General Chat Thread, [Review] Lapsafe UnoCart Net30 Hardware Review in General; Introduction
Laptops and Netbooks are great for use in school. With these portable devices we can bring the ICT suite ...
Laptops and Netbooks are great for use in school. With these portable devices we can bring the ICT suite into the classroom, into the playground or with us on a school trip, but what do we do when the children have gone home and are back from their trip? We need somewhere to keep them securely, out of view of Mr Tealeaf. There is also the issue of making sure they are charged and ready for use the next day. This is where the humble laptop trolley comes in.
For this review I will be taking a look at the Lapsafe UnoCart Netbook Cart – 30. The UnoCart range is Lapsafe’s budget range of trolleys. For those of you reading that have used the Mentor range of trolleys, you will know what a high quality product they are. Has this high quality filtered down to the UnoCart range? Read on to find out.
Taken from Lapsafe.com.
“ Built exclusively in the UK from recycled steel and meeting or exceeding all British Industry Standards, the UnoCart™ netbook cart is made from the highest quality materials and reliable components. The UnoCart™ netbook cart has a high quality steel construction and uses award winning patented locks with anti drill centres for increased security.”
Looks / Use
There is no mistaking that this is a Lapsafe product. From the two tone cream and red of the recycled steel chassis down to the wheels with foot operated breaks, the trolley oozes quality.
All edges are smooth and the unit is very well put together. The doors are not as strong as those found on the Mentor range and do have a little flex in them and they are secured via a single lock.
The top of the unit has a nonslip rubber matting and 2 large handles either side. These are made from plastic and do look a bit out of place when the rest of the trolley is such a high quality. There is also a blanking plate covering the hole where the optional Top Mount Power sockets would go.
Opening the doors is simple, and unlike the Mentor, the keys can’t be left in the lock while the trolley is in transit, so no chance of keys being damaged. This is a good job as Lapsafe have only seen fit to include 1 key.
Once unlocked, the doors can be opened a full 270 degreese and held in place by magnets on the side of the trolley giving great, unobtrusive access to the laptops inside.
As you can see the review model has been built to home 30 netbooks. The trays that hold the netbooks are securely fixed and have numerous holes for cable ties. They also have a small lip at the back to hold cables.
Looking around the rest of the trolley, the power connector is located on the right hand side of the unit whilst the rest of the sides have plenty of cooling vents
The rear of the unit has twin thermostatically controlled fans providing whole cabinet cooling whilst netbooks are charging and whilst powered up with the optional data transfer module.
Access to the rear of the unit is via a removable panel. This is secured with the same type of lock as the front doors, and makes use of a different key. Again only one is supplied.
Last edited by SYSMAN_MK; 11th November 2010 at 12:47 AM.
There is some play in the panel and I would have liked to have seen a double lock arrangement, one with locks at the corners maybe.
Removing the panel is easy enough. Just undo the lock and pull it out.
With it removed you are greeted by the site of 36 power sockets.
There are actually 40 outlets but 4 are hidden by the black brackets that hold the strips.
There are 2 surge protectors, each running 4 strips and plenty of space to work in. One issue, depending on the types of plugs being used is that the power leads from the surge protectors obscure some of the outlets. This didn’t cause much a problem for me but might be something to think about.
Again there are plenty of holes to run cables and attache cable ties to keep things nice and neat. The little lips at the rear of the trays hold any excess cable perfectly.
Anyone who has wired up a laptop trolley knows how time consuming and fiddly it is. Unfortunatly the UnoCart is no different, but the trolley is well designed and the trays have so many holes available for cable management, that no matter whether your netbooks have the power adaptor at the left, right or rear, you will be able wire the up neatly.
Last edited by SYSMAN_MK; 11th November 2010 at 12:50 AM.
Lapsafe include 100 small black zip ties and 100 plastic cable clips. If like me you like to make sure your cables are nice and neat, then the included ties wonít be enough. Iím sure Lapsafe could see their way to a few more cables ties.
The UnoCart can also be purchased with a WAP installed and a DTM Kit which consists of a network switch mounted to the underneath of the unit and a number of patch leads that you wire in the same way as the power adapter leads.
Cost varies due to configuration. Contact your supplier for details
Well I spent the day giving the UnoCart the once over and setting it up for 30 netbooks and I have to say I am impressed. I love the look and overall quality of the unit and even fully loaded with 30 netbooks the trolley is easy to manoeuvre around a crowded corridor.
There were some minor quibbles with the number included items but on the whole Lapsafe have put together another superb product. I highly recommend it.