Best New Hardware
The following winning products were evaluated by a qualified team of educators, who
ran each product through a rigorous set of testing criteria. Only those products that
received a majority winning vote were selected. Congratulations to all of the winners.
DigitalMedia Presentation System 300
The DigitalMedia Presentation System 300 is an all-inone
presentation control and signal routing solution.
It combines a control processor, multimedia matrix
switcher, audio DSP, amplifier, and mic mixer into a single
component. One judge described the system as a “very
high quality product that combines what typically are
several separate components” that normally cost more and
are more difficult to configure. The judge recommended it
for a lecture hall, conference room, or boardroom.
Optoma Technology Inc.
Optoma’s EcoBright ZX210ST incorporates a short-throw
design and weighs a light nine pounds. It offers wireless
capabilities, and its Crestron certification allows for remote
management and control. Judges raved over the high
picture quality, sharp focus, and 3D capability. One judge
particularly liked the keystone brightness on a remote, and
the integrated presentation remote.
AVer W30 Wireless
AVer Information Inc.
The AVer W30 displays zero lag
video, so teachers can move the
camera anywhere within a 45 foot
radius of the W30 base unit and
display crisp 1080p video. Judges
liked that it was small, compact,
and wireless. One judge found it
extremely easy to use and set up.
The self-contained Labdisc
data logger for K-12 science
has up to 15 built-in sensors
(including GPS), enabling
mobile science investigation in
environmental science, physics,
biology, and chemistry. One judge
remarked upon the compact, trendy
appearance, and liked the built-in sensors.
Another judge saw the product as a means for very costeffective
Lightspeed Filtering and Reporting
Solution (next-gen UNIX)
The Lightspeed Systems
next-generation Web Filter
is everything a K12 content
filter needs to be: safe, fast,
mobile, collaborative, and
easy. It includes flexible CIPAcompliant
filtering for desktop
and mobile devices, a user-friendly, streamlined interface, and more. Our judge
said it was very effective for school use, and praised the easy-to-follow instruction
and set-up manual. The judge also remarked upon the “fast, helpful, and friendly”
This digital meeting
solution offers full HD
1920 x 1080 resolution,
providing a higher quality
image display than a
traditional projector, in
addition to the touchscreen
creating a truly handson
with a television, earning
high marks from judges.
Several judges said they
could see the product
whiteboards and ceilingmounted
Optoma Technology Inc.
The TW675UTi-3D provides a complete, all-in-one solution, including a
3D-capable projector with an interactive pen and software. One of our judges
said the lamp cools quickly, and cited the projector’s high image quality. The
judge also appreciated the variety of input options available.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Galaxy Tab 2
is a dual-core
tablet that runs
on the Android
nature of the
tablet, as well
as its large,
that it has a
very accurate touch screen, and
appreciated the variety of apps
available through Google Play.
Samsung Series 5
The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
combines Samsung’s engineering
expertise with Google’s simple,
secure, Chrome operating system.
It measures less than an inch thick
and weighs 3.3 pounds, making
it an ideal laptop for carrying
between classes or from home to
school. Judges said this would be
perfect for a classroom that uses
Google apps. They also had good
experiences setting up and using
the Chromebook right out of the