HP CES: The Powerful New Z1 G2 Workstation

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Taking the World's First AiO Workstation to the Next Level: Meet the HP Z1 G2!


Since its launch in February 2012, the HP Z1 -- the world’s first 27-inch all-in-one workstation -- has excited everyone from tech insiders to media and entertainment visionaries. Today at CES, we’ve upped the ante, with the announcement of the second generation HP Z1 Workstation with Win8 touch and Thunderbolt 2 capabilities!


The powerful Z1 & customer success...

The HP Z1 G2 is still the only all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display, and the additions of touch and Thunderbolt make it HP’s most powerful, innovative and fully featured all-in-one workstation.


To celebrate the launch of the Z1 G2, we’ll be taking a look at the successes that customers have experienced with the first generation Z1 Workstation. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at how customers in various industries are reaping the benefits of the HP Z1 and why the Z1 G2 is on their radar. Here's a sneak peek...


Architecture & the Z1 at Columbia University...

Meet Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)The GSAPP is regarded as one of the most important, innovative and prestigious architecture schools in the world, and we’re honored that they’re an HP Z Workstation customer. As one of the first architecture schools to provide individual workstations for every student, GSAPP currently uses more than 100 HP Z1 Workstations in their classrooms.


Z1 design, flexibility

To get a better grasp on how the Z1 benefits students and why they’re eagerly anticipating the Z1 G2, we chatted with John Ramahlo Jr., Columbia University’s Executive Director of Technology. The Z1’s design and flexibility options were among the top benefits on his list.


“We're now in an environment that is a mix of workstation laptops, Z1 Workstations and tower-CPU workstations. Not having a CPU tower frees up more of their limited assigned desk area to store model-making materials and product samples, while the large display area changes the scale of how students view and display work,” explains Ramahlo.  “Students value the screen real estate and like that the glass is robust enough to stand up to the occasional pen/ink marks from faculty who touch pen to screen.”


Easy to use = more attention to detail

He also noted that students seem to be more engaged with their work on the Z1 considering the product’s sleek design and ease of use.


“I think it made a subliminal improvement in how students arrange and show work," said Ramahlo. "I notice that they are more careful and work with more intention.”


Although Ramahlo hasn’t had the Z1 G2 in-hand just yet, he believes the touch technology will be a boon to freehand designers tasked with producing innovative buildings, plans, and policies. He also noted that Thunderbolt will be a helpful addition to the Z1 G2 because it provides future-proofing for hard drive connectivity.


“As large SSDs drop in price and their speeds increase, we will start seeing devices that can take advantage of the full bandwidth of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt," said Ramahlo.


Find out more!

The new HP Z1 G2 Workstation is expected to be available in late January and starts at $1999. To find out more about today's announcement of the Z1 G2 Workstation at CES 2014, please visit www.hp.com/z1.


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