Comparison: LED Touch Panel vs Interactive Whiteboard vs Smart Board vs Interactive Projector
4 October 2023 - Written by a wise EduBird


In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, technology plays a pivotal role in enhancing the learning experience. One such innovation that’s making waves in the education sector is the EduTouch LED Touch Panel. This interactive display solution is transforming traditional classrooms into dynamic and engaging learning environments. In this blog post, we’ll delve into what EduTouch Panels are and why they stand out as the future of the interactive display market. Additionally, we’ll provide a comprehensive comparison between EduTouch Panels, interactive whiteboards, smart boards, and interactive projectors to help you understand their strengths and weaknesses.

What is an LED Touch Panel?

EduTouch Panels, also known as LED Touch Panels, are cutting-edge interactive displays designed to facilitate interactive learning and presentations. They typically consist of a large touchscreen monitor with intuitive touch capabilities, making them an ideal tool for both educators and presenters.

LED Touch Panels for education and classroom teaching

LED Touch Panels have revolutionised education by providing dynamic and immersive learning experiences. These advanced displays offer educators the tools they need to engage students on a whole new level. With their high-definition visuals, touchscreen interactivity, and compatibility with educational software, LED Touch Panels empower teachers to create interactive lessons that cater to diverse learning styles. Whether it’s exploring the cosmos through a virtual planetarium, dissecting a virtual frog, or collaborating on a digital canvas, LED Touch Panels have become indispensable in modern classrooms. They not only make learning more engaging but also foster collaboration and critical thinking, preparing students for the challenges of the digital age. In the ever-evolving landscape of education technology, LED Touch Panels shine as beacons of innovation, shaping the future of learning.

Differences with EduTouch LED Interactive Display and Projector based system

The EduTouch LED Panels are the latest and the greatest in the interactive touch display market and although the differences between the EduTouch and other touch screen options are smaller, there is a significant difference between touch displays and projector based systems (older technology), so before going into the differences between the various touch screen displays, we want to go into more detail about advantages of the newer touch displays and older projector based systems by means of a real question we received from a school recently.


“Three and half years ago, we made a cost-effective investment in projectors with interactive devices, allocating R25,000 per classroom, including installation. Over the past four years, we’ve spent an average of R1000 per classroom annually on maintenance. However, we’ve recently encountered a challenge where the projectors have become too dim for effective use. To address this issue, we are considering replacing them, incurring an estimated cost of R10,000 per classroom, including installation, which we anticipate will serve us well for the next three years. Over this period, we are budgeting for a further maintenance cost ranging from R1000 to R1500 per classroom annually. When we sum it up, our six -year investment in the projector-based system would reach a total cost of R43,000 for the school. At that point both the interactive whiteboard and projectors would need to be replaced.

While we acknowledge that projector-based systems are considered “old” technology, we believe they still have three more years of usability if we replace the projectors. From a financial perspective, this option appears viable to us. However, before making a final decision, we seek a comprehensive understanding of the total cost of ownership, both financially and in terms of functionality and maintenance, in comparison to the proposed 65” EduTouch LED interactive display solution that you have quoted us on.”

Member of School Governing Body on projector based interactive whiteboard vs EduBoard interactive LED display panel solution


We love this question; We are glad to hear that you are looking at your options and total cost of ownership, but also considering if the new technology can offer your school a better value proposition with the teaching and learning space. So let’s break down it down. the total cost of ownership and the main differences between refurbishing the old projector-based interactive whiteboards and investing in the 65″ EduTouch LED interactive display solution.

Replacing the Old Projector-Based System to extend life to 6-year

  1. Initial Cost: R25,000 per classroom
  2. Maintenance Costs Over 3 Years: 1000 per classroom/year x 3 years = R3000 per classroom
  3. Replacement Cost After 3 Years: R10,000 per classroom
  4. Expected Maintenance Costs Over the Next 3 Years: R1500 per classroom/year x 3 years = R4500 per classroom

Total Cost of Ownership for 6 Years: R25,000 (initial) + R3,000 (maintenance) + R10,000 (replacement) + R4,500 (future maintenance) = R42,500 per classroom excluding insurance.

