August 2008

SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Built to Last

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Just how long will a SMART Board interactive whiteboard last is a question that many educators ask. Most people budget for a three-to-five year useful life for projectors and PCs and expect about the same for the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. There are a number of things that you should know about our product.

Software Upgrades

A substantial amount of the utility of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard is derived from the software.

We provide free, online upgrades to the SMART Board software, so no matter when you bought your SMART Board interactive whiteboard you will always have the same, most up-to-date functionality as someone who purchases today.

This is particularly important for school jurisdictions, because there is never a financial decision to make about upgrading. Just download it and go.

Hardware Warranty

The warranty is a full five years, including electronics, cables and surface. There's no small print to trip you up should you ever need warranty support. (Of course, the warranty does not cover abuse or deliberate damage.)

Useful Life

We are often asked about the useful life of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. There is a calculation that can be made to provide a theoretical answer, but that's all it would be. The reality is that SMART Board interactive whiteboards that were sold and put into use eight, ten and fourteen years ago are still in use today. With the free software upgrades, they are every bit as good as new product currently shipping from our assembly plants.

Construction of the Whiteboard

The SMART Board interactive whiteboard features a very simple construction which makes it extremely reliable once it is installed in a classroom. There are two sheets of resistive material, stretched over a large, flat surface and separated by a small air gap. When you press on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard's surface,
the two resistive sheets touch and an X,Y coordinate is registered.

The surface material of the whiteboard is a hardcoat poly-ester which is extremely durable. It doesn't wear out.

The surface material keeps its tension over time because of the way that the SMART Board interactive whiteboard is assembled.

There are four pens/styluses that are provided with each SMART Board interactive whiteboard. There is nothing special about these tools

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