Following up the EliteBook mobile workstation, Hewlett-Packard has also unveiled the budget-friendly Z210 desktop workstation.
The key thing to remember here is that this workstation was designed and is intended to be a low-cost, entry-level option for those working with video editing, AutoCAD software, education and other similar purposes. For designers, there are 2D and 3D graphics options available, ranging from AMD FirePro 2270 in 2D to NVIDIA Quadro 4000 in 3D. Intel's own integrated graphics are also onboard.
Intel has its mark on a few other spots on this machine. Along with vPro technology, buyers have a slew of Intel processor choices. Choices include second-generation Core i3/i5/i7 dual-core and quad-core CPUs as well as several Intel Xeon quad-core options to look over. The maximum hard drive space is 4.5TB, but one can also opt for up to 480GB of solid state drive space.
Just like the EliteBooks, accessing the interior of the workstation is a lot simpler thanks to a single door design with a handle that grants access rather than removing a bunch of tiny screws that can easily be lost. When looking inside the Z210, it's amazingly organized thanks to a design job by BMW. There are touch points identifying where parts can be removed and replaced, and the cleaner layout also adds to better airflow and acoustics.
There are actually two variants for the Z210 workstation, which will affect several of the spec options such as the number of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, maximum amount of memory and storage space, and even the audio power, among other things.
The small form factor (SFF) version starts at $569, while the convertible mini-tower (CMT) starts at $659. Note that the SFF model is 65% smaller than the CMT edition, which might be helpful to know when buying for smaller workspaces. Both are available now.