Conclusion: HP prides itself on what they call the “Z-DNA”, which defines their workstation lineup. One aspect of this is the fact that all of HP’s workstations can be fully serviced without the need to remove a single screw. This is especially true of the Z1, where convenient green tags indicate what can be removed and replaced easily. From the power supply to the graphics card and hard drives, everything just needs a simple lift or pull and it comes right out without any hassles.
Excerpt: Computer workstations are typically regarded as PC powerhouses for the professional. Boasting top tier internals and reliability, they’re only limiting factors tend to be size or an inability to upgrade components. That’s now a problem of the past.
Conclusion: In the end, it's an easy recommendation: If you want an all-in-one workstation in your office, the HP Z1 is the only game in town. Oftentimes, a first-generation product has a few kinks that get ironed out by version 2.0. During our time with the system, however, we did not find the marriage of all-in-one and workstation an awkward one. The HP Z1 boasts a sleek design but is also easy to open for upgrades or repairs.
Pros: Sleek design, Professional-grade components, Easy-to-access internals for an all-in-one, Quiet operation
Excerpt: The HP Z1 is a desktop workstation that provides familiar capabilities in an unfamiliar package: Its stunning display houses the entire system. Plug in the power cord, insert the USB dongle for the wireless keyboard and mouse, and you are ready to get to work. If your office has wi-fi, you don't even need to attach a network cable. If you are tight on desk space, you can attach the HP Z1 to your wall using a standard VESA mount.
HP Z1 Workstation – a marvelous all-in-one PC worthy of attention
16 February 2012
Excerpt: All-in-one PCs are slowly replacing the good old towers on our desktops, and that’s only the case if we can’t manage to find a suitably powerful laptop to replace our aging PC. It’s a tough market to be in nowadays, but HP’s latest workstation sure has found its place among professional machines that have all the power needed to run even the most intensive software – the Z1 Workstation is really impressive, inside and out.
Excerpt: While the Z1 sits within HP’s Z-series of workstations aimed at CG, VFX and video pros, this all-in-one is more for designers, photographers and illustrators – albeit ones with big budgets. HP has taken Apple’s iMac and upgraded many of its consumer-level components to create a computer that could even tempt many away from the Mac platform.
Pros: Great for image-based creatives; 10-bit display; fast chip; ECC RAM; easy to upgrade and repair
Cons: Glossy screen; not suitable for most CG or VFX work