Hewlett-Packard has freshened its desktop and mobile workstations with new Intel six-core "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600 . The move follows an early March update to the company's business notebook lineup that saw the addition of Intel's latest Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. By Intel's reckoning, the Westmere-EPs offer about 45 per …
Quad core i3?
Surely you jest...
The Z200 supports quad core Xeon X34xx processors, in addition to the desktop dual core i3 and i5 processors.
"HP also kicked out a new small form factor workstation called the Z2000 SFF.... What makes this is workstation instead of a desktop PC in a tower case is not clear. Prices start at $739 for a base configuration"
I believe you had already answered this question above: "...executives think they need one because their egos demand it."
What better way to satisfy their egos than to hand them a "workstation" that is even the fancy SFF, and have it be just about as cheap as a regular old SFF business model?
Z200 SFF is more than a desktop
The Z200 uses the Workstation class Intel PCH 3450 chipset (not the P55 desktop version), supports Xeon X34xx processors, and ECC memory. Desktops do not.