Most people working in education will be familiar with interactive technology.
Almost 30 years ago, interactive whiteboards started to replace traditional whiteboards and blackboards in schools and the most commonly found manufacturer of interactive whiteboards in the UK was SMART with their Smart Boards.
Today, interactive whiteboards are gradually being replaced with interactive flat panels and SMART continue to be a very popular choice thanks to their range of touch screen displays.

The current range of SMART Board interactive flat panels for education includes the MX series, the 6000 series and the new 6000S and 7000R series. But what is the difference between these four options?

SMART Board MX series interactive displays

The SMART MX series interactive flat panels are the entry level displays designed to offer all the essential features needed for education at a budget friendly price.

SMART Board MX series interactive flat panel

The MX series, available in sizes 65", 75" and 86" diagonal, features anti-glare glass and commercial grade panels for reliability and long life (50.000 hrs) with 4K Ultra HD resolution, up to 20 touch points with HyPr Touch with Advanced IR touch technology. It also includes Silktouch, Simultaneous Tool Differentiation and Object awareness.

The MX series interactive flat panels come as standard with iQ embedded computing (running on Android 8 Oreo), 2 pens, 15W front facing speakers (2x), a standard wall mount, 5 years Smart Assure warranty (in the UK). Connectivity includes all the essentials such as HDMI and VGA inputs, USB, audio and networking (RJ45 as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth).

Software is a very important part of the SMART offering and the MX series doesn't disappoint: it comes with SMART Notebook basic version (no subscription required), a 1 year subscription to SMART Learning Suite which can be renewed at low cost, SMART Ink and iQ apps such as web browser, digital whiteboard and more available in the app library.

SMART Board 6000 series interactive displays

The SMART Board 6000 series has been the most popular series of interactive displays in the SMART Board range and is available in sizes 65" and 75" diagonal.

SMART Board 6000 series interactive display

The SMART 6000 series uses DViT touch technology with up to 8-point touch. Like the MX series it features anti-glare glass and commercial grade panels for reliability and long life (50.000 hrs) with 4K Ultra HD resolution, Silktouch, Simultaneous Tool Differentiation and Object awareness.
Other standard features include iQ computing (running on Android 7.1 Nougat), 10W rear facing speakers (x2), 5 years Smart Assure warranty (in the UK) and a wide range of connectivity including HDMI, wired network, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Where the 6000 series improves on the MX series is through added convenience.
The SMART 6000 series introduces a proximity sensor which allows the display to automatically turn on when you walk in to the room and off when you leave, saving energy and extending the life of the display.
Additionally, the Pen ID and intelligent pen tray means that the board will automatically recognise which colour pen you have picked up and start writing in the correct colour without having to select it in the menu first. 

In terms of software, the SMART 6000 series also comes with SMART Notebook basic version (no subscription required), a 1 year subscription to SMART Learning Suite, SMART Ink and iQ apps.

Note that the 6000 series does not include a standard wall mount so this will need to be purchased separately.

SMART Board 6000S series interactive displays

The new SMART Board 6000S series builds on the success of the 6000 series and introduces several improvements to bridge physical and digital learning and optimise the learning environment.

SMART Board 6000S series interactive displays

The 6000S series interactive displays are available in 65", 75" and 86" diagonal, 4K Ultra HD resolution with anti-glare glass and commercial grade panels.
The HyPr Touch with InGlass touch technology ensures precision with low contact threshold so writing is free from error and artifacts, and simultaneous touch points have increased to 20 (for Windows & Mac, 10 for Chrome OS).

