If you need a ton of power in an attractive and modular all-in-one, you were previously out of luck. But the HP Z1 Workstation, which wowed onlookers at HP’s presentation in February, is now shipping worldwide to fulfill your high-powered needs. The 27-inch all-in-one is the first PC to use workstation-class components in the form factor, and combines with an impressive flip-up design to grant access to its innards. The starting price is $1,899, but you can add Intel Xeon-class processors, NVIDA Quadro graphics, et cetera, to make it go a lot higher.
The centerpiece of the ZI is its chassis, which folds down flat. The 27-inch screen then flips up so that users can swap out nearly every critical component. The screen itself uses a piston riser, and the amount of custom work that’s gone into the design really must be seen in person to be appreciated. All models get the same 2560×1440 IPS screen, SRS-certified speakers and 1080p webcam, plus 2 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, a multi-card reader, audio in and out and a unique double DisplayPort that can be used to either add an external display or record video or display it on the Z1’s screen.
Base specs are a little lackluster, starting with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive and Intel Integrated graphics. Maximum specs include a 3.5Ghz quad-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, NVIDIA Q4000M graphics, up to two SSD drives and a Blu-ray reader/writer. Currently there are only four pre-configured models for sale topping out at $2600, but of course, you can add your own components to taste. The HP Z1 comes pre-configured with Windows 7, but is certified for SUSE and Red Hat Linux. Check out our hands-on with the Z1 to see more.