HP Z2 Mini packs workstation performance into a 2.3 x 8.5-inch package

HP has rolled out a new mini workstation that is to normal workstations what the Alienware Alpha is to normal gaming PCs. The new HP PC is called the Z2 Mini and the little beast packs workstation grade hardware into a package that measures only 2.3-inches x 8.5-inches. Despite the small stature of the computer, the device has the hardware inside that is needed to allow professionals to use power hungry CAD software and to support other compute-intensive industrial uses.

The chassis the Z2 Mini is packed inside is 90% smaller than a traditional business-class tower according to HP. HP claims that the Z2 Mini is twice as powerful as any other Mini PC on the market today. It can support six different displays right out of the box and is aimed directly at CAD users needing smaller hardware without compromising performance.

"The HP Z2 Mini, the world's first mini workstation, delivers breakthrough power and versatility in a small, iconic design," said Jeff Wood, vice president and general manager, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. "HP redefined the workstation in 2009 with the introduction of the HP Z series, and now once again is disrupting the category with the new HP Z2 Mini Workstation – the ultimate combination of space efficiency, elegance and power for our customers and partners."

The machine can run Windows 10 or Linux as the operating system and is offered with a variety of Intel Xeon processors. NVIDIA professional graphics are supported and the HP Z Turbo Drive is available for handling large files faster. The chassis of the Z2 Mini workstation is the most uniquely designed HP workstation in 35 years according to the company and has ISV certification. The machine will launch globally in December with a starting price of $699.