Tuesday, July 23, 2013

HP plans on putting new Z displays and workstations to task

HP plans on putting new Z displays and workstations to task

HP plans on putting new Z displays and workstations to task

HP is going back to the bottom of the alphabet with its latest line of displays and workstations.

Designed for the professional set, the Z230 Workstation will be available in tower and small form factor (SFF) configurations. Folks in fields like finance, government, education and health care are the intended audience for the stations, HP said during a press call to announce the products.

The gathered Pack-heads said that the SFF variant is about 57 percent smaller in volume than the tower, making it ideal for less-spatially endowed work environments. It features 4 storage bays, 3 integrated DisplayPort o utputs and 2 front USB 3.0 ports.

Like its tower sibling, the SFF Z230 features a new Haswell version of the Intel Xeon processors and discrete 3D graphics options. Both workstations are also intended to fill a 2-year life cycle, which while seemingly quick is a first for HP.

Tower of power

HP Z230

On the tower front, HP took a scalpel and chiseled down the chassis, allowing it, for example, to squeeze into a 4U rack.

The tower Z230 features 6 drive bays, dual-entry 3D graphics support, 4 PCIe slots and 1 PCI slot. A USB 2.0 charging port on the front side is designed for tablet or smartphone juicing, HP said.

It along with the SFF have IO options and "highly flexible" storage options. The workstations are expected to be available worldwide next month, with a starting price for quad-core configurations of $ 999 (about £650, AU$ 1,081).

Z displays

What's a workstation without a screen to see what the heck you're doing on it?

To meet this seeing-need, HP is pushing out three Z display - the Z22i, Z23i and the marquee of the bunch, the Z24i. The displays are optimized to work with the Z230, so if you're looking for a display to pair with your tower or SFF, this would be the place to start.

The displays all feature IPS Gen 2 panels, offering the same visual performance as Gen 1 yet with ultra-wide viewing angles, lower power consumers and greater image accuracy.

HP display

The Z22i is the baby of the bunch, featuring a 21.5-inch display at 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It houses a DisplayPort 1.2, DVI and VGA inputs, with an integrated 2-port USB 2.0 hub.

The Z23i comes in at 23-inches, and has the same resolution, aspect ratio and ports.

HP Z22i

Lastly, the Z24i comes in at (can you guess?) 24-inches. This time around, the resolution is 1920 x 1200 with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 2/3MP. It's brighter than its smaller siblings and while the ports are essentially the same, the integrated USB 2.0 hub now has four ports. Its stand features HP's QR2 quick release tech, too.

All three feature a 4-way adjustable stand, and all are available internationally today, starting at $ 239 (about £155, AU$ 258), $ 259 (about £168, AU$ 280) and $ 399 (about £259, AU$ 432) in ascending order.

  • Want a tablet to go along with your display and workstations? Check out the HP Slate 7.

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