HP Z1 G3 All-In-One Workstation Review

HI, I’m Doug with IT Creations. Today we’ll be taking a look at HP’s 3rd generation Z 1 entry-level workstation this is an all-in-one workstation that has improved over the years and still offers a very compact space saving form factor that’s targeted at design professionals who need performance at an affordable price. For light 3d rendering AutoCAD and graphics this is a great platform that won’t break the bank. Compared to the previous generations, the case is much slimmer and the base only allows the monitor to slide up and down rather than the full tilt base done on the earlier z1 system. From a pure percentage standpoint, the z1 g3 is 21% less expensive forty-seven percent smaller and half the weight of the previous version. The new generation version also sports a 23 point 6 inch display that’s smaller in comparison to the 27 inch quad High- Definition QHD monitor on previous versions but this monitor is 4k! You may lose a few inches on the diagonal but you gain more in sheer pixels on the 4k monitor. The HP Z! G3 is priced to match a similarly configured entry-level small form factor Z240 outfitted with an HP Z24n display but again that’s not a 4k monitor so still winning on pixels! As always IT Creations carries is full selection of Z-Series workstations. Click this link to see pricing on this system. If you’re ready to make a purchase just give us a call and mention this video to save a hundred and fifty dollars off the purchase of this system or another Z-Series workstation valued at $1,500 or more! Operators are standing by. On the front of the system you’ll notice a fairly substantial bezel surrounding the 4k display which is a necessary trade-offs to support other ports and components like the DTS stereo sound system. Also on the front of the system is a webcam with activity LED and left and right digital microphones. Many of the ports on the Z1 are found on the left-hand side panel and include a headphone microphone port, SD 4.0 media card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3.0 type C USB 3.1 ports, and a power button with system activity LED. If you worry about your webcam getting hacked there’s a small slider on the top of the bezel to physically block the webcam. On back of the system are four more USB 3.0 ports and an RJ45 network port. There’s also a combo audio in audio out jack, and a display connector you can use to connect two more monitors to the system using the display connector and one of the Thunderbolt ports on the side of the system. The dongle for the wireless mouse and keyboard will take up one of your USB ports, or using the panel release latch on the back of the system you can remove the panel and use the internal USB port to plug in the dongle, preserving your external USB ports. With the rear panel removed you can see there’s room for only a single processor. Choose from either a Core i processor or one of three Intel Xeon e3 1200 e5 processor with turbo boost, four cores, and an eight MegaByte cash. There are four memory slots total that can support up to 64 GigaBytes of DDR4 ECC and non- ECC memory using 16 GigaBytes small outline DIMMs. Two small form-factor SATA HDDs or SSDs can be mounted inside the case and support up to one TeraByte each this system does not have a built-in optical storage device but an external device is offered by HP. An integrated HD controller supports RAID configurations of 0, and 1 there’s also room for a maximum of two M.2 storage devices supporting a few different HP Z Turbo Drive cards with up to one TeraByte each and can be configured for RAID with two turbo drives installed. A third M.2 slot supports an optional Wi-Fi card to access the wireless local area network. Handy if you plan on moving the system around the office or home. The Z1 supports all the usual operating systems. There’s also a few other apps to help you get the most out of your system including; HP Remote Graphics Software, and the HP Performance Adviser. HP Performance Advisor constantly monitors your system performance and software to ensure they’re working at full capacity. HP’s Remote Graphics Software is a secure way to share your designs on remote PCs, laptops, or tablets and even continue the design process remotely without additional hardware. Workstations typically have a dedicated graphics processing unit. This system comes with one of two options from HP depending on whether you will be running Xeon processors or one of the Core i processors. You also have a choice of two discrete GPUs from Nvidia; the Nvidia Quadro M1000M 2 GigaByte card is for entry-level 3D modeling and the Quadro M2000M 4 GigaByte card is for mid-range 3D applications. These are basically small form GPUs designed for mobile applications and snap into the Mobile PCI Express Module port on the system board. The Z1 G3 is a great entry- level system for design professionals offering an optimal balance of performance and cost. If you’re looking for a flexible entry-level workstation with a small footprint and minimal wire clutter, this system is an excellent choice. The high-resolution screen is an easy fit for AutoCAD applications, 3d rendering, and film editing. Depending on your choice of processor, the Z1 can probably also double as a decent gaming rig. We hope you enjoyed our review of HP’s Z1 Gen3 Workstation. If have any questions on this system or any other, leave a comment in the section below. If you like this video, give us a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel. If you’re interested in pricing the system, click one of the links in the description below. I’m Doug Stuman and thanks for watching!

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