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PCR’s guide to the latest educational hardware, software and accessories

From security software designed to keep children safe online to student-centric laptops and classroom monitors, we round up the best tech for the education sector.

Newline Trutouch 65” Widescreen LED Interactive Display

Specs: 3840×2160 4K UHD resolution, 1432×807 display area, touchscreen with infrared touch, anti-glare glass, extensive connectivity.

“The RS Series from Newline delivers a collaborative and engaging display experience that lets students interact using a stylus or their fingers. The versatile responsive 4K UHD 60Hz 65-inch interactive screen features 20 touch points. Thanks to its tactile response, anyone can take notes, write and draw on the screen for a truly collaborative classroom experience. An essential versatile classroom solution, the Trutouch RS TT- 6518RS couldn’t be easier to use and interact with.”

Contact: VIP UK

Panda Adaptive Defense 360

Specs: Windows XP SP3, Server 2003, Exchange 2003 or greater.

“With Panda Adaptive Defense 360 providing 100% attestation of processes, malware is not allowed to run. Hackers are changing their approach, with an increase in Living Off The Land attacks using legitimate admin tools, such as Powershell and RDP, to spread undetected across networks and silently steal data. To protect your learning environment you need an EDR solution with Threat Hunting capabilities such as Panda Adaptive Defense to be able to detect these invaders.”

Contact: QBS Distribution

Zyxel NebulaFlex Access Point

Specs: One-click remote management access to neighbouring Zyxel devices, direct DC power or Power over Ethernet (PoE), up to 1600 Mbps maximum WLAN throughput.

“The WAC6303D-S has been designed with Smart Antenna technology, to provide users with the ultimate wireless experience, especially in high- density environment. Additionally the WAC6303D-S supports NebulaFlex Pro which includes three years of Professional pack and triple mode functionality (standalone, hardware controller and Nebula).”

Contact: Zyxel

HANNspree HF554PJB 55” Large Format Monitor

Specs: 55” 16:9 LED, 3840×2160 UHD 4K, 178°/178° ultra-wide viewing angle, USB media play with auto-play, HDMI, VGA, 5W stereo speakers, VESA (wall mount and RC included), ultra slim, narrow bezels, 3 year warranty.

“Designed for demanding applications requiring both stability and exceptional performance, the HF554PJB is a cost effective, 55” large format monitor for displaying and communicating information. Featuring an ultra-UK 4K display and HS-IPS panel this monitor delivers high quality visuals from any direction, ideal for display to large groups. It also boasts a powerful, practical USB media player with auto-play, making it simple to display messages, images and videos, while integrated stereo speakers complete the immersive multimedia experience.”

Contact: Exertis, GNR Tech, Ingram Micro, Midwich, Westcoast

Epson EB-710Ui Ultra-Short Throw Projector

Specs: Up to 100-inch laser display, full HD WUXGA resolution, 3LCD technology (up to 4,000 Lumen), multi-PC projection software, moderator function, wireless connectivity, maintenance-free laser technology, HDMI connectivity, 16W integrated speaker, microphone input, split screen, dual-pen and finger-touch annotation.

“Teach without disruption and ensure your students can read everything on the screen with this interactive ultra-short-throw laser display solution, delivering collaborative lessons on a large scalable display to promote greater sharing and participation in the classroom. The EB-710Ui is a maintenance-free interactive display solution making use of a large, scalable screen up to 100 inches to enhance learning without disruption.”

Contact: Midwich, Sahara, Exertis

Kaspersky Security Cloud

Specs: Personalised real-time security alerts, password generation, auto log-in, flexible parental controls, data leak detection, instant notification of devices joining your home Wi-Fi.

“Kaspersky Security Cloud (KSC) is the first security-as-a- service solution with a tailored approach for the individual and for family needs. The new service combines patented adaptive technology and comprehensive protection to defend users from viruses, trojans, worms, phishing and more, uniquely configuring itself to its user’s behaviour, regardless of the device he or she is operating.”

