We’ve never had to replace a SMART Board itself (had them in the district for almost 8 years).  No moving parts = nothing to wear out.  Pen/tool trays occasionally need replacing, and the latest software is a bit of a pain (and not compatible with ChromeBooks) but the boards themselves have never failed on us.  We had *one* which was defective out of the box and it was replaced under warranty.  

We did not purchase all-in-ones with the short throw projector built in, since the projector/bulbs seem to need replacing more often.  This way, we can simply swap out projectors and keep going.

I once saw a SMART Board on demo which had been skewered by a forklift.  Other than the area of the tear itself, the board worked/responded as normal.

The fact the newer board are multitouch makes me wish we’d waited to purchase some of the boards in our district. But since boards seem to last forever, there’s no way I can justify replacing them just for the additional features of a multi touch interface.


On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 8:17 AM, Keith Puffer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Good Monday Morning!

Was curious what others have found to be the effective lifespan of SmartBoards.  I was asked about replacement cycle and as of yet have not had any (knock on fake wood countertop) need replacement (some purchased as far back as 2007).

Anyone budget for replacement or have devices fail?  Or replace as needed?



Keith Puffer
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Washington West Supervisory Union
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Waitsfield, VT 05673
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