Not as thick as some: 7 thin clients tested

Summary:Thin client reviews: HP Compaq t5700, Ipex ThinClient 3350, Maxspeed 3300B, Sun Ray 150, Wyse 1200LE, Wyse 3125SE, Wyse 9650XE.

HP Compaq t5700
HP Compaq t5700

The HP Compaq t5700 is a similar size and shape to the more recent breeds of IT appliances such as wireless access points.

There are no PS/2 ports so the keyboard and mouse take up two of the USB ports. There is also a Kensington-type physical security lock point on the rear.

There is a standard PCI slot on the mainboard, however in this particular chassis it would be impossible to plug in any type of expansion card at all. Under the small silver heatsink is a Transmeta Crusoe CPU. There are no fans or mechanical components at all in this box, therefore there is no noise at all and no bearings or moving parts that can wear out. The power comes from an external pack similar to those shipped with notebooks.

The HP Compaq t5700 ships with Microsoft Windows XP embedded. This has a very similar look and feel to the full-blown desktop OS, albeit with fewer icons. Users who may be reluctant to change their desktop environment will not really notice any major shift or change to the look and feel of the system.

 Thin Clients

 Thin client reviews:

   HP Compaq t5700
   Ipex ThinClient 3350
   Maxspeed 3300B
   Sun Sun Ray 150
   Wyse 1200LE
   Wyse 3125SE
   Wyse 9650XE
 
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ProductHP Compaq Thin Client t5700
Price$1000
VendorHP
Phone13 22 47
Webwww.hp.com.au
 
Interoperability
Supports all the common standards, but Java is a plugin.
Futureproofing
Runs Windows XP Embedded, a good set of ports, but limited room for expansion.
ROI
½
Good price for features.
Service
½
Three-year advanced replacement warranty is very good.
Rating
½

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Oracle, Reviews

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