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Tests show users prefer thin clients

Cliff Saran
Users prefer a thin client desktop to a full PC for running the same applications, a study by Winterm for Wyse Technology has found.

The research involved asking 110 people to conduct a set of everyday business tasks using Microsoft Office on a Wyse Winterm thin client and a business PC of average power.

Both devices were hidden from the user and the two desktop environments were identical. After carrying out the test, candidates were asked which was faster to use and which they preferred.

Seven out of 10 candidates said they preferred the thin client to the PC. Most of the users who took part in the study also said that the thin client was the faster desktop.

The Wyse Winterm 1125SE thin client was connected to a Citrix Metaframe server running Microsoft Office 2000. The PC was powered by a 1.3GHz AMD Duron processor.

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