Introducing the HP Z1: The First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation

Think of the sheer horsepower required to engineer complex 3D components, design buildings or create special effects for the next big blockbuster. Now imagine doing all that, faster, with something a lot more compact. That’s the HP Z1 Workstation. This sleek all-in-one workstation – with a 27-inch display, no less – manages to pack in everything a power-hungry pro needs. From its uniquely designed all-in-one, tool-less chassis to its full-featured workstation class performance, the HP Z1 offers power without the tower. 




Honestly, the Z1 doesn’t look anything like a typical workstation. Let me break down a couple of the reasons I think it stands out:


All-in-One, Tool-less Chassis

The HP Z1’s sleek and simple all-in-one design provides the perfect canvas on which to create.  Its display snaps open to let users easily add a hard drive, upgrade memory or access the graphics card —no tools required.


Professional Display

Display is crucial to creative professionals. That’s why we’ve built the HP Z1 with a 27-inch white LED diagonal display that supports over a billion colors and features a wide, 178-degree viewing angle and an in-plane switching (IPS) panel.


Workstation Performance without Compromise

The HP Z1 provides blazingly fast rendering and performance with professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics, ECC memory, quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors and a variety of storage options (7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD, optional RAID configurations, removable drives (AMO), a multiformat media card reader and optical drives including a slot-load Blu-ray Writer). It’s thoroughly tested and certified to work with today’s leading industry applications, such as Autodesk software.


Learn more about these and other features such as the Z1’s high-fidelity audio, HD webcam, HP Remote Graphics Software (Users can work remotely while still accessing the high-performance 2-D, 3-D, video and media-rich applications) and HP Performance Advisor by visiting

Or check out the Z1 in this video:



Come April, it’ll be available worldwide, starting at $1,899. Now, honestly, does this look like a workstation to you?


For more context on the Z1, check out HP's Data Central blog...


by hpnewsboy
on ‎02-14-2012 08:46 PM

The HP Z1 is a nice looking unit.

I have an i7 iMac and it is brilliant. This format makes it almost as easy to mave around as a big laptop.

When I traveled 800 miles across country last month, I just put it into its packing in the back of the car - instant startup on wireless, as soon as I arrived.


The Z1 should be brilliant for CAD, especially with the SSD drives. Even the 10K drives are good. According to the HP Z1 press release, the pricing is good. I saw the bit about Blu-ray drives - those can be a problem in many systems. I don't think I'd be wanting to play HD movies on this anyway.


The thing I'll be interested in seeing is if it generates a lot of heat and how it handles hot weather. The iMac sometimes gets very warm by the end of the day - can be nice in winter, but not in summer - and it doesn't matter if it isn't working hard crunching numbers or just idling, it is still too warm. Have you tested a Z1 for that, Jim?.



by GizmoGladstone
on ‎02-15-2012 11:17 AM

Hey there, hpnewsboy -- I wanted to let you know that I haven't seen the Z1 up-close-and-personal (and Jim is currently traveling) but I sent along your question. Soon as I hear back, I'll let you know!



by HP-Jim
on ‎02-17-2012 04:07 PM - last edited on ‎02-20-2012 08:38 PM by GizmoGladstone

@hpnewsboy: Sorry for the delay. Been traveling too much this week! We really do beat up our machines before we ship them. In our Fort Collins hardware test lab, Z workstations are dropped, shaken, shocked and exposed to extreme high and low temperatures. Not that you’re likely going to do that. For what it’s worth, prior to revealing a working Z1 in Las Vegas event earlier this week, the workstation was hidden inside a box and under hot lights for more than three hours. That’s about the best test I could think of right now.




Hope that answers your question.


by Jcop234
on ‎03-09-2012 04:24 PM


As you know of late.There has been a compromise with MS old system! When Govt.chose to change some of their OS to 7.0.They opened a portal between every Computer that some did not think that buy virtue giving their old com as well their older Printers.They would not have problemss!


They forgot to destroy hard drive as well internal bd memory.How does one get out of a mass problem as this?

Regards Chuck--- OPPSEC

by CaninoVideo
on ‎03-15-2012 03:33 AM
Is there any way to install any kind of internal pice video capture card? Would there be external access to it or are all external ports already filled?
by shaurz
on ‎04-27-2012 03:27 AM

Will the motherboard and GPU be upgradable in the future? One thing that puts me off all-in-one units is that it seems wasteful to replace the display just because the internals are out of date. Z1 seems to be designed with upgrades in mind, but I wonder about the non-standard motherboard form-factor.

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