Vibe vs SMART Board®

What is the SMART Board®?

Released by SMART Technologies ULC, SMART Board is an educational collaboration tool for classrooms and workplaces.

SMART Board vs Vibe

What’s the difference between SMART Board® and Vibe?

Key Takeaway

SMART Board has been a popular choice for school districts, but they offer tiered functionality that requires multiple subscriptions or licenses. Make sure that you have a full understanding of the functionality that you’re getting with the included software.

How much does a SMART Board cost?

SMART Board prices start at $4,999 for the 6000 series boards, with additional software costs. Depending on whether you’re using the board in a business or education setting, users can select from the MX, 6000, or 7000 series, etc.

SMART Board Highlights

SMART Board is available in a range of sizes with varying functionalities. SMART Board 6000 series includes SMART Notebook® basic version. Multiple people can work together directly on the board. SMART Board 6000 series responds to up to eight touchpoints and can detect whether the user is drawing with a stylus or erasing by hand. You can connect up to eight devices simultaneously for screen sharing. SMART Technologies ULC puts a lot of emphasis on the board as an educational tool, which makes the free one-year subscription to the SMART Learning Suite software with the purchase of a board a nice bonus for educators.

Business users can make the most of their board’s capabilities with features like SMART Meeting Pro® and SMART TeamWorks™, which provide access to a limited number of apps, such as Microsoft 365 and most video conferencing apps.

What’s Missing

The SMART Board has many interesting and useful capabilities; however, nearly all of the best features that set the SMART Board apart from other digital whiteboards require several subscriptions or licenses.

For businesses, the SMART TeamWorks™ software enables groups to meet and collaborate, but there are different levels of access.

  • The Rooms edition allows you to work with people in the same room, and you can screen share with up to eight devices, but those devices can’t contribute to a shared workspace.
  • The next level up, Connected, lets other devices contribute to the workspace but they all have to be on the same network.
  • Users have to add a Server subscription to the Connected edition before they can allow remote workers to join in.

As previously mentioned, classrooms receive a one-year subscription to the SMART Learning Suite service with purchase of a board but will have to pay for Learning Suite access after that year. The basic plan still has nice features, but without the Learning Suite the board’s functionality (primarily the collaboration tools) feels incomplete.

Another missed opportunity for the SMART Board is the ability to save your work to the cloud. Users need to email or save a PDF of their whiteboard content if they plan on sharing it.

Compare Brands SMART Board 6000 series Vibe Interactive Whiteboard

Price

Cost of Board $4,999 $2,999
Cost of Stand No stand $500
Accessories - $15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software

SMART Notebook® basic version

Based on subscription for SMART Meeting Pro®/ SMART TeamWorks™

Free one year subscription to SMART Learning Suite

Complimentary

Hardware

Screen 4K 4K
Touch Sensor 8 Touchpoints 10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate 60Hz 60Hz
OS Support Android 7.1 Nougat VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
  • HDMI 1.4 out
  • Two USB 3.0 type-A
  • RJ45 gigabit ethernet
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless

2.4G/5G Wifi

Bluetooth 4.2

2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor RK3399, Dual-core A72 + Quad-core A53, 64 bits, 2GHz

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
  • SMART Board
  • iQ appliance 8'
  • country-specific power cable 16' 5"
  • USB cable
  • Two pen
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight 134 lb. (60.9 kg) 60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & Mic Optional Optional

Whiteboarding

Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard Available through SMART kapp app and SMART Learning Suite
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, Skype, GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business

Service

Warranty 3-year 1-year
Price
Cost of Board
SMART Board 6000 series
$4,999
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$2,999
Cost of Stand
SMART Board 6000 series
No stand
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$500
Accessories
SMART Board 6000 series
-
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Software
SMART Board 6000 series

SMART Notebook® basic version

Based on subscription for SMART Meeting Pro®/ SMART TeamWorks™

Free one year subscription to SMART Learning Suite

Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Complimentary
Hardware
Screen
SMART Board 6000 series
4K
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
4K
Touch Sensor
SMART Board 6000 series
8 Touchpoints
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
10 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate
SMART Board 6000 series
60Hz
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
60Hz
OS Support
SMART Board 6000 series
Android 7.1 Nougat
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Connections
SMART Board 6000 series
  • HDMI 1.4 out
  • Two USB 3.0 type-A
  • RJ45 gigabit ethernet
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Wireless
SMART Board 6000 series

2.4G/5G Wifi

Bluetooth 4.2

Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
2.4G/5G Wifi
Processor
SMART Board 6000 series
RK3399, Dual-core A72 + Quad-core A53, 64 bits, 2GHz
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
SMART Board 6000 series
  • SMART Board
  • iQ appliance 8'
  • country-specific power cable 16' 5"
  • USB cable
  • Two pen
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Board Weight
SMART Board 6000 series
134 lb. (60.9 kg)
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
60.6lb (27.49kg)
Camera & Mic
SMART Board 6000 series
Optional
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Optional
Whiteboarding
Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard
SMART Board 6000 series
Available through SMART kapp app and SMART Learning Suite
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
true
Simultaneous App Usage
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Drawing
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Multi Platform Support
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Sharing
Wireless Screen Share
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Annotation
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Remote Control
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Cloud Storage
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
App Integration
Web Browser
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
SMART Board 6000 series
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Video Conferencing Software
SMART Board 6000 series
Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business
Service
Warranty
SMART Board 6000 series
3-year
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
1-year

*Please note that all technical specifications are taken directly from SMART Technologies ULC education displays comparison page, SMART Board 6000 series product page and business software page. In cases where pricing isn’t available, we include the quoted reseller price.

SMART Board, SMART Meeting Pro, SMART TeamWorks, SMART Notebook and SMART Learning Suite are trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Technologies ULC in the U.S. and/or other countries.

SMART Board image is taken from the specification of SMART Board® 6065-V2 interactive flat panel with iQ and is copyrighted images of SMART Technologies ULC.

How It Compares to Vibe

The Vibe board is designed to easily work with popular educational apps like Blackboard, Canvas, and Panapto to encourage creative learning. But users aren’t limited to just a handful of app integrations. Vibe gives you access to over 50 third-party apps so you can use whichever programs meet your needs.

There are no subscriptions, licenses, or confusing mix-and-match software requirements to get what you want. You can access the Vibe app from any device to go back to your boards, and can collaborate in real time from other locations from a computer browser or tablet.

Vibe users can also seamlessly collaborate in real time through the Vibe board, Mac, PC, or tablets (the mobile app is view-only). Once you leave the physical meeting room, it’s easy to switch to your handy devices and pick up where you left off. Vibe also supports screencasting from computers and mobile devices to the board, regardless of the device’s manufacturer.

Another big selling point? The price. At $2,999, Vibe is less than half the price of the SMART Board 6000 series.

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