehl, HP’s global product manager for personal workstations, gave me a personal tour of the Z1. Its base configuration, starting at $1,999, will ship with Intel’s “Haswell” two-core 3.4GHz Core i3-4130 and integrated IntelHD graphics. But it can be equipped with a 3.2GHz i5-4570 (with four cores) or three different Xeon CPUs, and there are three steps of Nvidia Quadro 3D graphics cards available as well. Add on RAIDed SATA storage of up to 3 terabytes, up to 32GB of RAM (unbuffered DDR3 1866MHz; ECC is an option), and other bells and whistles (a touchscreen option that adds about $300 to the system), and the Z1’s maxed-out configurations can run up into the $6,000 range.

The display itself is a backlit LED display. The touch configuration supports up to ten-finger touch gestures—a feature I got to try out with a SolidWorks CAD demo on the fully loaded Z1. The system was incredibly quiet for something with all that horsepower—largely because of the internal engineering, which includes six separate cooling zones with their own micro-fans.




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edit: HP's webpage

Edited by hajile - 1/9/14 at 7:09pm
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Awesome design, but steeply priced tongue.gif
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2k for an all-in-one with an i3 and touchscreen and using intergrated graphics?
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Ummm... Ultimate All-in-One its called an iMac, did they miss the memo?
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2k for an all-in-one with an i3 and touchscreen and using intergrated graphics?

A 27-inch 1440p IPS monitor is almost $1,000 (and a touchscreen increases that price even more). Once you subtract the monitor cost, the price is quite reasonable. The fact that the components are user replaceable and industry standard means that you could buy a cheaper version and upgrade later (or buy an expensive version and incrementally update).
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A 27-inch 1440p IPS monitor is almost $1,000 (and a touchscreen increases that price even more). Once you subtract the monitor cost, the price is quite reasonable. The fact that the components are user replaceable and industry standard means that you could buy a cheaper version and upgrade later (or buy an expensive version and incrementally update).

I got my Achieva Shimian for $300 I'm sort of confused where you got $1000 from, not trying to be rude but as far as I know it's not hard to get a 27" 2K IPS panel for under $500. 2K+Touchscreen on the other hand I bet can easily get up in the $1000 range. (can't seem to find any 2K Touchscreens)
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A 27-inch 1440p IPS monitor is almost $1,000 (and a touchscreen increases that price even more). Once you subtract the monitor cost, the price is quite reasonable. The fact that the components are user replaceable and industry standard means that you could buy a cheaper version and upgrade later (or buy an expensive version and incrementally update).

My bad, I didn't read the part about IPS and 1440p.
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I am surprised I didn't see Johnny Ive pop out of the Z1 during the commercial saying, "This is the most beautiful Z1 ever."
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I got my Achieva Shimian for $300 I'm sort of confused where you got $1000 from, not trying to be rude but as far as I know it's not hard to get a 27" 2K IPS panel for under $500. 2K+Touchscreen on the other hand I bet can easily get up in the $1000 range. (can't seem to find any 2K Touchscreens)

 

Well you got a cheap off brand monitor with little to no warranty, low quality standards, low grade panel...

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Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to play some games on an allinone . Like rats or mmorpgs.
*shrug* perhaps one day

Also I guess Ishould say its not specificaly all in ones i mean.. its more the touchscreen aspect. So i suppose a touch capable wacom cintiq would do the trick
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