HP details the Z1 G2, its 27in touchscreen all in one

HP has unveiled a new 27in touch-screen all-in-one workstation that is designed for graphic and design professionals with powerful Intel Thunderbolt 2 ports included for fast data transfer speeds.

The HP Z1 G2, which follows up 2012’s Z1, has an all-in-one design that can be tilted and pivoted into different positions with the display able to be used flat to provide more options for those using it.

“Today’s professionals demand high-performance products that are serviceable and easy-to-use, all wrapped in a sleek and elegant design,” stated Ori Bergman, director of commercial and retail solutions for HP EMEA’s Printing and Personal Systems Group. “Since its launch in 2012, the highly acclaimed HP Z1 has opened the eyes and ears of customers hoping to solve business problems no longer being met by current vendors.”

The display is a 27in diagonal IPS display that is available in both a 10-point touch edge-to-edge glass configuration and a non-touch option with antiglare. Each model will be powered by a fourth generation Intel Xeon or Core processor and the speeds range from an Intel i3-4130 dual-core processor clocked at 3.4GHz with 4MB of cache to a Xeon E3-1280v3 clocked at 3.6GHz with an 8MB cache.

The workstation can take up to 32GB of error-correcting RAM and has two Intel Thunderbolt 2 ports on the side of the device if that option is chosen when purchasing.

When it comes to graphics it can be used with Intel’s integrated HD graphics or a range of NVIDIA Mobile Quadro 3D GPUs with memory sizes ranging from 1GB to 4GB depending on the GPU.

Other components include an onboard subwoofer, 1080p webcam, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BlueTooth, optical drive including a Blu-ray writer option, and a gigabit Ethernet port.

The device is able to run Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 as well as Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and will be released in February in the UK with prices starting at €1,649 [£1,358] for the most basic model.