Contact: Exertis

Optoma Interactive Flat Panel Display

Specs: 65”, 75” and 86” multi-touch interactive flat panel, 20-point touch- enabled, anti-glare glass, blue light filter, wide viewing angle, extensive connectivity including 3x HDMI inputs, wireless content sharing encourages BYOD, ready-to-use whiteboard software pack with pre-installed annotation tools, built-in cloud for easy access to Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, wall mount included, optional stand available.

“Lessons can be more streamlined and collaborative than ever with Optoma’s new interactive flat panel displays. These come with a number of pre-installed apps as well as free compatible apps that can be easily downloaded from the marketplace area on the display. These include the super quick Screenshare app that allows students to simply type in a code and be able to share their laptop or PC screen with the rest of the class. Microsoft Office documents can be opened on the screen with the pre-installed WPS app, Cloud Drive then allows teachers to save documents via Google Drive or OneDrive. Compatible with Oktopus software, the displays boast 4K UHD resolution and 20-point touch to allow multiple students to work on the screen simultaneously and are available in 65”, 75” and 86” sizes.”

Contact: Exertis

Zoostorm All In One

Specs: 24” ultra slim aluminium AIO chassis, full HD IPS screen, Intel i5-8250U processor boosting to 3.4GHz, integrated UHD 620 graphics, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 240GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Windows 10 Pro.

“Stylish and compact, the new Zoostorm All In One PC possesses an ultra slim 24” aluminium AIO chassis with a full HD 1080 screen, perfect for viewing spreadsheets, checking email and online browsing.”

Contact: CMS Computers Ltd

AOC 22P1D Full HD Ergonomic Display

Specs: 1920×1080 @ 60Hz native resolution, WLED, TN panel, height adjustable 130mm, tilt, swivel, 4x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, built in speakers, headphone out, VESA mount.

“The 22P1D is an entry level but fully capable display with a 21.5” TN panel in FHD (1920x1080px) resolution, ideal for educational settings. Its VGA, HDMI and DVI inputs offer rich connectivity options. Easy assembly without screws, flexible stand with 130 mm height adjustment included.”

Contact: Tech Data, Exertis, VIP UK

BullGuard Internet Security

Specs: Works with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, Mac OS X 10.11 or later, Android tablets and phones, Android 4.0 and higher.

“BullGuard Internet Security provides award-winning malware protection that keeps students safe online. A next-gen triple layer threat detection engine and layered firewall provide outstanding protection against all sorts of threats, ranging from malware and banking trojans to cryptocurrency mining malware. It is particularly effective in identifying zero-day threats and phishing attacks, an important point for students who are often specifically targeted by phishing mails. Safe Browsing also flags up websites that are hiding malware or are known to be used to harbour malicious code. Cloud integrated back-up is another important educational tool, enabling students to store their projects and work safely in the cloud thanks to encrypted cloud transfers.”

Contact: Spire Technology, Target Components, VIP UK, Centerprise, MicroWarehouse

VigorAP 903 Mesh Wireless Solution

Specs: Concurrent dual band, plug-n-play meshing, self-healing and self-optimisation technologies, 5 gigabit port (including 1 PoE), 1 USB port, wireless optimisation technologies.

“VigorAP 903 is a high-performance mesh wireless solution, designed to expand the wireless coverage, eliminate wireless Wi-Fi dead zones and significantly reduce the cost of network deployments. VigorAP 903 comes with a vast array of wireless optimisation features for increased transfer speeds of high volumes of traffic, security and remote management features that make it perfect for schools that want to deliver 21st century digital education without increasing their budgets. Adding the VigorAP 903 to a wireless network takes just a couple of minutes with the Wireless mobile app (free download on App Store and Google Play).”

Contact: CMS Distribution

Acer Chromebook Spin 11

Specs: Intel Celeron N3350 4GB, 32GB SSD, 11.6” Chrome OS touchscreen laptop.

“The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 has several features designed to facilitate school lessons and activities, rather than limit them. Its high durability design is specialised to handle the rough and tumble of the classroom. Thanks to a reinforced chassis structure and rubber bumper, surrounding the keyboard, the Chromebook Spin 11 can withstand drops. Solid component features mean, it is perfect for school administrators, who want a durable, secure laptop, that is simple to use for students and can be easily managed at an individual or group level.”

