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How does the latest Clevertouch Impact Plus’s new features compare with the BenQBoard RP and Promethean Titanium?

  • BenQ
  • 2021-12-16
Three of the most advanced smart board interactive display alternatives go head to head. Which one is right for your classrooms?

While BenQ has been a global market leader in education projectors for over a decade, Clevertouch is a new brand to North America.  Since being acquired by Boxlight in 2020, school districts may wonder about how their offerings stack up compared to the well-known market leaders BenQ RP and Promethean Titanium. With the launch of their new Impact Plus line - how does this premium classroom interactive display compare to the other two – and which one is right for your school?  Here are the key elements to review:

  • Display Brightness and Contrast 
  • Cloud Whiteboarding for remote learning
  • Classroom and Lesson Recording Software
  • Health and Safety Features for students and teachers
  • How easy – and secure – is it for a teacher to log in?
  • How easy are they for IT to manage?
Display Brightness and Contrast

A bright display that is easy to read is a key feature in any classroom display.  IT managers have known for years that brighter displays with high contrast ratios are easier for students to read – especially from the back of the room.   The BenQ RP series is over 10% brighter than the Clevertouch Impact Plus as well as the Promethean, enabling the screen to be easy to read in a bright room.  

Specification – 75 Inch

BenQ Board RP

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Promethean Titanium

Specification – 75 Inch

Brightness

BenQ Board RP

450 nits

Clevertouch Impact Plus

400 nits

Promethean Titanium

370 nits

Specification – 75 Inch

Dynamic Contrast

BenQ Board RP

30,000:1

Clevertouch Impact Plus

5000:1

Promethean Titanium

4000:1

Specification – 75 Inch

Expected Life

BenQ Board RP

50,000 hours

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Not Specified

Promethean Titanium

50,000 hours

In-Person & Remote Whiteboard Functionality

Interactive displays are the perfect tool for hybrid classrooms.  Compared to a traditional smart whiteboard, these displays can run a Zoom or Team app directly from the display, as well as record and share lessons.  So what are the functional features you want to look for?

 

Whiteboard Features and Object Recognition Capabilities

All three systems have advanced whiteboarding software that recognize shapes, text, moves objects, and other typical tasks needed in an interactive classroom display.  The touch sensors from BenQ and Promethean use highly sensitive IR touch systems that optically bond the sensor to the glass – enabling an instant response and a smoother, more intuitive writing experience.  The BenQ has a “Paintbrush” mode that will recognize the width of a real paintbrush being used on the screen – enabling the panel to be used for calligraphy or writing variable-width non-Latin characters such as Kanji or Hebrew.

 

Cloud Whiteboarding Software on the display

Beyond the traditional whiteboard functions, the biggest software difference between these displays is the ability to whiteboard over the cloud directly from the display without having to use a PC.

 

BenQ developed the world’s first dynamic cloud whiteboarding system in a classroom touch panel. With the teacher in the classroom, students can interact with the board in real-time via their device at home, making it easy for remote tutoring or coaching.  For example, the teacher can send a link or a QR code and broadcast directly from the board to a student's Chromebook or iPad logged into their home network.  The teacher can also allow the student to interact directly on the board with the device with a single tap on the whiteboard – say to allow the student to solve the math problem on the board.   Since the system is network agnostic, it enables unprecedented flexibility to both teachers and students that complement other classroom systems such as Zoom or Teams.  Powerful cloud whiteboarding features like this are why BenQ’s RP series is the world’s most awarded education touch display.  There are no additional licensing fees for this software.

 

Whiteboard Functionality

BenQ Board RP

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Promethean Titanium

Whiteboard Functionality

Zero Bond IR Sensors

BenQ Board RP

Yes - FineIR

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Not specified

Promethean Titanium

Yes - Vellum

Whiteboard Functionality

Points of Touch

BenQ Board RP

20

Clevertouch Impact Plus

20

Promethean Titanium

20

Whiteboard Functionality

Text Recognition

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

Yes

Whiteboard Functionality

Shape Recognition

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

Yes

Whiteboard Functionality

Paintbrush Width Recognition

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

Yes

Whiteboard Functionality

Whiteboard Software

BenQ Board RP

EZWrite

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Whiteboard

Promethean Titanium

ActivInspire

Whiteboard Functionality

Remote Cloud Whiteboard

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

Yes

Classroom and Lesson Recording Functionality

The ability to record, store and replay lessons to students who are not in the classroom is a key element in improving student performance in hybrid classrooms.  So which of these displays have the hardware, software, and networking architecture to make recording a lesson as simple as a two-finger tap?  

 

How easy is it to record the lesson from the interactive display?

