Hewlett-Packard has given a twist to the traditional all-in-one PC design with a new thin client it calls an “Internet monitor” that started shipping on Thursday and is designed to access services on the Internet.
The Passport has no internal storage or high-end processor, limiting its use to Internet access. The Linux-based operating system is locked down, so users cannot upload or install programs. The device has a Texas Instruments OMAP4430 smartphone chip, five USB ports, a media card reader and an Ethernet port. The monitor displays images at a 1366-by-768-pixel resolution.
It’s priced at $259.