Meet the HP Z2 Mini Workstation

The world’s smallest workstation weaves feats of engineering with industrial design panache, incorporating workstation power and reliability without a single visual compromise.
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Some SOLIDWORKS users are using consumer-class PCs — computers not configured to support 3D CAD software and not engineered to be reliable under demanding use over time. With an eye to improving the 3D CAD experience for these users, HP set out to develop a product to address their unique pain points. The result is unlike anything the market had seen before: the HP Z2 Mini, the world’s first miniature workstation.

Measuring a mere 8.5” x 8.5” x 2.3”, the HP Z2 Mini is ten times smaller than a traditional tower workstation. Yet the system is twice as powerful and 63 percent quieter than the similarly sized HP business-class mini PC — all in a uniquely attractive “space gray” housing accented with black chrome.

The Vision

HP customer research revealed that when it came to hardware, engineers and designers often lack performance, flexibility, and inspiration. Office spaces are shrinking dramatically, but the amount of office clutter is not, making it increasingly challenging to accommodate full-size computers. And the very people who have a keen eye for design, who draw inspiration from the environment around them, are using computers that by and large are boxy and black.

Sean Young, HP Worldwide Product Development Segment Manager, said, “Those were the three main things that led us to say there is going to be a place for a new category of workstation. It has to be small but it can’t compromise performance, and we’re going to do it in a way that is beautiful without compromising function. That was our vision for this product category.”

The Z2 Mini performs: Equipped with Intel® Xeon® E3-1200v5 or Intel® Core® i3/i5/i7 processors, up to 32 GB RAM and 1.5 TB storage, the HP Z Turbo Drive for large-file handling, and optional NVIDA® Quadro® M620 GPU, it hits the sweet spot for 2D and entry-level 3D CAD work. It is flexible: You can mount it behind a monitor, on a wall, or under a desk — or display it on even the smallest of work surfaces. And it is inspirational: On top of being an engineering triumph, the Z2 Mini is exceptional in its industrial design elements that convey performance, professionalism, and a premium look and feel.

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