Smart Technologies is one of world’s largest manufacturers of interactive whiteboards and they have coined the term Smartboard. Smart is also the leader in other innovative solutions for education and business, including interactive displays, student response systems, interactive tables, document cameras, copyboards, and much more.
An Important Note
“Smartboard” is a whiteboard by Smart Technologies, however, it has become synonymous with interactive whiteboards in general. Although many people refer to interactive whiteboards as smartboards, a “Smart Board” is actually a product made by Smart Technologies. It is very similar to the way people refer to any brand of tissue as a Kleenex, or any photo copier as a Xerox machine. For example, a board made by Hitachi is an interactive whiteboard, although people will commonly refer to it as a Hitachi smartboard.
Here at Touchboards, we sell all brands of interactive whiteboards and we help people find a solution to suit their application and budget. We like to refer to Smart Technologies’ Smartboard as the “Toyota Camry of the whiteboard world.” It is very popular, offers good value, and has a host of features popular within the industry. However, in reality, not everyone needs, or even wants, a middle of the road whiteboard. And in this case, we can help you choose a more economical product, or even a more sophisticated system.
Interactive whiteboards from Smart Technologies will include one of its popular software packages Notebook, which was designed for use in schools; or Meeting Pro, made for corporate customers. Each is compatible with both PC and Mac. Using Smart Notebook software, teachers can share lesson plans and ideas with each other, all done through the Internet. Smart also hosts a website called SMART Exchange which allows teachers around the world to collaborate, and is categorized by subject, grade and even file type. Smart also has games for children which can be played on your interactive whiteboard. While all of these are great features, it is important to note that SMART does charge a yearly maintenance fee for all software. Below, please see our videos comparing two of our most popular alternatives to SMART:
The 600 Series
The 600 series boards are the interactive whiteboards designed by SMART for educational settings. They are available in two sizes 77” (SBM680) and 87” (SBM685). SMART also offers these in a variety of packaged options that include projectors. However, many of our customers find that these packages are a bit expensive. To solve this problem, we came up with some of our own packages that are less expensive and include better projectors. You can view these packages here.
The 800 Series
While education is an important aspect of SMART’s interactive whiteboard line up, they have also developed a series of boards specifically tailored for business applications. Much like the 600 Series, the 800 series is available in two sizes 77” (SB880) and 87” (SB885). SMART also provides packages that are bundled with Meeting Pro software designed specifically for business applications.
The 7000 Series
iQ Technology puts everything just one-touch away
The SMART Board’s built-in iQ technology puts everything you need in one place, available at the touch of a finger. There’s no need for wires and cables. The embedded computer offers one-touch access to SMART Learning Suite applications like SMART Notebook® lessons, SMART lab™ activities and SMART amp™ workspaces. There’s also access to collaboration tools, like a digital whiteboard, built-in web browser and wireless screen sharing (iOS, Android and Microsoft devices).
The SMART Board 7000 Pro series makes meetings more productive right out of the box. This powerful interactive display allows users to switch between writing notes on the digital whiteboard to quarterly reports to Internet browsing with just a tap. The 7000 Pro series exclusive HyPr Touch™ technology lets you write and touch with unparalleled precision and responsiveness, while automatically detecting the different pen tray tools.
Up to 16 simultaneous touch, writing and eraser points. This interactive screen also features Pen ID™ that enables writing in different colors with 4 pens, simultaneously. To give you a piece of mind, the 7000 Pro series is backed by a 3-year manufacturer's warranty and 1-year basic service support plan.
Easy to afford. Even easier on your IT team
Spark discussions. Fine tune presentations. Wow clients. The SMART Board 7000 Pro series connects everyone and everything because ideas aren’t tied to any platform.
- Share any device Android, Apple and Windows device with the board.
- No apps. No cables. No extra computers. It’s simple to use right out of the box.
- Every pitch and presentation looks crystal clear in 4K Ultra HD resolution.
- iQ technology makes it really easy for everyone to share their devices with the board.
It’s a whole new brainstorming experience. Working together on the next big thing for your business is easy and fun when colleagues can move objects, type on the screen and tap to select at the same time.
- Meeting going long? An ultra-smooth Silktouch™ finish allows your team to use the board for hours without finger burn.
- 16 simultaneous interaction points let your people do different things at the same time with pens, erasers and fingers.
- Fingers select. Pens write. Palms erase. Object awareness™ means your SMART Boards know the difference automatically.
- All hands on display
Only available on SMART Boards, Simultaneous Tool Differentiation frees colleagues to work as a group, or complete separate tasks at the same time. Everyone is able to jump in using pens, erasers and fingertips.
The SMART Board 7000 Pro series is as easy to write on as paper. You can add notes to virtually everything you can show on the board.
- Color code notes in up to four different colors with Pen ID™.
- Write over websites, videos, PDFs and Microsoft files and save your notes in almost any file type with SMART ink™.
- Capture screens. Change ink colors. Use presentation tools. Convert writing to text. SMART ink™ gives your team one-touch access to these features and more.
- A smooth writing experience produces lines with curved edges that look like natural handwriting.
- The SMART Board 7000 Pro series comes with four pens, so it’s easy for colleagues to work side by side on projects.
SMART also carries a full line of interactive LED panels in a variety of sizes designed for both educational and business settings. A favorite in many classrooms is SMART’s interactive table, the 442i.
SMART has also created an intuitive and innovative copy board. The SMART Kapp, is a copyboard that through the connection of an iPad, Android, or other mobile device is able to capture and distribute dry erase notes instantaneously. Please check out our demo video below:
Using iPads and Other Mobile Devices
iPads, Android tablets and other mobile devices are becoming a key ingredient in the classroom. There are several ways you can utilize this technology with a SMART interactive product. Please take a look at our video tutorial below: