Laptop Podiums

Laptop Podiums

Podiums have a long history and have been used to raise people and items for thousands of years. They can also be called podia in the plural. The word podium is derived from the Greek word for foot (πóδι) and is also known as a lectern.

In sport, podiums are used to honor the top three winning athletes, with the winner standing on the tallest one.

In architecture, podiums have been used since ancient times to elevate buildings at ground level and give buildings their grand and imposing stature.

Public speakers need to stand out to the public as they deliver their speech and conductors stand on podiums in order to be visible by all the members of the orchestra that they need to conduct.

Laptop podiums were designed with the purpose of making the life easier for laptop users, whether they are at a presentation, working at the office or even at home.

How Laptop podiums or lecterns are useful?

Every public speaker, teacher or lecturer uses technology to enhance the experience of those that are been interacted with. Traditional podiums do not offer extra lighting, power and data ports, or enough space to accommodate a laptop. There may also be a need to incorporate a slideshow, the use of microphones, speakers or a sound system. All these components must be manageable from the same space which traditional podiums don’t have. Multimedia podiums allow for a combination of effects to be used to help make all presentations memorable.

A well designed podium, whether portable or fixed can have many exciting features that make it a practical item to include with a laptop purchase.

Portable podiums need to have the following features:

  • Adjustable height
  • Portable
  • Wheels and leg stoppers
  • Tilt positions
  • Page stopper to hold papers, books and stationery

Fixed podiums are used in lecture halls and conference rooms where lecturers or public speakers can use all the technology available to present their lecture or presentation. They should include the following features:

  • Should be mobile to allow for easy relocation according to the space or group size.
  • They user should be able to rotate their laptop and to put it out of sight if needed, both for security reasons and convenience.
  • The option of having a glass top instead of a solid finished top. This allows the speaker or lecturer to have an unobstructed view of the surrounding area.
  • Fixed podiums should include many other options like task lights, ventilation fans, power and data ports according to the needs of the area to be used and options in finishes.

Multimedia podiums have enough space to fit all types of visual and audio equipment. Plus a laptop and any other stationery needed. They can include a number of features to make them practical:

  • Durable and sturdy
  • A variety of stable mounting areas for multimedia equipment
  • Options in heights and depth
  • Fixed or mobile

How to choose a podium?

  1. Decide on the type of podium required; take into consideration if it needs to be a multimedia, portable or fixed lectern and the amount to be spent.
  1. Finishes include wood, acrylic, plastic, and metal. Depending on the affordability wooden podiums can have veneer or laminate finishes and their color can be in cherry, oak, mahogany or walnut. Plexiglass lecterns are popular and some opt for carpet finishes.
  1. The features chosen will make a difference to the price.
  1. Fully integrated audio systems are advisable for large noisy areas and these will include the following specifications:
  • Amplifier
  • Speakers can be wired or wireless (preferable if the podium will be moved around)
  • Microphones
  • Inputs/outputs
  • Volume, bass/treble and on/ off switches to control the audio
  • Power supply

The huge variety of podiums available offer solutions for every type of situation. Comparing features and deciding on the ones most suited to the area and task is easier than ever before. Consumers can undertake an online search that will reveal all the practical options. Prices will vary depending on the type of podium and the type of finish desired but they all offer practicality and assure that the lecturer or presenter stands out.

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