04-29-2012 05:41 AM
I recently saw an article about HP's new all-in-one workstation, the Z1. The system does seem decently well done. Does anyone know if Lenovo will make a similar product, or think they will? As a video production professional, I would be very glad if Lenovo made a similar computer, as I am a long-time fan of Think branded computers.
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04-29-2012 11:38 PM
04-30-2012 04:58 AM - edited 04-30-2012 07:49 AM
intriguing concept. it'll be interesting to see if HP sells very many units.
wouldn't you prefer a more expandable system for video production? what about SDI capture and output?
out of curiosity, have you considered an E30 or S30 + 27" display? cost would be similar yet expandability would be exponentially greater. or, are you limited in desk space and not able to use a full-size workstation?
(edit: word choice)
04-30-2012 07:35 AM - edited 04-30-2012 08:15 AM
The launch of the Z1 didn't go unnoticed. That being said, it's hard to tell if a halo product like that is going to actually drive new or incremental volume. That's a huge DE investment for a product that could simply end up just cannibalizing volume from your other existing platforms.
If you're looking for a workstation class system and are space constrained....watch this space.
04-30-2012 09:29 AM - edited 04-30-2012 09:30 AM
Oh my, I am excited. What are you hinting at!!!???
The reason an AIO workstation interests me as a video, graphics, and animation professional is as follows:
1. In the workspace I am moving toward a smaller, cheaper workstation would allow me to continue editing during long 3D renders or other CPU and GPU intensive processes on my main systems.
2. It is a cleaner and subtler system from which to show clients projects, and or preview projects with partners.
3. One of my workspaces is very space limited, and this would help immensely by placing a capable workstation on my tiny desk.
4. It would allow a small system for mobile jobs either on or near location. Preliminary editing and even Color Correction would be MUCH easier than on a mobile workstation (W series). Also, such a system would allow for travel to and from conferences and or long term meetings, during which work still must be done. I love laptop workstations as much as the next, but a more mobile desktop would be a far superior solution.
There are several other reasons, but these seem to be the most relevant.
05-14-2012 10:41 AM - edited 05-14-2012 10:41 AM
So it's not an AIO, but the E-series team just announced the E31 and it includes a new (small) form factor.
01-09-2014 01:02 PM
Apparently HP saw good enough sales to justify a second generation product.
Lenovo, get in on this game.
01-10-2014 12:53 PM - edited 01-10-2014 01:01 PM
No problem.....have you got 2-3 million that you want to loan us for development expense?
Seriously though, it still seems like a niche within a niche market. With the way the core PC market is retracting right now, it makes halo products like this very difficult to do. That being said, we're always looking/tooling around with stuff, so you never know.
And I have a very hard time calling that thing a workstation Wouldn't be suprised to see some of our existing AIOs run circles around it.