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BenQ Touch Screens are versatile interactive classroom displays and the Education Team at Cablers have taken a liking to full range of interactive touchscreens offered by BenQ. They are not the only type of screen we supply and  install. Cablers engineers are busy everyday in schools across the south east providing network services and installing audio visual equipment including screens supplied by many manufactures but the BenQ interactive touch screen has forced its way to the top of the pile. It provides schools with a versatile classroom display that is technically advanced, robust and reliable, aesthetically pleasing and excellent value for money even without the Special offer that is currently available or the class leading software that comes included as standard.
If you looking for a touch screen that fits into a classroom environment perfectly which will allow pupils to experience real time collaboration and facilitates the ability for them to contribute to lessons through their own mobile devices from anywhere in the room or directly via the touch screen. A classroom display that supports Windows, MAC, Linux and Chrome operating systems. An interactive display that includes a number of effective learning tools and comes bundled with  SMART Notebook Advantage software for whiteboard applications and lesson building. A screen that has all of the connections you will need to support new and legacy equipment and one which delivers a first class user experience then you should seriously consider a BenQ interactive display.

Cablers Pricing & Offer details for BenQ interactive screens

BenQ RP700+ aBenQ screens come in three sizes 55″(RP551+) 65″(RP650+) 70″(RP700+)

This is why the BenQ RP700+ is top of the class

Easy to use and easy on the eye with BenQ Eye-care™ interactive displays, the BenQ RP700+ delivers a 70” classroom interaction solution enhanced by BYOD support.

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Low Blue Light Technology

The interactive flat panels are built with BenQ’s Low Blue Light Technology to reduce harmful blue spectrum light emission, which causes eyestrain, eye fatigue and even mascular degeneration. The Low Blue Light technology features the Classroom mode that combats the possible side effects associated with blue light in every usage occasion.

    AG(Anti-Glare) Glass

The screen’s anti-glare glass reduces reflection, for more legible text and clearer images, helping students avoid eyestrain and facilitating more effective instruction. The picture on the left shows AG glass which minimizes interfering glare on the screen surface. The picture on the right shows how conventional glass is prone to suffer from irritating glare that is not very friendly on the eye.

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Ambient Light Sensor               BenQ sensor_tl650

Automatic brightness adjustment ensures the best viewing experience regardless of ambient light levels, while protecting the eyes and reducing power consumption by up to 50%.


MDA Software

Multiple Display Administrator (MDA) saves time and effort by providing remote management of BenQ Interactive Flat Panel MDA also supports remote shutdowns of equipment not in use, saving significant power costs.

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BenQ front_rp700plusFront Bezel Hot Key Design

Hotkeys are incorporated on the front bezel for quick and easy access to Freeze and Blank features as well as volume and input source control.

BenQ quick_rp700plusQuick Access on Remote Control

The Freeze and Blank features are built as hotkeys on the remote control for easy access to support classroom instruction and presentation efficiency.



 Multi-Platform Compatibility

Compatible with major operating systems from Windows to Mac, Linux and Chrome, the interactive flat panels are built to work seamlessly with a wide range of computing and mobile devices with a simple plug and play.

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Multi-PC Touch Support

With three USB ports, one set on the front bezel for easy access, the interactive flat panels support up to three computing devices.


DisplayNote Software        display-note-bog-v2 training

The DisplayNote software is a cross platform solution that facilitates real-time collaboration across multiple computing and smart devices, enabling everyone to stream content and contribute to the presentation. The Wireless Desktop Control feature further allows teachers to mirror and wirelessly control their PC from anywhere in class, freeing them from traditional lecture style teaching.

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         EZCast Software

The EZCast software features WiFi Display that projects diverse digital content from computers and smart devices as well as your cloud storage via WiFi. Its Quad Split Screen feature supports cross-platform split-screen display from up to four input sources. As a result, teachers and students are able to share and interact freely.

