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Dell Unveils First Thin-Client Computer

The OptiPlex FX160 is a fanless system that supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations.

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Dell on Tuesday introduced a new line of OptiPlex business desktops, including the company's first thin-client computer.

The FX160, which starts at $399, supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations. The fanless system features an Atom processor and is available with up to 2 GB of NVRAM flash storage and up to 4 GB of system memory. The machine has up to a 36-month lifecycle and is designed to meet EPEAT and Energy Star environmental standards.

Along with the introduction of the FX160, Dell also expanded its services to include helping customers deploy on-demand desktop streaming or a virtual remote desktop. The former applies to having data hosted on a partitioned server in the data center with processing happening on the desktop, and the latter refers to data center processing and hosted virtual client desktops accessed remotely from a thin client.

Another new member of the OptiPlex family is the 960, a higher-performing system than the existing OptiPlex 755 line. The 960 features Intel's latest vPro PC management technology and is available with full-disk encryption hard drives. In addition, the system has a redesigned chassis that's smaller than previous generations of OptiPlex machines, and consumes up to 43% less power. The latest desktop is also available with an optional kit for a 60% reduction in noise.

The system is available with either Intel Core 2 quad-core or duo-core processors and the Q45 chipset, and features an 88% efficient power supply. The 960 also meets EPEAT and EPA environmental standards and is available in three form factors: a mini tower, desktop, or "super slim" design. The system has a 24-month ordering life cycle. Prices starts at $892.

The remaining systems include the OptiPlex 760 mainstream business computer, which starts at $593; and the 360 for companies that have a smaller budget and can make do with less performance. Prices for the 360 start at $476.

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