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Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself 280

Posted by samzenpus
from the step-right-up dept.
redletterdave writes "Dell is reportedly working on a project codenamed 'Ophelia,' a USB stick-sized self-contained computer that provides access to virtually every major operating system — from the Mac OS, to Windows, to Google's Chrome OS, to cloud-based solutions from Citrix and Dell — all via the cloud. Powered by Android, Ophelia works just like a USB stick: Just plug it into any flat panel monitor or TV, and boom, you have a computer. Ophelia connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, and can connect to keyboards and other peripherals over Bluetooth. Not only is the computer portable and power-efficient, but to make it truly accessible, Dell plans to sell the device for just $50."
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Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself

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  • by ThorGod (456163) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @09:29PM (#42611865) Journal

    PCs are cumbersome, heavy and slow. Ophelia provides a computer experience as typical and fast as any other computer -- again, everything depends on the Internet connection -- but at a fraction of the weight. PCs can’t fit in your pocket; Ophelia can. Heck, you could probably stick anywhere between two to five of those computers into a normal pants pocket.

    1.) Talk about hyperbole, batman.
    2.) I imagine the lag will be horrendous.
    3.) Over wireless?

  • by hawguy (1600213) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @09:39PM (#42611975)

    PCs are cumbersome, heavy and slow. Ophelia provides a computer experience as typical and fast as any other computer -- again, everything depends on the Internet connection -- but at a fraction of the weight. PCs can’t fit in your pocket; Ophelia can. Heck, you could probably stick anywhere between two to five of those computers into a normal pants pocket.

    1.) Talk about hyperbole, batman.
    2.) I imagine the lag will be horrendous.
    3.) Over wireless?

    I regularly VPN over my home Wifi connection to work and run Windows remotely via rdp and it works quite well. Not quite as snappy as a long machine, but works well enough that I don't bother to bring my Windows laptop home to do work, I just remote into the terminal server at work.

    It's a lot less seamless over a celluar Mifi device, but still usable.

    I don't see why this device wouldn't be usable.

  • Re:Been Done (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @10:13PM (#42612311) Journal

    If(and it isn't a small if, you run screaming from Dell software for a reason) Dell can get the software working properly, I'll give them that.

    As you note, assorted Android-powered 'stick PC' products(the mk802 is sort of the 'kleenex' of the category; but the array of model numbers and knock-offs is frankly rather dizzying) are done to hell and back by now, and cheap too.

    The quality of their firmware, however, might charitably be described as 'downmarket'. I'd assume that Dell will manage to clean things up a bit; but it would fail to surprise me if(once you've glommed on some CALs and VM rentals and assorted bullshit-as-a-service stuff, you'll be right back up to where corporate thin clients have always cost, only a bit smaller this time).

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