Review: Dell Cloud Connect Does Thin Client Right


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It's obviously useless on a plane. But for the traveling executive, Cloud Connect can be a super-lightweight computer workstation, provided there's a monitor, keyboard and mouse available at the destination. A single miniUSB 2.0 port can be used to connect a peripheral or USB hub; an included cable converts the mini-USB to a full-size female connector. We tested a variety of USB dongle-based wireless keyboard/mouse pairs on this port and all worked flawlessly. There's also Bluetooth 4.0, and Dell sent a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with the unit for testing. Both configured quickly and worked well. Once paired, Bluetooth devices reconnect seamlessly. If a physical keyboard is disconnected, the soft keyboard pops up automatically. If remotely controlling the office PC or Mac, there's an app for that too. Wyse PocketCloud comes preinstalled and works with an agent on a Mac OS X or Windows system.