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Here's a close look at ultra-compact HP Z2 Mini G4 workstation

By Wong Chung Wee - 18 Jul 2018

Hands-on with the HP Z2 Mini G4 workstation

Note: This article was first published on 18th July 2018.

The HP Z2 G4 Mini workstation.

Among HP's new range of Z2 workstations that was just launched, there’s also the HP Z2 Mini G4 workstation that can handily sit on your lap, looking just a little larger than a netbook. This is perfect for smaller workspaces and flexible deployment needs. It's so small, you could actually lug it in your backpack and a portable screen to have a truly powerful mobile workstation of sorts.

It supports the Pascal-based NVIDIA Quadro P1000 or NVIDIA Quadro P600 discrete graphics, despite its ultra-compact 2.7-liter chassis. AMD fans can even opt for an AMD Radeon Pro WZ4150 GPU. In comparison to the previous generation, its current GPU offerings have twice as much processing capabilities! Using an industry standard MXM module, GPU upgrades are a cinch with this system when required.

Other aspects that are easy to upgrade are the system memory and the 2.5-inch storage drive. The system also sports an M.2 slot for SSD drives in that form factor, but that will need more disassembly to gain direct access.

Yes, it's really that small.

The CPU cooling fan can be flipped up for easy access to its RAM modules.

Besides more powerful hardware, one of the improved features in this generation of the Mini workstation is its whisper quiet operation - so much so that the HP Z2 Mini G4 is touted as the world’s quietest mini workstation. To achieve this, its blower fans have been re-designed with more spacing between the blades; this helps it move air volume while operating at lower speeds to ensure quiet operation. Along with an improved air intake and exhaust path, the improved airflow also augments its quiet operation. The active cooling mechanisms also extend to the discrete GPU for performance reliability.

At the back, there are three DisplayPort ports, one USB Type-C, a legacy serial port, an Ethernet port, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

There are a smattering of I/O ports located at its rear and sides. They offer flexible I/O configuration and for this pictured setup, the HP G4 Mini even supports legacy serial port connectivity if required within the organization.

Located at the side, there is a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C port (that's a full banwidth port that supports 10Gbps). Also note that the 3.5mm headphone jack is located here.

The HP Z2 G4 Mini workstation offers flexibility in deployment without any performance compromise. Its unique form factor is also on point in product design aesthetics.

The HP Z2 Mini G4 is also extremely flexible in terms of deployment, from VESA display mounts to standard 42U server racks, the HP Z2 Mini G4 lets customers “create their ideal setup”, without any compromises on performance.

The workstation is priced from S$1,799 onwards and will be available sometime from September 2018.