New Thin-Client Software Will Allow Macs to Be Used to Control HP Workstations

HP updated its all-in-one Z1 workstation, first introduced back in 2012, with a third-generation overhaul that asserts bigger isn't better, dramaticaly reducing the system's size and weight — and price.

Screen size has been decreased from the original 27 inches to the new G3 system's 24 inches. That doesn't really transalte into a loss in screen real-estate, however, given that the resolution has now been increased to UHD resolution (3840×2160).

The new system actually supports up to two 4K displays, thanks to dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. Horsepower is delivered by new Intel Xeon and Core processors, new Nvidia Quadro M1000M and M2000M hardware, and up to 64 GB of ECC or non-ECC memory. Up to four storage devices can be packed in, meaning dual HP Z Turbo drives can live alongside dual 2.5-inch drives.

HP Z1 G3 configurations are expect to ship in May, starting at $1,498.

HP also anounced that its RGS (remote graphics software) receiver software, which provides a way for low-powered computers like laptops, tablets, and thin clients to control more powerful workstations running the companion RGS sender, is now available for Mac users. That means, as an example, that you could kick back with your MacBook Air at a coffee shop with a good Wi-Fi signal and control a heavy-duty workstation crunching graphics and video files in an office somewhere else.

RGS software is a free download for existing HP Z workstation owners, and the Mac receiver will be a free download for RGS users, the company said.