The HP Z2 Mini is unique; its size is somewhat smaller than the Xbox One, but it packs enough power to be good enough for any professional in need of a good workstation. HP’s engineering prowess truly pays off with this desktop PC.
HP announced the Z2 Mini in November of last year; the mini-PC initially came with Intel’s Core i3/i5/i7 as options, with Xeon E3 v5/v6 options as something that would show up at some point ‘early next year.’
Today, HP announced the launch date and price Z2 Mini’s Xeon options for India.
HP designed the Z2 Mini for the “millions of CAD users” who demand smaller hardware that doesn’t sound like a jet engine; anyone who has ever built a desktop would know, that’s a tough challenge. The smaller a PC is, the more active cooling it requires, which in turn increases the noise it makes.
The Z2 Mini offers many options; there are the cheaper i3/i5/i7 options, but those aren’t the ones we are talking about; we are here for the professional-grade Xeon processors, of which HP is offering the E3 v5 and v6 versions – that’s 6th and 7th generation Xeon processors.
The processors are also accompanied by an NVidia Quadro M620 graphics processor with 2 GB of DDR5 memory. There are two RAM slots, and HP’s offerings go as high as 32 GB of DDR4 ECC RAM.
For storage, HP has rebranded Samsung’s SM951 NVMe SSDs as “HP Z Drive Turbo.” The NVMe SSD has options going up to 512 GB, and a standard 1 TB SATA 6 Gbps HDD as its companion; bringing the total storage to 1.5 TB – which you can upgrade.
There are plenty of ports as well: the workstation comes with four dual-mode DisplayPort connectors with support for up to six displays, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports, Ethernet, and a TRRS input connector.
The Z2 Mini’s i3/i5/i7 SKU’s launched in the U.S. in November last year, with prices starting at $699 – that’s approximately ₹48,000.
Today’s announcement, however, is for the Xeon E3 v5/v6 SKUs; these SKU’s will be available in India starting from 25th of January, at the price of ₹72,000. The price will go up as you customize the machine.