by Adam Armstrong

HP Releases Next-Generation Thin Clients

Today HP announced two new next-generation thin clients that aim to deliver PC-like performance and the security, the t530 Thin Client and the mt21 Mobile Thin Client. Coming with all new designs, the Thin Clients are ideal for several use cases in a range of markets. The t530 and mt21 can deliver the needed compute processing and graphics capabilities for cloud computing. Both of the new Thin Clients will be showcased at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas.

Redesigned for the “office of the future,” the HP t530 Thin Client is built around around an AMD GX-215JJ dual-core 1.5 – 2.0 GHz SoC with Radeon R2E graphics and has a fully solid-state fan-less design. The t530 has several I/O ports including USB-A (3 x 3.1 and 2 x 2.0), 1 x USB-C, 2 x DisplayPorts, 1 x RJ-45, and 1 x VGA/Serial (configurable) port. Though it has a network port, the t530 comes with an optional Wi-Fi adaptor with Bluetooth, making it ideal for use cases where it needs to be mobile (such as on hospital carts). The Thin Client also has a 512GB SSD and 16GB of SDRAM. From an OS standpoint, the t530 supports a Windows operating system or HP’s Linux-based ThinPro with Smart Zero Core. And these OS can work with applications leveraging VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft.

All of the above power makes the t530 ideal for several use cases including call-centers, PC-replacement, and cloud computing applications. The t530 can also be customized further to tailor it to specific needs, including optional I/O ports or different storage or memory needs. And the t530 works with the latest virtualized and cloud computing workloads, with enough power onboard to handle higher processing and graphics rendering needs.

HP t530 Thin Client specifications:

  • OS supported:
    • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for Thin Clients  
    • Windows Embedded Standard 7E
    • HP ThinPro
    • HP Smart Zero Technology
  • Core Processing: AMD GX-215JJ Dual-Core APU SoC with Radeon R2E Graphics (1.5 GHz base frequency, up to 2 GHz burst frequency, 1 MB cache)
  • Storage: 8GB up to 512GB NAND Flash
  • Memory: up to 16GB of DDR4-1866 SDRAM
  • Memory Slots: 1 SODIMM
  • Networking:
    • LAN Realtek GbE
    • WLAN Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Combo
    • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Combo
  • Audio: Internal amplified speaker system for basic audio playback
  • Security: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
  • Power:
    • 45W, worldwide auto-sensing, 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, energy saving automatic power-down, surge tolerant external adapter
    • ENERGY STAR certified
  • Ports
    • Front: 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1; 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1; 1 headset connector
    • Back 2 DisplayPort 1.2; 2 USB 2.0; 1 RJ-45; 1 power connector; 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1; 1 configurable port (choice of serial, VGA or coaxial port)
  • Physical
    • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1.38 x 7.87 x 7.87 in (3.5 x 20 x 20cm)
    • Weight: 2.12 lb (0.96kg)
  • Browser support:
    • Mozilla Firefox (for models with HP ThinPro and HP Smart Zero Technology)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (for models with Windows Embedded Standard 7E)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (for models with Windows IoT Enterprise for Thin Clients)

On the mobile side, the HP mt21 Mobile Thin Client is an ultra-slim notebook with silver color exterior and a robust aluminum keyboard deck, (with the durability and sturdiness to pass MIL-STD testing); it also comes with a 14-inch diagonal FHD or HD anti-glare slim LED-backlit display that supports up to 1366 x 768 resolution. The mt21 is powered by a 3-cell, 48 WHr Li-ion battery for up to 15 hours of battery life. The mobile Thin Client uses the Intel Celeron 3865U processor (1.8 GHz dual-core) with Intel HD graphics and Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi + BT 4.2 adapter. Like the t530, the mt21 supports HP’s ThinPro / Smart Zero Core or Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating systems.

The HP mt21 Mobile Thin Client is ideal for both enterprise server-based computing and access to web and browser-based applications. For mobile collaboration, the mt21 incorporates HP Audio Boost, noise cancellation software, and a high-definition 720p webcam. The mobile Thin Client can be docked through a USB-C connection and for added security, users can configure the device with an optional finger print reader for use with Windows 10 IoT.

HP mt21 Mobile Thin Client specifications:

  • OS supported:
    • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for Thin Clients  
    • HP ThinPro with HP Smart Zero Technology
  • Core Processing: Intel Celeron 3865u with Intel HD Graphics (1.8 GHz, 2 cores)
  • Graphics: Integrated: Intel HD Graphics
  • Storage: up to 128GB M.2 SATA SSD
  • Memory: up to 8GB of DDR4-2400 SDRAM
  • Memory Slots: 2 SODIMM
  • Networking:
    • LAN Realtek RTL8111HSH Gigabit Ethernet
    • WLAN Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
  • Expansion slots: 1 multi-format digital media reader
  • Display:
    • 14" diagonal HD anti-glare LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
    • 14" diagonal FHD anti-glare LED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
  • Security:
    • Preboot authentication
    • Security lock slot (lock must be purchased separately)
    • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0
    • Fingerprint reader
  • Power:
    • 45W Smart AC adapter
    • 45W 2-prong AC adapter (Japan only)
    • 65W Smart AC adapter
    • ENERGY STAR certified
  • Ports
    • Left side 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (charging); 1 headphone/microphone combo; SD card reader
    • Right side 1 USB Type-C; 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1; 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45; 1 VGA; 1 AC power configurable port (choice of serial, VGA or coaxial port)
  • Physical
    • Dimensions (W x D x H): 13.23 x 9.37 x 0.79 in (33.6 x 23.8 x 1.99 cm)
    • Weight: starting at 3.6 lb (1.63kg)
  • Browser support:
    • Internet Explorer 11 (models with Windows)
    • Mozilla Firefox (models with HP ThinPro)

Included on all HP Thin clients are management software such as:

  • HP Device Manager enables you to configure, manage, maintain and update your install base and security certificate assignments all from one management console. 
  • HP Velocity optimizes the user experience, and is especially suited to challenging network environments running virtualized applications.
  • HP True Graphics allows users to view and manipulate rich, cloud-based multimedia content the way it was intended, with smooth video, high frame rates, and real-time interactivity. 
  • HP Easy Shell is quick, simple and customizable, and provides a clean streamlined experience for HP Thin Client Windows Embedded environments.

Availability and Pricing

The HP t530 Thin Client is available today with a starting price of $389. The HP mt21 Mobile Thin Client is expected to be available in September with an estimated starting price of $449.

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