The HP Z1 workstation is a special computer. HP must be of the same opinion, because it's not a computer that's directly aimed at existing users of HP workstations. HP is aiming at a new market of compact yet powerful computers that you can also upgrade. The latter quality, upgrading your system, has traditionally not been possible with most all-in-one systems.
The Z1 makes upgrading a piece of cake. You lay the screen flat, open it, and you have direct access to all the innards. Not every single component is equally easy to replace. For example, the special trays you need to replace the hard drive by a different model or an SSD you won't find in every computer store, and the same is true for the MXM card. The energy consumption is relatively low, the performance for many applications is great and last but not least, the HP Z1 is very quiet. It's an excellent workhorse. If you add the outstanding 27-inch 2560x1440 IPS display to this mix, you have a wonderful system. There is no doubt about that. There is, however, one significant drawback, and that's the price of the Z1. Our test model costs an average of £3,130, and even the entry-level model has a hefty price tag of £1,715.
The HP Z1 workstation comes with three years warranty.