A year ago Dell announced that it was working on a new product which was then called as Project Ophelia. This device which was shown by the company at CES 2013 is the size of a thumb drive which turns any compatible TV or monitor into a PC, gaming machine or even a set-top box.
The company has finally launched this product which is now called Dell Wyse Cloud Connect and costs $129, a little bit over the $100 estimated price a year ago. It has a size slightly larger than a USB stick and can turn any display into a PC. While it is aimed at enterprises and educational institutions it will also appeal to individuals who want a portable solution in carrying a PC without bringing with them a laptop.
- Operating System: Android 4.1, Jelly Bean
- Display: HDMI/MHL equipped video interface, 1080p Full-HD resolution support
- Processor: Multi-core Cortex-A9 ARM System-on-Chip (SoC)
- Networking: 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band wireless
- Ports: MHL/HDMI video interface, DisplayPort video interface, 1x USB mini for peripherals, 1x Micro USB host port / External power input, 1x Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 72GB flash storage)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth paring button, Citrix Receiver, VMware Horizon View client, MSFT RDP
- Memory: 8GB flash, 1 GB RAM, 1x Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 72GB flash storage)
- Miscellaneous: LED power indicator, Android applications, music, magazines etc. , Enterprise level security ,Device security, Operating system & application level security, Desktop & content security, Management, Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager, Enterprise level security enforcement, System management, Application and content management, User Self-Service Portal, Real-time reporting, alerts & analytics, Chrome
Wyse Cloud Connect connects to a monitor or TV using an HDMI port. You will be able to install Android apps on its 8GB internal storage. While it is definitely very portable in order for consumers to use it an input device must be connected to it such as a keyboard and a mouse. This means that if you plan on bringing this device with you just make sure to have a keyboard and mouse present.
Some of its key features include
- Enterprise-class security: Allows the secure access and sharing of work and personal files, presentations, applications and other content from the business to the home.
- Mobile computing: Slightly larger than a USB stick. Just add a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
- Zero-battery technology: Does not need batteries to function since power is supplied through the MHL interface or a separate USB port
- Ultrathin client: Works with many existing Dell Wyse thin clients as well as Citrix, Microsoft or VMware environments.