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Inveneo Hardware Solution Guide: When to Use Desktops, Laptops, and Thin Clients in Rural ICT Installations

  1. Posted by Inveneo on January 26, 2011 in the categories: News, Publications

Inveneo offers a range of solutions for low-resource environments. We have developed an informational matrix to help you understand the benefits of each solution and decide which one best meets your needs.

The matrix lists the three major types of computer configurations and grades each on four key benefits. Use this matrix to rank the benefits you value the most and find the solution that’s right for you. More detailed explanations of the configurations and benefits are below.

Types of Computer Configurations:

  • Desktop: Most suitable for difficult environments is the very low-power-consumption Inveneo High-Performance Computing Station, intended for regular use at a single location. This system provides excellent performance with a very low 5-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Laptop: A portable computer, such as the Inveneo Classmate PC Laptop, that is small and light and contains an integrated screen and keyboard. Laptops are designed for maximum portability and use wherever needed. Laptops can be fragile, and are always more expensive to maintain than desktops.


  • Cost Effectiveness per User: Thin clients use a single CPU to serve multiple screens. Therefore, the hardware cost per user can be dramatically lower than if a separate computer is purchased for each user. Almost all laptops are more expensive at most performance levels compared to typical desktops.
  • Durability: Low-power consumption desktops with hardened hardware and software are the most durable computers in hot, dusty environments. Individual components, such as keyboards or mice can be easily and inexpensively replaced if there is a problem, whereas laptops are more expensive to repair or replace.
  • Mobility: Laptops are the smallest and lightest computers, designed for use on any flat surface, including your lap, while thin clients must be located closer to each other to operate and the server PC is not easy to move. Desktops can be moved, but are not truly portable.
  • Performance: Desktops and Laptops can be equally powerful, because each has its own CPU. With a Thin Client system the power of the single CPU must be shared among all the users, so graphics performance, in particular, is the lowest of the three types.

Inveneo Multiplier Thin Client Shared Computing Solution

  1. Posted by Inveneo on November 17, 2010 in the categories: News, Publications

The Inveneo Multiplier Solution is a low cost, energy efficient desktop computing system designed for use where cost is an over-riding factor and electrical supplies are limited or unreliable; locations like underserved clinics, schools, community centers and microfinance offices.
Inveneo Multiplier Data Sheet
Computer components and software from leading manufacturers have been carefully selected and configured into a single compact system that can serve 2-10 users based on the Inveneo Certified HP Multiseat Server with Inveneo LCD Monitors and Inveneo Certified Peripherals & Accessories.

The Inveneo Multiplier Benefits

  • Very affordable cost per user: The Inveneo Multiplier can support up to 10 concurrent users, each experiencing personal, customizable desktops and applications. A single shared PC supports multiple LCD displays, keyboards, and mice.
  • Easy to use: The Inveneo Multiplier uses the genuine Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 operating system capable of providing a Windows XP or Windows 7 user experience, easy installation of current security patches and updates, and full support of all standard Microsoft software.
  • Low power consumption: The Inveneo Multiplier’s power draw can be as low as 15 watts per user (including CPU, thin client keyboards, mice, and LCD screens), because it uses just one multi-core CPU with Inveneo’s ultra low-power LCD display screens.

The Inveneo Multiplier solution has one of the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) numbers for computing systems, and is designed to be sustainable in most resource-constrained environments. It combines a competitive purchase price with minimal infrastructure requirements and low support and maintenance costs.

The result is a significantly more effective solution, tailored to the needs of organizations operating in low-resource areas worldwide, and with a lower overall cost per user than many traditional computers.