This morning, Dell announced the latest updates to their thin client lineup with the OptiPlex FX130 and FX170, Round Rock’s latest weapons in the increasingly adept virtualization war. The new systems, not much bigger than an open hand, are less than two inches wide and weigh under 1.5 pounds.
The new OptiPlex thin client systems are designed for use in networked environments like large enterprises or university settings. These desktops let IT roll out a large number of units, but manage every little aspect from the server-side without having to go out and reimage a system if something goes wrong.
|System||OptiPlex FX130||OptiPlex FX170|
|Processor||VIA Eden ULV @ 1 GHz||Intel Atom n270 @ 1.6GHz|
|Storage||1GB Flash||1GB Flash / 2GB Flash|
|Embedded OS||Devon IT DeTOS Dell Edition||Devon IT DeTOS Dell Edition /
MS Windows Embedded 2009
|Graphics||VIA VX855 –
up to 1600×1200 displays
|Intel GMA 950 –
up to 1920×1200 displays
|Memory||1GB DDR2 667MHz|
|Audio||Internal 1W speaker|
|Ports||2xUSB 2.0, 1xPS/2, 1xDVI-I, Analog
audio line in/out, Included VGA adapter
|Supported Protocols||RDP, ICA, PCoIP, X11|
|Embedded Browser||Mozilla Firefox with Java||Mozilla Firefox with Java /
Microsoft Internet Explorer
|Remote Management||Devon IT Echo Management Console Dell Edition|
|Power Consumption||9W @ idle||11W @ idle|
|Warranty||Limited hardware warranty included,
optional 4-/5- year contracts available
Each system comes with just one video out port – DVI-I. The I means integrated, so those with VGA-only monitors can use an included adapter to run their monitors just fine. Dell also promises to make available an adapter that gives customers the ability to run two monitors from the thin clients at no extra charge.
In addition to taking up very little room, the systems consume very little power. Even the more powerful Atom-powered FX170 only uses 11 watts of electricity when sitting at idle. More importantly for business users, however, is the fact that Dell promises long life for the thin client solutions. That means that not only will they last a while, but Dell will make support for them available for years to come.
The new systems also come with what Dell is calling “Virtual Lab 2.0”, a set of pre-configured software solutions that make administrated these tiny boxes easier than ever. As part of the Virtual Lab 2.0 initiative, Dell has ensured flawless performance of a number of applications used by thousands of college campuses – these include Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS3, AutoCad 2DLT, Wolfram Mathematica 7, Mathwords MatLab, SAS and IBM SPSS.
One of the most intriguing uses for the new thin client systems, however, is in conjunction with Dell’s new R5500 rack-mounted workstation. Similar to blade servers but in a self-contained form factor, the R5500 puts high-end workstation power into a centralized location that’s easily accessible (through a network) to anyone who needs access. While slower connections degrade the experience somewhat, Dell says that companies will even be able to install these OptiPlex thin clients into remote worker locations, meaning that even workers in other buildings or states can access robust business resources – without the company having to shell out for a workstation for every user, or worrying about security issues.
The OptiPlex 390 continues Dell’s march on the business market by taking some of the performance and features available to the OptiPlex 590 and 790 desktops and toning it down a bit. As with the new FX130 and FX170 thin clients, the OptiPlex 390 is targeted toward business users that need long-term support and warranty structures.
Like the rest of the OptiPlex lineup, the new 390 comes in a number of different form factors, including minitower, desktop and small form factor chassis. They can be configured with Intel’s new Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs, up to 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and optional AMD Radeon HD 6450 graphics.
The thin clients will be available starting tomorrow, both in the United States and in Western Europe. The Dell OptiPlex FX130 will cost $349, and the OptiPlex FX170 will cost $449. Dell’s new OptiPlex 390 desktop is available now, with a starting price of $531.