Vibe vs Microsoft Surface Hub

What is the Microsoft Surface Hub?

As one of the first products made for the digital whiteboard space, Microsoft’s Surface Hub made its debut in 2015. With the 2019 release of the Surface Hub 2S, this interactive whiteboard continues to establish its presence in the business world.

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Surface Hub Review

Key Takeaway

Finding the right product comes down to balancing features and capabilities with budget, and if you want to spend less than 5 figures on full set up you should look for a Surface Hub alternative. Priced at $2,999 (vs the $8,999 price tag of the Surface Hub) Vibe offers a cost effective solution for small- to mid- sized marketing and design agencies, startups, and tech firms.

The Surface Hub is a good choice if you only need to use Microsoft applications and are interested in a device that has a battery pack option.

How much does Microsoft Surface Hub 2S cost?

The Surface Hub S2 price is just under $9,000 for the 50” model. The wall mount costs $249, the mobile stand costs $1,450, and the battery expansion will run you an additional $1,400.

Microsoft Surface Hub 2S Highlights

Like most digital whiteboards, the Surface Hub 2S features built-in technology for video conferences and whiteboarding sessions. The responsive touchscreen is designed to feel as natural as drawing on a traditional whiteboard.

The Surface Hub 2S’s 4K digital display enables real-time creation so you can work alongside your colleagues on projects. Screen sharing allows your team to access the canvas and share Office 365 files.

While the original Surface Hub was optimized for meetings, the new edition goes a step further in upping its video conferencing game by including a modular 4K camera. Users can select from a few different plug-in locations to find their ideal camera angle.

Another notable feature of the S2 is the battery expansion. The battery holds a two-hour charge and takes 90 minutes to fully charge. This, combined with the board’s slimmed down design (weighing 40 percent less than the previous model), gives users the option to make meetings mobile.

What’s Missing

Like its predecessor, the Surface Hub S2 is heavily reliant on the Universal Windows 10 application system, which creates an issue for companies who don’t run primarily on Microsoft software.

For instance, connecting to a video conference via Skype requires an Exchange Server or an Office 365 for Business account along with Skype for Business. In this situation, calling non-Skype users isn’t easy, and is just one example to consider when hiring freelancers, contract workers, or creating future remote work opportunities.

The S2 runs on the software of the previous Surface Hub, so the sleeker hardware is the most notable change with the update. Microsoft’s goal is for companies to be able to switch out the central processing unit with future updates, but without knowing how long it’ll be before that’s possible, purchasing the S2 is a big investment.

Another major (and expensive) drawback: all of the useful accessories cost extra. So on top of paying around $9,000 for the board, the wall mount costs $249, the mobile stand costs $1,450, and the battery expansion will run you an additional $1,400.

Compare Brands Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″ Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″

Price

Cost of Board $8,999 $2,999
Cost of Stand $1,499 $500
Accessories

$249 (wall mount)

$169.99 (Surface Pen)

$219.99 (camera)

$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software Based on subscription for Microsoft Office 365 Complimentary

Hardware

Screen 4K+ 4K
Touch Sensor 100 Touchpoints 10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate 120Hz 60Hz
OS Support Windows 10 Team Operating System VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
  • USB-A
  • Mini-DisplayPort video output
  • RJ45 gigabit ethernet
  • HDMI video input
  • USB-C® with displayPort input
  • (4) USB-C
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless

Wi-Fi 5 (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible)

Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology

2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor Intel Core i5

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
  • Surface Hub 2S
  • Pen
  • Camera
  • 3m AC power cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight 61.6 lbs (28 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 Skype for business Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business

Service

Warranty 1-year 1-year
Price
Cost of Board
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
$8,999
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$2,999
Cost of Stand
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
$1,499
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$500
Accessories
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″

$249 (wall mount)

$169.99 (Surface Pen)

$219.99 (camera)

Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Based on subscription for Microsoft Office 365
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Complimentary
Hardware
Screen
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
4K+
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
4K
Touch Sensor
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
100 Touchpoints
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
120Hz
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
60Hz
OS Support
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Windows 10 Team Operating System
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
  • USB-A
  • Mini-DisplayPort video output
  • RJ45 gigabit ethernet
  • HDMI video input
  • USB-C® with displayPort input
  • (4) USB-C
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″

Wi-Fi 5 (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible)

Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology

Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Intel Core i5
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
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
  • Surface Hub 2S
  • Pen
  • Camera
  • 3m AC power cable
  • Quick start guide
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
61.6 lbs (28 kg)
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & Mic
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Built-in
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Optional
Whiteboarding
Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Simultaneous App Usage
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Smart Drawing
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Multi Platform Support
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Sharing
Wireless Screen Share
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Annotation
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Remote Control
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Cloud Storage
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
App Integration
Web Browser
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Video Conferencing Software
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
Skype for business
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business
Service
Warranty
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50″
1-year
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
1-year
*Please note that all technical specifications are taken directly from Surface Hub’s website.

How It Compares to Vibe

There are more than 40 third-party app integrations in the Vibe board, and that includes Microsoft Teams, One Drive, and the most popular Office components. Combine the vast integration opportunities with wireless screencasting and you can bring more creativity to your presentations without limiting which apps you can use.

With Vibe, sharing ideas with collaborators — in-house, across town, or around the world — is intuitive and easy, making it a must-have device for any company that thrives thanks to a network of remote workers.

One less obvious advantage Vibe has over its competitors is its dedication to customers of all sizes. They offer free customer support and consistently make changes to the VibeOS based on user requests, making it the perfect match for everyday presenters, designers, project managers, and remote workers.

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