Thin Clients: Take Two

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-05-08 Print this article Print

Review: The Sun Ray 2FS and HP Compaq t5720 show that the old platform is worth a new look.

Just a short time ago, the PC was declared dead, and network computing was heralded as the wave of the future. That vision never fully took off, but as IT managers contend with rising management costs and security issues, thin clients are beginning to gain traction again.

To see what thin-client vendors have to offer now, eWeek Labs tested two recently released solutions: Sun Microsystems Sun Ray 2FS and Hewlett-Packards HP Compaq t5720.
Both are thin clients, but their approaches are dramatically different. While the Sun Ray 2FS is a real network computer—no moving parts, no operating system—the HP Compaq t5720 runs Microsoft Windows XP Embedded and can store some files.

Our full reviews of both systems are below.

Click here to read the full review of Sun Ray 2FS.

Click here to read the full review of HP Compaq t5720. For reader response to this article, click here. Senior Writer Anne Chen can be reached at

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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