Not as thick as some: 7 thin clients tested

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
Phone13 22 47
Supports all the common standards, but Java is a plugin.
Runs Windows XP Embedded, a good set of ports, but limited room for expansion.
Good price for features.
Three-year advanced replacement warranty is very good.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Oracle, Reviews

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  • WT1200 is not Linux-based

    Winterm WT1200, or 1xxx series in general, has NOTHING to do with Linux, it runs Wyse Thin OS (WTOS - formally Blazer), which is proprietary OS developed by Wyse, and it fits 512 kB of flash memory in case of WT1200 (AFAIR WT1200 does not have NAND flash at all). Linux is used in WT5xxx series.
  • HP Compaq t5700 uses a riser-card for PCI device

    Onboard PCI slot is not meant to have PCI device directly inserted in it. HP Compaq t5700 can be equipped with special riser-card and bigger case, and PCI card is mounted vertically, not horizontally (moreover, it is upside-down). Part of case is replaced with bigger case (that has hole) from kit with riser card.