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Best Desktop PCs for Education 2022

Posted in Articles on 20/6/2022

Mobile devices are becoming more popular in classrooms, especially with schools adopting Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in their curriculum.

Whether students are at home or school, BYOD allows them to engage and take charge of their learning. At the same time, this also enables student collaboration and engagement outside the classroom, creating better learning experiences.

According to an IDG study, 48% of schools in New Zealand have already implemented a BYOD policy, and 16% plan to develop and include one in their curriculum.

However, many schools still struggle with BYOD adoption, especially with the widening equity gap. According to IDG, smaller schools are less likely to implement BYOD due to cost-related issues. At the same time, managing devices is another issue, with IT managers needing extra support when setting up new devices for students and teachers.

Mobile devices for remote learning

Due to the pandemic, remote learning suddenly became the new norm. Schools needed to shift away from traditional in-person learning to video classes. To adapt, many students and teachers needed to rely on devices like laptops and tablets for remote learning.

At the same time, the pandemic highlighted the digital divide in New Zealand, indicating that many students across the country don't have access to technology, including devices or the internet. To bridge the gap, the government organised internet access and sent devices to student households.

Why schools are still using Desktop PCs

There has always been a growing preference for laptops over desktop PCs due to their convenience. 

However, many schools still keep dedicated computer labs for general student use or specialised classes like computer science, visual and graphic design, and many more.

Desktops have come a long way, and they're no longer these huge monstrosities and bulky pieces of equipment. Instead, they're now smaller and more compact while maintaining all the power and performance.  

Additionally, desktop PCs are more ergonomically designed, have better network connectivity, and allow for larger monitors or multiple display configurations. 

With so many options available in the market, deciding which desktop would work the best in a classroom can be challenging. To make your life easier, our education team has selected the top devices from the Desktop PC range and how education institutions can benefit from them.

Maximise desk space using All-in-One PCs

All-in-One computer is an excellent option for classrooms and computer labs due to its clutter-free and space-saving design. These computers offer the feature of a laptop and desktop, all in one device.

They come with all the essential specifications to integrate into every lesson, providing enriched learning and teaching experience.

MSI offers an excellent range of All-in-One computers at PB Tech. The MSI AM241P 11M-024NZ All-in-One PC is a great choice for schools. This versatile PC is ready for any task or activity, sporting a high-performing 11th Gen Intel® Core™ and 8 GB of RAM.

Made for commercial use, the AM241P offers a variety of screen features and processing power that will surely enhance students' learning experience.

It’s easy to deploy, sleek and compact, making it hassle-free to fit in any learning space, even the smallest of all classrooms. With the 24-inch screen, students have plenty of visual space to view everything comfortably. Features like anti-flicker and blue light technology prevent eye strain, allowing them to work for long periods with no issues.

Do more with less using Mini PCs

Mini PCs are becoming popular in many education institutions, regardless of the room size or type of classroom.

They offer various features that enhance students’ learning experience in modern classrooms and lecture halls. Mini PCs provide versatility and reliability to power various equipment like interactive whiteboards, digital signage systems, or workstations for students and educators.

The Intel NUC Mini PCs can handle large or small workloads and are easy to customise to fit your school’s needs. The PB 35013 Intel 11TH GEN NUC Mini PC is a compact powerhouse equipped with an 11th Gen Intel Core processor and 16 GB RAM, ensuring students can stay on top of their tasks without lagging behind. Plus, students have plenty of storage space with 500 GB.

Create more desk space using the Brackteck Lumi CPB-7 VESA Mount for the NUC Mini PC, an excellent addition for computer labs with limited space. Typically, the VESA is mounted on the monitor arm supporting only the display screen. With the CPB-7, schools can mount the Intel NUC behind the monitor, saving and maximising space.

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Extra power for more demanding tasks

Reliable workstations often come at a more premium price point, but it's important to remember that investing in more powerful devices also provides students with the best equipment and prepares them in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, computer science, and digital media.

The PB Pro Nvidia T400 Workstation has more than enough power and grunt to take on whatever projects students' are working on. This incredible PC build with a dedicated CPU graphics card takes a step into the pro range. It's ideal for students who need to use demanding applications or design high-end innovative media content.

Equipped with a 10th Gen Core i5-10400 CPU, a powerful Nvidia T400 2 GB professional graphics card, and 16 GB RAM, students can experience a superior operating system that will let their creativity bloom. A 500 GB SSD provides enough storage space for critical applications and media files.

Desktop workstations are a great investment for schools that want reliable and robust performance for many applications.

Gaming PCs are becoming more popular in schools

E-sport is gaining nationwide popularity, with many schools recognising it as a legitimate sport. Educators now realise the inclusive nature of gaming, other than a hobby, and see its benefit in fostering teamwork and leadership, and improving communication skills in students.

Waikato University is one of the organisations invested in helping students develop e-sport capabilities. They're also responsible for organising and hosting the New Zealand League of Legends Championships.

Similarly, Wellington-based company Victory Up's online tournament site enables students to play against each other casually or competitively. Victory Up works with numerous gaming communities across the country to provide a variety of tournaments for students.

Many schools in New Zealand are getting more interested in entering students in e-sport tournaments, and they need to ensure students have easy access to gaming machines.

Set students for success with the proper Gaming PCs

Having a gaming PC with the following system requirements is recommended:

  • Intel i3 or AMD Ryzen 3 processor or higher
  • Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics card (Having a dedicated GPU is a winner!)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Fast SSD storage
  • Windows 10
  • GGPC Gaming PCs are designed and assembled with the sole purpose of being workhorse gaming rigs.

The PB Radeon Pro AMD W6400 Workstation is also a great option, giving students the necessary gaming features and power they need. The W6400 Workstation features an AMD Ryzen 5 56000 6-core processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD storage, providing students plenty of processing power for memory-hungry applications.

Equipped with Radeon Pro W6400 professional graphics enable high-quality gaming. At the same time, having a professional graphics card provides enough processing power for critical applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and many more.

If you want further advise on the best desktop PCs for your school, get in touch with our education specialist.

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