Technology FurnitureThe best gear on the market can barely do the job if it can’t be reached, adjusted, or easily operated. 6/18/2012 7:57 AM Eastern
Jun 18, 2012 11:57 AM, By Bennett Liles
The best gear on the market can barely do the job if it can’t be reached, adjusted, or easily operated. Having the right unit in the right place at optimum height and reach can make all the difference in maximizing your clients’ hardware investment, so the right choice of tech furniture is the pillar on which all of your other hardware choices rest. The products in this group represent the latest technology available to surround any operator with the best control and comfort options.
The ST3250 Pinnacle Multimedia Lectern from AmpliVox is a full-size floor unit with locking, heavy-duty, tilt-n-turn industrial casters and built-in side handles. The lectern also features an integral shelf, a soft cushion wrest rest/paper stop, and a choice of several finishes. It includes a dashboard with a 19in. dynamic gooseneck microphone, LED light, and a digital clock. The ST3250 also has a four-outlet power strip and a 25ft. balanced audio cable from the microphone for connecting it to an external sound system. The lectern is available without the microphone, light, and timer as the SN3250, and with a wireless sound system and internal amplifier as the SW3250.
Anthro designed the Steve’s Station for Office line of sit/stand desks to keep users comfortable and productive. Adjust the electric lift table from 23in. to 49in. high to work sitting or standing. Dual-surface tables have a greater range on the front surface—17.25in. to 56in. high— to fit the 5th percentile seated female to 95th percentile standing male. Tables lift 375lbs. to support the largest setup. The cable management system protects connections on equipment through the table’s entire range of motion. Available features include twin LED task lights, two desktop USB ports, and three desktop power receptacles. The unit ships assembled, and it’s made in the U.S.
The Aura 520-S workstation from Argosy Console is a large desk with wrap-around wings, each of which can be fitted with an optional 11RU tilted rack and a vented rear access panel. Between these in the lower center area is a space for two accessory drawers. Accessories include a 21in. shelf modification, a dual monitor arm, speaker platforms, and an assortment of blank panels and rack rail screws. The aluminum lifting columns with three-part guidance can lower and raise the workstation desk between 27in. and 42in. heights.
Any rackmounted gear can go mobile with the RX21-30 compact rolling rack from Atlas Sound. Constructed of 11-gauge cold rolled steel, the unit has heavy-duty casters, two of which are locking, and each can support 175lbs. The internal side supports are mounted 19in. apart to allow vertical mounting of units on the inside walls. Wiring access is provided by three-wire isolation holes in the rear base flange. Front and rear doors and rear rack rails are available as options. The sides are equipped with rubber padded steel grip road handles.
For a ready-made videoconferencing solution, Avteq has designed the TeamSpace series of tech furniture with a strongly supported center desk in blonde, cherry, or mahogany veneer and 20RU of ventilated rack space. This area has a bolted rear privacy panel and incorporates an integrated adjustable universal screen mount capable of holding large flatscreen monitors. The unit can be configured to seat three or five participants. The camera mount can be on top of a single monitor or located between dual screens. Options include custom colors, inlaid glass writing surface, along with screen pop-ups and Extron plug-in pop-ups.
Bretford Manufacturing configured the MDMLAP32NR network-ready laptop cart to function as a mobile computer lab with a dedicated 19in. rackmounted network switch, and four compartments that each store eight devices totaling 32 laptops. It has laser-printed ID numbers for each device slot. The unit’s power manager evaluates the need for power among the internal devices and concentrates on those that need it the most. Thermal controlled fans blow through side vents to maintain proper temperature. The cart has full access doors on the front and a choice of a panel or full access doors on the back.
Jun 18, 2012 11:57 AM, By Bennett Liles
The articulating Titan series dual-display cart from ClearOne is a mobile monitor platform for videoconferences, distance learning, courtrooms, and telemedicine with an articulating display mount that can fold up to fit into elevators and through doorways. Capable of holding dual LCD or plasma displays, the arms have a weight capacity of up to 200lbs. The base unit has a nine-space rack system with rear access and a vented, removable front door. The structure can support up to 800lbs. of equipment and rolls around on heavy-duty casters, two of which can swivel. It includes a camera shelf, an equipment shelf, and grommet ports for equipment cabling.
