Interactive Whiteboards – Where is your money best spent ?
Classroom Whiteboards are offered by many Manufacturers. Within this write-up we will mention some of the main players within the Australian marketplace and where their differences lie.
Please also note, that the interactive displays are not just whiteboards but a tool that can be used within any business environment.
Classroom Whiteboards – What To Compare
All Manufacturers have a spiel to try and convince the consumer how their hardware outperforms the competition. Its very hard to compare Apples with Apples, however, below is a brief list of what to research.
- Operating System and CPU speed – most interactive screens are Linux based, Tizen or Andriod.
- Brightness of Screen – cd/m2 is the same as a nit.
- Type of Panel – the type of panel will influence refresh rates, colour reproduction, contrast levels and the like.
- Apps that have been developed by the Manufacturer.
- OPS Slot – an OPS slot allows for a mini computer to be installed to beef the processing power (most will be driven by the Windows 10 Operating System)
- Warranty Length and Service Level
- Any other addons that must be present ie.. camera, audio out etc..
Some Manufacturers list specifications such as 20 point touch. In real life, you will have two to a maximum of four people around the board at any one time, each with two hands. The greater the number of people interacting with the board the slower it behaves.
Samsung Interactive Classroom Whiteboard
The Samsungs FLIP 2, consists of two interactive whiteboards for the classroom, sporting a 55″ or 65″ screen size.
The Original Samsung FLIP was a very successful model, as it targeted those wanting screen notation and collaboration abilities via a 4K touch interface screen. It was used extensively in small to mid size companies and classrooms where ideas between colleagues or students were being shared. It was quite a bit cheaper than a fully functional interactive screen.
The 55″ screen can be optioned with a mobile stand, making it fit through standard doorways for maximum portability.
The Samsung FLIP has been replaced by the FLIP 2.
Samsung FLIP 2
Below is a video introduction to the capabilities of the interactive whiteboard.
OR for more detailed specs on the models
Benq Interactive Classroom Whiteboard
Benq is known to offer great bang for buck. A Benq Classroom whiteboard comes primarily in three sizes – 65, 75 and 86inches.
Lets look at some of their range.
Benq 65″ Interactive Classroom Whiteboard – RP6501K
BenQ RP6501K 65″ 4K Touchscreen Display, 10 Point Touch, 450nit Brightness 3 year warranty – FREE Shipping To Most CBD Locations
Benq 75″ Interactive Classroom Whiteboard – RP7501K
BenQ RP7501K 75″ 4K Touchscreen Display, 10 Point Touch, 350nit Brightness 3 year warranty – FREE Shipping To Most CBD Locations
Benq 86″ Interactive Classroom Whiteboard – RP8601K
BenQ RP8601K 86″ 4K Touchscreen Display, 10 Point Touch, 400nit Brightness 3 year warranty – FREE Shipping To Most CBD Locations
NEC Interactive Classroom Whiteboard
NEC is another Manufacturer who is also offering great bang for buck. With a diverse range of sizes and capabilities within their lineup, we believe NEC with the right marketing, will heavily penetrate the interactive touchscreen market.
As there are two many models, lets look at the cheaper 65, 75 and
NEC CB651Q – 65″ Collaboration Board
NEC CB651Q – 65" Collaboration Board/ 12/7 Usage/ 16:9/ 3840 x 2160/ 1,200:1/ IPS Panel/ VGA, HDMI, LAN, USB/ 20 Point Touch/ Optional OPS
NEC CB751Q – 75″ Collaboration Board
NEC CB751Q – 75" Collaboration Board/ 12/7 Usage/ 16:9/ 3840 x 2160/ 1,100:1/ IPS Panel/ VGA, HDMI, LAN, USB/ 20 Point Touch/ Optional OPS
NEC CB861Q – 86″ Collaboration Board
NEC CB861Q – 86" Collaboration Board/ 12/7 Usage/ 16:9/ 3840 x 2160/ 1,200:1/ IPS Panel/ VGA, HDMI, LAN, USB/ 20 Point Touch/ Optional OPS
Classroom Whiteboard Conclusion
The above discussion is a very short introduction to some of the models and namesakes that sell well for us. Our intention was to give examples of the 3 main sizes employed within classrooms and businesses. It does not go into the specifics of how to compare one Manufacturer against another. This is best done through a one of one discussion. We ask that a client has a list of must haves versus wants for what the interactive display will need to achieve within its daily tasks. Of course, this is not truly necessary but it does help to understand the pros and cons of the hardware.
By giving us an email or a call, we are happy to lend a hand within the decision making process.
Plus you never know there many be a clearance model not listed on the site thats begging to be picked up due to its price point 🙂