Xybix vs. Russ Bassett Consoles
Few companies will work as hard for your business as the teams at Xybix and Russ Bassett. Both have expert sales organizations that know how to get you answers fast. Where Russ Bassett falls short is in usability, ergonomics, safety and warranty. Your IT department, for example, needs easy access to monitors to make quick replacement and a reliable cooled space for CPUs.
EASILY SWAP IN LARGER & CURVED MONITORS
If it seems like everyone is upgrading from 24" to 42" (and bigger!) screens, it’s because they are. Prices are going down while monitor size and resolution are going up, leading to proven gains in productivity. Consoles need to be able to handle the weight and shape of these new screens.
The Russ Bassett solution works well in terms of monitor placement, but has some issues. The screens are mounted on monitor arms that mount to a slatwall array. The monitor arms, however, often are not strong enough to bear the weight of the monitors. Over time, the arms start to sag and require continual tightening. In addition, lifts under the slatwall intrude on your leg space under the console.
Xybix engineers foresaw the need to manage more and heavier monitors and designed a multi-monitor array to handle these larger and curved screens. The curved arc fits the arc of the new curved screens, and the solid mounts prevent droopy screens. As a side benefit, the monitor array allows for easy ergonomic adjustments at shift change.
REDUCED NECK STRAIN FOR STACKED MONITORS
When you need to stack multiple monitors—which is almost all the time—the monitors need to be carefully positioned to prevent eyestrain and neck pain. Being forced to look up, look down and constantly refocus your eyes during a 10- or 12-hour shift is literally a pain. Today’s larger monitors can make the situation even worse.
Russ Bassett’s single-surface consoles offer no way to lower the top row of monitors to reduce neck strain. Xybix provides dual-surface consoles so multiple rows of monitors can be ergonomically aligned for all users. Monitors placed at the proper focal distance with a 25° downward view angle prevents both neck and eye pain.
ACTIVELY COOLED, REDUNDANT CPU ENCLOSURE
When CPUs are stored in cabinets for safe keeping, the computers need to remain cool and IT needs easy access.
Russ Bassett cabinetry offers only passive cooling, expecting the computer to self-cool with ambient air. Xybix cabinets, on the other hand, feature dual built-in redundant cooling fans, LED lighting, expert cable management, and height-adjustable shelves. The largest computer cabinet at Xybix cycles fresh, cool air every 20 seconds.
DURABILITY TESTED TO THE BIFMA STANDARD
The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) develops safety and performance standards to ensure the safety and quality of office furniture solutions. To meet voluntary BIFMA standards, manufacturers must submit products for rigorous testing that encompass setup, strength, durability, usability, stability and more.
Russ Bassett consoles are not BIFMA certified. All Xybix products and moving parts are engineered for optimal performance and they easily withstand BIFMA testing. These third-party tests help ensure superior product performance over time.
CONFIDENCE THROUGH WARRANTIES
When you believe in your product, it clearly shows in your warranty program. For consoles used in mission-critical 24/7 organizations, you want to know that products are made to last and repairs guaranteed.
Russ Bassett has a nice 10-year warranty program. But the company will not warranty anything they sell for more than 10 years—even with the parts they manufacture. If you want a warranty that covers your product for as long as you own it, look to Xybix. All Xybix-manufactured parts are warrantied for life while moving parts are guaranteed for 10 years. Many Xybix customers are still working happily at consoles that are 12–20 years old.