Its not often that something comes along in our industry that is truly unique and exciting but we think that we have found it.
In reality it is more “office furniture meets technology” than just a different take on an office desk, but nevertheless it is truly groundbreaking and if priced correctly, could be the next big thing to hit offices all over the world.
The Company which came up with it is FG Technology in Northampton, who are a business partner of ours. They have been working for years on improving our workspace and have come up with various innovative products and designs in the past.
So what have they come up with this time?
Well, the picture on the right gives you a clue. By using a remote control unit the CPU at each workstation can be moved to a central location up to 20 metres away. So all you need at your desk is a small receiver/transmitter unit, which also houses the disk drive, usb points and other connections.
Many people, when buying office desks, just look for something they like, and which is within their budget, without thinking how important cable management can be.
In the brochures, on line or even in the showroom the desks look great – clutterfree, with just one laptop sitting on the desk. Most of the time the lap laptop doesn’t even have a power cable attached.
There are people out there who really can just use a laptop on their desk, without having to plus anything in. The battery is fully charged, the wireless internet and printer is working fine, and they don’t need a larger screen, but in our experience there are not many people like this.
More often than not the laptop battery is nearly dead, as is their mobile battery, and as anyone who uses the same desk for a long period of time each week will agree, eventually the small keyboard and screen on the laptop means that full sized versions are soon required, and then power will be required.
As with all things in life with office furniture you really do get what you pay for.
Cheap desks are cheap for many reasons, but primarily because they lack the functionality of more expensive desks. This may be fine if you just want a flat surface upon which to work but nowadays cable management is an essential requirement of even the most basic workstation and it is this capability which is missing on cheaper desks.
So by the time you have purchased an under desk cable tray , and drilled some holes for cable ports into your desk top, you might as well have purchased a more expensive office desk, which already had these items incorporated into the design.
Many of the more expensive office furniture ranges have been designed very carefully to ensure that professional users get everything they require from their furniture. The desks are very well built, designed to easily surpass their five year warranty. They have full and integral cable management systems from floor to desk top.
This area of our business is the area which causes many headaches.
Many customers specify top end desking systems and then fail to use the sophisticated cable managementsystems that they provide.
For instance sliding top desks are really useful if you need to get at your cabling on a regular basis, but no good if you have radial desks and desk height pedestals.
We have also seen sliding top bench desks specified and then fitted with central and intermediate desk top fabric screens. These units, when fitted, mean that the sliding top wont slide, which negates the point of buying them in the first place.
So we usually start a new project by looking at what the client actually needs with regard to cable management for most of the time.
Another new range available from stock for 2010 is the Distal range of office desks. Distal offers you real versatility with its combination of desk shapes and finishes and has the added advantage of being able to use the storage units or pedestals to the desk top.
We have brought back the narrow desk height pedestal and CPU pedestal to give you even more possibilities with regard to layout.
Quite often finding somewhere to safely store your CPU is difficult if you only have a small desk and want some additional storage space, but with this Distal range you can effectively integrate the storage with the desk supports which will save you space and money, and be much more convenient than a standard desk and mobile drawer or CPU units.
We are pleased to announce that our new 2010 brochure is now out and as well as offering new additions to many of our long standing furniture ranges, also has some very interesting and exciting products. So we have listed a few here, just to whet you appetite.
First of all, and finally after many requests from our customers, we have produced a desk side full height storage unit called a Tower pedestal.
This gives employees much more storage space for private and business items, and doubles as a screen between the next desk in an open plan office.
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