Like all NComputing access terminals, the new L230 dramatically cut computing costs by sharing the untapped power of standard PCs. Best of all, IT staff and end users do not need special training because our solutions are easy to manage, eco-friendly and compatible with standard PC applications. And like all of our L series, the L230 can use standard Ethernet infrastructure, so that your users can be located as far away from your shared PCs as you need them to be.
nice form factor. standard (two prong) 110V power cord. included ethernet cable is only about 5 feet long. the user interface for server and device configuration does not like to listen to the keyboard for focus management. point and click only. PS2 KB and mouse... I'm sure there are more drawbacsks to that that I will discover as I use it more. Supports a great selection of reasonable display sizes. 8/16/24 bit color is a tradeoff. Running 24 bit color 1280x1024 over my server's wireless network link was slightly painful. The software that I installed on my computer to support this device barfs every time a user connects, complaining about an incompatibility with XPSP3 (as of 4/1/09). Even though the software barfs, the client is still 100% usable.
Timing is everything8/14/2008
The device works. My timing was apparently bad though. It seems that in June or July MS issued SP3 and there is something in that pack that doesnt play nicely with the L230 software. Further, I tried to install it on a Server 2003 and that was a disaster. The server wouldnt reboot and it took HOURS to get the NComputing software removed. At the end of the day it does what it is supposed to, but beware if you are installing this on an XP SP3 machine OR on a machine that is a member of Domain, there are special instructions on the NComputing website to help get it working. I have it running now for a receptionist and it seems to work well. There is savings on the HW vs a new PC (and power of course since this thing draws a whopping 4 watts of power). The REAL savings is on software. Since the "mother computer" that it is hooked to has SW licenses installed for MS office etc, I didnt need to buy new licenses for the L230 user, they just piggy back on the base machine licensing. Bottom line... install on test machines first, but I would buy more of these.
I love the idea of having a silent PC. This box works great as a general purpose PC. My only problem I have with it is the software messes with the host PC. I have several users on the host PC running XP pro. The software disables a lot of their personal settings. It messes with the security settings and limits what the host PC can do. It is such a pain that I am debating on returning the NComputing BOX. Having to have a dedicated PC just to run this quiet PC defeats the purpose of energy savings. I would rather just have a small and weak PC in the first place.
though the packge may be small, its packs a huge punch. it is a great time and space saver as i now only have one computer to install software or repair rather than the 15 in the office. also, it is a great theft deterent. we were broken into just last week, and not one system was taken due to the fact they didn't know what the terminals were. i am very impressed with this product and will continue to purchase more as our company grows. the only draw back is the graphics capability, but if youre not needing to do anything heavy on the graphics side they are perfect.