For a complete mobile videoconferencing solution Da-Lite offers the Dual Video Conferencing Equipment Rack Cart with a choice of seven standard veneers, four standard laminates, and custom finishes. Two AC axial fans provide cooling through four vents in the locking front doors. Each door allows access to a compartment with 14 rack spaces, and each side of the cabinet is equipped with a six-outlet power strip. On top of the cabinet is a dual mount for flatpanel monitors up to 125lbs. The video camera shelf can be mounted above or below the monitors.
Made with furniture laminates and edge banding, the MM-2500-Lift from Exact Furniture has an electronic lift to adjust the height of the presentation surface from 35in. to 47in., and it includes a laptop/keyboard slide out surface and a 14RU rack compartment with ventilation panels along with front and rear access doors. There is a dual AC outlet, and the cable well features laptop connections. The unit is available in a variety of finishes and options include a shock-mounted gooseneck condenser microphone, casters in place of levelers, and a high intensity gooseneck light.
The Extron Electronics Half Rack Shelf System is a new concept in mounting hardware for applications using one-half rack width and smaller products. The compact, 1RU half-rack width size allows the mounting of half-, quarter-, and eighth-rack products in space constrained furniture such as lecterns and cabinets that are not wide enough to support the mounting of full width, 19in. rack shelves, or electronics. The Half Rack System is comprised of the HRB 109 basic rack shelf; the HRU 109 universal rack shelf kit, which includes eighth-rack and quarter-rack false faceplates; and the HRP 100 blank panel. This system of rack shelves and related accessories provides options for incorporating AV into designs and locations not previously available.
Forbes-AV designed the 9238-X11 custom multimedia lectern with an array of compartments that can accommodate practically any equipment scenario. There is a keyboard drawer just below the presentation surface and a compartment to fit a desktop computer along with various bays and bins, both secure and open. Cable management and a locking front access panel are included for easy access to rear-mounted equipment connections. The unit is available in a variety of standard and custom real wood finishes, and it features a quad electrical outlet on top.
Hergo offers a low-profile workstation solution with the Commando 2 double island top command center with four base frames and two 72in. long islands. Each frame is equipped with a back panel and side enclosure panels. The unit includes four track-mounted 14in. flatpanel monitor mounting arms offering a wide range of tilt and swivel options. Inside, the Commando 2 has power and cable management features, and there is a slide out CPU shelf. The unit is intended for command centers, call centers, network operations center, and similar applications.
Among the desk offerings from HSA Rolltops, the Rolltop Custom Quad is the largest single piece standard model, extending to a full 82.5in. width. Above the table level, the unit features four glide-out 3RU rack enclosures and below the table are two 10RU rack areas for more standard 19in. rack mounted gear, each of which has a locking rolltop cover. The structure is 39.125in. deep, 44.75in. high, and features 42in. wide legroom area between the lower rack spaces. The desk comes complete with internal clearances for wiring and 10-32 tapped heavy-duty rack rails.
Jun 18, 2012 11:57 AM, By Bennett Liles
The IVEL-2887 lectern from In-View Furniture includes a height adjusting lift and low profile casters, internal cable management, and a laptop keyboard pullout. The lectern includes a motorized display tilt adjust, touchscreen tablet holder, service access door, a removable universal shelf, two USB passthrough ports, and a service door for access to the equipment compartment. The unit comes complete with an extruded aluminum sub-frame and connection plate cutout.
Electrically height adjustable and featuring a 55in. wide music keyboard slide out, the Ergo Music from Martin & Zeigler allows the user to sit or stand while composing, recording, and editing. The keyboard tray retracts about 9in. beyond the front of the desk to allow for knee room while not in use. The desktop can move from a height of 23.5in. up to 49in. with the push of a button and the desk surface has a weight capacity of 450lbs. Monitors and keyboards can be set to meet ADA requirements.
The MediaMate Tutor dynamic delivery system from Mediatech is designed as a state-of-the-art mobile presentation desk system with a 14RU rack to house and protect all AV and IT peripherals, stainless steel side cabinets, integrated cable management, and push handles for ease of movement. There is also an internal 12-way power bar, a stainless steel lockable security door, a rack tray for freestanding hardware, and six lockdown casters. A secure custom housing may be fitted for AV control panels and an ergonomic flex arm may be top mounted for an LCD monitor with full 360-degree movement.
