www.lgsolutions.com • Retail Price: $475
The LG Cloud Monitor is an innovative product
that combines a Teradici PCoIP Chipset with
a monitor. This feature allows it to fill a small
footprint that natively runs VMware software
for a powerful virtual desktop experience.
It will remind most users of a thin client;
however, it distinguishes itself in a new class of “zeroclient”
devices as it has no processor or moving parts. The
screen itself is an LED model that provides vivid color and
a quick response rate with HD quality.
Quality and Effectiveness: This is a product that will
require some investment in virtualization within your organization.
Anywhere there is power and a network, you can have a client with
almost no footprint. It comes with an adjustable stand that easily
raises, lowers, swivels, tilts, and rotates. The monitor also has dual
output options, four USB ports, microphone in, audio out, and built-in
speakers that gives the user the full desktop experience in a single
form factor body.
Ease of Use: For those that are already using VMware to virtualize
desktops, this is a plug-and-play device. Connecting it to VMware is
as simple as entering in the IP address to the server. All that is needed
for a full virtualized computing experience is access to a network and
power. It is also UPoE ready, which means that with an optional adapter
(available for approximately $50) the unit can run from “power over
ethernet,” which eliminates the need for the electrical outlet. This
would allow the device to be placed anywhere a network cable could be
run. The cost is comparable to other thin clients with a monitor added
alongside; however, this is a single device, thus
reducing the footprint.
Creative Use of Technology: As cloud technology
continues to have an effect on how people interact
with technology, devices like this will become
the norm. As schools start to build their own
cloud computing and storage systems that run
virtualized desktops or applications, “zero-client”
monitors will fill a need.
There are many places
in a school setting where
space is a premium and this
LG monitor can provide
power in almost no space.
Suitability for Use in a School
Environment: The LG Cloud
Monitor is the perfect device for a
classroom, lab, library, or any public area of a
school. Once it is placed or mounted, there are
no parts to worry about replacing or fixing. It
would be convenient to place the monitor behind
glass or plastic to ensure security and allow for
easy use. With no hard drive or other moving
parts running, there is no noise emitted from
the device. The lack of moving parts and use of
an LED screen will result in a longer life for the
equipment and using very little power.
• The integrated chipset and features leverage a
zero-footprint virtual desktop experience.
• The picture quality is superb and responsive.
• There are no moving parts, which leads to a
silent and efficient workspace.
RATING: If you are
already working in a
VMware environment or are
moving that way, this is a device
you must consider. The cost might
be on the upper end of comparable
thin-client servers, but with
everything needed for a computing
experience built into a single
small-form factor, the total
cost of ownership should
come out ahead.