When most people see a charging or syncing cart, many assume that they are synonymous with each other. In reality, not every charging cart syncs, or every syncing cart charges. Having a charging or charge/sync combo cart comes with its different advantages, but with the price difference, it’s important to know whether or not you’ll need syncing abilities. So how do you determine when you need a charging or syncing cart, or both? Here are a few questions to ask yourself and your team in order to make a decision between the two.
How important does conformity matter between your laptops or tablets?
When determining how helpful syncing capabilities will be for your institution, it is important to ask yourself whether or not your community needs conformity when it comes to programs or files.
For a classroom, syncing carts can make it easier for a teacher or administrator to load and update various programs or assignments to every tablet or laptop. Audio labs, hospitals, businesses, and more might need syncing carts to keep content, records, and other important materials up-to-date and widely available for all users, no matter which laptop or tablet they are using. Syncing carts will therefore be advantageous for environments that need the ease and fluidity that comes with charge/sync carts.
There are other places however where syncing is not as useful. In programs where libraries or tech labs lend out laptops or tablets for individual use, syncing carts might not be needed, especially when these items are loaned out for long periods of time, and users are given more administrative freedoms over their borrowed technology. For example, in cases where libraries loan students the use of an iPad for 3-hour loans, syncing will not be as important as charging, especially since the iPad will change hands frequently. In other instances, syncing can be more disruptive to workflow, especially if it means that users might not have access to their tablets when they are in sync mode.
What technology is already in place for syncing?
Syncing might not be a big deal for your cart if you already have technology in place that allows for syncing in other ways. Online programs or cloud syncing and sharing would make the sync ability on a cart gratuitous, and could pose as a confusing addition to other staff members. However, if you do not have a syncing system already in place, a cart that can sync might become advantageous for your institution, and could improve efficiency for the users. Again, you will have to take into account the main users, your budget, and your support team, to see if syncing carts are worth the investment.
What does your budget call for, and do you have room for expansion?
Of course, you must take your budget into account before you decide on what cart to buy. Depending on how many tablets or laptops you will want to charge at once, you will typically find that just charging carts are less expensive than carts that can charge and sync simultaneously.
In addition, you will want to consider future expansion. If you are expecting an increase in tablets in the upcoming year, you will have to consider getting a cart that will be compatible with those tablets as well. Charging carts might be a better option for the time being, and can be in service for longer.
While these three questions are not meant to be comprehensive, they should help you consider what you might need in terms of a charging cart. For more advice and help in picking a charging or syncing cart, contact us. Our catalog has many models that might be suitable for your needs.