Middle Atlantic has introduced new storage options for its ViewPoint Console System, including the ViewPoint Free Standing Storage Cabinet and the Radial Binder Storage Cabinet. The console system consists of welded Uni-Frame workstation bays that can be assembled quickly in a variety of designs depending on the arrangement of turrets, bays, extenders, side panels, monitor mounts, and other modular components. The console can accommodate a wide assortment of customized LCD mounting options. Each bay contains internal cable raceways and a slide-out CPU tray can mount in any 24in. bay.
The Square Top Lectern from Nova Solutions is a height-adjustable unit with a six-outlet power strip and Nova’s exclusive iMod wire management compartment. With the lockable modesty cover removed, all wiring is immediately accessible and the cover is available in either perforated metal or laminate. The laminate finish is available in a wide range of colors. The top includes a monitor-mounting area and the rear features a slide-out for computer keyboard along with rear door access to equipment compartments, while the side drawer can house a document camera. On the opposite side is a flip-up tabletop piece.
The 15RU version of the new 100 Series racks from Sanus Systems, the CFR2115 has a weight capacity of 500lbs. and includes the same combination of casters and adjustable feet that provides these racks with easy mobility and solid placement. The lockable tempered glass front door can be mounted with hinges on either side, and there is simple access to wiring through the quick release side and back panels. Top and bottom cooling vents allow free convection while the back stops on the rack shelves help keep equipment in place.
Jun 18, 2012 11:57 AM, By Bennett Liles
Secure Cabinet Company designed the Mobile Media Cabinet to allow a media monitor and player to be easily moved around from room to room as a self contained unit without disconnecting and reconnecting any wiring. Finished in maple laminate and bottom weighted to prevent tipping, the unit is rear ventilated and provides easy access for wiring connections. There is also a slide-out shelf on the side of the cabinet for laptop computers or projectors, and the bottom drawer is slotted to hold DVDs or VHS tapes. The unit measures 48in. wide, 48in. deep, and 49 1/4in. high on the outside.
The Educator WSV-45 multimedia workstation from Sound-Craft Systems features a full-width keyboard tray, lockable storage drawer, euro-hinged lockable doors, document camera drawer, locking removable front access panel, and an internal power strip, all of which rolls on 3in. casters. The base and sides have cable ports, and the unit comes in a range of finishes. Options include a task light, cooling fan, adjustable shelf, 10-space rack mounting, microphone mount, connectivity panel, and more customized selections.
A completely mobile presentation platform is what Spectrum Industries designated for the Inspiration Lectern, and it fits the bill with rack rails that can be recessed behind an angled rear surface, flip-up side shelves, and an optional locking instructor-side door. It can be customized to hold a computer keyboard, a media player, and a video projector among other gear. The BW and SR versions have 5in. locking balloon wheels while the TK (toe kick) version sits flat on the floor. The audience-side door is standard, and the top can be fitted with a swing arm to hold a flatscreen monitor. Other options include a six-outlet power strip, a 15-amp power cord reel, and a keyboard tray.
Unveiled at InfoComm as the newest product in the TecPodium line from Tecom, the TecPodium W is the company’s first all wooden turn-key podium. The TecPodium W has the capability to accommodate projectors, computers, and DVD players, and to manage them all with a single built-in control panel. The podium includes a 19in. rack area to house additional equipment and is prewired for quick and easy installation. The unit is also mounted on four casters for mobility.
The PDX21 Executive Podium from Video Furniture International is a large roll-around unit with a surface that can accommodate monitors, laptops, and room control systems with customizable electronic pods, two lockable rear doors, and locking keyboard door. Also featured is a slide-out document camera or projector shelf on the side and a 120mm quiet cooling fan. Options include a 10in. to 22in. LCD monitor mount, a six-outlet power bar with 10ft. cord, countdown timer/clock, Shure gooseneck microphone, tabletop cable well, and a lacing bar. The bottom area houses a 12RU space and a PC tower area.
Winsted equipped the Prestige Sight-Line command consoles to be infinitely customizable with a choice of three base console widths, dual cable raceways, openings for data plates and duplex power, along with double and triple monitor bows. Optional rack mount turrets can be located beneath the M-View monitor wall system holding large plasma or LCD monitors. The Versa-Trak mounting system allows sliding horizontal monitor adjustment, and the locking double doors can protect storage space, computers, and other internal gear.