Interactive whiteboards, also known as smart boards, have revolutionized the way educators, presenters, and collaborative teams engage with content. With their touch interactivity, multimedia capabilities, and seamless integration with digital resources, smart boards have become a staple in classrooms, boardrooms, and various professional settings. If you’re considering investing in an interactive whiteboard or smart board, one of the primary factors to consider is its cost. However, there are also other factors to consider beyond the price tag that can impact the value you get from your investment.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the pricing aspects of smart boards and provide insights to help you make an informed decision when purchasing interactive displays.

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What Does a Smart Board Actually Cost? Factors Affecting Cost

There are multiple factors that affect the cost of a smart board including:

Brand and Model: Smart boards are available from various reputable brands, each offering different features and quality levels. Some of the most notable include ViewSonic, SMART, and Promethean. The cost can vary based on the brand reputation, build quality, and the specific model’s capabilities. Well-known brands often command a premium, while lesser-known brands may offer more budget-friendly options.

Size and Display Technology: Interactive whiteboards come in different sizes, ranging from compact desktop models suitable for personal use to large boards designed for classrooms or conference rooms. The size and display technology (such as LCD, LED, or laser) influence the price as well. Larger and more advanced display technologies tend to be more expensive.

Features and Connectivity: The features and connectivity options of a smart board impact its cost. Basic models may offer touch interactivity, while more advanced ones may have multi-touch support, gesture recognition, built-in speakers, and wireless connectivity. The inclusion of additional features will typically increase the price.

Accessories and Software: Depending on which accessories you want/need for your interactive whiteboard will add to the overall cost. For example, upgrading from a wall mount to a mobile or motorized stand will increase the price tag. Additionally, specialized software for collaborative activities or educational purposes may be bundled with the whiteboard or sold separately.

Pricing Range: I know, I know – so what is the cost? While pricing can fluctuate, considering the factors above, a smart board can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000.  You might be thinking – well that’s a broad range. It is! Which is why it’s important not to consider price alone when evaluating interactive whiteboards for your needs.

Other Factors to Consider When Evaluating Smart Boards

While it’s understandable to get fixated on cost alone when considering the purchase of a smart board, it’s important to consider additional factors as well beyond the price tag that impact the value you get from your investment.

Look beyond the cost: When shopping for a smart board, it’s important to consider factors other than price. Think about the features and capabilities that you need and how they can support your teaching goals. Don’t forget to factor in long-term costs such as maintenance and software licensing fees when evaluating your options.

Check out the software: All smart boards have similar hardware, but what sets them apart is their digital whiteboard software. ViewSonic’s myViewBoard digital whiteboarding software is particularly noteworthy, as it’s constantly updated based on customer feedback and does not have any licensing fees for schools and institutions. Look for software that’s easy to use and intuitive, with features that support your teaching style and needs.

Consider vendor support: When investing in a smart board for your classroom, choose a manufacturer/vendor who will provide the necessary support. This includes training your staff to utilize the boards effectively and providing ongoing support for issues or questions. Look for a vendor with a warranty and a reputation for excellent customer service. When you partner with Parmetech for your interactive whiteboard needs, you get incredible customer support from our in-house team of experts as well as incredible support from our manufacturer partner ViewSonic.

Evaluate overall value: A good interactive whiteboard’s weight exceeds the initial cost. Consider the impact it will have on your teaching and student engagement and the potential for improved collaboration and productivity. Look for a smart board that offers the features you need at a reasonable cost, with the support and service to ensure it’s a valuable addition to your classroom.

Schedule an Interactive Whiteboard Demo

It’s important to consider other factors beyond just the price tag when it comes to smart board purchases. And what better way to evaluate an interactive whiteboard’s overall value then by a demo? Parmetech has chosen to partner with ViewSonic for our interactive whiteboard offerings for education and the workplace because we truly believe the offer the best value. If you’re interested in learning more about ViewSonic interactive whiteboards and the value they can bring to your classrooms or conference rooms, then schedule an in-person or virtual demo with us today!