The HP Z1 has a fancy flip-over design which makes it easier to get at the internals of the PC built into the back of the monitor.

HP launches first all-in-one space saving workstation

PC maker giant HP has announced a compact all-in-one PC called the HP Z1 which the firm claims is the first workstation to use the form factor.

The 27-inch workstation crams the guts of a PC behind the a high-end LCD screen based on IPS LCD technology with 2560 x 1440 pixels. Entry level specs begin with a 3.3GHz Core i3 2120 with Intel integrated graphics but go up to quad core Intel Xeon processors and Nvidia Quadro workstation 3d graphics.

The party trick of the HP Z1 is that the device can flip over and open up with the slender internals laid bare for upgrades and maintenance. It actually looks quite nifty but an internal shot of one fully loaded Z1 shows a worrying number of those thin-type coolers, typically equipped with high-speed fans.

We reckon it’s unlikely to be quiet but then that’s the price of saving space, it seems. On the other hand HP say the Z1 is mostly based from laptop parts with significant power savings to be had over traditional desktop components.

The HP Z1 will arrive in April with entry level models priced at under £1,400 in the UK.

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