New thin clients from NEC review

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NEC has announced two new network thin clients designed for use in Windows Terminal Server and Citrix MetaFrame environments. The latest members of the NEC Quovio family, the new thin clients are diskless and almost silent in operation.

Both ship with 512MB of DDR2 memory, with a 400MHz Via C7 processor in the tiny Quovio D180 (£199 + VAT) and a 1GHz Celeron M in the Quovio D380 (£299 + VAT), the latter being one of the first thin clients to be powered by an Intel chip.

A Gigabit Ethernet interface is also integrated into the D380 with wireless networking as an option if required, while both models can be powered by either Linux or Windows CE, with Windows XPe a third option on the D380.

Although its new devices are well specified, NEC faces stiff competition from thin client market leader Wyse Technology. HP also has a comprehensive and equally up to date set of products, further boosted by its acquisition of specialist vendor Neoware in 2007.