HP unveils intros new Z230 entry-level workstation and 20in+ pro monitors

HP has released an update to its entry-level workstations, along with a slew of new IPS Gen 2 professional grade displays.

The new HP Z230 Workstation, unveiled at the Siggraph show in California, brings professional quad-core workstations to the $999 (£650) price point. The new Z22i, Z23i, and Z24i IPS displays, meanwhile, bring wider viewing angles and power savings to the professional graphics, architecture, and engineering user.

The Z22i, Z23i, and Z24i IPS Gen 2 displays are professional grade, offering 95 to 99 per cent coverage of the sRGB colour space and increased colour accuracy compared to previous LCD TN panels. IPS Gen 2 also offers wider viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically.

Sized at 21.5in (Z22i) and 23in (Z23i), the two smaller monitors feature a 1,920 x 1,080 (1080p) full HD 16:9 resolution. Both feature a wide range of brightness adjustments, DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA inputs, four-way pivot/tilt, and a built-in USB 2.0 hub for your keyboard and tablet digitiser.

The 24in Z24i adds a 1,920 x 1,200 (16:10) resolution for workers who need more desktop real estate for toolbars and the like. The Z24i also has wide brightness adjustment, and extra niceties like a carry handle and cable management.

All these displays are Energy Star and EPEAT Gold compliant. The Z22i, Z23i and Z24i are available immediately for $239 (£156), $259 (£169), and $399 (£260)

The entry-level HP Z230 workstation comes in small and compact tower form factors, depending on how much expansion your professional users need. The Z230 is built around the latest Intel Xeon E3 v3 and 4th-generation Intel Core processors. The Xeon-powered models feature integrated Intel HD Graphics P4600 for professional applications, as well as options for 2D multi-display graphics cards from Nvidia and entry to high-end 3D graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia.

Systems with discrete graphics cards will be able to support up to six simultaneous displays. Multiple Hard drive and SSD options can give users speed, capacity, or both. Depending on configuration, Z230 workstations can fulfill various ISV certification needs, including high-end 3D professional graphics, ECC or non-ECC memory, and professional grade CPU requirements. HP has promised a two-year (2013-2015) platform life cycle, so you can be assured of buying new pre-qualified systems for the next two years.

The HP Z230 workstation starts at $999 (£650) for a quad-core powered system, and will be available worldwide this August.

Earlier this month, we got our hands on HP's Moonshot server cartridge, which we promptly got our teeth and hands stuck into.