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HP has added new mobile and desktop models to its range of thin client devices.

HP has fleshed out its thin client family with the addition of new mobile and desktop units.

The HP mt41 Mobile Thin Client (pictured) is designed for markets such as education and healthcare which require the manageability of virtualised desktops and the security of keeping all information within the data centre.

As it resembles a conventional lightweight notebook with a 14in display, the mt41 is also useful for 'corridor cowboys' and employees that regularly or occasionally work from home.

"We're seeing a growing trend in the number of workers who regularly travel and work off-campus, but still require secure access to data,î said HP Australia's market development manager for thin client solutions Craig Allen,.

"The HP mt41 is ideal for a mobile workforce because its lightweight, enterprise-level durable design allows employees to work both securely and efficiently, while enduring the rigours of the road."

Features of the 2.17kg device include a dual-core AMD processor and TPM chipset, 3G and 4G wireless connectivity, HP Velocity network performance management software to optimise communication regardless of the type of connection, HP Device Manager for remote management and reimaging, and Windows Embedded Standard 7 E.

Allen described it as "a pretty powerful workhorse, [but] not for everybody."

The mt41 is scheduled for local availability in November. Pricing is 'on request.'

HP also announced a new desktop thin client and an updated server blade aimed at virtualised desktop applications - see page 2.

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