New Workstation Furniture: GORILLAdigital KONGcart

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Most people don’t put a lot of thought into their computer or technology workstation furniture. After spending so much time, money, and energy researching and purchasing a laptop, tablet, or other equipment, where you sit when you finally make that purchase is about as important as what socks to wear with a $500 pair of shoes.

But consider this. You’re going to spend a lot of time with that equipment. You should expect a certain modicum of comfort and functionality in your workstation setup. Why spend thousands on a desktop and sit on a barstool?

And what about educators? They spend hours standing at their workstations, lecturing and utilizing the latest technology to teach. If the workstation they use does not match the function they need, they could be at risk for ergonomic strain, fatigue, and general boredom. And when a teacher doesn’t want to teach, students will not learn. Now multiply that times the number of corporate events, trainings and seminars that need a workstand, and you're looking at a lot of ergonomic distress.

Why spend thousands on a desktop and sit on a barstool?

Sounds dramatic until you’ve spent eight hours cramped over a makeshift workstation with ill-fitting parts or useless functions (nice chalk holder, but where do you put your tablet?). After a few experiences like that, you’ll appreciate what GORILLAdigital has to offer.

GORILLAdigital is the maker of the KONGcart series of laptop and document-camera furniture. These work stands provide safe and secure surfaces to hold your equipment, and were designed with educator input so that the user can easily, efficiently, and comfortably use them in classroom scenarios.

The KONGcart 2000 for Laptops (in both assembled and unassembled versions) is one such work stand. It seats a laptop securely on a pullout lockable drawer, and includes three levels of shelving. The work surface dimensions are 22" wide x 18" deep, which can easily fit an additional laptop, textbook, or several documents. The whole unit is lift-assisted using three knobs (one on each of the three support legs), and can be adjusted for any height configuration from 30 to 40".

The stand has a circular design (27" in diameter) that allows it to fit in some of the most challenging spaces, and with a middle-tier inside shelf space of 22 x 12", you’ll find yourself with lots of extra space for other accessories. The stand is constructed of formed steel with a powder-coat finish, which will match any institutional decor. It also includes five 4" swivel  casters, two of which are locking, for extra stability.

One of the great things about KONGcarts is that they can be customized with optional accessories. Sold separately, these accessories are not only useful, but are efficiently integrated into the KONGcart ecosystem, providing additional efficiency without adding too much bulk to the base unit. These accessories include a document-camera mount, universal projector mount (which could help to turn your workstation into a kiosk), and universal flex-arm mount for tablets, which allows you to use virtually any tablet device as a document camera.

GORILLAdigital also offers the KONGcart 2005, which features a document camera mount. Also in assembled and unassembled models, the KONGcart 2005 features a lockable, secure laptop drawer, and is height adjustable from 29 to 42" using a hydraulic lift assisting system. It's designed to be used while standing or sitting, and includes a 23" diameter work surface and center shelf as well. Additionally, this unit includes a six-outlet surge protector with a 20-foot cord and a unique cord-management system.

The included mounting plate for the document camera works with almost any document camera with threaded inserts (a Security Disk Kit is sold separately to accommodate document cameras without threaded inserts) and can be mounted on the left, right, or center of the cart. It can be used to mount other non-document camera IT devices when the optional Security Disk Kit is used.

The stand is sturdily built from the same formed-steel construction with a powder coat finish, and has been tested to withstand the rigors of educational or institutional use. It includes five 4" heavy-duty, easy-roll casters with two locking casters.

Finally, GORILLAdigital presents their KONGcart 2095 unit, in both assembled and unassembled configurations. These are billed as complete AV solutions, and enhance the KONGcart 2005 with the addition of a secure projector mount with 360° rotation and full swivel and tilt.

The rotating projector mount really gives the educator or lecturer a unique advantage when displaying their work. You can put the ladder or step stool away as you make all adjustments for the projector from a standing position at the work stand. The projector mount is also independently height adjustable to reduce the amount of obstruction to the viewing audience.

The mounting plates for the projector and document camera use a universal slotted design, which supports most document cameras and projectors with threaded inserts but, again, a Security Disk Kit is sold separately to accommodate document cameras without threaded inserts. With the same sturdy construction and locking casters for added stability, this solution for the classroom or lecture hall covers nearly all the bases.

Next time you haul out a laptop, projector, and assorted peripherals and try to set them up on a student’s flimsy desk, or worse yet, stack textbooks underneath everything in order to achieve the perfect height for your lecture, consider purchasing a KONGcart from GORILLAdigital. The last thing you’ll need to worry about is whether your tech equipment is safe and secure. People falling asleep while listening to you? The KONGcarts can’t really help with that.

  KONGcart 2000 KONGcart 2005 KONGcart 2095
Application Laptop cart Laptop cart with document camera mount Laptop cart with document camera and projector mounts
Construction Formed steel, powder coated Formed steel, powder coated Formed steel, powder coated
Shelves Three Three Three
Casters 5 swivel 4" (10.2 cm) casters, 2 locking 5 swivel 4" (10.2 cm) casters, 2 locking 5 swivel 4" (10.2 cm) casters, 2 locking
Power Outlets 6, surge protected 6, surge protected 6, surge protected
Cable Length 20' (6 m) 20' (6 m) 20' (6 m)
Rotation N/A N/A Projector Mount: 360°
Adjustability Height: 29-42" (74-107 cm), hydraulic cylinder assisted Height: 29-42" (74-107 cm), hydraulic cylinder assisted Height: 29-42" (74-107 cm), hydraulic cylinder assisted
Dimensions Work Surface: 22 x 18" (56 x 46 cm)
Inside Shelf: 17 x 12 x 3" (43 x 30 x 8 cm)
Center Shelf: 22 x 12" (56 x 30 cm)
Base: 27" (69 cm) diameter
Cylinder: 1.75" (4.4 cm) diameter
Work Surface: 22 x 18" (56 x 46 cm)
Inside Shelf: 17 x 12 x 3" (43 x 30 x 8 cm)
Center Shelf: 22 x 12" (56 x 30 cm)
Base: 27" (69 cm) diameter
Cylinder: 1.75" (4.4 cm) diameter
Work Surface: 22 x 18" (56 x 46 cm)
Inside Shelf: 17 x 12 x 3" (43 x 30 x 8 cm)
Center Shelf: 22 x 12" (56 x 30 cm)
Base: 27" (69 cm) diameter
Cylinder: 1.75" (4.4 cm) diameter
Weight 104 lb (47 kg) 104 lb (47 kg) 104 lb (47 kg)