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    I-Desk Solutions are THE solution

    If you are interested in a fully integrated computer desk system for your classrooms or suite, check out I-Desk solutions. I have had 41 machines installed. The cabling is covered so the children can't play with it. The response time from order to install was almost unbelievable. The children think that the machines are great. Steve Morgan (the sales executive) is always on the end of the phone and believes in getting schools a good deal - for the benefit of the children. The local MP came and had his photograph taken with them. Ofsted said that they had helped dramatically improve ICT at the school. The parents keep using them and we haven't had any stolen as they are too difficult to take apart. The flexibility of the i-rise system allows the suite to be used as a meeting room too, giving the school far more options for workspace both during the school day and in the evening.

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    I-Desk do amongst overs offer some great solutions , if anybody is interested then be sure to pm me your details for more info or even some pricing,
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    Hi Jon,

    Sounds like you've had a result there.

    Perhaps you could share with us the name of your school and what your involvement is?

    Thanks.

    Ben

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    Better still what sort of price/spec did you get. Is it wildly more expensive than me buying some cheap desktops, cable ties and CPU brackets (to mount the pc under the desk)?

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    John do you work for I-Desk lol, Steve sounds like a great bloke to.

    How much did they cost (ball park)

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    ive had 2 schools with i desks in and apart from the visuals ive never been impressed so far on a suite of 30 ive had 4 with duff ram (they use stuff not on the boards recommended list which if a board has one is imo silly)(and i erally need to test all the rest as a lot seem to do odd things such as not doin software deploy properly whereas a rebuilt one with new ram does just dont have time the hole for the cables is a silly shape and now with the usb/audio sockets on the screen pole a pain to open (why the whole back 3 inches of the desk couldnt hinge rather than a small kidney shaped hole is beyond me) getting cables from one desk to the next can be a pain see previous point

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    Wavell School - I-Desks

    Hi all,

    We have been using I desk here for nearly 2 years. We now have 2 full IT suites of 30 machines, each with 18 machines using the I-Desk solution and then 12 with the I-Rise solution.

    The first classroom we spent ages looking for a solution and we could not find anything better for the solution we wanted.

    Link to pictures are as follows.

    http://www.wavellschool.org.uk/image...oads/idesk.zip for pictures of our first installation.
    http://www.wavellschool.org.uk/image...ads/idesk2.zip For picture of our third installation

    We also have put a 10 desk solution into out learning support dept as they had 6 machines in the room and we could not see how we could get more in. I desk came up trumps with this solution.

    http://www.wavellschool.org.uk/image...ads/idesk3.zip for pictures of our second installation.

    We have also got 2 classrooms with the I desk basic as we had already purchased machines and we could not replace them with an I-Desk computer solution. These are the same size as an I desk but the PC sits on top rather than inside the desk. This solution is not as neat as the cables are still exposed but it can give you such a saving on space.

    Pictures for our 2 I desk basic classrooms can be found here

    http://www.wavellschool.org.uk/image...ads/idesk4.zip

    As you can see not as neat cable wise, nothing that a lot of cable ties and time couldnít sort, but it does provide a nice solution to save space.

    We have also just placed an order for a solution to go into our technology atrium. Its an I rise consisting of 23 seats. This was the best solution for a dept which needed and additional IT suite but the school did not have the space for it anywhere else. The desk is going to incorporate a pillar into the design. We are waiting on our next allocation of money to get some of our other rooms done in the same way and maybe take advantage of some of the alternative shapes, wavey lines, curves, hexagon shapes etc.

    The perception from staff is that it give a fresh clean and more spacious environment in which students are much more relaxed primarily because there is much more space to move around the classroom. Also they know what if something is not working it generally a problem the IT dept need to deal with as nothing can be disconnected.


    The best thing from a network managers point of view is that they come and do the installation for you. The amount of time its saved me on setup time and support it has been a god send to say the least. I have not dealt with any vandalism (not that its a major issues here) on these rooms but I have in other areas. If you can plan ahead an build an image in advance they will pre image the machines before installation. The rooms are well received by the students as they do have WOW factor especially in the rooms with the I-Rise sections.

    On a final note our account manager Steve Morgan has even attended site to see how the installations are going, and on occasions assist with the installations. I donít know of any account managers that would do that !!

    If anyone wants to come and have look you are more than welcome.

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    Wow!

    I'm a student in my last year at a specialist computing school, we have loads of these desks and think they are great. The one that goes up and down is really good but me and my friends think they are all really good, they make nice shapes around our class rooms and not like the old rooms here that are boring. In our media lesson we have the screens up but in Maths we have them all down its great we have 2 classes in one.

    My little brother will be here next year and can't wait to use the IT rooms. I don't know how much they cost but my teacher will so you will need to ask her.

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    They're lovely and neat, I'll say that much. The USB/front panel connectors on the stalks however look tacky and are built rather less well than I'd like to see when given to a bunch of vandalistic kids

    My opinions however are marred as wheover installed them also did the servers in one of my schools. They provided, along with the idesks, terminal servers, file servers and installation, a particularly virulent copy of Conficker (of course that doesn't mean anything for the i-Desks!)

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    good to see so many people replying to my post. Lots of positive experiences coming through from idesk. I wanted to sing their praises as I had bad experiences with Dell and RM previously. Computer solutions will always vary in price and whilst i-desk are not the cheapest, they provided me with a flexible solution in a school short of space and I am a firm believer in 'you get what you pay for' and that goes for customer service as well as product.

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    I often love a product so much that the first thing I do on any relevant forum is post about how good it is.

    "Ofsted said that they had helped dramatically improve ICT at the school"

    How? I'd quite like to see the exact wording from the report as I'm curious as to how a fancy desk can improve ICT in isolation beyond the fact that it's also a desk.

    "We haven't had any stolen as they are too difficult to take apart"

    Does this not hinder maintenance and moving options?

    Do you get a discount for posting nice things in relevance places?

    Unit cost per station without computer and monitor?

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    I pleased you are so happy DMcCoy. I'll address your points in turn

    After a particularly bad mention in our previous ofsted, our new suite was given particular attention in the letter published to pupils.

    Why would I need to move a suite design that had been carefully planned? Any maintainance, e.g. PAT testing on equipment etc. is done through lockable access hatches.

    I would love to get a discount for my school (as we all would under best value practice and FMSiS), but why lie about a product just to get it? If the product and/or service was no good, why would I want more of it?

    I couldn't tell you what the cost is per station without the computer/monitor as that is not how they are ordered.

    I hope that this helps you - have a great evening

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    Worth noting that upgrade paths are next to non existent, they'll struggle with anything particularly taxing for a basic PC. Within a few years not only do you have obsolete computers but furniture to go with it.


    Oh, and short of the cable coming out of the back, why would any PAT tester need to look at the stuff inside?

    Don't like to be negative, but all the pro's and con's need weighing out for people. Is the extra cost worth it in the long run?

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    All this and still no costs?

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