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.

Wyse WT1200LE, WT3125SE, and WT9650XE

 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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Wyse sent us all three of its terminals, from the basic embedded Linux box through to the Windows CE box and up to the 15in LCD panel with embedded Windows XP.

The WT1200LE is the entry-level thin client for Wyse. It includes a basic Linux-type embedded OS and is physically very compact, being designed to basically Velcro onto the back of a user's monitor.

The booting time is phenomenal on the 1200 series, with less than seconds from when the button is pushed to when the unit has booted.

The configuration and administration is slightly trickier than the other two devices from Wyse, however it is nothing that an engineer with a little experience with these devices can handle.

The Wyse WT3125SE runs on Microsoft Windows CE. The configuration and administration of this device is similar to the 1200 series, however the basic desktop image is obviously more Windows-centric in look and feel.

The WT9650XE is the top end for Wyse and the terminal itself is embedded in the back of a 15in LCD monitor. This terminal runs Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, which looks very similar to a normal Windows XP desktop environment.

This machine has 256MB of Flash memory so it can take some time to push or pull an image to or from the machine. Multiply this by the number of machines deployed within an organisation and you are talking about some serious data transfer times. The Wyse 9000 series with its embedded XP and integrated LCD is most likely a popular choice for POS applications and environments where a single device is desirable. It's certainly beneficial in freeing up desk space and clutter.

Wyse 1200LE

ProductWyse 1200LE
Price$500
VendorWyse
Phone02 9319 3388
Webwww.wyse.com.au
 
Interoperability
Limited: doesn’t have a browser built in or Java support.
Futureproofing
½
Runs Linux, very limited ports available.
ROI
½
Excellent price providing the device suits the application.
Service
Three-year warranty is the average and quite acceptable.
Rating




Wyse 3125SE

ProductWyse 3125SE
Price$740
VendorWyse
Phone02 9319 3388
Webwww.wyse.com.au
 
Interoperability
½
Has a browser but no Java support.
Futureproofing
Runs Windows CE, has a good set of ports, but limited room for expansion.
ROI
Very good price.
Service
Three-year warranty is the average and quite acceptable.
Rating
½




Wyse 9650XE

ProductWyse 9650XE
Price$2100
VendorWyse
Phone02 9319 3388
Webwww.wyse.com.au
 
Interoperability
Supports all the common standards.
Futureproofing
½
Runs XP Embedded, plenty of ports and expansion room.
ROI
Fair price for the features considering it’s an all-in-one device.
Service
Three-year warranty is the average and quite acceptable.
Rating

 

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