Interactive Flat Panels vs. Interactive Whiteboards
Schools and businesses are more and more confused when they sourcing the multi-media center for their meeting room or school. There are many factors to be considered before making a choice, and consideration is necessary because these systems are the central hubs in the whole space and not cheap! Not just a financial investment, either, as the people who will be using them need training and always takes time. However, the payoff is well worth it, as schools and businesses who use the best technology would improve efficiency and involving better engagement within their team.
Above are 2 photoshoots from end-users, so you may be thinking, just the looking different, what is the biggest difference exactly? To get an overview, just check the below comparison…
At a glance, it may not seem like there’s much big difference, and they even look the same. If checked closely with detail, you can find some of the most notable difference to consider include:
·Price – The whole solution's total cost would be similar. In the beginning, projectors are seemed cheaper but when considering the future lamps replacement cost, the after-sales for the interactive whiteboard with the projector would be higher in the long term. Interactive flat-panel LED warranty is 50,000 hours so they require little maintenance and no lamp replacement cost.
·Audio and visual quality – LED screens best vivid color resolution image and now UHD as 4K screen are standard spec in the interactive flat panel. For the projector normally is 1280 x 800 resolution, if you want to buy a high-resolution projector, they always expensive. Secondly, the interactive flat panel always has the speaker built inside as an all in one solution. In the interactive whiteboard system, you need to buy the extra speakers to achieve audio speaker functions.
·Shadows – Remember when you using the projector, there is always an annoying shadow happen. To resolve the problem, the supplier would suggest you buy a short throw projector or ultra-short-throw projector, but they would triple the cost of the projector. On the other hand, the LED does not have shadows, as their display image comes from the back of the panel. Another score for an interactive flat panel!
·Brightness and longevity – LED screens do not fade or degrade over time, and can keep their vivid image for around 50,000 hours just the same as your first-day installation. Other systems like projector, though, usually only last up to 8,000 hours, and their image quality fades very much in the long-running term.
·Connectivity – LED screens to have many connectivity ports such as USB ports, HDMI ports, DP ports, DVI, touch ports and VGA (Video Graphic Array), etc. An interactive whiteboard does not have these ports and needs to connect with computers by USB cables.
· Sizes – Interactive flat panel popular sizes are 65, 75, 85, 86 and 98 inches, and sure the bigger the more expensive. An interactive whiteboard can produce any size from 70 inches to 150 inches. So interactive whiteboards are much flexible at size range and in bigger sizes such as 120 inches still have the price advantage.
·Marker dry erase – Marker is still widely used in the presentation. However, you can not write the markers in the interactive flat panel. In the interactive whiteboard with Polyvison ceramic e3 surface, it can support the markers writing and dray erasing easily.