Contact: Exertis, Tech Data, Ingram Micro

ASUS P3B Portable DLP LED Projector

Specs: DLP display technology, LED, 1280×800 resolution, 800 lumens, 16.7m display colour, 2W speaker, HDMI, MHL, VGA, Micro USB, 65W battery power.

“ASUS P3B ultra-short-throw battery-powered projector is a lightweight and compact projector with a footprint about the size of a CD case, so it fits easily into a briefcase or bag. The brightest battery-powered portable LED projector available, P3B provides crisp WXGA 1280×800 resolution images with a maximum brightness of 800 lumens. Its built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to three hours of cable-free projection time and also doubles as a 12,000mAh power bank for charging mobile devices. A ultra-short-throw lens lets the P3B project images measuring from 25 inches (0.45m) to 200 inches (3.4m) at very close range. The P3B is designed to be used anywhere – outdoors while camping, in a home theater, or in small meeting rooms.”

Contact: Spire Technology

Ortial Plus SATA III 480GB 2.5 SSD

Specs: 100% guaranteed compatibility, free technical support, free 10 year warranty, 3 step performance testing process, global distribution, significant savings.

“Engineered for desktop and laptop PCs, the Ortial Plus SSD offers a fine combination of performance and value, and provides a cost effective upgrade solution for schools and universities in need of high capacity and high performance storage when working with limited budgets. Providing superior speed, reliability and responsiveness compared to higher priced HDDs, while enabling their big data capacity, the Ortial Plus features the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, and offers data transfer speeds to reach up to 560MBs read and 460 MBs write.”

Contact: CMS Distribution

Hama Basic4Music Over-Ear Headphones

Specs: 3.5mm jack connection, 6.35mm adapter, extra-long 2m cable, 40mm speaker diameter, frequency range: 20Hz – 20kHz, impedance: 32 Ohms, sensitivity: 113 dB/mW.

“A top seller in the educational sector, Hama Basic4Music headphones provide lasting long-wear comfort through close fitting circumaural earcups, padded headband and ear cushions, and 2m long-reach cable ideal for a large classroom set-up. Despite their name, Hama Basic4Music is not only limited to music playback, but is specially designed for universal compatibility across TVs, computers and Hi-Fi set-ups in addition to most stereo systems and mixer boards (via the included 6.35mm gold-plated adapter).”

Contact: Hama UK

HANNspree HT248PPB 23.8” Touch Screen Monitor

Specs: 23.8” 10-point touch LED, 1920×1080 FHD, 3,000:1, 178°/178° ultra-wide viewing angle, HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, USB hub, 7H toughened hard surface, stereo speakers, smart stand / VESA, 3 year warranty.

“The HT2488PPB combines practicality, design and performance to create a touch screen solution with an all-inclusive feature set. Featuring a high-end multi-touch display including multiple user screen interaction, this monitor is perfect for today’s touch enabled education applications, while HS-IPS technology ensures precise and comfortable viewing for any angle ideal for group use. A 7H hardness rated glass surface provides defence against impact, scratches and dirt for durability. A triple input interface and an additional USB hub enables partnering which a whole range of external hardware.”

Contact: Exertis, GNR Tech, Ingram Micro, Midwich, Westcoast

BenQ GL2460BH Monitor

Specs: Full HD 1080p, 16:9 ratio, low blue light technology, fast 1ms GTG response time, 75Hz refresh rate, brightness intelligence technology, integrated speakers, high-speed multimedia interface.

“BenQ GL2460BH LED monitor features a dynamic ratio, HDMI connectivity, 1ms GtG response time and 75Hz refresh rate. This 24” 16:9 LED monitor delivers every image detail with the best viewing quality. BenQ’s exclusive eye-care technologies reduce eye fatigue for user comfort, enhanced productivity, and safety during an extended period of use. The exclusive flicker-free feature eliminates flickering at all brightness levels and reduces eye fatigue effectively. So relieve your eyes from the uncomfortable flickering effect by switching to a BenQ flicker-free monitor.”

