We are a 89-user HP Thin Client shop. I currently have 21 HP t5550’s and t5540 with windows CE installed that I am looking to replace.
Our network consultant recently suggested replacing the Thin Clients with something like the Intel Compute stick. Then he reversed his suggestion and quoted more HP thin clients because he feels they are more robust. The price tag for the 21 t520’s is $14k. That price is MSRP. My actual price would be lower. And, will have to be re-quoted at time of purchase since HP is retiring the t520’s this year. I won’t be buying until the 2019 budget year.
The compute stick is a fraction of the price at around $140 but according to the consultant a fraction of the computing power too.
The t5550/40’s were no great shakes when it came to computing. And, most of my users get everything they need from the server they RDP into so I’m not convinced I really need computing speed. Users get Microsoft Office and the other few software programs we use from the RDP servers.
The only complaints I get from t5550’s and 40 users is that when they try to watch a training video or attend a webinar the sound is choppy. That was greatly improved on the t510’s and t520’s. But, the t510/20 users can also use the thin client’s onboard browsers for video.
The plan was to use the compute sticks to remote into the Windows servers and only use the Compute Stick’s native browser for video watching.
I’m thinking of getting one for myself and putting it through its paces.
Is anyone using compute sticks as thin clients? How would my time be impacted by management of the devices.
I don’t run A/V on thin clients since I do not allow them to connect to servers other than through RDP client. I assume I have to either buy A/V or use Windows product.
As you can imagine, the t5550/40 users have older monitors and do not have wireless keyboards so, I’d have to figure in the price of
wireless keyboards/m* ice unless I tie up the USB ports with mouse/keyboard.
- HDMI monitors with speakers
- A/V protection (possibly)
- Windows Pro upgrade if I want to connect them to WSUS
now my $130 compute stick is getting closer to the price of a thin client and I’ve added more management overhead for myself. Am I being dumb for considering them?
The concern with the t5550/40’s is that when we upgrade RDP servers to Server 2016 and beyond, the windows CE RDP client won’t be able to connect. It was a gamble that they would connect to Server 2012 but thankfully they did.