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HP Inc., the personal systems and printer spinoff formed when HP Co. split itself two years ago, has become an important industry innovator.

Earlier this year, HP created a new mobile hardware category, the 3-in-1, when it introduced its Elite x3 device. The $700 device aims to combine the best features of 3 device types: the power and productivity of a PC, portability of a tablet, and connectivity of a smartphone.

Last week, HP did it again, announcing what it calls the industry’s first mini-workstation designed for users of computer-assisted design (CAD) and other compute-intensive applications. The workstation, called the HP Z2 Mini, measures just 2.3 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches, and it weighs about 4.5 pounds, depending on configuration. So it’s ideal for tight, small spaces. Yet the new device can also support up to 6 displays.


The HP Z2 Mini workstation measures just 2.3 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches.

OS Options

On the operating system front, the HP Z2 Mini supports both Windows and Linux. Specifically, it comes preinstalled with the user’s choice of Windows 10 Pro 65, Win7 Pro, HP Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation. It can also support selected versions of both Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, HP says.

Under the hood is a choice of 6th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Xeon processors, and both Intel HD and Nvidia Quadro graphics. Memory is expandable to 32GB, and storage tops out at 1 TB.

The new device was designed with CAD in mind, and HP says it will run smoothly with popular applications including AutoCAD, SolidWorks, ArchiCAD and Sketchup. HP also suggests other good uses for the new device, including digital signage, process controls and video surveillance.

Shipments of the HP Z2 Mini workstation are set to begin next month, with retail prices starting at just under $700. Your computer-intensive clients may find this innovative new device attractive.

Learn more from HP:

FAQ: HP Z2 Mini Workstation

Datasheet: HP Z2 Mini Workstation

Quick Specs: HP Z2 Mini Workstation

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