by August 9, 2003 0 comments

This thin client runs on Gio Linux and is meant for small offices that can’t afford full-fledged desktop systems. It lets you connect to Remote Desktop on Win XP, Windows Terminal Services on Win 2000/NT, Unix (X-Windows) and Citrix Metaframe. The machine is based on a SIS 550 SoC and 64 MB RAM. It has 32 MB flash memory for its OS. Its connectors include a VGA connector, PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard, a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port, a parallel port, a stereo output connector and two USB connectors. It uses ICA for connecting to Citrix and RDP for accessing Windows Terminal Services. The client also supports SMB/ LPD printing, and you can even mount SMB/ NFS shares on it. It supports a maximum resolution of 1280x 1024 at 16-bit color.

We tested its connectivity with Terminal Services on Win 2000/XP and Citrix Metaframe. You just need to add the client name with the IP address of the remote desktop sharing server and the connecting protocol. Then use the connect button to start terminal emulation. It is quite fast in connecting to the remote machines. Display quality, however, isn’t very good as the colors reproduced from the remote machine are different. Also, it didn’t give any sound output when we played music from the remote machine. 

Given the fact that the client doesn’t require maintenance as nothing resides locally, it is a good buy. 

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Price : Rs12,520 (one-year limited warranty)
Key Specs : Supports Windows terminal services, Citrix, Unix (X-Windows), supports SMB/LPD printing 
Contact : VXL Instruments, Bangalore.
Tel : 8520046/ 8522658.

Sanjay Majumder

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