We're putting together long-term spending plans for IT support and development, and we got to thinking about our interactive boards. We know the rough lifespan of the projectors, but not the boards themselves - will they last forever or should we factor their replacement into things? If so, how many years of service can we expect from a Smart board?
With that, what sort of lifespan would be reasonable to predict for a Mimio? We're considering getting these since they're roughly half the price of a Smart board, but have a lot more to go wrong in them, so may not actually represent the saving we think they do when you take a long-term view of things.
We have been using the Mimio Capture for the last six months in our lecture halls, its really fast and accurate, the math proffs love it for writing out streams of calculations.
But I don't see the Mimio lasting more than a year only because the electronic pens are flimsy, the actual device is not going to deteriorate too much just sitting on the white board.
I havent done proper cost analysis but the mimio electronic pens/ eraser all need batteries and the e-pens need whiteboard markers inside them to operate so over time not sure the cost is much less than a Smart board which we put on a three year replacement cycle.
Our smartboards are upwards of 8 years old and still working perfectly
Excepting misadventure, we're seeing 7-ish years out of the Promethean boards. The reason we've replaced a couple is due to dead spots appearing.
We've replaced a few power supplies, though that may be down to flaky power here.
Have many promethean boards over 5 years old now. I'd be very unimpressed if a board did not last 5+ years as they have no moving parts.
We have a bunch of Mimios and they seem to last alright, they are not used all day everyday though been a couple of years at least. They do eat batteries though, the old ones at least.
The main problem we have with Promethean boards, is either the Powersuplies burning out or the USB/Serial connectivity leads failing.
My oldest promethean boards are coming up to 6 years old.
I had one fail under warranty (it delaminated) and I've had 1 power supply failure in 6 years with 9 boards.
I have Smartboards which are 6 years old and still going strong, we moved from promethian 6 years ago and not looked back.
I Emailed Steljes for you who are the distributor and everything else for SMARTBoards for an official lifespan. The answer came back that the official expected lifespan is between 5-8 years.
Hope this helps
Also if you are thinking of a whiteboard roll out i would suggest where possible to buy the kit in one. the discount level you can get for purchases over certain amounts is quite high on SMARTBoards. Myself and a colleague next to me both have done one recently and managed significant discounts for schools / companies that buy them in one go. SMARTBoard themselves like to bid for your custom
Last edited by Poco; 25th November 2010 at 09:08 AM.
Our older boards (7+ years) are now showing their age. Accuracy is falling, and in one case one side of the board is an inch off, whereas the other side is spot on.
Not gonna get replaced though! No money!
I cant comment on the smartboards but we have a Promeathean of over 12 years and still working perfectly. It's had new lamps / projectors obviously in this time.
Smartboards have a 5 year warranty if you register for it. We have some that are 8+ years.
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