The HP Z210 CMT is an entry-level machine, serving as an introduction to the world of workstations. Clad in business-appropriate attire (read: drab), this midtower machine is one of the pricier members of our Business Desktops chart, but stands head and shoulders above the competition we’ve seen thus far. The usual business desktop caveats apply: A quick glance at the Mainstream Desktop category will reveal machines that offer up more raw power, for less. But this workstation is geared toward a professional environment, packed with premium, server-grade components optimized for hefty workloads.
The HP Z210 we reviewed came equipped with a 3.3GHz Intel Xeon E3-1240–a low-power, quad-core processor typically found in servers and workstations. It offers 8GB of of RAM (you can install up to 32GB of RAM), and sports an Nvidia Quadro 2000 graphics card.