Google’s Shipping the 4K UHD “Jamboard” Digital Whiteboard in May for $5000

by on March 10, 2017

Stephan Jukic – March 10, 2017

Google’s Jamboard takes direct aim at the Microsoft Surface Hub and in quite a spectacular way. The soon-to-arrive interactive whiteboard with cloud-based data collaboration capacity measures out at a hefty 55 inches and comes prices quite reasonably (as far as devices of this type go) at $4,999. This is part of a promise from Google to make sure that the Jamboard ends up retailing for less than $6000 despite offering 4K resolution, major interactive features and a fully functional physical manifestation of Google’s attempt at “moving the whiteboard to the cloud”.

Naturally enough, this is hardly a consumer market piece of technology and the huge digital whiteboard is aimed at the corporate market, where it can be used by executives and others to improve collaboration between work groups through its highly interactive, web-connected UHD digital interface. Participants at a meeting with the Jamboard present will also be able to contribute graphics and data from their mobile devices and vice versa.

Other features of the Google Jamboard include the Google G Suite software package which includes support for Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drive, with data from all of these applications stored on the giant tablet itself as well as in the collaborative cloud. We also think that Google built the Jamboard with some typically stylish flair, for all its corporate seriousness.

In addition to its 4K ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, the Jamboard offers up a 120Hz native touch scan rate for extremely smooth, quick responsiveness to user handling of the screen. With this there’s a 60Hz native refresh rate in the display surface and the Jamboard contains 16 simultaneous touch points with Google Cast as an additional accessory. The Jamboard also comes with two stylus pens and one digital eraser and Google is also throwing in a wall mount for free as a bonus to sweeten the pot on this advanced collaborative tool.


Some other key specs and features of the Jamboard consist of the following:

  • Handwriting and shape recognition
  • Built-in tilt support / Built-in wide-angle camera
  • Down-firing speakers / Built-in microphones
  • NFC
  • HDMI 2.0, USB Type C, 2 X USB 3.0
  • SPDIF audio out
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 / 1 Gigabyte Ethernet
  • Google Cast
  • 2 x Fine tip passive stylus, Eraser, Microfiber cloth
  • Rolling stand is an additional accessory

The price of the Jamboard might seem steep and following the $5000 up-front product price of the device, users will also have to pay about $600 per year in management fees to use the Jamboard but in comparison to the Microsoft Surface Hub, this new piece of Google hardware could be considered remarkably affordable. The Hub from Microsoft starts at over $9000 for the 55 inch version. There’s also a monstrous 84 inch model of the Hub.

Here’s a promotional video from Google itself that shows off the abilities and features of the Jamboard quite nicely.

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