Review: HP Z210 on ActiveWin

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity of reviewing some killer hardware for ActiveWin.com. The HP Z210 is a small form factor (SFF) workstation featuring some cool specs such as an Intel XEON Processor, SSD and 8 GBs of DDR3 ECC RAM.

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A few years ago I made a vow to myself that I would not invest in another desktop because the trade-offs they required such as desktop real estate, weight, separate keyboard, mouse and of course a monitor were becoming too much. My belief at the time was and still is, laptops are getting more powerful each year and even some models from major brands such as HP could make a good desktop replacement. There is just one area laptops have not caught up and that is raw power. Desktops remain a good choice because of the choice components used and a little thing called expandability. This review takes a look at a system unit from Hewlett Packard, the Z210 Workstation which out of the box packs a punch in a sleek slim line unit that not only is perfect for cramped spaces but offers little compromise allowing you to easily add and upgrade components with its easy to open chassis. Let’s take a look at the specifications:

  • Intel XEON E31245 CPU 3.3 GHz

  • 8 GBs of DDR3 RAM

  • 160 GB SSD Storage

  • Intel 3000 HD Graphics

  • 5 USB Ports on the front of the chassis, 6 at the back plus two USB 3.0 ports.

  • DVD RW optical drive

  • 5 in one card reader

  • Windows 7 Professional with SP1 64 bit

  • Weight 22 lbs

Read the entire review here

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