Vibe vs Google Jamboard

The Jamboard is a 55” cloud-based digital whiteboard designed for businesses and education programs. Launched by Google in 2017, the Jamboard was designed as a direct competitor to the Microsoft Surface Hub.
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Google Jamboard Overview

Key Takeaway

Google Jamboard is a great fit if your business runs primarily on G Suite. But if you need the flexibility to use applications outside of the Google ecosystem (at almost half the price) it’s time to check out Vibe.

Jamboard Pricing

Google Jamboard starts at $4,999 and comes standard with a wall mount, with additional charges after purchase. Jamboard users pay an annual $600 subscription and support fee, as well as $12/month for access to a GSuite Business account. The Jamboard’s mobile stand is $1,349 and is sold separately.

Jamboard Highlights

The Jamboard has 4K display and a built-in camera and microphone, making it easy to run a Google Hangout video conference with your team or customers from the device.

Each board comes with 2 styluses, which you can use to draw during whiteboarding sessions. You can also draw on the touchscreen with your finger, as well as erase with your hand or use the board’s physical eraser.

For users who aren’t directly interacting with the Jamboard, whiteboard content can be accessed using Android and iOS apps on a range of personal mobile devices. (Depending on how you join the session, though, your ability to contribute to the session may be limited.)

Anyone who starts a session on the Jamboard can invite other users to join as long as those users have a Gmail account or are registered with your business’s G Suite account. Team members participating through the smartphone app can add files to the session through Google Drive and a selection of Google Images, but they can’t directly annotate on the canvas.

When your session is done or needs to move to a new location, it is saved to the cloud so you can share with other users and refer back to the saved session.

What’s Missing

While using the Jamboard is fairly intuitive, it doesn’t allow all users to access the whiteboarding sessions equally. People who access the session through a tablet-based app can contribute to the session by adding files and notes from their Drive, but users who don’t have the Jamboard app can only participate in view-only mode.

Many projects require using more than one app, and the Jamboard doesn’t support simultaneous app usage. This severely limits versatility for brainstorming sessions with multiple people using the board at the same time.

Users can get a lot accomplished with G Suite, but it doesn’t include some of today’s most popular business, video conferencing, and workflow apps. Jamboard’s limited suite of integrations could mean that your office will have to adjust the way projects are completed, which could cost you valuable time.

Compare BrandsGoogle JamboardVibe Interactive Whiteboard

Price

Cost of Board$4,999$2,999
Cost of Stand$1,349$500
Accessories

$69 (eraser)

$109 (stylus)

$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software$600 management and support, Based on subscription for G suiteComplimentary

Hardware

Screen4K+4K
Touch Sensor16 Touchpoints10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate60Hz60Hz
OS SupportAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowVibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
  • HDMI 2.0
  • USB Type C
  • Two USB 3.0
  • 1 Gigabyte Ethernet
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
WirelessWIFI 802.11ac 2x2, NFC2.4G/5G Wifi
ProcessorAn Nvidia Jetson TX1 embedded computer

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
  • Jamboard
  • Two stylus
  • One eraser
  • Wall mount
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight109.6 lb (49.7 kg)60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & MicBuilt-inOptional

Whiteboarding

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

Sharing

Wireless Screen Share
Annotation
Remote Control
Cloud Storage

App Integration

App Store 40+ Apps
Web Browser
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Video Conferencing SoftwareGoogle MeetZoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business

Service

Warranty1-year1-year
Price
Cost of Board
Google Jamboard
$4,999
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$2,999
Cost of Stand
Google Jamboard
$1,349
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$500
Accessories
Google Jamboard

$69 (eraser)

$109 (stylus)

Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software
Google Jamboard
$600 management and support, Based on subscription for G suite
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Complimentary
Hardware
Screen
Google Jamboard
4K+
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
4K
Touch Sensor
Google Jamboard
16 Touchpoints
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate
Google Jamboard
60Hz
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
60Hz
OS Support
Google Jamboard
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
Google Jamboard
  • HDMI 2.0
  • USB Type C
  • Two USB 3.0
  • 1 Gigabyte Ethernet
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless
Google Jamboard
WIFI 802.11ac 2x2, NFC
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor
Google Jamboard
An Nvidia Jetson TX1 embedded computer
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard

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
Google Jamboard
  • Jamboard
  • Two stylus
  • One eraser
  • Wall mount
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight
Google Jamboard
109.6 lb (49.7 kg)
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & Mic
Google Jamboard
Built-in
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Optional
Whiteboarding
Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Simultaneous App Usage
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Drawing
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Multi Platform Support
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Sharing
Wireless Screen Share
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Annotation
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Remote Control
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Cloud Storage
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
App Integration
App Store
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
40+ Apps
Web Browser
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Google Jamboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Video Conferencing Software
Google Jamboard
Google Meet
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business
Service
Warranty
Google Jamboard
1-year
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
1-year
*Please note that all technical specifications are taken directly from Google Jamboard.

How It Compares to Vibe

Vibe also has a 55” touchscreen with 4K resolution. Vibe boards come with digital whiteboard software built in, and features an infinite canvas so your ideas and brainstorming sessions are never limited. With robust writing and drawing options, Vibe comes out with new software features every 2-3 weeks.

Some of the tools you can use through the intuitive touchscreen include:

  • Import images and documents from Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive
  • Background colors and grid options
  • AI text convertor (converts handwriting into text)
  • highlighter for document annotation
  • laser pointer for presentations
  • 2 split screen options so you can whiteboard next to 40+ 3rd party applications
  • Colorful sticky notes
  • Software apps for computers and tablets to help your team stay connected in real time
  • and more!

All Vibe users can edit the canvas in real time through the Vibe board, Mac, PC, or tablet devices when you share a link to that board. So whether you’re in the office or working remotely, you can collaborate seamlessly with your team.

Vibe users also have access to over 50 third-party app integrations. This includes Google Drive as well as the Microsoft Office Suite, Slack, Asana, Zoom, and many more. Your team can use the tools you’ve already invested time and money in without having to learn a new system.

Wirelessly screencast from any device using Airplay, Chromecast, or eShare, or use an HDMI cable. Annotate on anything - while screencasting or using 3rd party apps, you can easily annotate and save screenshots to your board.

Work on your project without interruption, because Vibe lets you run multiple apps at the same time. For example, if you want to give a presentation to your teams or clients, you can easily access the PowerPoint from OneDrive on your Vibe board or screencast it from your laptop.

Compatible with most USB webcams, Vibe can be used in tandem with 3rd party video conference apps so you can share the whiteboard screen with remote participants and get the most from your meetings and brainstorming sessions.

At $2,999, Vibe is almost half the price of the Google Jamboard, but with more functionality and collaboration with other applications. Vibe is compatible with standard wall mounts and also offers an optional mobile stand for only $500. Best of all, Vibe’s software is included in your hardware purchase. Vibe has detailed Help Center resources and offers ongoing customer support by phone and email at no extra charge.

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