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Sintel in HP Z1 Workstation Video


Hey look, HP built themselves an iMac clone! (And for some unfathomable reason, focus half of their movie on the boring insides of the machine). Anyway, a nice Sintel sighting by Johnell and Fabrix.

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  1. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SINTEL IS ON AN HP COMMERCIAL!? AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS A BIG LEAP AND ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR BLENDER!!!

    •  I was asking my self the same question. :)
      And iMac clone? As far as i can see this is a windows PC. These windows all-in-ones have been around for quite some time already.

      •  I think he meant that it was an all built into the monitor kind of deelie.

        As for blender? Possibly, if they went as far as featuring it in the display it seems likely.

      • Peter Houlihan on

        "As far as i can see this is a windows PC"

        Also, not that theres any real distinction anymore other than marketing. Install OSX and its a mac.

  2. "Hey look, HP built themselves an iMac clone! (And for some unfathomable
    reason, focus half of their movie on the sexy insides of the machine).
    Anyway, a nice Sintel sighting by Johnell and Fabrix."

    Fixed it for you ;)

  3. From what I've been reading/watching you can apparently open this guy up and change the parts without any special tools. I'll have to do a bit more research on it but I am definitely interested. Thank you for posting this article..

    • Peter Houlihan on

       Do you need special tools to change parts in a normal PC? A screwdrivers always done the trick for me. I'm all for stuff like that being made easier though, so props to them.

  4. More commercials should be like this (including the music). Makes me want one, especially that nVidia Quadro card -- Cycles paradise!

  5. Nice commercial and nice design but starting at 1900$ ? For a crappy i3-2120? :O
    Even a iMac is cheaper. I don't want to know how much the Xeon/Q4000M version is.

  6. I think the texturing and lighting on the innards are actually pretty poor, so I hope it wasn't rendered in Blender. I'd guess it was not, because if you look closer they're viewing Sintel in Adobe Premiere.

  7. The reason of the focus??? because it's the purpose of this product. In fact, i rather don't see the interest of Sintel here.
    And it is a NICE product :)


  8. They're focusing on the innards because this is a revealing of their new system. Though I recall them having an all-in-one that looked like this with a touch screen several years ago ..

    All-in-one computers have been around for a while. My mom owned on in the early 2000s. iMac wasn't the first, though the most popular due to the Apple brand peddling. I used to have a Tandy (before Radio Shack bought the brand) that had everything all built in.

  9. If that is a iMac clone, then they should show what's inside the machine.
    Apple builds (read: Chinese children build) Macs with plastic explosives underneath so that if you try to see what's inside, you won't live to tell the tale.
    Yeah. Except for Sintel, boring ad. C'mon HP, release the WebOS already and stop making these Windows toys.

    How's that for a provocative comment? :P

  10. I saw Big Buck Bunny in the screen montage that was playing on the HD computer screens at the Office Max right near where I live.

    • I'd put Arch on it. That way I get Blender/Gimp/MyPaint updates a few hours after their released upstream without having to hunt down a PPA :-)

  11. Imac clone!? not hardly, this PC appears to be fully upgrade-able and easily at that... this is far better than any shit mac...
    They focus on the interior because that's the important aspect of the PC, the fact that while its so compact, they still used standard parts and are showing just how easy it is to upgrade.
    I wonder if the video itself is rendered in blender? Its clearly a 3d rendering...

  12. HP are the kings of programmed obsolescence on informatics... evil and bad intentioned practices.... so generally speaking I don't like HP, even if they use Sintel :)

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