Review: Dell Cloud Connect Does Thin Client Right


Smartphone-Powerful

About the size of a Matchbox car, Cloud Connect has a dual-core A9 processor, 1 GB RAM, plus 8 GB of flash storage -- specs on par with the average smartphone. An additional 32 GB of storage can be added via microSD card slot with support for 64 GB coming in a future release. Dell's device puts out an amazing 1,920-x-1,080 resolution, with pixels aplenty to dazzle board rooms and prospects alike. Navigation performance is snappy, and dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n keeps web pages and video streams from stalling. The device runs on a relatively low 2.5 watts, which it can get from an HDMI port that supports the (still relatively rare) MHL spec for powering display-connected tablets and smartphones. Otherwise, power can be supplied by any standard USB port to a microUSB port on the device using the included cable. For just about every connection scenario imaginable, it includes a variety of HDMI adapters.



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