New Thin Clients Debut from Devon IT and CLI
Published: June 13, 2006
by Alex Woodie
While the wider IT world contemplates the benefits of Web 2.0, the world of host-based computing is still making the transition from coax- and Twinax-attached dumb terminals to stripped-down PCs attached to hosts via Ethernet, also known as thin clients. Last week thin client makers Computer Labs International and Devon IT unveiled two new lines of machines--including a bare-bones $150 machine and a faster $620 computer--that demonstrate the increasing variety that this form of computing has to offer.
At the lower end of the thin-client price spectrum is Devon IT's new NTAVO thin client 6020 line. There are four models in this line, including the A, B, E, and P variants. All four thin client models in this line are equipped with 800 MHz C3 processors from Via, a very popular and adequate engine for thin client computing, its text-based Devon Terminal Operating System (DeTOS), and a full complement of USB, serial, parallel, PS2, and video ports.
The 6020 model P is the least expensive of this line, with a starting price of just $149. One of the reasons it's so affordable is it doesn't contain any memory--it relies on Devon's PXE remote boot method for all software, including its operating system.
The 6020 models A and B, which list for $189 and $249 respectively, are similarly equipped, with the only difference being the 6020B model comes with 128 MB of memory (upgradeable to 256 GB), while the 6020A model comes with only 64 MB (upgradeable to 128 MB). This extra memory on the 6020B allows Devon IT to include a Mozilla Web browser and a Java virtual machine, in addition to the RDP, ICA, and X client emulators for Windows and Unix environments, which are included on all 6020 models (except the 6020P).
iSeries shops would do best with the 6020E, which has the same memory configuration as the 6020A, but includes an OEM version of Ericom Software's PowerTerm emulation suite, which includes a 5250 component. The 6020E lists for $229.
"There is no question we offer the best prices in the market across our complete line of terminals," says Joe Makoid, president of Devon IT. "Our prices are half of our competitors' advertised prices. We want to ensure that our customers are getting what we feel is the best product on the market along with the best offer on thin client terminals available today."
New From CLI
At the other end of the price and performance spectrum is the new ET6500 thin client series that CLI announced last week. This line, which includes the ET6500x and ET6510x machines, are equipped with AMD Geode processors running at 1.4 GHz, 256 MB of flash memory (upgradeable to 1 GB), 256 MB of DRAM storage (expandable to 4 GB), a full complement of ports, and the Microsoft Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 (SP2) operating system.
The ET6500x comes with an array of emulators, including TN5250e, TN3270e, VT-100, VT-220, VT-320, VT-420, WY-50, and WY-60. Several Microsoft applications are also included, such as Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Media Player, and the Microsoft JVM. It also includes Microsoft RDP and Citrix ICA for Windows emulation, and a PDF viewer. The ET6500x starts at $618.
The ET6510x is identical to the ET6500x, but also includes a PCI expansion slot that can be used for a wide variety of add-ons, such as video cards, DVI, and external media cards. Both models also are equipped with CLI's remote administration software, called SNMP Administrator.
For more information on CLI products, visit www.computerlab.com. For more information on DevonIT products, visit www.devonit.com.