Vibe vs 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 Overview

Key Takeaway

Finding the right product comes down to balancing features and capabilities with budget. 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.

Microsoft Surface Hub 2S Pricing

The Surface Hub S2 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.

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Price

Cost of Board$2,999$8,999
Cost of Stand$500$1,499
Accessories$15.00 (stylus × 2)

$249 (wall mount)

$169.99 (Surface Pen)

$219.99 (camera)

SoftwareComplimentaryBased on subscription for Microsoft Office 365

Hardware

Screen4K4K+
Touch Sensor10 Touchpoints100 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate60Hz120Hz
OS SupportVibeOS based on Android 7.1Windows 10 Team Operating System
Connections
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
  • USB-A
  • Mini-DisplayPort video output
  • RJ45 gigabit ethernet
  • HDMI video input
  • USB-C® with displayPort input
  • (4) USB-C
Wireless2.4G/5G Wifi

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

Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology

Processor

Rockchip 3399

Dual-core Cortex-A72 up to 1.8 Hz

Quad-core Cortex-A53 up to 1.4 Hz

Intel Core i5
What's in the Box
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
  • Surface Hub 2S
  • Pen
  • Camera
  • 3m AC power cable
  • Quick start guide
Board Weight60.6lb (27.49kg)61.6 lbs (28 kg)
Camera & MicOptionalBuilt-in

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 Microsoft app store
Web Browser
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Video Conferencing SoftwareZoom, GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for BusinessSkype for business

Service

Warranty1-year1-year
Price
Cost of Board
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$2,999
Microsoft Surface Hub II
$8,999
Cost of Stand
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$500
Microsoft Surface Hub II
$1,499
Accessories
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Microsoft Surface Hub II

$249 (wall mount)

$169.99 (Surface Pen)

$219.99 (camera)

Software
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Complimentary
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Based on subscription for Microsoft Office 365
Hardware
Screen
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
4K
Microsoft Surface Hub II
4K+
Touch Sensor
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
10 Touchpoints
Microsoft Surface Hub II
100 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
60Hz
Microsoft Surface Hub II
120Hz
OS Support
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Windows 10 Team Operating System
Connections
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Microsoft Surface Hub II
  • USB-A
  • Mini-DisplayPort video output
  • RJ45 gigabit ethernet
  • HDMI video input
  • USB-C® with displayPort input
  • (4) USB-C
Wireless
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
2.4G/5G Wifi
Microsoft Surface Hub II

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

Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology

Processor
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard

Rockchip 3399

Dual-core Cortex-A72 up to 1.8 Hz

Quad-core Cortex-A53 up to 1.4 Hz

Microsoft Surface Hub II
Intel Core i5
What's in the Box
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Microsoft Surface Hub II
  • Surface Hub 2S
  • Pen
  • Camera
  • 3m AC power cable
  • Quick start guide
Board Weight
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
60.6lb (27.49kg)
Microsoft Surface Hub II
61.6 lbs (28 kg)
Camera & Mic
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Optional
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Built-in
Whiteboarding
Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Simultaneous App Usage
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Smart Drawing
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Multi Platform Support
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Sharing
Wireless Screen Share
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Annotation
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Remote Control
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Cloud Storage
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
App Integration
App Store
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
40+ Apps
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Microsoft app store
Web Browser
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Video Conferencing Software
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Zoom, GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business
Microsoft Surface Hub II
Skype for business
Service
Warranty
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
1-year
Microsoft Surface Hub II
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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