Z1 G2 All-in-Oneby HP

  • Z1 G2 All-in-One
  • Z1 G2 All-in-One
  • Z1 G2 All-in-One
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VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
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PROS

  • The Z1 G2 is an all-in-one PC with workstation-class parts and performance.
  • In service mode, you can easily open the PC and upgrade its hardware.
  • The huge touch screen looks great.

CONS

  • This is an expensive piece of hardware, even when compared to typical workstation PCs.
  • You can't upgrade it with a standard desktop graphics card. The Z1 G2 only supports mobile (MXM) graphics cards.
  • The display isn't as high-resolution as the display on the 5K iMac..
HP's Z1 G2 isn't a typical consumer all-in-one PC. HP put workstation-class parts into the Z1 G2, creating an all-in-one system targeted at the workstation market where powerful desktop towers usually rule the roost. Designed for CAD, 3D design, and other professional work, it incorporates Intel Xeon processors, Nvidia Quadro graphics, and up to 32GB of ECC memory. All those components are packed behind a 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS display available with -- or without -- touch functionality.
NameZ1 G2 All-in-OneXPS 27 (2012)Yoga Home 900Zen AiO Pro Z240ICIdeaCentre B750 All-in-One
ManufacturerHPDellLenovoAsusLenovo
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Perhaps the best aspect of the HP Z1 G2 is how it's the only all-in-one that offers workstation-class performance. There aren't many other a…

Perhaps the best aspect of the HP Z1 G2 is how it's the only all-in-one that offers workstation-class performance. There aren't many other all-in-ones with ECC memory, Xeon processors or Quadro cards.

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The HP Z1 G2 is undoubtedly the most flexible all-in-one ever made, and for users of CAD and 3D design software, it's one of the most powerf…

The HP Z1 G2 is undoubtedly the most flexible all-in-one ever made, and for users of CAD and 3D design software, it's one of the most powerful.

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Whilst components can be replaced, there’s no room for extras. The one 3.5in hard drive bay and the two mSATA slots are already occupied. Th…

Whilst components can be replaced, there’s no room for extras. The one 3.5in hard drive bay and the two mSATA slots are already occupied. The four memory sockets are all filled, and the Z1 can only handle up to 32GB of memory – considerably less than proper desktop workstations.

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Because of its lofty price tag, however, we see this as more of a chief executive's showpiece than a workstation user's dream machine.

Because of its lofty price tag, however, we see this as more of a chief executive's showpiece than a workstation user's dream machine.

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Despite its sleek design and easy-to-access internals, the Z1 G2 suffers from the usual all-in-one drawbacks of relatively limited expandabi…

Despite its sleek design and easy-to-access internals, the Z1 G2 suffers from the usual all-in-one drawbacks of relatively limited expandability and future-proofing.

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The 46-pound HP Z1 G2 is an elegant behemoth. The workstation's thick black plastic frame is sandwiched in between its black bezel and sleek…

The 46-pound HP Z1 G2 is an elegant behemoth. The workstation's thick black plastic frame is sandwiched in between its black bezel and sleekly contoured aluminum back panel, which gives way to a large vent near the top of the display.

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This system is an impressive PC, but it’s an undeniable luxury option when stacked up against its rivals.

This system is an impressive PC, but it’s an undeniable luxury option when stacked up against its rivals.

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The Z1’s screen is it’s weakness. It’s a good screen that’s many creatives would be very happy with – but it’s not great like the iMac’s.

The Z1’s screen is it’s weakness. It’s a good screen that’s many creatives would be very happy with – but it’s not great like the iMac’s.

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...we can unequivocally say that three areas make it worth the upgrade price, and one that is almost there but not quite: the inclusion of m…

...we can unequivocally say that three areas make it worth the upgrade price, and one that is almost there but not quite: the inclusion of mSATA drives, the flexibility of Thunderbolt 2, an updated graphics processor unit, and the addition of touch capability to the 27” integrated monitor screen.

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It would be very easy to talk down the Z1 G2's design, as it's much bulkier than the 27-inch iMac – but it's not better or worse, it's diffe…

It would be very easy to talk down the Z1 G2's design, as it's much bulkier than the 27-inch iMac – but it's not better or worse, it's different. Which appeals is a matter of taste. The iMac's design says grace, the Z1's says power.

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And the internal engineering is something to behold, especially if you’re in desktop support. The system opens up from its collapsed “servic…

And the internal engineering is something to behold, especially if you’re in desktop support. The system opens up from its collapsed “service” position without tools, and it has pneumatic arms to keep it open and ease it closed again.

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For those who are a bit more savvy than the average user, Service Mode provides a quick, easy way to upgrade and swap parts.

For those who are a bit more savvy than the average user, Service Mode provides a quick, easy way to upgrade and swap parts.

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