HP Expands Z Workstation Portfolio, Launches Z Display Line

25 Jul, 2013 By: Cyrena Respini-Irwin

With the introduction of three new monitors, the hardware developer adds a new branch to the Z family tree.

HP added an entry-level model to its Z workstation family this week, and simultaneously announced three Z displays. The company introduced its first Z workstations in 2009, and has been regularly expanding and updating the line ever since. This is the first time, however, that displays have been made part of the Z offerings.

The HP Z22i, Z23i, and Z24i LED displays are optimized for use with HP Z workstations, and marketed toward engineers, architects, designers, and photographers. Built with in-plane switching (IPS) Generation 2 panels, these models use approximately 26% less power than HP’s first-generation IPS technology products, said Larry Mahoney, worldwide product manager of HP's Displays business unit.

The displays also provide color fidelity across wider viewing angles than twisted nematic (TN) displays do — an important feature for those viewing images from the side. "TN degrades depending on the angle," said Mahoney. The IPS Generation 2, in contrast, provides 178 degrees of clear viewing.

The HP Z22i and Z23i provide 95% coverage of the sRGB color space; the HP Z24i boosts that number to 99%. HP's Black Stretch technology, controlled through an onscreen display, enhances the visibility of details in dark regions of the image.

All three models feature DisplayPort 1.2, DVI, and VGA inputs. The stand allows users to adjust the height, horizontal angle, and vertical angle, as well as pivot the display from landscape to portrait position. The HP Z displays are ENERGY STAR qualified, EPEAT Gold registered, and TCO certified.

The 21.5-inch Z22i, which Mahoney suggested for MCAD applications, and the 23-inch Z23i, which he called "ideal for CAD and AEC," share similar features:

  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • brightness of 50 to 250 cd/m2
  • integrated 2-port USB 2.0 hub
  • cable-management clip
  • VESA mount support.

Like its siblings, the Z23i and Z24i, the Z22i has a stand that allows users to elevate, tilt, and swivel the display, as well as rotate it to portrait position. Images courtesy of HP.

The 24-inch Z24i features:

  • 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • brightness of 50 to 300 cd/m2
  • integrated 4-port USB 2.0 hub
  • cable-management tunnel
  • quick-release stand attachment that works with the included stand or with VESA mount.

The HP Z22i, Z23i, and Z24i are available now for starting prices of $239, $259, and $399, respectively.


One New Workstation, Two Versions

With a starting price of $999 for quad-core configurations, the new HP Z230 workstations are designed for budget-conscious engineers and designers, but powerful enough to handle applications including AutoCAD, says HP. The company is targeting product development, AEC, and geospatial professionals with this release, as well as users in healthcare, finance, government, education, and media and entertainment.

The Z230 is available in two versions — a full-size tower and a compact small form factor (SFF) — each packaged in a redesigned chassis. Both feature power supplies that are 92% efficient, four PCIe slots, and support for as many as six monitors. Customers can choose between integrated graphics and 2D or 3D discrete graphics, and pick from a range of processors including the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 family.

The tower version of the Z230 is slighly more compact than its predecessor, the Z220, and features:

  • ergonomic front handle and rear ledge handle
  • 400-W power supply
  • legacy PCI slot
  • dual-entry 3D graphics support
  • six drive bays, including one 2.5-inch HD bay for solid-state drives
  • two DP and one DVI-I outputs for integrated graphics
  • two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports on the front of the machine, including one USB charging port
  • 4U rack–mountable chassis.

The SFF version of the Z230 "is about 57% smaller in volume than the tower," said Renga Subramanyam, worldwide product manager of HP's Commercial Solutions business unit, and therefore suitable for working environments with space limitations. Although its exterior looks similar to its predecessor the Z220 SFF, "The small form factor gets a total makeover inside, making it more flexible and robust," said Subramanyam.

The Z230 SFF is 57% smaller than the Z230 tower. Here, the two versions of the new workstation are flanked by two Z24i 24-inch ISP displays. Image courtesy of HP.

The Z230 SFF features:

  • new internal design with hinged drive cage
  • 240-W power supply
  • four drive bays; one flexible bay can be used both externally (for a media card reader) or internally (for a second hard drive
  • three integrated DisplayPort outputs
  • two USB 3.0 ports on the front of the machine (five total).

"Workstations are all about reliable performance and expandability," Subramanyam commented. "Even with the new compact design, the Z230 has remarkable expandability."

The HP Z230 Workstations are expected to be available worldwide in August. In contrast with previous Z workstations, which were updated annually, these models will have an extended platform lifecycle; HP doesn't plan to refresh them until late 2015. "It's a two-year lifespan for the first time," said Subramanyam.

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