Of the three different displays, the BenQ RP interactive display is the only one that enables instant recording directly on the board with a single two-finger tap right out of the box.  This enables a teacher to record any lesson – from any software or application that is running on the board.  This means there are no extra applications that need to be loaded or run – making it easier for teachers to record their classes.

 

The Promethean Titanium comes with license for their ActivInspire software, but the display itself does not come with any built-in recording software.  Teachers need to record their lesson from the software running on the PC.  This is more complicated than the simple two finger tap.

 

The Clevertouch Impact Plus also does not come with any screen recording software that is integrated into the display.  This will require a teacher to learn to use a third party screen recording software platform.

 

Array Microphone

Teachers have known the most effective lessons combine both visual and audio information. So how well do these displays capture the teacher’s voice for lesson recording?

 

The BenQ RP series display comes with an 8-microphone array built-in capable of recording the teacher’s voice from 15 feet away. This system has advanced sound recognition software similar to a smartphone that cancels out background noise and “follows” the teacher as they move around the room – and allows the teacher to annotate over audio coming from the display such as a YouTube video. This can be activated with a simple two-finger tap on the panel from any application.

 

The Clevertouch Impact Plus display comes with a 6-microphone array integrated into their panel.  This makes it easier for an IT department to configure the third party software to properly record audio with a lesson.

 

The Promethean Titanium does not have a built-in microphone, requiring schools to purchase an additional microphone at extra cost that can use the audio input port of the display.  Here is one example of a similar quality portable array microphone for use in a classroom.

 

 

Whiteboard Functionality

BenQ Board RP

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Promethean Titanium

Whiteboard Functionality

Built-in Recording 

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

No

Whiteboard Functionality

Recording Method

BenQ Board RP

Directly from Display

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Third party software

Promethean Titanium

ActivInspire PC software

Whiteboard Functionality

Built-in Microphone

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Yes

Promethean Titanium

No

Whiteboard Functionality

Microphone Type

BenQ Board RP

8 Microphone Array

Clevertouch Impact Plus

6 Microphone Array

Promethean Titanium

N/A

Classroom and Lesson Recording Functionality

Keeping students and teachers safe is a key factor in deciding which is the right panel for a classroom. Clevertouch, Promethean, and BenQ all have a variety of special safety features compared to a standard TV.  Here are the major differences:

 

Glass Hardness and Anti-Microbial Coatings

All three screens feature heat-tempered hardened glass, and are treated to reduce glare.  The BenQ display is the only one coated with an anti-microbial coating, which then is baked onto the glass. This model has been certified by Europe’s TUV against the five most common types of bacteria, including e. Coli, Salmonella, and pneumonia.  The BenQ display is also certified as classroom safe and toxin-free under Japan’s SIAA standard tests for potential risks such as long-term touch and oral toxicity.

 

Blue Light Protection

The BenQ interactive classroom displays and all BenQ desktop monitors come standard with TUV certified blue light filtering features built-in. The sensor on the BenQ’s display senses when a teacher or student approaches the display – will adjust the blue light automatically, minimizing the risk to students and teacher from excessive blue light exposure.  Neither the Clevertouch Impact Plus nor the Promethean Titanium displays have any low blue light certifications.

 

LED-Flicker

This is a unique feature of the BenQ touch display; the flicker-free screen makes long-term use of the board much easier on one’s eyes. Unlike those with traditional incandescent or fluorescent backlights, LED-powered displays can have a nearly invisible flicker that can be harmful to the eyes. This was originally a problem with LED-powered gaming monitors, and so BenQ invented a flicker-free backlight that provides great color and brightness – without the harmful flicker. This technology also has been certified by TUV and is not listed as a feature on the Clevertouch Impact Plus or the Promethean Titanium displays specification sheets.

 

Classroom Air Quality

Remember back to your days as a student. Recall any boring, stuffy days where you felt stuck indoors? Recent studies have demonstrated that higher levels of CO2 in a room cause people to become drowsy and pay less attention.

 

The BenQ RP interactive display comes with a built-in CO2 meter that alerts the teacher it’s time to open a window. BenQ even takes this approach a step further, and will also alert the teacher if levels of dust and particulate matter in the room are dangerously high.  This is only available on the BenQ RP interactive display.

 

Emergency Messaging System

The BenQ RP and Clevertouch Impact Plus both come with software to enable administrators to send messages directly to a display.  While this can be a life-saver in an emergency, it can also be used for video announcements as well as a silent paging system.  

