The SmartBoard 7000 series is one of the best interactive displays made by Smart. It comes in two flavors, education, and business. The Education model is currently 75’ inches, It offers a mixture of the old Unifi 45 and the 6000 series. Using the best features of both the Unifi 45 and the SmartBoard 6000 series, respectively.
This review will examine the quality, user-friendliness, price, and reliability of the device running in a school under expected and reasonable use. This review was developed from using the SmartBoard 7000 series for one school year, from Sep to June.
The quality of this board is spectacular all around. The display is a 4K resolution, and it looks fantastic. The screen looks and feels very resistant to wear, and the pressures of student use throughout the school year. The FOUR Pen that comes with the board looks and feels great. The markers charge, have assigned colors, and can be used simultaneously. However, I have to add that the pens are not resistant to drops and other unavoidable pressures from the students.
For instance, if you drop the pens, which is normal, you have to cross your fingers so that it may work again. This is a significant problem with the Smartpens; they are very fragile made from several small parts, which come apart easily. Smart should make markers that are resistant to wear, and the pressure of student use.
Pens made for students should be, like the Kindle Kids edition that comes with a hard case, and anticipates children’s expected clumsiness that may lead to falls, and others wear on their device. In the same respect, Smart should make durable pens, rather than trying to sell a replacement for more than $100 each.
The SmartBoard 7000 series is one of the most user-friendly boards made by Smart. It has a large user panel with a massive power button, missing in the 6000s, volume, and easy access HDMI ports.
Additionally, Audio in using a simple 3.5 mm audio cord, rather than the traditional USB cord for audio, and touch which is very inconsistent. For example, on boards that use the USB cord for sound, and touch, teachers have to go to settings on Mac, and PC to select the audio source.
Teachers feel very comfortable using this board, they like the four digital pen in Green, Blue, Red, and Black, rather than the two pen on the previous model. Changing the input has gotten easier than ever.
Now users can simply select the input from four windows that display each input in real-time, taking the guessing game out of the equation. We applaud Smart for adding this feature to their board, this is a progressive feature, and extremely user-friendly. Overall, we find this board to be very, to say the least.
The price of the Smart Boards has never been affordable compared to consumer pricing of similar devices. Schools currently pay approximately $7,000 a SmartBoard 7275.$7,000 for a SmartBoard 7275. For $7,000, you get a 75’ 4K board, and licensed Smart Notebook software. $7,000 may not seem like a lot, and in fact, is not considering the quality and functionalities of the hardware.
However, as time passes, and technology gets affordable and more accessible, so should classroom technology. Therefore, we consider the price of a SmartBoard 7275 to be reasonable, at least for now.
Smart is currently in a strong position in terms of NYCDOE market share resulting in a fluctuation of prices between consumers, and the classroom. Therefore, technology companies have to place bids to reach contracts with the NYCDOE, resulting in a sort of monopoly.
NYCDOE schools can only buy Lenovo PCs, and cannot make purchases from any platform, including Amazon because there is a $250 limit per purchase set by the NYCDOE. Yet, in terms of boards, NYCDOE schools can purchase Smart Boards from Teq.com, as well as Promethean boards, among others. Smart beware of the upcoming Surface Hub by Microsoft.
Classroom technology must be dependable. If a student misses 2 minutes of a lesson while the teacher is troubleshooting a device, or reaching the school’s IT coordinator that not all schools have, due to budget reasons, which amounts to 40 minutes a month. As educators, and parents, we can all agree that is unacceptable
The 7275 board is one of the most reliable boards to date. Compared to Promethean boards, the 7275 is a no-brainer. It offers visible and easy to access inputs, several HDMI inputs, including a wireless feature that works with Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac. During the testing time, we had zero issues with this board.
We add that, there were times, once or twice during a school year where the board would not turn on, and froze on sleep mode requiring us to unplug, and restart the board. Yet, minor glitches such as this, are to be expected in all technology. We surveyed more than 100 teachers, and we concluded that the reliability of this board is substantially consistent and dependable for teachers and students.