Dell launches new Android HDMI dongle with desktop virtualization

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 30, 2014

Dell Android Dongle

Dell has just launched a new Android based HDMI dongle, which can transform any display into a virtualized desktop computer. Portability is the essence of mobile technology, but Dell aims to go one better by packing in as many feature as possible into its tiny USB sized computer.

Dell’s Wyse Cloud Connect can be hooked up to any TV or display with an HDMI or MHL port. The little device comes with full support for mice and keyboards via Bluetooth or a mini-USB port, so productivity won’t be an issue. The dongle itself is barely any bigger than your standard flash drive, but packs sufficient punch to output at full-HD 1080p.

Whilst Android dongle computers have been available for a long time, this dongle offers access to Dell’s own desktop virtualization software via its Wyse Cloud Connect app and your choice of client, either Citrxi, Microsoft or VMWare. So on top of a full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience, you’ll also have full access to your Windows or Mac machines.

Hardware specs are a little thin on the ground, but Dell has listed the device as running on a “multi-core” Cortex A9 CPU, it has 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal flash memory, microSD card slot with support for an additional 72GB of storage, and the dongle can display an output resolution of up to 1080p.

The Dell Wyse Cloud Connect also features a range of connectivity options, including a HDMI/MHL output, a DisplayPort video interface, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi adapter, 1x USB mini connecter for peripherals, 1x Micro USB port, and Bluetooth V3 connectivity to support a range of wireless peripherals.

The Wyse Cloud Connect dongle is currently priced at $129 on the company’s website, however Dell is apparently more interested in targeting business clients than the regular consumer. The dongle’s permissions are currently managed through Dell’s business grade Wyse Cloud Client Manager software, but Dell’s VP and GM of cloud client computing, Steve Lalla, said that “It’ll bleed into the consumer space” eventually.

  • Jayfeather787

    Cool, idea, but a bit too expensive. I can find other things like this for less.

  • William Peters

    I have a question. why don’t I ever see a android mini pc review or preview passing by??I’m thinking about buying one (the minix neo x7). This is a quadcore 2GB RAM on Android 4.2.2 running android tv box.
    I was wondering what you guys think of such devices

    • Shark Bait

      Yeah I’d second that, android on the desktop is an Interesting idea with lots of small OEM’s trying it. I’d like to see if its any good too

    • MrMagoo

      I’ve owned a similar device for a while. If you’ve seen that minix you’ve seen what’s called a little rectangular box called an Android Mini PC MK808B. This one is dual core of the same processor and one gig of ram. No complaints at all for the money. I paid $45 shipped and it does everything down to playing Dead Trigger 2 and Shadow Gun. I let the kid use it with a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse and there was a lil bit of a learning curve. But they like it and they can’t clutter it with VIRUS’ like they do my PC! Anyway, if you’re a tinkerer you’ll love it! If not be patient and you’ll have a very capable little guy to do just about anything you want.

      • William Peters

        Ok that sounds promising! I’ve been looking for reviews on YouTube and for what I’ve seen you can have a full android experience on your TV. With the right tools like a keyboard mouse or a airmouse you can do anything with it. Web browsing, game playing,media streaming…..Maybe it works even better then most smart-tv’s.!!?

        • MrMagoo

          That’s what I get out of it! And there are also quite a few custom roms available as well. Atleast for the MK808B there is. I’ve flashed mine with a FinlessBob ROM that give you quite a few more tools. He included something called RKremote.apk that lets you use your phones touch screen, keyboard, and gyro! Great for some games that weren’t even playable without a touch screen.

    • Cal Rankin

      Check out liliputing. They offer some reviews on the Android TV sticks.