Younger generations will respond to thin clients
Bodeman also believes that a younger generation of workers, who are more accustomed to Web-based applications and less concerned with the actual hardware, will respond to a centralized model with a thin client as an end device. "The kids that are coming out of college today have grown up on-line," said Bodeman. "They are coming out of universities and they don't want to have [Microsoft] Outlook because IT went through this process of updating the PC environment. They just want to come in and go to a Web-based application and do what they have to do to be productive. So there is a very cultural transition that is taking place...We will increasingly see the PC become an on-line experience."The starting price for the 6720t is $725 and the laptop will go on sale later this month. In addition, HP also has two new desktop models, the Compaq t5730, which is based on Windows XPe, and the Compaq t5735, which used Debian Linux. The two thin clients, which both use Advanced Micro Devices processors and offer a number of USB 2.0 ports, are available now from HP with the Linux-based model starting at $450. The t5730 also offers integrated WLAN capabilities as well. Both of the new thin clients offer HP's OpenView Client Configuration Manager software and HP is also working to integrate more and more of Neoware's imaging and streaming software with its complete centralized computing solutions.
As part of its new portfolio of thin clients, HP is adding a laptop called the Compaq 6720t, which is based on an Intel Celeron M processor. It has a clock speed of 1.06GHz, a 15.4-inch display and also uses a solid state drive. The laptop also supports 802.11 a/b/g WLAN (wireless LAN) technologies and it also supports 3G broadband wireless.