Thin client suggestions for cloud-based infrastructure

I have a client that has 64 retail stores; and is deploying to those stores a cloud-based HR management system.  There is NO need at all for those stores to have access to Windows-based or locally run applications.  They will ONLY need to pull up a web-browser and go to an Internet web site.  That is it.

I was looking at several types of thin clients to support this need.

My preference is to use a Linux-based one that can run Mozilla Firefox and Chrome.  But am open to a Windows-based one.  Primarily because I want to keep the cost to about $250 per unit, (not including mouse, monitor, keyboard).

Does anyone have any suggestions as to which one might be the best to use?  If so, why?

thank you,
Jeff
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Ben HartCommented:
I have a few of the HP T520 thin clients, embedded Windows 7.  I like the fact that I can unlock the volume and install almost whatever they need.  Which in my case is very, very little.
I do have one gripe though, unless you login as the intended user with the volume unlocked AND you use wifi.. if the unit reboots it won;t re-associate to the ssid because the user credentials aren't cached.

Other than that I like them.
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jgrammer42Author Commented:
Ben,
Thank you for the information.  That is a bit of setback on the HP T520 with regard to WiFi.  Not a complete "stopper", but definitely a consideration.

Thank you,
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Ben HartCommented:
Wait are you meaning you want or don;t want Wifi on them?  Mine all came with internal antennas and wifi chipsets.
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jgrammer42Author Commented:
Ben,
I would not want WiFi on them.
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Ben HartCommented:
Disabling in the bios not good enough or is this a security issue?  They have both, ethernet and wifi.  I'm positive HP sells a model w/o the wifi hardware.  But if all else fails the actual wifi hardware is a mini pci card that can be removed.  The antenna is internal so no rubber stick to have to look at either.
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jgrammer42Author Commented:
I suppose disabling it in the bios would be fine.  

Thank you!
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jgrammer42Author Commented:
Thank you very much,
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Ben HartCommented:
The T420 and T520 the wifi is indeed Optional.
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