Vibe vs Cisco Webex Board

What is the Cisco Webex Board?

The Cisco Webex Board is a digital whiteboard launched by Cisco to meet the collaboration needs of businesses. Originally called the Spark Board, the Webex is currently available in 55”, 70”, and 85” screens.

Cisco WebEx Board vs Vibe

Cisco Webex Review

Key Takeaway

The Cisco Webex Board offers comprehensive video conferencing capabilities at a correspondingly high price point. This board is locked into the Cisco Webex ecosystem and does not integrate with other video conferencing software. If you’d like more flexibility in the applications you can use, you’ll want a Webex board alternative like Vibe.

How much does Cisco Webex board cost?

The Cisco Webex board 55” model price starts at $4,990, with an additional $199 per month for cloud service. Stands range from $1,590 (wall) to $3,290 (floor) and mounts are $449.

Cisco Webex Highlights

With the Webex Board, users can wirelessly connect to other Cisco devices using the Webex Teams app. Team members can join a meeting by screen sharing the whiteboard, which allows remote workers to annotate on the same canvas as their colleagues in a different location. Anyone using a device registered in the Cisco Webex cloud can save their work and access it later for convenience and efficiency.

The board’s 4K camera responds to movement in the room, making it easy to open a video conference. The multi-point microphone system responds to voice commands and is able to focus on and amplify the speaker’s voice in a team meeting with up to 10 people in one room.

The board’s advanced video conferencing features and easy-to-use collaborative tools make the Cisco Webex a good choice for educational purposes. Universities use the Webex to facilitate both in-classroom and online learning.

What’s Missing

Offices that don’t run predominantly on Webex Teams will find this subscription requirement to be a challenge. Connecting non-Webex users—for example, anyone using Zoom, GoToMeeting, or other popular online video conferencing tools—would be a problem. This would primarily be a concern for businesses with a large contingency of remote or freelance workers.

To get the most out of your Cisco Webex board, your office must purchase monthly or yearly Webex subscriptions. Without this, the board can only be used for in-room presentations. It’s also worth noting that although a floor stand is available for the board, the stand itself isn’t mobile, largely confining the board to one location.

Another less obvious drawback is the amount of Webex hardware and software combinations that exist. Sorting through the various pieces of tech, subscription plans, and software programs is a confusing process, and it’s hard to know if you’re paying for equipment and programs you’ll actually use or if you’ll be overpaying for underutilized items.

Compare Brands Cisco Webex Board 55″ Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″

Price

Cost of Board $4,990 $2,999
Cost of Stand

$3,290 (Floor stand)

$1,590 (wall stand)

$500
Accessories $449 (wall mount) $15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software $199 per month for cloud service Complimentary

Hardware

Screen 4K 4K
Touch Sensor 2 Touchpoints 10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate - 60Hz
OS Support Cisco Webex Board OS VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
  • HDMI IN
  • Home button
  • 3.5-mm mini jack audio out (line out)
  • Two USB 3.0 (for serviceability)
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) 2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor -

Rockchip 3399

Dual-core Cortex-A72 up to 1.8 Hz

Quad-core Cortex-A53 up to 1.4 Hz

What's in the Box
  • LED display
  • 4K camera
  • 12-microphone array
  • Speakers
  • Whitebording pen
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight 87.7 lb (39.8 kg) 60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & Mic Built-in Optional

Whiteboarding

Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard
Simultaneous App Usage
Smart Drawing
Multi Platform Support

Sharing

Wireless Screen Share
Annotation
Remote Control
Cloud Storage

App Integration

Web Browser
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Video Conferencing Software Cisco Webex Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business

Service

Warranty 90 days 1-year
Price
Cost of Board
Cisco Webex Board 55″
$4,990
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$2,999
Cost of Stand
Cisco Webex Board 55″

$3,290 (Floor stand)

$1,590 (wall stand)

Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$500
Accessories
Cisco Webex Board 55″
$449 (wall mount)
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software
Cisco Webex Board 55″
$199 per month for cloud service
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Complimentary
Hardware
Screen
Cisco Webex Board 55″
4K
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
4K
Touch Sensor
Cisco Webex Board 55″
2 Touchpoints
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate
Cisco Webex Board 55″
-
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
60Hz
OS Support
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Cisco Webex Board OS
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
Cisco Webex Board 55″
  • HDMI IN
  • Home button
  • 3.5-mm mini jack audio out (line out)
  • Two USB 3.0 (for serviceability)
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11ac (2.4 and 5 GHz)
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor
Cisco Webex Board 55″
-
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″

Rockchip 3399

Dual-core Cortex-A72 up to 1.8 Hz

Quad-core Cortex-A53 up to 1.4 Hz

What's in the Box
Cisco Webex Board 55″
  • LED display
  • 4K camera
  • 12-microphone array
  • Speakers
  • Whitebording pen
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight
Cisco Webex Board 55″
87.7 lb (39.8 kg)
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & Mic
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Built-in
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Optional
Whiteboarding
Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Simultaneous App Usage
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Smart Drawing
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Multi Platform Support
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Sharing
Wireless Screen Share
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Annotation
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Remote Control
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Cloud Storage
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
App Integration
Web Browser
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Video Conferencing Software
Cisco Webex Board 55″
Cisco Webex
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business
Service
Warranty
Cisco Webex Board 55″
90 days
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
1-year
*Please note that all technical specifications are taken directly from Cisco Webex.

How It Compares to Vibe

The Vibe board opens up your meeting options. Compatible with any USB webcam, Vibe allows teams to video conference with third-party apps and share the whiteboard screen in real-time. This gives remote teams the option to use Webex Meetings, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, or a selection of other video conferencing tools—whichever works best for the team.

The Vibe board also features a portable, wheeled stand so you can easily move the meeting location and keep your equipment with you. And once you leave the meeting room, it’s easy to switch to your mobile device and pick up where you left off by using the Vibe app.

With a suite of built-in integrations that includes Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Asana, and more, users will find that Vibe slots in nicely with existing workflows. Need to present to clients? You can easily drag the PowerPoint from OneDrive and screencast it from your laptop or using an HDMI connection. Then remove the PowerPoint and write down your client’s feedback on Vibe’s infinite canvas.

At $2,999.00, Vibe costs significantly less than the Cisco Webex board. There is no subscription fee and the pricing and options are straightforward.

Contact us to learn more about how Vibe can simplify your workflow and amplify your team’s collaboration.

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