HP gets hands-on with 27” all-in-one touchscreen workstation

I remember in 1986, when my family bought a 27” Sony Trinitron television. We couldn’t imagine anything bigger. Now, Hewlett-Packard Co. has debuted a 27” workstation. And you’re invited to put your fingers all over the big screen.

HP has launched the second generation of its all-in-one, 27” display workstation, the Z1, adding Windows 8 Touch and Intel Thunderbolt 2. Aimed at knowledge workers and specialists in CAD, graphic arts and university education that need fast data transfer speeds for compute-intensive workloads , HP said the Z1G2 features Intel integrated HD Graphics, 4th Generation Intel Xeon and Core processors, ECC memory and RAID storage options.

“Since its launch in 2012, the highly acclaimed HP Z1 has opened the eyes and ears of customers hoping to solve business problems no longer being met by current vendors,” said Jim Zafarana, vice-president and general manager of HP’s commercial solutions business unit, in a statement. “Today’s professionals demand high-performance products that are serviceable and easy-to-use, all wrapped in a sleek and elegant design.”

Features of the Z1G2 include Thunderbolt 2.0 ports as an option, a 27-inch diagonal IPS display with 10-point touch and non-touch options, a tool-less chassis, a wide range of 3-D professional graphics options  including NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs, and premium audio features with dual-tone, front-facing speakers and DTS Studio Sound Audio.

Availability is expected in late January, starting at US$1,999.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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