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    Integrated Computers AKA I-desk

    I have been taksed with a room revamp and we want to use an integrated solution such as the I-Desk i-rise, has anyone had any experience with them or able to suggest any alternative manufacturers?

    We are looking for a 32 unit installation but we want units like the i-rise that turn back into clear desks.

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    ive not seen the rises but im not a fan of the standard idesks. The design is about 90% of the way there but there are some annoying things. the power button is miniscule i can only use it with my little finger as its down a recessed groove, The hole to get to the cables always was a paint to get into and isnt really big enough if you need to feed cables from one side to the other (to connect the next desk), the usb block on the monitor pole now makes it even harder to get the cover off, the monitors dont seem to have an auto button so displays often dissapear off the top/bottom/side. The last lot installed i have so far had 6 out of 30 with duff ram and in one of the desks the cartridge is a VERY tight fit and usually leaves the lid inside when i need to get the cartridge out (typically one with duff ram). They are a good idea i just personally think the execution needs work (like if the motherboard manufacturer posts an approved memory list using it)

    obviously this is just my opinion and im sure other people have a differing one
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    Consider how you'll upgrade later. We have a set we're now looking at upgrading and PSUs/heatsinks and a tricky install of the new boards are all problems. Unless you pay iDesk to do this...

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    Is there any alternatives to I-Desk that I could look at?

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    Ergo do an integrated desk as well.

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    We looked at Isis concepts stuff for us here, and I really thought a lot of it was nice, especially with the need for "flexible learning spaces" . I think cost was what stopped management using them. Which was a shame. I also liked the power tower things they did for feeding power to laptops. If i was given the budget i would use them.

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    All of these integrated desk solutions appear to supply power along the rows by daisy chaining multi way adaptors what are the opinions on this? nuisance tripping for anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    All of these integrated desk solutions appear to supply power along the rows by daisy chaining multi way adaptors what are the opinions on this? nuisance tripping for anyone?

    Ben
    Not had a problem you can only do desks of 4 PC's with isis..

    But no tripping out.. got fused spur 13 amp's for safety on each desk row..
    i have USFF HP's DC7200 with 19" Screen

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    We do some called Smart top desks...do you want me to send you our furniture brochure with them in??

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    We have 3 I rise solutions at the school I work at and we do not have any issues with them. They do give a wow factor in the classroom.

    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
    http://www.wavellschool.org.uk/image...ads/idesk3.zip for pictures of our second installation.
    http://www.wavellschool.org.uk/image...ads/idesk4.zip for the 4th installtion.
    http://www.wavellschool.org.uk/image...ads/idesk5.zip for the 5th installtion. This one is an Irise only installtion in the atrium of a tech dept. It works really well and gives us another IT suite in an area which we didnt think we could use as an IT suite.

    As for the power for the machines. I beleive under new cableing regs you can only run 8 PCs on a ring main before it trips. We dont have any tripping issues. All the cables are integrated into the desk so they are out of site and out of the way.

    As for powering on the machines we have a policy for wake on lan for startup and a shutdown script in the evening. The power buttons rarely get pressed !!

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    Personally I don't like the desk solutions, i think they are a really nice idea, but they always have issues whether large or small, I used to work with Eurotek desks which where nice idea, apart from where kids used to shut them with the mouse on top the keyboards which then was to high to fit the screen in and smashed the monitors or closed with the mouse out of the mount then the cable gets broken. I think that benching fitted correctly is 1. cheaper and 2. easier to maintain and service equipment when it went wrong.

    Just my opinion tho.

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    Hi All

    Having just joined edugeek if anyone has issues with i-desk please let me know, the design has grown through feed back from schools. I noticed a comment earlier about the on button being small & in a recessed groove, that is on purpose so that students cannot reach to the next desk & turn off someone's PC.
    If you want more info please contact

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    I suggest you all listen to Steve, he's the inventor of the i-Desk and MD of the company, and he's here to put paid to some nay-sayers and take on board ideas from you guys.
    Oh, and I forgot to mention he's a thoroughly nice chap to boot
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