 

Teacher and Student Safety

BenQ Board RP

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Promethean Titanium

Teacher and Student Safety

Heat Tempered Glass Hardness

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Yes

Promethean Titanium

Yes

Teacher and Student Safety

Certified Antimicrobial Screen coating

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

No

Teacher and Student Safety

Certified Low Blue Light  

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

No

Teacher and Student Safety

Certified Flicker Free  

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

No

Teacher and Student Safety

CO2 Air Quality Sensor

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

No

Teacher and Student Safety

Dust / Pollution Sensor

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

No

Teacher and Student Safety

Emergency Display messaging system

BenQ Board RP

Text

Video

Graphics

Clevertouch Impact Plus

None

Promethean Titanium

Text

Video

Graphics

How easy is it to protect the display – and enable secure teacher login?
For Teachers: Account Management and Logging-In

There are two different approaches to how a teacher engages with these display in the classroom.

 

The Promethean Titanium enables you to personalize the display with up to eight different people storing their settings into the display.  The teacher will typically log into the display using the on-screen keyboard.

 

The BenQ RP and Clevertouch Impact Plus use a different approach.  The sensitive settings such as network and language are protected – but a teacher can set up their personal profile and customized settings to be stored in the cloud, meaning a teacher can log in to their personal “board space” from any connected display on campus. That means any connected BenQ or Clevertouch display will adapt to any teacher that is using it – including backgrounds, apps, and network connections.

 

To enable personalization, the teacher merely taps the BenQ board wirelessly with an NFC card, and it will reconfigure itself to his/her settings in just seconds.  Once they log out the next teacher can tap the panel and it will reconfigure itself for them.  The system is easy to use – and very secure since no passwords are typed into the screen.

 

However, setting up and managing hundreds of teacher profiles into a database can put a major burden on the IT departments.  Only BenQ has the ability to integrate their system with the school’s Active Directory infrastructure – saving countless hours of both setup – and account management once the system is live.

For IT Administrators: Device Management

All three classroom displays have been designed with remote management in mind - permitting admins to push settings, updates, and apps to any or all boards in their network.   There are two distinct differences in the BenQ system.

 

Because of its long history in supporting education displays, the BenQ device management software can support a larger number of devices.  This software can control any model of BenQ interactive displays, BenQ projectors, and BenQ wireless presentation systems such as InstaShow, but it will also control popular legacy projectors like Sony, Epson, Hitachi, and NEC.

 


Also, with its integration with Active Directory, it makes it easier for IT administrators to push apps – or remove them if there is an age inappropriate app on the display.

 

Teacher and Student Safety

BenQ Board RP

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Promethean Titanium

Teacher and Student Safety

Teacher Login

BenQ Board RP

NFC Card or Phone

Clevertouch Impact Plus

NFC Card

Promethean Titanium

On-screen keyboard

Teacher and Student Safety

# of Profiles

BenQ Board RP

Unlimited

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Unlimited

Promethean Titanium

8

Teacher and Student Safety

Account Management System

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Yes

Promethean Titanium

Yes

Teacher and Student Safety

Active Directory Support

BenQ Board RP

Yes

Clevertouch Impact Plus

No

Promethean Titanium

No

Teacher and Student Safety

Device Management Support

BenQ Board RP

BenQ Interactive Displays

BenQ projectors

Epson/Hitachi/Maxell/NEC/ Casio projectors

Clevertouch Impact Plus

Clevertouch Displays

Promethean Titanium

Promethean Displays

So which interactive display is better for me?

While all three models share similar features such as 4K resolution, palm erasers, and wireless screen mirroring, understanding the key differences will help you decide which brand of interactive touch display will be right for your classroom.

 

 

 

  • The BenQ display comes with advanced interactive cloud whiteboarding software with built-in screen recording software to enable teachers to record without a connection to a computer.
  • The BenQ has more advanced classroom safety features, including anti-microbial glass, automatic blue light filters, air monitoring system, and a flicker-free screen that helps protect the user’s vision.
  • The BenQ RP boards feature an advanced array microphone system that can capture student questions and can follow a teacher’s voice from as far as 15 feet away.
  • BenQ’s Tap ‘N Teach NFC technology enables instant, wireless, secure teacher login – and integrates with Active Directory. With a single tap, an enrolled teacher can transform any board on campus into their board in under 10 seconds.
  • BenQ DMS allows school IT admins to manage BenQ displays, projectors, and even equipment from displays from legacy brands including Epson, NEC, Hitachi, and Casio.
  • BenQ panels are designed and tested to run a wide variety of classroom education curriculum including Smart Notebook, ActiveInspire, Google Classroom, Microsoft Whiteboard, and dozens of other curriculum software platforms (including Mimeo) to enable teachers to switch learning.
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