[K12OSN] Here's a thin client that ought to be great!

Terrell Prude' Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Thu Dec 18 23:21:23 UTC 2008

It's one of the new Intel Atom systems in one of those mini-ITX cases.  
Its intended market is as a low-power thick-client PC for the home.  But 
the specs make it look like it'd be the near-perfect thin client.

Shuttle XPC X27-BK-V1 ATOM230
1.6GHz Atom 230 CPU
Integrated Intel GMA950 graphics (both DVI and analog VGA outputs)
1 DDR-2 DIMM (2GB max)
PXE-booting Gig-E
Realtek ALC662 audio
I/O Ports: 4x USB 2.0 Ports; 1x Serial Port, 1x ATA-100 Channel; 2x SATA
60W power supply

Price:  $191.70/ea at SuperBiiz.

Since 1GB DDR2-800 sticks can be had for less than $10, this looks like 
a heckuva deal for those who want to kit an LTSP system with new thin 
clients.  Plus, such clients would have the horsepower to run local apps 
well (e. g. Firefox w/ Flash or Java).

The only thing that would make it "perfect", IMO, would be built-in 
provisions to bolt it into those VESA screw holes on the back of modern 
LCD monitors.


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