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

HP’s new Z1 G2 all-in-one workstation has a 27-inch touchscreen, Nvidia Mobile Quadro GPUs, and Xeon or Core Intel processors. It opens up without tools for maintenance.
Sean Gallagher

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. 

At CES, I got a chance to lay hands on the Z1 G2, which will be available later in January. Built for applications that demand the power of a workstation—but not the desktop footprint of one—the Z1 G2 is engineered for quiet power and reliability, and it’s an all-in-one you can really get your hands inside. The Z1 is intended for the business world, but it’s also potentially attractive as a high-end consumer system.

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.

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