The HP Z2 Mini G3 Workstation is a small desktop computer with NVIDIA Quadro graphics, up to a 6th-gen Intel Xeon processor, and up to 32GB of RAM.

But what I find most interesting about this 8.5″ x 8.5″ x 2.3″ computer is just how easy it is to upgrade: you can open the lid without a screwdriver. And once you’re inside the case you can lift the fan to get at the two SODIMM slots to add or replace memory.

The hard drive and SSD are also both user replaceable.

HP unveiled the Z2 Mini G3 Workstation in November and began shipping the little PC in December. I recently got a chance to check one out at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In addition to simple under-the-hood upgrades, the computer has a ton of ports for connecting multiple external displays, among other accessories.

Top-tier versions of the computer have four DisplayPort jacks and two USB3.1 Type-C ports, while lower-priced models have just three DisplayPort ports. Both versions have two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, NVIDIA Quadro M620 graphics, and room for a 2.5 inch drive and an M.2 SSD.

Intel offers Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Xeon CPU options.

The HP Z2 Mini Workstation is available for $699 and up.


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2 replies on “Closer look at the HP Z2 Mini Workstation PC”

  1. add 1 or 2 thunderbolt 3 ports, and a 4gb (4k) gpu option and I am in.

  2. Hey, once I lost the backplate screw for my x51 I could open that up without a screwdriver, too ;p

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