Contact: BenQ

Lenovo V130 Laptop

Specs: 15.6” screen size, backlit LED, 1920×1080 resolution, Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS, Intel Core i5-7200U processor, dual core 3.1GHz turbo, 1TB HHD, 4GB memory.

“The Lenovo V130 15.6-inch laptop delivers great performance in a patterned, textured cover that bespeaks a modern style. A simple, clean design features a large, one-piece touchpad and hinges that open 180 degrees – perfect for collaborating. Powerful Intel technology keeps you working productively, while enhanced security protects your critical data.

Contact: Spire Technology

BullGuard Premium Protection

Specs: Works with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, Mac OS X 10.11 or later, Android tablets and phones, Android 4.0 and higher.
“BullGuard Premium Protection protects PCs, Macs and Android devices with one license. It includes all the features found within BullGuard Internet Security but also features Identity Protection which safeguards all personal information, from bank account numbers to driving licence numbers, passport information, debit/credit card numbers, email addresses and passwords or student card information. Thanks to a unique algorithm, Premium Protection scans the Internet, including the dark web. If any of the information is detected the user receives an immediate alert and advice on what steps to take. A Home Network Scanner is also included which constantly monitors a network for any vulnerabilities. Students might want to use this to let their parents know that the smart device they have added to their home Wi-Fi network is vulnerable to hacking or the network they are using has vulnerabilities.”

Contact: Spire Technology, Target Components, VIP UK, Centerprise, MicroWarehouse

Zoostorm Evolve Desktop

Specs: AMD Athlon 200GE processor (3.2GHz), AMD A320 chipset, Radeon Vega 3 graphics, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 240GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro.

“Let the Zoostorm Evolve be the focal point for your creativity. This tower is not only stylish and sophisticated; it’s smart too. Filled with the latest components it’s perfect for editing complex documents, maintaining your social media presence and anything else you do throughout the day.”

Contact: CMS Computers Ltd

Hama MC200 Mouse

Specs: 1200 dpi resolution, optical sensors, 3-buttons including scroll wheel, left and right handed use, USB-A connection, cable length: 150cm, dimensions: 6.4 x 3.7 x 11.4cm, operating system: Windows 10/8/7/Vista/ XP, Mac OS 10.10 or later.

“A statement of sophisticated simplicity, the conveniently ambidextrous Hama MC200 can be adapted to provide comfortable, precise control to both left and right-handed users – ideal for an educational setting. Available in black and white colour options, the traditional cabled design and 3-button symmetrical design has timeless application, with 1200 dpi high-accuracy optical sensors registering each and every click for a range of long-term classroom, or educational office applications.”

Contact: Hama UK

Philips 222B9T LCD Monitor

Specs: 1920×1080 @ 60Hz resolution, TN panel, SmartStand features a Z-shaped structure that allows users to raise/lower/tilt the screen, 2x USB 3.1 (with fast charging), HDMI, VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort 1.2, built in speakers, headphone out, SmoothTouch, touch-type with 10 fingers, VESA mount.

“A sturdy, water-resistant and dust-resistant, anti-glare touchscreen monitor for flexible use anywhere, with articulating stand to fit angles you need. Offering simple and intuitive use across applications, greatly boosts productivity.”

Contact: Tech Data, Midwich, Exertis, VIP UK

Iiyama ProLite T2736MSC Monitor

Specs: Touch technology, works with human finger and stylus-pen, two stereo speakers, variety of sizes suitable for smaller and larger groups, Iiyama 5 year warranty.

“With its Full HD (1920×1080) resolution and accurate projective capacitive 10 point touch technology, the ProLite T2736MSC delivers seamless and accurate touch response. The AMVA panel technology guarantees high performance with excellent colour reproduction and high contrast, making it an excellent choice for a vast array of demanding interactive applications. The flexible stand can be positioned at several angles creating a comfortable and ergonomic user experience.”

Contact: CMS Distribution

Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Specs: Chrome OS, 32GB, 9.7” IPS TFT, LED backlight, 2048×1536, multi-touch, stylus included.

“With the combination of planned support for Google Expeditions AR and easy administration, students and staff have a better experience. A host of technological features combine to make this a fantastic state-of-the- art tablet.”

Contact: Exertis, Tech Data

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