It takes some doing to get anointed the best all in one computer; in our experience the HP Z1 G2 Workstation can lay genuine claim to being one of the best out there. This isn’t your regular home-use desktop. I mean, who puts in $7K for a computer at home, unless you’re running a cutting edge video editing service from home. This bad boy runs on the Intel Xeon E3-1280 v3 3.4 GHz processor. It carries 16GB RAM and 512 GB SSD storage and features the Nvidia Quadro K4100M graphics processor unit with 4GB of video memory and a 256-bit memory bus. This 27-inch widescreen device has a 2560 x 1440 touch screen with edge-to-edge glass. With 10-point touch capability, this is a very responsive device and of particular use in computer-aided designing. It uses the Windows 8.1 operating system. Connectivity options include Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.
The definitely innovative design allows users to open this best all in one computer like a suitcase; yes, its innards are that easy to expose and you can upgrade components with no hassles at all. The disk drive bay holds either one 3.5-inch SATA disk or two 2.5-inch drives. The device features not two but four speakers underneath the screen and a 1080p webcam on the top that is operated through a scroll wheel. The black plastic body and silver backing give it a dignified look. The Z1 G2 can be maneuvered easily on its hinges for viewing at almost any angle. The dual-hinge stand is not something that you get to see very commonly on AIOs. Two 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 connectors, for connecting to external peripherals are on the right hand side, as are two USB 3.0 slots. Instead of a tray-loading system, this best all in one computer has chosen to go for a slot-loading mechanism for the optical drives and that is located on the left. There are four USB 2.0 ports at the back alongside one DisplayPort and audio ports.
But do keep in mind that this is not a device to be mounted on the wall; it weighs a mammoth 21.3 kg. It needs space and a desk for itself. Give it space and put it to work. The nature of beast is such that the number of components inside preclude a sleek body. It’s bulky to look at. Do remember, this is a workstation and not your run of the mill desktop. It comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor. That is not something that you’d get with desktops.
A wireless USB dongle connects the keyboard and mouse to the screen. Our best all in one computer review showed that this device is not at all power hungry. Which is good, because if you’re going to use more than a few of these in a workgroup then power consumption costs do need to be kept in check. Even when idle, it requires a mere 76 watts of power.