HomeEpisodesEpisode ReviewReview: HP Z1 G2 and KEF X300AW Speakers John P. April 16, 2014 Episode Review 5 Comments 58 Shares Google+ 34 Twitter 0 Facebook 24 LinkedIn 0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 58 Shares × http://youtu.be/fI8P6Bfrup8 The Complete Desktop Computing Experience We’re all looking for the ultimate computer setup, and I think I’ve found it. You take the awesome HP Z1 G2 and pair it with the amazing sound of KEF X300AW speakers for the complete desktop experience! HP Z1 G2 All-in-One Workstation The HP Z1 G2 is the second generation of the all-in-one workstation I loved so much when I reviewed it last year. It has two screen options: Touch or Non-touch (which has a matte finish). The touch version is fully Windows 8 ready, with 10-finger multi-touch capabilities. It has a Thunderbolt 2 option, with 2 Thunderbolt ports that let you daisy chain up to 6 devices. This is a big deal because HP is the only PC vendor in the market supporting Thunderbolt, taking advantage of support supplied through Windows 7 and 8.1. HP is loading these bad boys up with 22nm Haswell processors and updated video cards capable of pro-level graphics – the Quadro k610, k2100m, k3100m, and k4100m are all options. It already had two internal drives and the G2 adds an MSATA drive. The springs in the stand have been improved to correct sagging and also make it easier to fold back into service mode, and it’s got improved access to the rear I/O ports. The memory bus speed is initially 1600mhz speed, but will eventually get a bump up to 1866mhz. As with the first generation Z1, this baby really shines when it’s time to open it up for servicing. It’s like opening a briefcase, and everything is easy to access. It is a pure pleasure to work with. KEF X300AW Speakers To complete your ultimate desktop setup you’ll want great sound, and you’ll get just that in the KEF X300AW speakers, available in black and white. They’re wireless if you want that, but you can also connect them using USB. Each speaker has a big heat sink on the back, and its own power line. That’s because each speaker has two different amps providing a 50-watts of power for low/mid frequency, and 20 watts for high frequency. You can also run it off Ethernet. These are going for $999 right now on Amazon. It’s also available wired for $799. 58 Shares Google+ 34 Twitter 0 Facebook 24 LinkedIn 0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 58 Shares × 5 Responses Chris Johnson April 24, 2014 Hey John, Love the show have been a fan for years! What is that phone/dock/whatchacallit you where streaming from to those KEF’s in the review? Jani Turunen April 17, 2014 @JohnP you could open that Z1 G2 without leaning it backwards Darth Stormageddon April 17, 2014 HP has always been incredibly popular with a modular design. I was wondering how the heat was. The Dell all-in-ones ran quite hot and you could almost get that “dessert heat dissipation effect” when you looked at it, especially in summertime. Looks like a great design, but how much is proprietary design and will only take HP parts, and how much of it is standardized components? david April 16, 2014 Seems like a good setup… for the rich crew of GeetBeat.tv ! I cant simply afford dreamin of a setup like that! I’ll keep my Zotac ID65 Nano then. Jacob April 16, 2014 Awesome! But a bit to expensive. But I can agree that its a valid alternative for iMac fans.