We've seen workstations before, and we've seen plenty of all-in-one PCs, but according to Hewlett-Packard, there has never been a 27-inch AIO that qualified as a workstation. Until now. HP claims its Z1 Workstation is the world's first to combine both types of systems into a 27-inch form factor, and what's more, the OEM says it's a snap to swap out parts without using any tools, a feature that's few and far between in the AIO sector, but critical if it's to be taken seriously as a workstation.
The Z1 can be configured with an Intel Core i3 2120, Xeon E3-1245, or Xeon E3-1280 processor. It supports up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, integrated and discrete level graphics , various HDD and SSD options, and up to a Blu-ray writer for optical duties. The Z1 also ships with six external USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, 6-in-1 media card reader, GbE LAN, a single PCI-E x16 slot, three mini PCI-E slots, and a 400W power supply.