Vibe vs SMART Board

Released by SMART Technology, SMART Board is an educational collaboration tool for classrooms and workplaces.
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What’s the difference between SMART Board and Vibe?

Key Takeaway

SMART Boards have 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.

SMART Board Pricing

$4,999 for the 6000 series boards, additional software costs.

SMART Board Highlights

SMART boards are available in a range of sizes with varying functionalities. Depending on whether you’re using the board in a business or education setting, users can select from the MX, 6000, or 7000 series for boards with interactive touchscreen displays.

Multiple people can work together directly on the board. SMART Technology’s 6000 series board 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 Technology 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 Meeting Pro and 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 BrandsVibe Interactive WhiteboardSmart Board 6000 Series

Price

Cost of Board$2,999$4,999
Cost of Stand$500No stand
Accessories$15.00 (stylus × 2)-
SoftwareComplimentaryBased on Subscription (SMART meeting pro/ SMART TeamWorks)

Hardware

Screen4K4K
Touch Sensor10 Touchpoints8 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate60Hz60Hz
OS SupportVibeOS based on Android 7.1Android 7.1 Nougat
Connections
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
  • HDMI 1.4 out
  • Two USB 3.0 type-A
  • RJ45 gigabit ethernet
Wireless2.4G/5G WifiBluetooth 4.1 802.11A/B/G/N/Ac
Processor

Rockchip 3399

Dual-core Cortex-A72 up to 1.8 Hz

Quad-core Cortex-A53 up to 1.4 Hz

RK3399, Dual-core A72 + Quad-core A53, 64 bits, 2GHz
What's in the Box
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
  • SMART board
  • iQ appliance 8’
  • country-specific power cable 16’ 5”
  • USB cable
  • Two pen
Board Weight60.6lb (27.49kg)134 lb. (60.9 kg)
Camera & MicOptionalOptional

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 SoftwareZoom, GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for BusinessZoom, Skype, Go to meeting, Webex

Service

Warranty1-year3-year
Price
Cost of Board
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$2,999
Smart Board 6000 Series
$4,999
Cost of Stand
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$500
Smart Board 6000 Series
No stand
Accessories
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
$15.00 (stylus × 2)
Smart Board 6000 Series
-
Software
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Complimentary
Smart Board 6000 Series
Based on Subscription (SMART meeting pro/ SMART TeamWorks)
Hardware
Screen
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
4K
Smart Board 6000 Series
4K
Touch Sensor
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
10 Touchpoints
Smart Board 6000 Series
8 Touchpoints
Refresh Rate
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
60Hz
Smart Board 6000 Series
60Hz
OS Support
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
VibeOS based on Android 7.1
Smart Board 6000 Series
Android 7.1 Nougat
Connections
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
  • HDMI In&Out
  • USB 2.0, 3.0
  • Debug
  • Ethernet
Smart Board 6000 Series
  • HDMI 1.4 out
  • Two USB 3.0 type-A
  • RJ45 gigabit ethernet
Wireless
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
2.4G/5G Wifi
Smart Board 6000 Series
Bluetooth 4.1 802.11A/B/G/N/Ac
Processor
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard

Rockchip 3399

Dual-core Cortex-A72 up to 1.8 Hz

Quad-core Cortex-A53 up to 1.4 Hz

Smart Board 6000 Series
RK3399, Dual-core A72 + Quad-core A53, 64 bits, 2GHz
What's in the Box
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
  • Whiteboard
  • Two styluses
  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Warranty registration card
Smart Board 6000 Series
  • SMART board
  • iQ appliance 8’
  • country-specific power cable 16’ 5”
  • USB cable
  • Two pen
Board Weight
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
60.6lb (27.49kg)
Smart Board 6000 Series
134 lb. (60.9 kg)
Camera & Mic
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Optional
Smart Board 6000 Series
Optional
Whiteboarding
Multi-user Realtime Whiteboard
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Simultaneous App Usage
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Smart Drawing
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Multi Platform Support
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Sharing
Wireless Screen Share
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Annotation
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Remote Control
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Cloud Storage
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
App Integration
App Store
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
40+ Apps
Smart Board 6000 Series
Web Browser
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Smart Board 6000 Series
Video Conferencing Software
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
Zoom, GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, Skype, Skype for Business
Smart Board 6000 Series
Zoom, Skype, Go to meeting, Webex
Service
Warranty
Vibe Interactive Whiteboard
1-year
Smart Board 6000 Series
3-year
*Please note that all technical specifications are taken directly from SMART Technology site. In cases where pricing isn’t available, we include the quoted reseller price.

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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