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New HP Z1 Offers "Power without the Tower"
HP Z1 Revealed
On Valentine's Day, HP unveiled the HP Z1, which the company has dubbed "the first of its kind all-in-one workstation." The 27-inch HP Z1 features a 30-bit panel with an over-1 billion color palette, a built-in HD video camera, SRS premium sound speakers, an array of microphones for stereo input, professional level performance and optional NVIDIA Quadro cards for professional applications.
"When we decided to go forward with the Z1, we didn't really know if we knew how to do it," says Jim Zafarana, HP VP/GM, commercial solutions business unit. "We had to put real workstation technology into this form factor, not PC technology. We had a couple of meetings where I had to lay down the criteria: all-in-one form factor, the essence of the Z workstation and no compromise. The HP Z1 is not just another all-in-one.
Two years in the making, the HP Z1 features some unique qualities: Designed to look quite similar in design to the flagship HP Z800, as well as achieve its level of performance. Speakers are front facing for a rich audio experience. There's room for two hard drives. The HP Z1 is also 'whisper quiet,' the result of a design that includes thermal sensors and an array of fans that produce a low noise level, for the express purpose of maintaining usability in noise-sensitive video/audio production. The HP Z1's self-closing lid is another design detail that protects the workstation.
The HP Z1 is -- at least initially -- aimed at three markets: media and entertainment; CAD; and education. "Zafarani pointed out the popularity of the HP Z800 in the film/video marketplace. "Hollywood and Bollywood have embraced it," says Zafarani. "The HP workstation is used for film/video and high-end animation throughout the U.S. and India as well as in places like New Zealand where it was used on Lord of the Rings." read more...