HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) on Wednesday took the wraps off what it's billing as the first mini workstation ever designed for the computer-aided design (CAD) industry: the HP Z2 Mini Workstation.   According to the company, the workstation is 90% smaller than the usual business tower at a mere 2.3 inches tall, yet packs twice the power of any other commercial mini PC currently available.

The Z2 supports up to six displays, thanks in part to running Intel's next-generation Xeon multi-core processor. Its high-resolution graphics are powered by NVIDIA, the recognized industry leader in delivering the best-quality computer visuals. The machine runs either Windows or Linux operating systems.

In addition to achieving so much computing power in such a small form factor, acoustically the Z2 is reportedly 63% quieter than previous HP mini workstation models. Custom fans give the small, octagonal mini a "whisper quiet" cooling system.

Based on  early reviews the Z2 mini workstation is head and shoulders above the Mac Mini, and should be an unmitigated hit for HP -- especially with its starting price of just $699. After the machine become available worldwide beginning in December, expect it to give HP's already-strong PC division another boost.

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