There are several digital whiteboards on the market, a ton of alternative options to a whiteboard that could be explored. But which one is the best? What sets each smart board apart, and which one is right for your needs? You’ll find all of that information in our smart board review.
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S (50″)
Microsoft is one of the originators of digital whiteboard technology, and their Surface Hub is a popular choice in this space. Surface Hub 2S features a responsive touchscreen display and robust integrations with Microsoft applications. With its collaboration-focused custom version of Windows and video conferencing capabilities, the Surface Hub 2S makes hosting meetings easy.
However, the Surface Hub 2S does have some significant drawbacks. Offices that don’t run predominantly on Microsoft software will find connectivity to be a challenge because the Surface Hub is heavily reliant on the Universal Windows 10 application ecosystem. For example, connecting via Skype requires an Exchange Server or an Office 365 for the Business account along with Skype for Business. This means that calling non-Skype users — e.g. most of your freelancers and remote employees — isn’t easy.
The Surface Hub costs nearly $3,000 more than its closest competitor, coming in at just under $9,000 per unit.
You can learn more about Vibe as a Microsoft Surface Hub alternative on our comparison page.
Jamboard was launched by Google as a direct competitor to the Surface Hub. It’s been successful in mimicking much of that device’s functionality, but with some downsides.
On the plus side, the Jamboard features a vibrant 4K display with touchscreen capabilities for easy whiteboarding. Using Android and iOS apps, users can access whiteboard content on a range of personal devices. Jamboard has also become popular with educators, thanks to its intuitive design.
However, the Jamboard offers a limited suite of integrations, which for many offices could mean having to adjust workflows to work with it. Additionally, some reviewers have reported glitches in the software.
The Jamboard costs just under $5,000 per board. Read more about how Vibe stacks up against Google Jamboard on our smart board comparison page.
Samsung Flip 2 (55″)
The budget answer to the more powerful Jamboard and Surface Hub, the Samsung Flip 2 is a bare-bones smart board for small- to mid-sized businesses. It comes with an attractive price tag and features real-time whiteboard capabilities on its UHD 4K touch display. The Flip 2 works wirelessly with Samsung mobile devices (as well as other manufacturer’s products using an app, though with more limited functionality).
The Flip’s most visible feature (and the one that gives it its name) is that its 55-inch screen can pivot on its stand (sold separately), going from horizontal to vertical in an instant.
The Flip 2 doesn’t come with a full-featured operating system. While you can share whiteboarding sessions with remote users, there’s no webcam, so you can’t connect with them face-to-face.
The Samsung Flip 2 costs just under $2,199 per board.
Read more about Vibe vs. Samsung Flip 2 on our comparison page.
Some smart boards take advantage of the cloud to allow for simultaneous viewing of the canvas across desktop and mobile devices. Some go the other way as well, allowing for screencasting from external devices to the board. Certain products, like Vibe, also securely auto-save sessions to the cloud for easy recall . (That means no more eureka moments lost to the dreaded eraser.)
A relative newcomer to the space, the Vibe touchscreen smartboard was designed from scratch by an independent technology company to fill a gap left behind by Samsung, Microsoft, and Google. It has similar capabilities to its competitors, with manufacturer-agnostic app integrations and a more competitive price tag to boot.
Vibe users can whiteboard their ideation/collaboration sessions while sharing the screen via video conference applications (like Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Skype). Vibe also supports screencasting from computers and mobile devices to the board, regardless of the device manufacturer.
With a robust suite of built-in integrations that includes Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WebEx, Asana, and more, users will find that Vibe slots in nicely with existing workflows.
Vibe is also a powerful multitasker that seamlessly shifts between apps. Compatible with many USB webcams, Vibe allows teams to video conference with 3rd party apps and share the whiteboard screen in real-time. This could be a game-changer for remote teams.
One of the big selling points? The price. At $2,999.00, Vibe is almost half the price of the Google Jamboard and one-third of the price of the Surface Hub 2S.
Why you should consider Vibe
Different smart boards are designed to suit different business needs. Finding the right smart board comes down to balancing features and capabilities with the budget.
That being said, Vibe’s modest price tag, endless canvas, and simple workflow integrations are likely to suit most users, especially small- to mid-sized marketing and design agencies, startups, and tech firms.
With Vibe, sharing ideas with collaborators — in-house, across town, or around the globe — has never been easier. Vibe is the perfect addition to any collaborative workspace. For companies that thrive thanks to a network of remote collaborators, it’s a must-have device.
Another less obvious (but extremely valuable) advantage Vibe has over its competitors is its small production and development team. Vibe offers white-glove customer support, and their team consistently makes changes to VibeOS based on user requests.
“Overall, we’ve been very impressed by Vibe and the team behind it,” says Vibe user Peter Parker, Director of Advanced Analytics at Attunix. “They’ve been super receptive to our feedback and have incorporated suggestions and requests, both big and small, into the product. We’re often finding new ways of integrating Vibe into our everyday work to make us all more productive and efficient.”
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S info retrieved 3/29/21 from source | source | source | source
Google Jamboard info retrieved 3/29/21 from source | source
Samsung Flip 2 info retrieved 3/29/21 from source | source
[Editor’s note: this post was originally published April 29, 2019 and was updated Sep 17, 2021.]
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