Six thin clients reviewed

Six thin clients reviewed

Summary: In the first instalment of a two-part review on thin clients, we look at thin-client terminals.

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Contents
Introduction
Ipex WBT 370CE
MaxTerm 8300B
Sun Ray 170
VXL Itona
Wyse S30
Asterisk PC reviver
Specifications
What to look out for
Sample scenario
Editor's choice
About RMIT

Maxspeed MaxTerm 8300B

Maxspeed sent us its MaxTerm 8300b, which was by far the physically largest of the thin-client terminals submitted for this review. Measuring in at 265 x 55 x 310mm, the unit comes with a cradle allowing the operator to mount the unit sideways next to the monitor.

A neat feature of the Maxspeed terminals is the fact that they use standard CF cards to store their terminals operating systems (OS) so it is very easy to switch from one OS to another when testing different options. For this review, Maxspeed sent us two 8300B terminals and CF cards containing Windows XP Embedded and Windows CE.

The plain black chassis has a power button and LED as well as an activity LED on the front.

Ventilation grills are located on the top, bottom and one side of the machine. The rear of the unit has a socket for the 12v power pack, two PS/2 ports for the keyboard and mouse, two USB ports, a RJ45 network port, plus 9-pin serial, 25-pin parallel, and 15-pin VGA ports.

There are also three audio jacks for line in, line out, and microphone. On the rear is a very small cover over the Compact Flash slot which holds the operating system, and there is provision for a PCI card expansion (such as WLAN etc).

Internally there is a mini ATX mainboard with VIA chipset and plenty of room for an additional PCI card with the use of a riser board.

Overall a very neatly designed thin-client terminal with adequate levels of both features and expansion. The use of CF cards for the OSes would make administration and upgrades a breeze. The large size of the chassis, while still smaller than an average desktop, would still take up a fair amount of deskspace when compared to most of the other terminals in this review.

Product MaxTerm 8300B
Price AU$999
Vendor Maxspeed Australia & NZ
Phone 02 6884 5922
Web www.maxspeed.com.au
 
Interoperability
Excellent range of interoperability with many services.
Futureproofing ½
Good expansion options (PCI), average level of ports (ie, only 2 USB and 1 serial).
ROI ½
Very pricey considering the competition.
Service ½
A 3-year warranty with immediate replacement is excellent.
Rating
Maxspeed MaxTerm 8300B

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Emerging Tech

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