On 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
wide 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.
We explored ideas through prototypes The earlier prototypes featured a split level design. A change with the motherboard placement and
cooling requirements led to a new design direction.
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
The initial direction for the Wyse thin client computer features a front bezel with more depth and mounting holes on the opposite side.
With the right justified motherboard, we explored variations to make a more balanced design for the wide chassis.
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.
Another idea we explored was being able to use a specialized molded backplate with standoffs. The Wyse computer would simply fit onto
the standoffs with the bottom keyhole fitting.
There was discussion on which solution is best. Traditionally, 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.
The P series mount has to accommodate a variety of different monitor stands. The manufacturer proposed an idea that hooks on top
and then has a clip on bottom that secures the mount onto the neck of the stand.
We designed the PU mount 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 in
different 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