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Computers on the Go

Few schools have the money to get computers for each and every room used for instruction, so having several multi-purpose systems on carts is a great way to cover the territory. Regardless of whether it’s a classroom’s worth of notebooks or a single desktop PC, a cart can not only put the systems where they’re needed but often power them as well.

Av cart Global Industrial’s Audio Visual Workstation is great for a single notebook or desktop PC. It has a 18- by 24-inch work surface, two shelves as well as a pull-out keyboard drawer with a mouse pad. The $149 carts are available in black, blue, green, red or yellow, and can be adjusted in 4-inch increments between 24- and 42-inches tall. It comes with a five-year warranty and there’s an optional computer holder for $30.

Bretford cart A Bretford Antimicrobial Laptop Cart can help calm fears among parents and children about spreading germs by sharing notebooks. All the surfaces are coated with a finish that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and fungus so they don’t become a school reservoir for disease. There are versions with room for 15-, 18-, 24-, 30-, or 32-notebooks with power to charge them all when not being used. Pricing ranges from $1,800 to $3,366.

Comfort_2096_239824730 Teachers have to teach where they can these days, including the cafeteria, library and even repurposed closets. Comfort House’s CartDesk lets you take it all with you and doubles as a fold-open desk on the go. It can be wheeled from room to room and can support up to a 17-inch notebook along with 20-pounds of papers and coffee. CartDesk costs $130.


Portofino By contrast, The Portifina Computer Cart is a bargain at $40. It can be a movable home for a desktop PC with minimalist styling. Made of steel with a brushed champagne finish, the cart has a 26.5 by 19 inch glass tabletop as well as a shelf for a keyboard and mouse and a base that can hold the computer. It’s available at Target stores or online, but requires assembly.



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Global Industrial is a 1st class company in every way. It is unfortunate that budgets are so tight at schools and challenges their ability to keep up with new technology.

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