                                                               SMART Notebook Software  SmartNotebook banner2

Choose the option that includes the SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software, which sets the standard for creating, delivering and managing interactive activities within a single application. SMART’s award-winning Notebook software will give you access to a rich set of activity creation and delivery features with exciting ready-made content, tools and support for you to use in your classroom

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Key Features of BenQ RP700+ 70” Interactive Touchscreen Anti Glare LED Display

· Chromebook compatibility
· Anti Glare Display
· Interactive Touch Technology
· 70” Diagonal Screen
· High Definition and Optimal Resolution (Full HD 1080p – 1920 x 1280)
· 16:9 Widescreen Aspect Ratio
· 4000:1 High Contrast Ratio
· In-built amplifier and speakers (12W)
· I/O Connections: 3 x HDMI, 3 x USB, 1 x Power (AC) Input, 1 x Power (AC) Output, 2 x Line-in,
  2 x Composite Video (BNC) In, 1 x Composite Video (BNC) Out, 2 x   15W Built-in Speakers, 1 x RS232 In, 1 x S-Video In,
  2 x Component  In,1 x    Microphone-in (¼’), 1 x AC Power Switch
· Dimensions (W x H x D): 1645.1 x 971.8 x 123.5mm
· Weight: 72kg
· 3 Year On-Site UK Mainland Warranty





Cablers have been providing Education Technology solutions to schools and colleges for more than 15 years. In that time we have developed deep understanding of how schools operate. How they want to use and integrate technology into the curriculum and we also have knack for picking out products in the market place that deliver fantastic value and tick all the boxes that educational establishments have to check off before they commit to a purchase.

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SMART Notebook™ 2014.1 released

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Out Now!  SMART Notebook™ 2014.1

The next update for SMART Notebook is now available. SMART Notebook™ 2014.1 focuses on enhancing teaching and learning in the classroom with an improved pen and touch experience in SMART Notebook.

Notebook 2014 is only available to customers with a valid SMART Notebook Advantage subscription and provides them with access to the following new features and performance improvements:

Maths Editing for SMART Notebook allows users to edit complex maths equations with pen or finger.
Pen ID support for SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel enables multiple students to independently change tools.
Enhanced ink editing performance with improved recognition accuracy, speed and types of handwriting recognized with additional support for those right to left languages supported by SMART Notebook.
Improved user experience for Notebook Maths powered by Geogebra including new types of function recognition and additional pre-built Geogebra content (now 100,000 pieces).
Improved product activation enables IT administrators to deploy Notebook Classroom Licenses via system imaging. Using this feature activation is consumed when the teacher starts SMART Notebook rather than at the time of imaging.

SMART software downloads are available via: https://www.smarttech.com/Home+Page/Support/Browse+Support/Download+Software

For more information on SMART Notebook and SMART Notebook Advantage please call us at Cablers and talk to a member of our education technology team.

SMART Board® 6065 interactive flat panel

SMART Board® 6065 interactive flat panel

Available Now and ready to to ship……

The new SMART Board 6065 will raise the benchmark for educational interactive displays. Drive engagement and interaction with 4K Ultra HD stunning visuals and dynamic new functionality for an immersive learning experience.

New and unrivaled features include: Pen ID, Object Awareness plus an intuitive and natural touch experience to support different teaching and learning approaches.

65 inch LED display
Anti-glare, low friction glass
4K Ultra HD
Pen ID and object awareness
Enhanced multi-touch – 4 touches when connected to a PC or MAC
Includes SMART Notebook™ and one year’s SMART Advantage subscription
Low maintenance/power saving
Versatile mounting options
Connectivity configuration options
Sound bar audio options
3 years on-site warranty upon registration

The new SMART Board 6065 has joined the SMART interactive flat panel range, alongside the SMART Board E70, in time for the key summer installation period.

Contact Cablers for details

The best large format touchscreens for classrooms. (Our recommendations for Education.)

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Classroom LED Interactive Displays

Large format touch screens are becoming a regular addition to the front of class these days. They are also a popular choice for businesses and look great in a meeting or board room setting.

As a long established supplier and installer of innovative AV equipment we have taken a keen interest in this technology as it has developed. It has taken a few years for it to filter down from the high end, high priced units first available to the more sensibly priced classroom friendly options we expertly install.

So how will you go about choosing what type of display is right for you and your working environment? My advice is to get some advice from a specialist installer.  Not one of those large box shifting companies that badge themselves as education specialists. You will most likely end up speaking to an operator who will take your order and tell you the product you have chosen is the best thing since sliced bread and fit for purpose even though they have never been inside a classroom since they left school.