The Pen ID, Silktouch, Simultaneous Tool Differentiation and Object awareness found on the 6000 series are still featured on the 6000S series with the addition of ToolSense.
The exclusive ToolSense technology enables teachers and students to use and manipulate real world physical objects as tools that are automatically recognised by the display.
You can find out more about SMART ToolSense on the video below or at https://youtu.be/zsu-7yBTIkI

 

 

The 6000S series comes with embedded iQ computing (running on Android 8 Oreo), improved 20W front facing speakers (x2), 2 pens (black and red) and 2 erasers stored on an intelligent magnetic pen tray and 5 years Smart Assure warranty (in the UK). Connectivity is comprehensive with HDMI, VGA, USB (inc. USB 3.0), wired LAN (x2), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
A proximity sensor ensures the display automatically turns on and off as you enter or leave the room to minimise energy consumption and extend the display's life. New environmental sensors have also been incorporated to measure room temperature and humidity so the learning environment can be optimised.

Another improvement over the 6000 series, the 6000S series now includes a standard wall mount free of charge.

As with the other series, the 6000S interactive displays come with SMART Notebook basic version, a 1 year subscription to SMART Learning Suite, SMART Ink and iQ apps. In addition, a SMART Remote Management subscription is included for the length of the Smart Assure warranty.

SMART Board 7000R series interactive displays

The new SMART Board 7000R series replaces the 7000 series as the flagship range of SMART interactive flat panels for education.

SMART Board 7000R series interactive flat panels

Available in sizes 75" and 86" diagonal, the 7000R series features HyPr Touch with EMR touch technology to provide unrivalled accuracy, lag-free and pressure sensitive writing with true palm rejection to ignore a resting hand. It offers the most precise writing experience and up to 26 simultaneous touch points (20 touch, 4 pens, 2 erasers – on Windows and Mac).
Like the other SMART displays, it uses a 4K Ultra HD commercial grade panel and includes Pen ID, Silktouch, Simultaneous Tool Differentiation and Object awareness.

The embedded iQ computing runs on Android 8 Oreo and the SMART 7000R series includes 4 pens (black, red, blue and green) and 2 erasers, stored on the intelligent magnetic pen tray, 15W downward facing speakers (x2), as well as a standard wall mount and 5 years Smart Assure warranty.
As with the 6000S series, connectivity is extensive and includes HDMI, VGA, wired LAN (x2), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and multiple USB (inc. USB 3.0).
The built-in proximity and ambient light sensors ensure the display is ready to use when needed and offers comfortable viewing with the right brightness level, and when you leave the room the display is turned off automatically to save energy and extend the display's life.

Again, software wise, the 7000R interactive displays come with SMART Notebook basic version, a 1 year subscription to SMART Learning Suite, SMART Ink and iQ apps, and like the 6000S series, a SMART Remote Management subscription is included for the length of the Smart Assure warranty.

Compare SMART Board Display for Education

  MX Series 6000 Series 6000S Series 7000R Series
Sizes (diag.) 65", 75", 86"  65", 75"  65", 75", 86"  75", 86"
Resolution 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
Brightness 400 cd/m2 360 cd/m2 360 cd/m2 350 cd/m2
Refresh rate 60 Hz
LCD quality Grade A
Lifespan Commercial Grade - 50.000 hrs
Response time 65": 6ms
75", 86": 8ms
8ms
Glass Fully heat-tempered, anti-glare
Sensors Ambient light Proximity Proximity
Ambient light
Room Temperature
Room humidity
Proximity (x2)
Ambient light
INTERACTIVITY
  MX Series 6000 Series 6000S Series 7000R Series  
Touch technology HyPr Touch™ with
Advanced IR
DViT® HyPr Touch with
InGlass™
HyPr Touch with EMR
Simultaneous touch
points
20 – Windows® & Mac®
10 – Chrome OS™
8 – Windows & Mac
2 – Chrome OS
20 – Windows & Mac
10 – Chrome OS
26 (20 touch, 4 pen, 2 eraser) – Windows & Mac
10 – Chrome OS
Tools included 2 pens 2 pens (black, red) 2 pens (black, red)
2 erasers
4 pens (black, red, blue, green)
2 erasers
Pen tray Magnetic Intelligent, magnetic
Simultaneous Tool
Differentiation
Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Object awareness™ Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
Silktouch™  Yes   Yes  Yes  Yes
Pen ID™    Yes  Yes  Yes
ToolSense™      Yes  
Pressure sensitivity        Yes
True palm rejection        Yes
CONNECTIVITY & INTERFACES
  MX Series 6000 Series 6000S Series 7000R Series    
Front control panel Power, home, input
select, screen shade, freeze frame, volume buttons
Standby, input select, mute/freeze frame, volume, onscreen display menu navigation buttons    
Front connector /
Convenience panel
HDMI 2.0 in (HDCP 2.2), USB-A (×2), USB-B (touch)  

