Dell Wyse Cloud Connect launches for $129 (Pocket-sized thin client)

Dell’s Wyse Cloud Connect is a tiny device that lets you turn nearly any recent monitor or TV into a computer workstation… kind of. The Cloud Connect is an enterprise-friendly gadget that lets you run virtualization software, connect to cloud services, and generally access your work systems when you’re on the go. Dell says it could also be useful for students or used in kiosks or digital signage.

While the Cloud Connect might not be as versatile as a laptop (it’s not much use without a mouse, keyboard, and display), it is incredibly portable… and reasonably cheap for a thin client system.

Dell is selling the USB flash drive-sized Cloud Connect for $129.

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect

Dell first introduced the Cloud Connect over a year ago. At the time it was called Project Ophelia, but Cloud Connect is more descriptive (and professional sounding).

The Cloud Connect isn’t much larger than a USB flash drive and plugs into the HDMI or MHL port of your display. It has a multi-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of flash storage. The Cloud Connect supports WiFi and Bluetooth, has micro USB and mini USB ports, and features a microSD card slot.

Hook up a display and power source and the Cloud Connect will load up an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based operating system. It’s hardly the first Android TV stick to hit the streets. But it’s one of the first from a major PC maker — and certainly the first to feature tight integration with Dell’s virtualization and cloud software including Wyse Cloud Client Manager, support for VMWare, Citrix and Microsoft virtualization solutions, and PocketCloud personal cloud services.

On the other hand, if you don’t care about name recognition or official support, there are plenty of other Android TV sticks in the sea.

  • Jason13L

    Can you give some insight into what the experience is like using the Pocket Cloud service? This is an Android stick but syncing with Windows 8.1 systems? Does it clone your desktop or just give you access to files?

  • bbkm

    I wonder when someone will make a stick with a battery…

    • shaurz

      What would be the point?

      • drjayphd

        Plug and go. Pair it with a wireless/Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, or an air mouse, and you can work anywhere with an HDMI port.

      • phissith

        Good luck power large monitor for any length of time, epic fail. Unless you willing to carry large battery which then will defeat the purpose of portability.

    • aseries

      I have been using an MK808 for a while and if you want to run any serious video it requires a 5v-2a power supply. That would require a battery as big as a 7 inch tablet at least.

  • aseries

    I have been trying to do some useful things with an MK808 Android stick for a while. I got it working pretty well but then I started up a 50 minute YouTube video at 720p and it crapped out after about 10 minutes. It was so hot it burned my hand. This appears to be a problem. You can find YouTube procedures to install a large passive heatsink and even a fan. The original heatsink is about 1 inch by 2 inches less than 1/4 inch thick. I installed a very large heatsink and good CPU thermal grease and it still gets very hot. I hope DELL has dealt with that issue.