Dell Wades into Thin Client a little at a time

Dell steps a bit deeper into the thin client pool with new 130 and 170 FX clients. Currently the 160 was their solo entry. Also partnered with Devon IT.

Dell has added two thin client systems to its OptiPlex portfolio that are designed to meet the needs of "data entry users" and "knowledge workers", according to the firm. The OptiPlex FX170 and FX130 use different processor vendors for their chipset architecture and graphics: the FX170 uses Intel's Atom architecture while the FX130 uses the Via Technologies Eden chipset. Dell's UK client solutions marketing manager James Jones said that "the FX130 is part of our 'best-value' thin client line targeting data entry users using a single or very few applications, like call centre environments. Both models are available now, the FX130 costing £220 + VAT and the FX170 costing £249 + VAT. The FX130 uses VIA Technologies Eden ultra low voltage (ULV) 1GHz  processor with graphics capabilities provided by a VIA VX855 media processor, giving a maximum resolution of 1600 x1200 in 32-bit colour. The FX170 chipset and graphics is provided by Intel, marrying an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor with Intel's 945GSE graphics subsystem giving HD-capable 1920x1200 resolution in 32-bit, with dual monitor use also supported. Both systems have 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 system memory, gigabit Ethernet adaptors, and four USB ports (two front and two rear). The FX130 weighs in at 0.53kg and the FX170 0.60kg, and both have dimensions of 156 x 121 x 36mm.


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