After 6 years this asset has exceeded its life and should be replaced, it would not have a reseller value.

Differences with EduTouch LED Interactive Display and Projector based system

*Stand out differences long life, ease of use and the far higher-level digital integration with multiple sources.

  1. Technology: EduTouch LED displays are significantly more advanced than projector based interactive whiteboards, offering much higher digital integration for teachers and students, 30 000+ hours and a much higher brightness, resolution and image quality. EduBoard LEDs do not fade like data projectors; they stay that bright. 

2)   Interactivity & digital integration: EduBoard LED display panels offer 20-point touch capability and a wide array of interactive features which converge multiple digital platforms and tools. This results in EASY immediate and effortless collaboration, creating an engaging learning experience for both teachers and students—a significant departure from the limitations of projector-based systems. The EduBoard LED display brings an extensive range of functionalities through digital platforms, enabling Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication, cloud solutions, web browsing, and versatile document engagement. Students and teachers can easily share documents and presentations directly on the LED display panel, facilitating multiple avenues for content interaction.

  1. Maintenance and longevity: EduTouch LED displays are extremely reliable with a 5-year standard warranty and 30 000 hours on the LED. (Optional to upgrade warranties by 2 years). A projector-based systems have far higher Maintence and user issues.
  2. Interactivity: EduTouch LED displays offer 20-point touch and far more interactive features that are built into the technology. The interactive LED touch allowing for a more engaging and interactive learning environment.


When you break down the total cost of ownership of a Projector based interactive whiteboard solution (Older technology) VS a EduBoard LED interactive solution (Newest technology), with its low maintenance & high warranty period – PLUS the highly functional and easy digital integration. It is a better long-term choice and offers a far better return on investment. ROI. Just a reminder EduBoard has incredible financing options which also offer excellent ROI and ease of budgeting.

EduBoard’s answer

LED Touch Panels vs. Interactive Whiteboards vs. Smart Boards vs. Interactive Projectors

Let’s break down the comparison using a table that includes various key aspects:

AspectLED Touch PanelInteractive WhiteboardSmart BoardInteractive Projector
Price++ (Moderate)++ (Moderate)+++ (High)+ (Low)
Method of OperationTouchscreenTouchscreenTouchscreenPen or Interactive Pen
SupportOnsite installation and training and ongoing dedicated support from an EduTouch application specialistLimited SupportLimited SupportLimited Support
ContextProudly built in South Africa for South Africa with South African prices – fully adaptable for the African education landscape International product imported to South AfricaInternational product imported to South AfricaInternational product imported to South Africa
Comparison Table

Why EduTouch Panels Are the Future:

  1. Versatility: EduTouch Panels offer a high degree of versatility. They can be used for interactive lessons, collaborative projects, presentations, and more. Their touchscreen capabilities enable a wide range of applications.
  2. Powerful Performance: EduTouch Panels are equipped with powerful hardware and offer a seamless user experience. High-resolution displays and responsive touch technology ensure smooth interactions.
  3. Feature-Rich: These panels come with an extensive set of features, including annotation tools, multi-touch support, and compatibility with various educational software. They can accommodate diverse teaching and learning styles.
  4. Integrated Hardware and Software: EduTouch Panels often come as integrated solutions, eliminating the need for separate components. This simplifies setup and maintenance.
  5. Method of Operation: The touchscreen operation of EduTouch Panels is intuitive and user-friendly. It closely resembles the way we interact with modern devices like smartphones and tablets.
  6. Future-Proof: As technology evolves, EduTouch Panels can adapt through software updates, ensuring they remain relevant and efficient for years to come.

In conclusion, EduTouch Panels represent the future of interactive displays in education. While they may not be the cheapest option, their versatility, power, features, and user-friendly interface make them a compelling choice for modern classrooms and presentation settings. As technology continues to advance, investing in EduTouch Panels is a forward-looking step towards creating dynamic and engaging learning environments.

Remember, the choice between EduTouch Panels and other interactive display options should be based on your specific needs and budget, but EduTouch Panels certainly stand out as a formidable choice in the ever-evolving educational technology landscape.


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