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This HP USB drive promises to transform and secure any old PC

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Thin clients have been around for decades, but the ubiquity of always-on internet paired with businesses' willingness to sample niche operating systems could explain their recent resurgence.

HP has unveiled a new member of its PC converter family, available this summer: the ThinPro Go. It's a rebadged 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 USB flash drive that has a USB 3.0 Type-A connector and a maximum read/write speed of 100MBps.

Plug it into an existing device to transform it into what HP calls a secure Linux-based HP thin client. This allows workers to boot into the firm's ThinPro OS and access cloud apps and virtual machines.

Solutions such as this make deployment and mixed device management far easier for IT teams, who have visibility over the exact system being deployed and do not need to worry about hardware.

According to HP, the ThinPro Go is scalable to thousands of endpoints and can be managed easily with the HP Device Manager console.

At the heart of the device is the HP ThinPro 7.1 SP6 OS, which uses Ubuntu v16.04. The minimum hardware requirements should be met by almost all personal computers released over the past 10 years, making the ThinProGo ideal for remote workers.

Curiously, HP decided to eschew its traditional storage partner Biwin, which produces HP products like the P700.

Note, you should be able to download the PC converter software as a 60-day trial license and install it on any compatible USB drive.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.