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.
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: 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
HP Z1 review: This all-in-one workstation has a great screen, fast performance and is easy to maintain
Good Gear Guide.au
14 August 2012
Summary: The HP Z1 workstation is about as far from an unappealing old box as it gets. It has a neat, all-in-one design that houses high-end performance parts behind a beautiful, 27in panel and it's very easy to open up the unit to access all those parts. Definitely a desirable unit.
Pros: Performance, Screen, Design
Cons: Can be hard to manoeuvre, Rear ports hard to access
Summary: HP's Z1 is an innovative system design that crams a workstation specification into an all-in-one chassis without making too many compromises on performance and flexibility. Buyers needing top notch performance may prefer a more conventional system, but the Z1 will suit the needs of many users.
Pros: Space-saving all-in-one design, tool-free easy access to internals, full Nvidia Quadro graphics
Cons: Limited to 2 Sata hard drives, single CPU socket, some I/O ports difficult to access
Summary: The Z1 workstation really brings HP's engineering skill to the fore. However, the large markup on workstation parts means that a significantly cheaper machine will outperform it, and high-end graphics cards are left out in the cold.
Pros: User serviceable all-in-one, Good display
Cons: No high-end graphics SKU, Stand mechanism is clunky, Ports on the rear are incredibly difficult to get access to, Better performance on consumer all-in-ones for considerably less
Summary: The HP Z1 Workstation isn't going to take pride of place in your living room, but if you're after a big-screen all-in-one PC with enough power to chew through any graphics tasks you can throw at it, the Z1 is definitely worth a thought.
Pros: Extremely powerful, High-resolution screen is great for editing, Easy to upgrade components
Cons: Expensive, High resolution isn't suited for normal office tasks, Extremely heavy