[Review] Lapsafe UnoCart Net30 Hardware Review
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.
Looks / Use
“ 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.”
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.