The console market is everything that is not a portable, and that about sizes it up. Why would anyone want a larger unit for their office or Ultrasound Echo Lab? There are many reasons. The larger units are more ergonomic providing better positioning then on an ultrasound cart or stand making it more comfortable for the sonographer, and larger well placed buttons make it easier on the wrists. Consoles typically have more power and ability to do more things, but that is changing. In the used Ultrasound
arena, you can get much more system for your money with the console as the portable units are still newer, in general, and a very hot item on the used market. People who have to have a portable ultrasound
unit will obviously pay more for it. Also, it’s a lot harder to steal a 200 lb. system then a 15 lb. laptop. All in all if you really do not need a portable system then buy a console! You will have a grater selection to choose from and get more for your money as well. Your tech will thank you for it too.