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Cracking Open the $7000 HP Z1 Workstation

HP Z1 Workstation teardown

The HP Z1 Workstation may look like your average Windows all-in-one computer, but it's not. This machine is packed with high-end hardware, has a near tool-less chassis, and was designed to be cool and quiet. Although you can get and entry level Z1 for $1,899 (US), HP was kind enough to loan us a $7,000+ powerhouse.

Follow along as I go under the Z1's "hood" for a look at the hardware inside.

For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video $7000 HP Z1 teardown reveals all-in-one that’s easy to service, packed with high-end hardware.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

18 comments
oneoar51
oneoar51

As usual you have done a nice job of succinctly tearing down and evaluating the machine. As far as the price goes, I am tempted to ask "Are the parts better grade than the usual offerings?". And by the way, the Blackbird weighed in about the same, without a monitor. Go Bill!

zhuatclfk
zhuatclfk

I have a 27" iMac which I love, and was a bargain (closeout 2010 Core i7 model for $1700), but I can only wish it was as service and upgrade friendly as this HP machine. It's got a pressurized strut for crying out loud! Very cool but--and this will sound trollish coming from a Mac user--overpriced.

william.hacker
william.hacker

This thing screams executive computer...who has to have the latest and greatest without messing up their precious desk space. WAAAAY overpriced for a worker bee -- you can get REAL workstations with much more power for less than half that price. Sheesh.

phuong.le
phuong.le

Why is it so slow when viewing the images? Can you put this in some sort of a slide show thing ....

BrihanB
BrihanB

"Although you can get and entry level Z1 for $1,899 (US), HP was kind enough to loan us a $7,000+ powerhouse." That's just Crazy Talk!!!

hws1947
hws1947

Wow, $7,000 and only 16GB RAM?? I don't think so!

kerry.sisler
kerry.sisler

For $7k one could build a truely awesome workstation... why would one buy this thing?

buddyfarr
buddyfarr

who pays $7,000 for any computer? whether it be a desktop or laptop, not gonna happen in any company that I have worked at.

CalTec
CalTec

I believe Image 44 is the power supply, not the graphics card :)

marcomar
marcomar

Who gets a $7000 desktop?

mckinnej
mckinnej

I'm not a big HP fan, but that is some sweet hardware. Hopefully they don't fill it up with crapware the way they do their consumer products.

Uncle Stoat
Uncle Stoat

That's a seriously heavy device. Are you sure about that weight?

martymoose009
martymoose009

Definitely reminiscent of HP Proliant Server style build and reminds me why I like HP so much (no, I have no financial affiliation with the company). :-) Now. Where did I put my cheque book?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Thanks for the post about the broken link and positive feedback. I'm glad you enjoy my Cracking Opens.

xyvyx
xyvyx

for myself and some of our geologists... But it looks like this HP all-in-one thing is more expensive because of how compact it is. My Dell T7500 workstation has a similar Quadro 4000 card, but 24GB of ram, dual xeon X5680's (6 core x HT @ 3.3ghz) and a couple of 10k rpm sas drives in a raid config. It's also very heavy & built like a tank!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Indeed, the label was wrong. I also noticed that some of the images weren't in the order I intended to put them in. The gallery CMS must not have registered my last set of changes.