HP MT21 14 Inch Review – An Affordable and Powerful Mobile Thin Client

The mobile thin client is not a popular device among the consumers mainly because the company targets of specific users like enterprise usage and not for wide or broader audience. HP is just releasing their thin client that based on HP Probook 450. In term of design, both these devices look so similar without any difference at all. One thing that feels different here is the hardware configuration that appeared to be lower. It features of Intel Celeron processor rather than putting of Intel Kaby Lake R processor. The specification is quite lower here, but it’s pretty normal considering the price itself that only around 500 dollars.

If you expect of light and portable devices to afford in limited budget, then you probably want to check of this one. It offers many good things better than its competitors at the same price range. HP seems trying really hard on making users interested here and the result is what we see right now. I think its worth for us to take look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Build

HP has started to give new design to their products line up and its included on this case. The design now is more appealing with silver finishing on the outside and black finishing on the inside. The system now looks more professional and suitable for business users. In comparable with its predecessor, the huge chance is not coming here, but they still make few good improvements here. The small drop hinge system is now featured instead of having wider hinge system. This is a nice improvement in my opinion because the display is not only more flexible, but appeared to be sturdier than before. Overall, the improvement they bring here is good and they do not just put many things and making it bad.

In term of build quality, the material used here is remaining similar with most of case is created from plastic material. The wrist area is quite different here because it has aluminium surface that now offering nice surface and better stability for the keyboard. Then, for the connectivity we have of complete ports support with USB type-C first generation and standard USB 3.0 ports. I am having a critic for its port placement here because for some reasons they put it slightly far to front on the right side. It feels quite annoying especially when you want to connect its charger here.

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Keyboard and Display

HP MT21 14 2 I am having of nice impression on testing the Probook 450 keyboard, but unfortunately the similar case is not happened here. The case is slightly smaller here than its brother and for this case they have to make the keyboard gives away little bit to the left. Typing on normal case is great, but the thing is different when you put it on your lap. When it does not have good stability, the keyboard feels too soft and rattles on this case. The layout itself is fairly similar here although the numpad area is missing here. Overall, the impression is relatively great although the stability could be better here.

As for the display, we see of standard 14 inch display with 1366 x 768p resolution. The display quality is relatively great here, but sadly the brightness is quite lower than my expectation. The 228 nits is good for indoor usage, but a big trouble for users who love to carry it around. When it’s directed into the light, the display is kind of hard to see unless you put the brightness into 90 percent or maximum level. In term of quality, it produces of 63 percent SRGB color that better than most of its competitors.

Last price update: 2018-09-21 17:13:59

HP MT21 14 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Celeron 3865U Kaby Lake 1.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14-inch
OSWindows 10 IOT Enterprise
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage128GB SSD

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Hardware Specifications

This is the first time I get myself hands on Intel Celeron 3865U processor. This processor is quite unique here because it’s based on Kaby Lake architecture and not Apollo or Gemini Lake. The dual core CPU features of 1.8 GHz base clock without any boosted clock implementation. It means the 1.8 GHz is the maximum clock you have expect here. On further testing, the CPU manages to perform multi-tasking works and handling the power consumption pretty well. The performance is so consistent and with no performance drop during my test. For light and medium usages, I think you should not have any problem here.

The Windows 10 IOT Enterprise edition is pre-installed here on its 128GB SSD. The Windows OS is free from any bloatware although some applications are not so useful here. The 8GB RAM is more than enough here and the only problem here is the 128GB that appeared to be small enough for saving many things. Luckily, both of RAM and Storage are upgradable here and mean you could upgrade it with better hardware. There are two RAM slots and 2.5 inch HDD/SSD slot available.

Last price update: 2018-09-21 17:13:59
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Final Thought

The HP MT21 does not carry of powerful performance, but keep in mind the performance is not so important in mobile thin client because most of jobs related to light activities. On good side, the processor is powerful enough and capable to run in silent mode. With its cheap price point, I think this is the best choice users can find right now. Well, the choice is always yours, so feel free to take any consideration you want here. I just hope the information is good enough for you. Feel free to check our latest article and mind leaves some comments for further assistance regarding the article here.




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