Bretford, a supplier of technology and media furniture for schools, introduced two height-adjustable carts with welded pull-out shelving. The new carts have legs and shelves that are arc-welded into place for a strong and secure platform. The A2642NS has three open shelves, while the CA2642NS includes a lower locking cabinet to store equipment and deter tampering and theft.

Both models are 24 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and can be adjusted from 26 inches to 42 inches in height by resetting four screws to a comfortable projecting height. They offer enough room on the top shelf to accommodate a 20-inch diagonal monitor or any audiovisual equipment with similar dimensions, and they are available with either 4- or 5-inch swivel casters for easy movement and locking brakes so they remain steady during use. Their die-press shelves feature rounded edges for extra safety during use and while being moved. And, their top shelf includes a non-slip rubber mat to keep expensive AV equipment firmly in place.

Optional electrical units with a 20-foot power cord and winder are available so the carts can be positioned anywhere in the room.

HP launched the HP Compaq 6720T Mobile Thin Client, a thin-client laptop computer with a 15.4-inch diagonal display, embedded Windows XP operating system, 1-gigabyte Flash module, and USB storage security options, among other features. Advantages of the device for education include its ease of deployment, security (confidential data and district applications are kept secure on a centralized server), and a lack of moving parts—resulting in less maintenance and downtime than with traditional laptops, HP says.

The mobile thin client also is environmentally friendly: It’s energy-efficient, meets Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance, offers recycling incentives, and its power supplies meet all the requirements of the U.S. Energy Star program. In addition, the device comes with HP ThinSlate Tools to help deploy, configure, and manage software using a USB flash key for easy image capturing and deployment.

The mobile thin client starts at $749.