Power, volume, freeze frame, screen shade buttons

HDMI 2.0 in (HDCP 1.4 and 2.2), USB-A 3.0 (×2), USB-B 3.0 (touch)

Power, volume, freeze frame, screen shade, mute buttons

HDMI 2.0 in (HDCP
1.4 and 2.2), USB-A 3.0 (×2), USB-B 3.0 (touch), USB-C

Connector panels HDMI 2.0 out (HDCP), HDMI 2.0 in x2 (HDCP 2.2), USB-B 3.0 x2 (touch), USB-B 3.0 (touch), RS-232, VGA, S/PDIF out, Stereo
3.5 mm in/out 
HDMI 1.4 in (×2), Display Port, USB-B (×3), RS-232 in, Stereo 3.5 mm out  HDMI 2.0 in x2 (HDCP 1.4 and 2.2), HDMI 2.0 out, USB-B 3.0 x3 (touch), USB-A 3.0 x1, USB-A 2.0 x1, VGA, RS-232 in/out,
S/PDIF out, Stereo 3.5 mm in/out 
 HDMI 2.0 in x3 (HDCP 1.4 and 2.2), HDMI 2.0 out, USB-B 3.0 x2 (touch), USB-A 3.0 x3, VGA, RS-232 in/out, VGA, S/PDIF Out, Stereo 3.5 mm in/out
Wired network RJ45 (×2) 100baseT RJ45 RJ45 (×2) 100baseT RJ45 (×2) 1000baseT
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/acwith 2 × 2 MIMO (both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands)
Bluetooth 4.2 dual mode
Speakers 15 W front-facing speakers (×2) 10 W rear-facing (×2) 20 W front-facing speakers (×2) 15 W downward-facing speakers (×2)
iQ appliance    USB-A 3.0 (×2), HDMI out (HDCP 1.4), RJ45    
OPS slot Open iQ appliance Open Open
iQ EXPERIENCE
  MX Series  6000 Series  6000S Series  7000R Series 
Operating system Android™ 8 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat Android™ 8 Oreo Android™ 8 Oreo
Memory 4Gb
Storage 32Gb
ACCESSORIES & WARRANTY
  MX Series  6000 Series  6000S Series  7000R Series   
Remote control Yes Optional Yes Yes
Standard wall mount Yes   Yes Yes
VESA mounting points Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mini-VESA mount point for NUC   Yes Yes Yes
Warranty (UK - from September 2019) 5 years Smart Assure Warranty    
SOFTWARE
  MX Series  6000 Series  6000S Series  7000R Series   
SMART Notebook basic version Included
SMART Learning Suite 1-year subscription included (renewable)
SMART Ink Included
iQ apps and features SMART Notebook
Player
Customizable home
screen
Live input preview
Digital whiteboard
Web browser
Native and app-based screen sharing
File and app libraries
Automatic over the air (OTA) updates
SMART Notebook
Player
Customizable home
screen
Digital whiteboard
Web browser
Native and app-based screen sharing
File and app libraries
Automatic over the air (OTA) updates
SMART Notebook
Player
Customizable home
screen
Live input preview
Digital whiteboard
Web browser
Native and app-based screen sharing
File and app libraries
Automatic over the air (OTA) updates
SMART Notebook
Player
Customizable home
screen
Live input preview
Digital whiteboard
Web browser
Native and app-based screen sharing
File and app libraries
Automatic over the air (OTA) updates
SMART Remote Management Optional Optional Subscription included for length of SMART Assure warranty term Subscription included for length of SMART Assure warranty term