Best Upgraded Hardware
12/12/2013 6:00:00 PM
ATEM Television Studio
ATEM Television Studio is a live production switcher that combines a professional switcher with a broadcast-quality H.264 encoder,
offering live multi-camera production and broadcast encoding for the Internet in one unit. Judges recommended it as a way to show live
broadcast videos. They also noted that it was very easy to set up. One judge suggested that it would be a great way to record graduations.
Crestron’s DMPS-300-C-AEC is a
complete, high-definition presentation
control and signal routing solution for
boardrooms and videoconference rooms
that incorporates the control system,
multimedia matrix switcher, mic mixer
with AEC, audio DSP, and amplifier in
one system. One judge loved that she
could “send multiple video feeds to
several projectors and TV screens in our
large conference area.” The judge added
that switching presenters is easy with
the multitude of available inputs, and no
“hassle of swapping inputs on projectors
Barracuda Web Filter
The Barracuda Web Filter gives administrators clear visibility into
Web activity while blocking security threats. It also offers extensive
policy tools for managing access in the workplace with no per-user
fees. Judges raved over the high-quality tech support and found it
simple to set up overall. One judge added that this product keeps
educators’ needs in mind, citing features such as YouTube and
Facebook integration as particularly useful.
Dell KACE K1000 Systems
Management Appliance v5.4
The Dell KACE Management Appliance delivers
a fully-integrated systems management solution
that’s easy to use for network administrators of all
levels. Judges called it “excellent” and “effective
for schools” with small IT departments. One judge
added that it would streamline many of the tasks
that staff have had to do manually
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