SMART Boards will be provided by RnB Enterprises.
Updated 2021.10.22 (Note we also have ViewSonic Interactive Displays available this year)
SMART Board Specs
If you don't need interactive (touch-screen) functionality, and just want to display content, a large monitor or TV will be vastly cheaper and can be purchased from our vendors such as tigerdirect, cdwg, or bhphotovideo, though mounting would have to be done by Waterbury staff.
The SMART MX Series is a newer line and priced similarly to the newly added alternative, ViewSonic, displays, but the traditional SMART products are notably more expensive. We haven't used the MX line much, but didn't notice much difference between it and the traditional line for our use, making it the general recommendation.
The even newer GX Series is cheaper, still. We haven't used them at all, but imagine they will perform reasonably. The differences between the series can be compared here.
Interactive LCDs / SMART Monitors, which look like wall-mounted TVs and provide a multi-touch interface, have largely replaced projectors in recent years for newly purchased devices. They are notably brighter than most projectors and typically last longer than projectors and don't require replacement bulbs. All current models support a 4K resolutions and should look much better at close viewing distances (a smaller room), but require adequately powered PC as the video source. Be sure to consult your building technician prior to purchase. Current models do include built-in low-powered computers which will allow basic functionality like browsing the internet and interacting with the screen, but don't have the Notebook suite software many people expect to use with a SMART monitor. The convenience is that no connections to an existing PC are required for this type of use.
All LCDs come a USB cable, but a display cable of appropriate length, with consideration of the video source, should be chosen. Please speak with your tech if you are unsure which cables to purchase. All displays accept HDMI, some also accept DisplayPort. There is a DisplayPort to HDMI converter available for purchase if needed.
There are just two mounts for LCDs: one for wall mounting and one for "build-out" (over whiteboard / chalk board) mounting. If in doubt, get the "build-out" mount. The install labor fee is bundled into the Interactive LCD/Monitor cost. For pricing without the fee bundled, contact Nick Chapman at the Computer Technology Center.