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How to Choose the Right Multimedia Furniture?

Computers, tablets, smartboards, projectors and even phones bring classroom presentations to life, so long as they can be used efficiently, reliably and securely, multimedia presentation furniture enables teachers to control, transport, and store multiple devices. The new generation of furniture products offer a range of styles and functions to fit classrooms, labs, auditoriums and other school settings.

A few important factors to consider:

  • Integration Options: To support multiple devices, think about furniture with dedicated shelves, flip-up dataports, cable reservoirs, rear cable drops and surge protectors to simplify connectivity. Angled or adjustable desktops make reading more comfortable. Integrated rack mounts simplify the installation of sound equipment, preferably with capability for audio streaming. Desktop controls for sound system functions make it easy to make adjustments without juggling devices.
  • Security and Mobility: If a lectern will serve as permanent equipment storage for expensive equipment, look for designs with lockable cabinets, shelves and cables to keep everything secure. To take equipment from room to room, choose furniture with smooth-rolling, sturdy casters to transport delicate electronics safely.
  • Style: Multimedia lecterns are available in a wide variety of materials, from traditional hardwoods to contemporary acrylics, as well as budget-friendly and durable metal designs.

Well-designed presentation furniture makes multimedia technology easily accessible so that any speaker can use devices with confidence. Take the time to investigate the wide range of available presentation furniture options and don’t compromise style for functionality — in today’s market, the best manufacturers can provide you with both.

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of School Planning & Management.

About the Author

Don Roth is owner and CEO of AmpliVox Sound Systems.

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