Google’s Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard developed by Google, as part of the G Suite line-up. It features 55”UHD touch display with 16 multi-touch support. Jamboard is pitched against Surface Hub and sports all kinds of modern connection ports and wireless technologies: USB 3.0 and Type C, HDMI 2.0, Wi-Fi, NFC and Ethernet. A unique feature is the Google Cast built-in, that is similar in functionality to Google Chromecast dongle. The whiteboard also supports handwriting and comes with two fine-tip styluses and an ‘eraser’ that has a fiber-cloth foot for cleaning the screen’s glass. Google’s Jamboard sports the red and white casing, can be mounted on a wall or on the rolling stand for better mobility.
Announced on: 25 October 2016.
Display type: UHD.
Display diagonal size: 55 inches.
Display aspect ratio: 3:2.
Touch Refresh rate: 120 Hz.
Video refresh rate: 60 Hz.
Maximum brightness: N\A.
Minimum: brightness: N\A.
Multi-touch sensor: 100 points.
Contrast ratio: N\A.
Multi-touch support: 16 touches.
Pen support: 2 fine tip passive styluses (come from the box).
Processor Speed: N\A.
Turbo Speed: N\A.
Processor Architecture: N\A.
Processor Upgrade: N\A.
Processor type: N\A.
Graphics processor: N\A.
On-Board RAM: N\A.
Battery: External power supply.
Input\Output: HDMI 2.0, SPDIF audio out, Google Cast built-in, down-firing speakers, built-in microphones USB Type C, 2 X USB 3.0, Ethernet RJ-45 port
Internet \ Wireless connection: NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2, 1 Gigabyte Ethernet.
Front webcam: wide-angle HD camera.
Software: G Suite.
Color: red and white.
Availability: private beta for businesses.
Accessories: two non-chargeable passive styluses with fine tips and an eraser cum cleaning cloth, a rolling stand.
Price: $4,999 + $600 per year for technical support.
Google’s Jamboard is available for businesses only with the priority for the G Suite investors. The CPU specs as well as those of RAM and storage drive are kept secret for now. There will hardly be any teardown in foreseeable future.
Google’s Jamboard supports the Hangouts calls and video calls using its built-in camera, speakers and microphone. The white board remains active during the videoconferencing that can embrace up to 50 participants. Google tablet apps for Android and iOS can also be used with the full Jamboard canvas.
Google’s Jamboard can be mounted on a rolling stand and also tilted for better view.
The whiteboard is a part of the Google ecosystem and has a supporting Google Drive cloud account. The Jamboard phone app for iPhone and Android has been developed to add content to a Jam. The editing, though, is impossible while the work on a whiteboard is on, the content being limited to sticky notes or some outside info for discussion. Passive participants or viewers can tune into a Jam via Chrome on a PC or Mac.
Sticking to Google products can seriously undermine the Jamboard position on the market. For instance, Skype is more popular than Hangouts and the video communication is more reliable. The same goes for the browsers choice. Those on Edge or FireFox won’t be able to connect to the Jamboard working place and this is just a shame.
As to the accessories, Google’s Jamboard boats non-chargeable styluses and this is a major advantage when compared to the Surface knick-knacks. The large eraser plays also a role of a cleaner and has a fiber cloth on the foot.
While ‘erasing’ the notes, a user also wipes the screen glass clean. As the styluses aren’t powered, the pressure level cannot be recognized by the board. But on the other hand, the Jamboard isn’t meant for drawing and sketching. It’s developed with presentations, conferences in mind and meant rather for discussing and brainstorming than for anything else.
Google Introduced Jamboard, the newest addition to G Suite. It’s a digital collaborative whiteboard that makes it easy for your team to share ideas, collaborate, and create without boundaries. Learn more at Jamboard