HP's HP t5630w thin client has ample performance for accessing Terminal Services or serving as the console to a virtual desktop. It includes many useful tools, such as a security agent, and supports dual displays. However, the device only comes as standard with the desktop broker for HP's own virtual desktop infrastructure.
Responsive; pre-installed management and security clients.
Only HP's desktop broker installed as standard; no Java or Flash support as standard.
The HP t5630w is a new addition to the firm's Flexible series of thin clients, designed to fit the requirements of a variety of roles, including access to Terminal Services sessions and hosted virtual desktops.
Available immediately, the new device is based on a 1GHz VIA Eden processor with 1GB of memory, and runs the embedded version of Windows XP (XPE SP2) from its built-in 1GB Flash storage.
This specification should ensure that the t5630w has enough performance to serve either as a client for web-based enterprise applications or to act as the user console for remote desktop sessions.
We tested the t5630w by using it to access a number of web-based applications, a Terminal Services session hosted by Windows Server 2003, and a hosted virtual desktop provided by ThinkGrid, and found its performance more than acceptable in each case.
HP states that the t5630w supports various desktop brokers for connecting to hosted virtual desktops, including those from Citrix, VMware, Leostream and Provision Networks.
However, our review unit came pre-configured only with a client for HP's own Session Allocation Manager. Customers requiring a different client will need to specify it when ordering, or be prepared to provision it themselves.
As delivered, the unit also did not include either Java or Adobe Flash player - two technologies widely used in web sites and web-based applications.
[Update: HP told us the missing components were due to the unit coming from EMEA evaluation stock and these will be installed in models delivered to customers]
Like most other thin clients, the t5630w comes with a Microsoft RDP client (version 6.0) for Terminal Services and a Citrix Presentation Server client (version 10.2). Also included is the TeemTalk tool that emulates a variety of text-based terminals for access to legacy systems.
Other software installed as standard includes a Neoware Management Agent (the client for HP's Device Manager), an agent for Altiris Deployment Solution and Symantec's Endpoint Protection 5.1 security agent.
There is also HP's Thinstate capture tool, used to create an image for deployment to multiple other terminals, and a client agent for Print-IT, a tool for mapping to local printers within a Terminal Services or Citrix environment.