In May 2012, Dell acquired Wyse, a company that specializes in thin client
computing. Wyse wished to create a new, low powered thin client computer. This
new design is fan-less and comes in two form factors. A micro form factor and a
wider version that can accommodate legacy ports and an additional graphics card. At
Dell, I was the lead designer for the Wyse 5070 and its accessories.
A thin client computer is a low powered computer that uses flash memory, rather than a dedicated hard drive.
Applications and data are stored on a central server, rather than the computer itself. Many companies use thin clients for its size, security and value.
You may find these computers within the healthcare, banking, education and commercial industries.
The top three manufacturers of Micro Form Factor PCs are Dell, Lenovo and HP. The Wyse 5070 is meant to be a middle range computer
that is more affordable than the OptiPlex 5060 MFF. The Wyse 3040 is a smaller, entry level model with less capabilities.
We explored ideas through prototypes. As the thin client requirements evolved, so did the designs. The new Wyse thin client computer had to feature
Dells design language. Simple, purposeful design and the angled diamond vent pattern that is seen on OptiPlex commercial PCs.
One of the more favored iterations of the Wyse thin client computer included a center mounted I/O,
and a rotatable Dell badge thats seen on the OptiPlex Micro Form Factor
As the project progressed, a center mounted motherboard was seen to be too expensive.
This direction explored a left justified I/O, and a “two tiered” layered design.
The direction then evolved to a design that featured right justified ports and a centered power button and logo.
The bezel grew in depth for a stronger, blockier appearance. With the new ventilation requirements, the thin client had to incorporate the sided ventilation.
An elevated vertical stand was proposed.
The chosen direction for the Wyse thin client computer was then modeled in Creo. Both Slim and Wide versions were created,
along with accompanying cable covers
With the chosen direction settled for the thin version, we then explored variations for the wide version.
Two directions explored how we could split the front bezel to better match the thin computer.
The version with the center mounted power button and logo was chosen.
The Wyse team wanted to explore the idea of a hooking a module up to the slim chassis computer. The module would
contain contain additional ports, optical drive or card reader
Wyse wanted to explore the idea of a sidecar that attaches to the side of the thin client computer. This sidecar uses
different modules for a card reader or additional ports.
The Wyse team also wished to mount the slim client computer onto the back of a monitor
while still retaining ventilation. We explored an idea where the backplate of the monitor riser included
standoffs that match the keyhole slots on the bottom of the computers
For the P and U series monitor mounts we explored orientation. Traditionally, Dell mounted computers face the right side. When the
Wyse computer is mounted with the VESA holes, it has to face left. The left facing mounted option
is preferred, because of its cleaner appearance.
Rather than design a variety of monitor mounts for all the different monitor models, we wanted a single mount that can be adjustable.
The manufacturer proposed an idea that hooks on top and has a clip on bottom
that secures the mount onto the neck of the stand.
The PU mount was designed around the mechanism the manufacturer proposed. A spring holds the plate up, keeping the wings closed in.
The user will open the wings of the PU mount, and the wings will adjust to the appropriate width monitor stand.
We styled the P/U series mount to be more consistent with Dell’s design language. The top hook and bottom clip are interchangeable
and come indifferent widths for the various monitor models.
The mount can expand and contract to a variety of different sized monitor stands. From 130mm for the widest stand to the narrowest stand at 69mm.
The P/U Series Mount attached to the U2718 monitor
The finalized design for the Wyse 5070 slim and wide chassis
The Wyse 5070 is a fan-less design, so three sided venting is needed to cool the computer.
With 3-sided ventilation, a special vertical stand is needed for proper cooling. Both Wyse 5070 slim and wide versions fit onto an
elevated tripod stand by a keyhole fitting.
The Wyse 5070 can fit within a dual-VESA bracket. This mount can be used in conjunction with an adjustable monitor arm.
The Wyse 5070 is light enough to be wall mounted. The wall mount features a matching hole pattern that allows for ventilation.
The power supply unit is housed in a detachable box for an integrated package.
The wall and arm mounts consists of bent sheetmetal construction. An additional plate is screwed onto the wall mount to create the arm mount.
The slim and wide chassis computers are secured within the mount with rubber bumpers. A thumbscrew on the mount screws into the computer,
securing it on the mount.
The entry level fixed stand monitor features a special mount that can accommodate both versions of the Wyse 5070
and the power supply unit box.
The E-series mount screws into the back of the E-series monitor using the 75mm VESA holes. The mount is deep enough to accommodate the
56mm wide chassis computer.
Before production we made finalized prototypes, so that we can make sure that everything fits and works properly together.
Some examples of storyboarding for
the NextGen design language