HP had officially announced and released their latest HP Workstation a while ago. But this time it opens up a new frontier, as a transportable HP Workstation. No, it's not a notebook and it's not a personal/desktop workstation either. It's a new game, new rules, yet still carrying brute force and performance of a personal/desktop workstation, written by HP. HP Z2 Mini is the name for the new product, inheriting the performance of HP's personal/desktop workstation, with the size smaller than birthday cake box.
Look at the visual comparison of the HP Z2 Mini next to a mouse. It's actually the world's first mini workstation, designed for engineers and graphics artists. And when it's attached to a monitor, it sits tightly and nicely behind the monitor, without anyone knowing it's there.
Work In Peace of Mind
The HP Z2 Mini isn't compromising to anything from it's bigger brothers the Z440, Z640 and Z840. It was heavily tested in more than 20 professional software applications, and carries ISV certifications for popular software such as:
As a part of HP workstation series, the HP Z2 Mini doesn't take any compromises in relation by its size. It sports Intel Skylake Core i7 up to Xeon E5 processors, up to 32GB DDR4 2400 ECC and non-ECC memory, up to 1.5TB HP Z Turbo Drive G2 storage that is blazingly faster than SSD, latest Nvidia Quadro M620 with 2GB graphics RAM, connection to 4 native displays or 6 display in daisy chain configuration, and even USB Type-C support built-in the box. All in a box with mini size and weigh slightly heavier than 2kg!
Having A Doubt?
Okay, for some people, when any goods are being listed or named as "Mini" it tends to be stripped off from its higher model, without the "Mini" label. Well, it doesn't work with this HP Z2 Mini. The label "Mini" just stands of its size.
For instance, there are several main parts that shape this HP Z2 Mini into shining gem. Let me explain it to you and put a comparable parts from its higher model so you will get the picture.
With its highest level installable processor, whether it's the Intel Core i7-7700 or Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5, both are equal to Intel Xeon E5-2637 v4 which the option for HP Z640 and HP Z840. So, there's no excuse in saying it has performance cut down when carrying "Mini" name.
2. Graphics Card
HP Z2 Mini performance model comes with latest Nvidia Quadro M620 with 2GB. Many people consider that the 6xx series Quadro is not enough to accelerate the graphics tasks. Well, that is true in some cases. But on what level? Let me give you something to consider. The new Quadro M620 is somehow almost double the performance of the existing Quadro K2000 in average G3D Mark numbers.
HP Z2 Mini is equipped with HP's latest Z Turbo Drive G2 PCIe SSD. On its 2nd generation, it delivers up to 2GB/s read and 1.5GB/s write performance. This is surely much faster than normal SSD. An example of ATTO32 benchmark numbers of identical HP Z Turbo Drive G2 on my HP Zbook Studio G3.
Using the latest DDR4 2400 memory, it can deliver up to 2400 MT/s transfer rate. That's a huge amount of date stored and delivered in a second!
Who Gets The Benefits of HP Z2 Mini?
Well, most users do. However, analyzing the time frame when some users made their investment, there are lots of people that are still using dual Intel Xeon E5640 and Quadro K2000 workstations since they made their investment back in 2013. Well, this HP Z2 Mini runs better and faster than those rigs and it would give good value to upgrade the existing investments. So, it's actually bringing most benefits on the price and performance. And most users come from these industries:
Another consideration for companies who work with many remote offices and perform temporary customer visits and stays for a period of time, where broadband connection is a luxury thing to have in order to use HP RGS, this HP Z2 Mini would put away the headaches. It fits nicely inside the backpack. The next thing to do is just connect it to one or more displays as it comes with the keyboard and mouse as a complete package.
So, with all those bells and whistles carried by HP Z2 Mini, there should be no doubt, as the world's first mini workstation, the HP Z2 MIni could carry your everyday tasks. It frees your workspace by clearing the required area for you to put your computer on your table, by simply attaching it behind your monitor. But when you place it on your desk, some eyes will be attached to it as it has awesome eye-catching design, for sure. The HP Z2 Mini also offers portability as you may carry it inside your backpack and transport it to your remote workplace, and still, delivering outstanding performance. This mini, is surely packed with "maxy" powerhouse.
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Bimo Adi Prakoso, founder of Sentra Grafika Kompumedia, is an engineering-animation-broadcast industry professional and workstation evangelist. He's been in the Workstation industry since 1996, the era of SGI.