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HP Workstation Z400

HP Workstation Z400
alaScore 87

33 reviews

Oct, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size. The reliability also gets good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the usability.

value for money, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the HP Workstation Z400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for HP Workstation Z400


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of HP Workstation Z400 from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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HP Z400 Workstation Review


Earlier this year we covered the launch of HP's latest Intel Nehalem-based workstations, and soon enough HP had a Z400 test unit for us to try out. The entry-point to the new range, the Z400 misses out on some of the more innovative design features of...

In terms of cost, the range starts from $929 for preconfigured models, which nets you the 2.4GHz Xeon dual-core; quad-core models start from $1,499, and a rig comparable to our test unit – with the 2.93GHz CPU – will be more in the region of $2,500....

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HP Z400 Workstation Reviewed


Fast ; Reliable ; 3 year Warranty ; Supports many removable media devices, USB/eSATA/Card Reader/Blu-Ray

Mid-Range Hard Drives ; Pricey

The HP Z400 is a great computer for video editors.


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HP Six-core Z400 Test Drive, Part 1


Those users considering an HP workstation now have four units to choose from: the top-of-the-line dual-processor Z800 and Z600, which both sport the fancy new case that HP introduced last year, and the less-expensive Z400 and Z200...

These tests demonstrate what I stated at the top: that application performance on multiple-processor systems depends primarily on the multi-processor efficiency of the programs that you're using. If you're running Episode Engine in a relatively...

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HP's Z400 Workstation Runs The Tom's Hardware Gauntlet


We've recently put a lot of effort into designing a custom benchmark suite for testing workstation-class hardware. It's a work in progress, first ...

Up until recently, the graphics card in a system largely dedicated to photo editing or video editing only needed to be powerful enough to drive the monitors, and 3D support was secondary to good quality 2D support. With the evolution of Nvidia's CUDA...

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HP Z400 workstation


The Hewlett-Packard HP Z400 is the company's entry level workstation. While it doesn't have the whiz bang design features of the HP Z800 reviewed in March, it still does not disappoint as the benchmark numbers will surprise you.

On a pure price performance level, the system is hard to beat

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HP's Z400 a workhorse workstation in any configuration


The Lab tests a powerful workstation-level desktop computer from HP, the Z400.

Many expansion slots and Serial ATA ports

Support bar interferes with some accessibility

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Excellent deal


Quick way to get started on a good build. Got this for an extra tower, now it's powering all of my security and media centers. Best deal I've seen in years.

Plug and play, came ready to go with a punch

not any I can think of

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Need another video card


For the price, its a really good deal. I have a Xeon at work and it rocks, so I figured i'd buy one for when I work at home

I knew this computer was going to be big, but its really quite heavy. Not a huge deal but it is annoying. Also the monitor card doesnt work with my 30 ; Otherwise everything seems Ok so far

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Displayport video out only


The only video card is displayport only and even with the included adapter, none of my monitors are seen by this computer. Likely it needs settings made in the video driver for the adapter to work. Seems my choices are to return it or buy a monitor...

liked the large hard drive and amount of memory. Can't say more because I can logon without video access

Can't boot it up without a displayport monitor. Adapter won't work on initial start up

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Good Value for the money


A six core intel xenon system with 12 gig of memory system for under $600 really can't beat it. the few limitations of this computer are easily fixed with $200 worth of parts and a little free time. Way cheaper then buying a new system and easily...

Fast processor, loads of memory, case is nice and big so upgrading and adding additional components in a breeze. excellent for Photoshop and video work. Just the OS and drivers were included so I didn't have to deal with uninstalling bloatware

hard drive is a bit small and slow ( but that's easily upgraded) DVD drive is only a reader, can't burn cds or dvds, but that's also easily upgraded

Product Specifications

Combining ultimate performance with a revolutionary industrial design, the HP Z800 Workstation delivers the extreme speed and massive expandability that you demand to tackle your biggest challenges.


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive / Not Applicable
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth: No
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader / No
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output:No / Not Applicable / Yes
Wireless LAN: No


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Professional Downgradable to XP / Windows Vista Business /XP Professional Twinload
Product Type:PC Workstation
Type:PC Workstation


Brand of Graphic Chip:Not Applicable / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce FX 4800 / k.A. / n.a. / Not Applicable / QUADRO 2000 / Quadro 400 / Quadro 4000 / QUADRO 600 / Quadro FX 1800 / Quadro FX 3800 / Quadro FX 600 / Quadro FX380 / Quadro FX580 / QUADRO NVS 450
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / OnBoard Graphic
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU / OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown / X58 / Z68
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:Xeon / Xeon ®
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:W3503 / W3505 / W3520 / W3530 / W3540 / W3550 / W3565 / W3580 / W3670 / W3680