Anthro-Charging Cart for Tablets
2/27/2012 By: Vicki Windman
www.anthro.com Retail Price: $1,499
The Anthro Charging Cart
holds 40 devices in four rows
of ten bays. With 10 in a row,
it’s easy to see from a distance
which units are docked and
which are in use. Stacking in
four rows gives the cart a small footprint.
Quality and Effectiveness: The Tablet
Charging Cart works for both iPad
and Android devices (this reviewer
uses iPads). It is a great addition to a
classroom that has 1-40 iPads (the cart
charges all 40 iPads at one time). The cart uses just
one outlet to charge all 40 iPads and each iPad can
stay in its case while charging. The cart charges 10
iPads in 3-5 hours, giving the iPads a full 10-hour
charge. It can easily move around the room, allowing
teachers to use the cart as a lecturn
Ease of Use: The cart has two doors that lock on
either side and you can add a lock for extra security.
One side has the outlets and room to store peripherals
such as a VGA adaptor, stylus, etc. The other door has
individual compartments where the iPads slide in.
Users may want to color code their adaptors so when
removing the iPads, they know what plug goes to
which iPad. The Getting Started instructions include
information on power usage, cable management, and
doors and locks.
Creative Use of Technology: The small footprint of
the Anthro Charging Cart makes it a practical piece of
equipment for classrooms. The cart can reduce the
number of iPads or tablets a school may need as
the cart holds 40 units and is easily transported
from room to room. The cart syncs iPad 1 and
iPad 2 devices with iOS5 wirelessly. If your school
has iPads with iOS4, a Sync Kit can be purchased separately
for $129. The ability to sync your iPads all at once makes it
easy to add new apps.
• Finally, a place to charge iPads in the classroom while syncing
at the same time.
• The cart allows iPads stay in their cases while charging,
reducing the chance of breaking the glass screen.
• Classes can easily share iPads and charge them
overnight so they are ready to use the following day.
OVERALL RATING: The
Anthro Charging Cart is
a perfect complement to
those schools adopting
iPads or Android tablets.