Devon IT’s Ceptor is a small gadget that you can plug into the HDMI port on any TV or monitor to turn it into a thin client. In other words, for $99 plus the price of a monitor, you can login to a remote computer or network and run desktop apps, connect to your work network, or perform other tasks that would normally require a much more powerful PC.
The Ceptor is also hackable — it’s already running a Linux-based operating system called ZeTOS, but Devon’s chief technology officer says it could also run Android or other Linux-based operating systems.
Devon introduced the Ceptor earlier this year, and it’s now available for purchase for $99.
The Ceptor features a 1 GHz Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, 512MB to 1GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of built-in storage.
It supports 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and has a USB port and HDMI output.
You can probably find better hardware for the same price, but it’s Devon IT’s software and support that makes the Ceptor different from other ARM-based TV sticks. The company’s Linux-based software supports Citrix, VMWare, and RDP connections, and the $99 price includes a year of software support.
Or you could pick up any old Android TV stick and use Citrix Receiver or a similar app for Android. But then you wouldn’t get same software support.
The device measures 4.4″ x 1.5″ x 0.6″ , making it one of the smallest thin client solutions you’re likely to find.