Dell's new Android stick lets you access your work PC from anywhere. The Wyse Cloud Connect is an affordable little dongle that plugs into any HDMI-ready monitor or HDTV to deliver a full Android experience, plus secure remote desktop software so you can connect back to your office workstation. It's not the first Android stick released from Dell, but it is the first to let you use your smartphone to control an on-screen mouse cursor and keyboard.
The $129 Wyse Cloud Connect stick is about the same size as a USB thumb drive. An HDMI connector protrudes from one side, with microUSB and mini USB ports on both sides so you can connect peripherals. Inside, it packs a dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, plus 8GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 80GB via a microSD card slot.
Just plug the device into an HDTV or monitor to use it as a fully functional Android PC. You can run Android apps just like you would on your smartphone or tablet, while using your smartphone as a mouse touchpad, complete with virtual keyboard. Enabling that functionality is as easy as installing the Wyse app on your Android device.
But business users might benefit most from the ability to connect securely back to your work PC using PocketCloud, a remote desktop app that comes installed on the device. Booting up the remote desktop service lets you access the full desktop of your office PC, including all files, documents and Windows programs – as long as your PC is running. That's a big perk for bring-your-own-device businesses, since it lets users access their work computer from anywhere without lugging the machine around.