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 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.