Vibe vs Promethean Board

What is the Promethean Board

Promethean makes interactive displays and teaching software that drives breakthroughs for teachers, students, and colleagues around the world.

Promethean board Vs Vibe 55″ Smart Whiteboard

What’s the Difference Between the Promethean® ActivPanel® Nickel and Vibe?

Key Takeaway

  • Vibe is designed for on-site and virtual classes
  • Vibe lets users access several popular cloud drive tools, giving you more options
  • Vibe’s open ecosystem lets you use your favorite educational apps
  • Make your classroom dynamic with Vibe’s cost-effective portable stand

How much does the Promethean ActivPanel Nickel cost?

The Promethean ActivPanel Nickel digital whiteboard costs $2,999 and includes a wall mount in the box. If you prefer your digital whiteboard to be mobile for ease of use around the classroom, Promethean’s mobile stand costs an additional $1,829. ClassFlow® and ActivInspire®, Promethean’s collections of collaboration tools, are subscription-free and included with the purchase of the board.

Promethean ActivPanel Nickel highlights

The ActivPanel Nickel comes with a wall mount; HDMI cable; USB cable; remote control; board-specific pen; regional power cable; wi-fi module; and two antennas.

Each school day can bring new challenges and changes to the lesson plan, so it’s helpful that the ActivPanel Nickel has a wide variety of connections available, including (but not limited to) two HDMI In, LAN In/Out, and mic in.

Similar to other interactive whiteboards, this Promethean model features an infinite canvas and an intuitive writing program that can accommodate up to 15 touchpoints. Users can draw, annotate, and highlight over text and images.

The Promethean ActivPanel Nickel has a three year warranty.

What’s Missing

The ActivPanel Nickel has a variety of connections and available ports, but it doesn’t have an ethernet port, which means users will have to rely solely on Wi-Fi availability. In rural areas with the potential for unstable Wi-Fi connections, this could pose a problem.

Users can access third-party apps other than Promethean’s ActivInspire and ClassFlow software but are limited to choosing from a list of curated Android apps. To integrate a wider variety of apps from the Google Play Store, users need to purchase the Promethean Chromebox or other Promethean module to boost the board’s capabilities.

Video conferencing plays a major role in distance learning, and users of the ActivPanel Nickel can use Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams for meetings. While this selection is serviceable, it may not meet the needs of every school district.

Compare Brands Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″ Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″

Price

Cost of Board $2,999 $2,999
Cost of Stand $1,383 $500
Accessories

Wall mount

ActivPanel Nickel Pen

$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software - Complimentary

Hardware

Screen 4K UHD 4K
Touch Sensor 15 Touchpoints 10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate 60Hz 60Hz
OS Support Android 8 VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
  • OPS Slot
  • 2x HDMI In
  • 2x USB-A 2.0
  • 2x USB Touch (Type B)
  • USB-C PD2.0
  • USB-A 3.0
  • LAN In/Out
  • RS-232
  • 2x VGA
  • CVBS
  • Mic In
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless IEEE® 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless, 2x2 2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor Quad Core: (2) ARM Cortex A73 (2) ARM Cortex A53

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
  • ActivPanel Nickel
  • 3M Length HDMI Cable
  • 3M Length USB cable (A-B)
  • 3M Regional Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • (2) Batteries for Remote Control
  • ActivPanel Nickel Pen
  • Sealed Antistatic Bag
  • (4) VESA mount screws (M6)
  • Mini PC Bracket with screws
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Promethean Wi-Fi Module (Ni/Co)
  • (2) Antenna
  • Promethean Wi-Fi Module (Ni/Co) User Guide
  • Wall Mount
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight 62.1 lb (28.2 kg) 60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & Mic - 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 Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business

Service

Warranty 3-year 1-year
Price
Cost of Board
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
$2,999
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$2,999
Cost of Stand
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
$1,383
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$500
Accessories
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″

Wall mount

ActivPanel Nickel Pen

Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
-
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Complimentary
Hardware
Screen
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
4K UHD
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
4K
Touch Sensor
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
15 Touchpoints
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
60Hz
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
60Hz
OS Support
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Android 8
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
  • OPS Slot
  • 2x HDMI In
  • 2x USB-A 2.0
  • 2x USB Touch (Type B)
  • USB-C PD2.0
  • USB-A 3.0
  • LAN In/Out
  • RS-232
  • 2x VGA
  • CVBS
  • Mic In
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
IEEE® 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless, 2x2
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Quad Core: (2) ARM Cortex A73 (2) ARM Cortex A53
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
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
  • ActivPanel Nickel
  • 3M Length HDMI Cable
  • 3M Length USB cable (A-B)
  • 3M Regional Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • (2) Batteries for Remote Control
  • ActivPanel Nickel Pen
  • Sealed Antistatic Bag
  • (4) VESA mount screws (M6)
  • Mini PC Bracket with screws
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Promethean Wi-Fi Module (Ni/Co)
  • (2) Antenna
  • Promethean Wi-Fi Module (Ni/Co) User Guide
  • Wall Mount
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
62.1 lb (28.2 kg)
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & Mic
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
-
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Optional
Whiteboarding
Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Simultaneous App Usage
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Smart Drawing
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Multi Platform Support
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Sharing
Wireless Screen Share
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Annotation
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Remote Control
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Cloud Storage
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
App Integration
Web Browser
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Video Conferencing Software
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business
Service
Warranty
Promethean ActivPanel Nickel 65″
3-year
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard 55″
1-year

*Please note that all technical specifications are taken directly from Promethean Ltd. education display product page, accessories page, and product specifications page (listed in order below):

https://www.prometheanworld.com/products/interactive-displays/activpanel-elements-series/activpanel-nickel/

https://www.prometheanworld.com/products/accessories/activpanel-stands/

https://cdn.prometheanworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ActivPanel_2019_Nickel_SS_0620v2.3_EN-GB.pdf

In cases where pricing isn’t available, we include the quoted reseller price.

Promethean, Promethean ActivPanel Nickel, Promethean ClassFlow and Promethean ActivInspire are trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Technologies ULC in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Promethean ActivPanel Nickel image is taken from the INSERT LINK TO IMAGE and is copyrighted images of Promethean Ltd.

How the Promethean ActivPanel Nickel compares to Vibe

The 55” Vibe interactive whiteboard retails at $2,999 with the stand coming in at $500. With a significantly smaller price tag than Promethean’s mobile stand, the Vibe stand makes it easier for schools to pursue dynamic classroom designs and create mobile, adaptable workspaces for students and staff.

Similar to the ActivPanel Nickel, the Vibe board comes with its own subscription-free software. (Users also receive two styluses with the purchase of a board, and extra styluses can be purchased for $15/pair.) The infinite canvas and wide variety of collaboration tools make it easy to create engaging lessons.

The Vibe board features HDMI In/Out, USB 2.0 and 3.0, and ethernet connections. While most users will opt to connect via Wi-Fi, having the option to connect via ethernet provides peace of mind on those days when Wi-Fi signals just don’t cooperate.

Users with a selection of apps they already know and love will appreciate that Vibe integrates with over 100 third-party apps (with more being added all the time). There is no need to purchase additional equipment to get the apps you want; if you have the board, you can find your app—or put in a request with our customer success team!

And speaking of using your preferred programs, Vibe is compatible with Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business, and BlueJeans video conferencing platforms.

Ultimately, there are plenty of ways to use the Promethean ActivPanel Nickel in tandem with other technologies to provide a well-rounded educational experience. But the limited third-party app integration and extra (and expensive) cost of purchasing a mobile stand might lead you to explore other interactive whiteboard options.

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