Tech-Ed: HP unveils powerful new Windows-based thin client

By Tom Warren, on 16th May 11 1:03 pm with 4 Comments

HP t5740e Thin Client

HP announced on Monday its HP t5740e thin client.

HP’s latest t5740e thin client has been enhanced with improved responsiveness and multimedia experiences. The t5740e uses 15% less CPU than before and includes simultaneous support for up to four digital displays. HP is aiming the thin client at business customers taking the virtualization plunge. Quad displays will be particularly useful for those in trading or data heavy environments.

The HP t5740e features an Intel Atom dual-threaded processor, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system, a broadloom crystal HD mini-PCIe hardware accelerator and and the ATI FirePro 2460 Quad Head PCIe graphics card. Windows Embedded Standard 7 includes support for RDP 7.1 and Microsoft RemoteFX. HP’s t5740e will also support Citrix or VMWare environments.

The new performance versions of the HP t5740e Thin Client are expected to be available in August:

  • Broadcom Crystal HD mini-PCIe hardware accelerator for enhanced video playback and graphics performance at $529
  • Broadcom Crystal HD mini-PCIe hardware accelerator, plus AMD FirePro 2270 Dual Head PCIe card for dual digital display performance at $669
  • Broadcom Crystal HD mini-PCIe hardware accelerator, plus ATI FirePro 2460 Quad Head PCIe card for quad digital display support at $949.

“Microsoft RemoteFX enables a broader range of client devices to enter the market by delivering a rich end-user experience. HP’s t5740e Thin Client is an example,” said Mike Schutz, senior director, Windows Server and Cloud Product Management, Microsoft. “We’re excited to partner with HP to deliver the latest in virtualization technology.”

Full specifications:

Processor: Intel Atom N280* 1.66 GHz
System memory: 2 GB DDR-3 SODIMM installed in single slot leaving one slot empty for upgrade (64 MB minimum reserved for video)
Flash memory: 4 GB primary Flash drive
Media accelerator: BCM70015 single-chip Crystal HD advanced media processor; supports standard definition (SD) and HD multi-format video decode of industry standard codecs (H.264/AVC, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV9, MPEG-4, DivX®, Xvid and AVS)
Graphics: Intel GL40 graphics; maximum resolution: 2048×1536, standard screen, 1920×1200, wide screen AMD FirePro 2270 Dual-Head PCIe and ATI FirePro 2460 Quad-Head PCIe
Audio: Mic in/headphone out ports, internal speaker, 1/8-inch mini output, full 16-bit stereo, 44 KHz sample rate
Communications: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (actual speeds may vary), 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi3 (certain models)
Ports and connectors: Base unit: 8 USB 2.0 (2 front/4 rear/2 in secure USB compartment), 1 serial, 2 PS/2, VGA (DB15) and DisplayPort monitor connectors; optional PCIe X4/PCI Expansion Module: 1 serial, 1 parallel
Input devices: Standard keyboard and 2-button optical scroll mouse included (USB or PS/2)
Power:65W worldwide auto-sensing 100-240 VAC 50-60Hz surge-tolerant power supply
Dimensions (HxWxD): 10.04 x 1.73 x 8.74 in. (255 x 44 x 222 mm) without stand; 10.39 x 1.73 x 8.74 in (266.7 x 44 x 222 mm) with stand; 10.04 x 2.91 x 8.74 in (255 x 74 x 222 mm) with optional Expansion Module
Weight: 3.48 lb (1.58 kg) with stand; 4.14 lb (1.88 kg) with optional Expansion Module

HP t5740e

  • Anonymous

     Looks neat!

  • Anonymous

    My problem with these thin clients is their price. A lot of them are more expensive then cheap computers. Thin clients are used to save money.  

  • Anonymous

    My problem with these thin clients is their price. A lot of them are more expensive then cheap computers. Thin clients are used to save money.  

  • skeet

    Yeah up front cost maybe yet any complete desktop refresh is expensive, but the amount of money saved through running Thin Clients is immense, Power consumption is considerbly less, antivirus software is irrelevant due to none persistent hardware, shrink the workforce down as local administration suddenly becomes centrally managed among many other benefits.

    All in all, a thin client environment is going to offer you a serious reduction in TCO over time…