A “thin client” is basically a computer that doesn’t need a lot of memory, storage, or processing power because it’s designed to let you access software that’s actually running on a server, often due to virtualization technology.

So we typically see thin clients in business and enterprise environments. But Dell’s newest model actually looks like a pretty nice little PC in its own right… if you don’t need a lot of RAM or storage.

The Dell Wyse 3040 Thin Client is a $329 system with an Intel Atom x5 Cherry Trail processor, support for dual displays, wired and wireless network support, and Dell’s ThinOS or ThinLinux operating system options.

The only real catch? The Wyse 3040 has just 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. So if you were going to repurpose it as a full-fledged PC, you might want to either add storage, or find applications that don’t need much additional storage space (like using the system as a media streamer).

Or if you actually are looking to use the system as a thin client, Dell says its Wyse ThinLinux operating system is based on SUSE Linux, but it features additional security hardening. And the system uses less than 5 watts of power.

The Wyse 3040 includes Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 3.1 port, 3 USB 2,0 ports, a headset jack, and dual DisplayPort jacks with support for up to two 2560 x 1600 monitors with 60 Hz refresh rates.

An 802.11ac WiFi card is also available as an option.

The system measures 3.8″ x 3.8″ x 1.1″ and weighs just over half a pound.

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3 replies on “Dell Wyse 3040 Thin Client is basically a cheap, tiny, low power PC”

  1. And then they will claim decline of PC hardware. Of course they would! Only very rich companies and persons will buy those overpriced hardware. And all another companies and persons will buy some chinese hardware for quarter of the price. Quarter!

  2. $329 for a system with an Intel Atom x5 Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a free OS??? You can buy an Intel NUC6CAYH for only $225 and it has a more powerful processor, 32 GB of storage and Win 10!

  3. $50 for the hardware and $279 for the OS and support. Lots of network traffic when running thin clients.

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