Thin Clients: Take Two

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-05-08
 
 
 

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.

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Senior Writer Anne Chen can be reached at anne_chen@ziffdavis.com.

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