HP's New mt40 Mobile Thin Client Arrives Next MonthLast week HP introduced a new mobile thin client aimed at telecommuters and on-campus mobile workers who need to connect securely to a network.
Called the HP mt40 Mobile Thin Client, it combines PC-like performance with the security needed to protect data in enterprise, financial, healthcare and government settings.
"With the HP mt40, an employee or contractor simply turns on the device and logs in to the secure network at the business, roaming the campus or at home," HP said. "The worker can then begin working on even the most sensitive files, saving his or her work to the server – nothing resides on the device itself."
The new mobile thin client includes a 14-inch HD anti-glare display, a 2nd-generation Intel Celeron B840 dual-core CPU, a solid state drive (likely 2 to 4 GB as seen with the previous model), a choice of a lightweight or extended battery, a bottom-case drain to help protect the device against accidental minor spills on the keyboard, and HP Velocity software to improve the quality of the connection.
HP said the latest version of its thin client management tool, HP Device Manager 4.5, will come pre-installed on the HP mt40. This tool enables wireless imaging so that updates can be made over the same wireless connection that the remote desktop infrastructure is also using. This means all HP mt40 devices residing on the same wireless connection can be accessed and imaged remotely.
"HP Device Manager 4.5 can be used by IT to remotely view, configure and manage HP thin clients," the company said. " HP Device Manager 4.5 is easy to install, and is designed in a modular way to allow it to work in almost any network configuration. It provides functions via a standard Windows®-like interface that is simple and intuitive."
Key features in version 4.5 include a new GUI console which displays all devices in sortable columns, and provides faster device load times within the console. Also included is an Image Preload feature that allows wireless imaging, support for HP Service Packs, and the ability to store new images locally on thin clients for future updates. This version also manages the full life cycle of HP thin clients so that businesses are aware of what devices are being used in their environment.
Currently detailed information such as exact hardware specs are minimal, as the device isn't slated to be available worldwide until mid-December, so expect additional details to arrive soon. HP customers curious about acquiring this new thin client can contact the company for pricing.
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