HP Pitches ‘Espresso Size’ Z2 Mini Workstation At Creatives

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HP promises server-grade computing in a mini PC that’s nine tenths the size

HP Inc is appealing to the creative industries with a new mini workstation that offers “server grade power” in a form factor that is just 21.5cm wide and 5.8cm high.

The company claims there is demand for powerful, smaller hardware from users in CAD (computer aided design) and other compute intense industries because of smaller offices limiting workspace.

It says the HP Z2 Mini is “shorter than a cup of espresso,” although it could be argued that the standard measurement in the creative sector is a flat white.

HP Z2 Mini workstation

4-hp-z2-mini-workstation-w_-displayThe Z2 Mini marries an octagon form with an Intel Xeon processor, Nivida graphics and works with HP Z Turbo drive for handling large files. HP says it has worked on custom designed fans and cooling systems so it is two thirds quieter than one of the company’s mini PCs.

It can also support six displays out of the box

“The HP Z2 Mini, the world’s first mini workstation, delivers breakthrough power and versatility in a small, iconic design,” said Gwen Coble, HP Inc’s lead for workstations in EMEA.

“HP redefined the workstation in 2009 with the introduction of the HP Z series, and now once again is disrupting the category with the new HP Z2 Mini Workstation – the ultimate combination of space efficiency, elegance and power for our customers and partners.”

HP Z2 Mini Workstation

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5. HP Z2 Mini Workstation w_ display

Creative industries have long been the domain of Apple with its Mac range, although Microsoft itself is now targeting the market with its Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio Windows 10 machines.

The HP Z2 Mini workstation will be available in the UK this December for £750.

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