Too many companies will supply equipment without ever visiting you or your school to see if its going to be right. It’s never going to be as simple as hanging a flat screen on a wall and plugging it in. Most of the large format touch screens suitable for a school environment are quite heavy and you should have a survey to make sure that the fabric of the wall can handle the weight. You do not want one of these falling off the wall three months after it’s installed. Aside from the cost of replacing a screen the health and safety implications don’t bear thinking about. You will also need to know whether the electrics are situated in the right place, that all you’re cabling and connections will reach, work and that the planned screen will be able to be seen from every seat in the classroom. With some displays viewing angles are very important.

A good company quoting for you will not charge for a survey and the opportunity to discuss your plans and requirements. (Get some GOOD advice.) It can be a bit of a mine field so please do your research. Don’t use suppliers based miles away when you have great suppliers and installers closer to home who wont have a problem popping in when they are needed.

Most of you looking at upgrading to a touch screen will already be well acquainted with your IWB. (Interactive white board) You will also be trained and experienced in using the software that goes with it such as Smart Notebook or Promethean’s Activinspire to plan lessons, save and share work with other staff and students. When buying your touch screen please take your software into account. You can not legally use your Smart or Promethean software with your new screen unless you have a license!  Offsted will check eventually and if you are caught using unlicensed software on your shiny new touch screen your head teacher will ultimately be responsible for the infringement.

We have seen screens demonstrated by lots of manufactures and most come bundled with their own software which when demonstrated will seem easy to use and adequate for for all your planned tasks. Please be wary! Demonstrations are designed to make  the software and the screen look good. If you have the time try using the bundled software in ways that will replicate classroom scenarios, the software might well be adequate for your needs. I will say from my own experience of using some of these tools, they lack the finally honed user interfaces, and much of the functionality that are provided with Smart Notebook and Promethean Activinspire. They also cant match the vast array of readily available online resources provided on both platforms.

We have worked closely with schools over the last 15 years and have installed thousands of displays and interactive whiteboards, we understand the importance of having great software that supports your teaching.

You can get your copy of licensed software from Cablers or directly from Smart or Promethean easily enough. Just remember it will add to the total cost of the screen you are purchasing unless its bundled with the screen you buy. So what may look a great deal initially might not look so great when you budget for your preferred essential software.

If you’re teaching you will most likely be used to one of Smart’s or Promethean’s interactive white board models, although we do still see a few Hitachi boards around. The smallest screen you will have on a IWB will be 64″ and it will be in a 4 x 3 format which is non widescreen. Most of the IWB’s we installed in 2013 were the larger sized 77″  3 x 4 format or 87″ 16:9 wide format. It can be a little confusing but you need to keep this sizing in mind as you search out a touch screen suitable for your classroom.

Large format touch screens only display in a wide screen format which means that a 55″ touch screen display which sounds quite large will in effect deliver icons on screen look much smaller than they would if displayed in a 4 x 3 format. The feed back we have received is that icons are not big enough for every child in the class to see comfortably. The bigger you can afford to go with your screen size the better the experience will be for users. Not so much the users at the front of the class interacting with the screen but certainly the children spread around the class following the lesson.  We have seen quite a few of the early adopters of touch screens regret not waiting till they could afford a larger screen size.  If you have a small class room then a 55″ may be adequate.

Large format touch screens for schools need to be up to the job, they are going to be used day in day out. Make sure the one you buy is an “A” rated commercial display. These should be guaranteed for 50,000 plus hours use. Another option available on some screens which you may not have considered is low friction glass. You will notice it if you spend your days at the front of the class running you running your fingers across the screen. Another desirable option on a display that is in use all day long would be AG (anti-glare) glass on the touch panel. It will reduce eye fatigue to protect eyes of both teachers and students by significantly reducing reflection and glare on the screen.

Whatever screen option you choose you will benefit from low maintenance costs through low power consumption and eliminating the need for a projector takes with it those expensive lamp replacement charges.

Based on our knowledge of the products within the market place and from years of working with schools, local education authorities and IT support providers we make these recommendations for large format touch screens in education.


smart-e70  Smart E70

This is currently the Rolls Royce of interactive touchscreen’s. The Smart E70 comes bundled with the latest version of Smart NoteBook software fully licensed for your use in school. It has a 70″ high definition display (16:9 aspect ratio) which is big enough for any class room. It’s low glare, low friction surface provides a natural touch experience whilst allowing students to see the board from all angles even in sunlight. It has eight points of touch which allows for up to 4 users using control gestures on the board at any one time, enabling more collaborative lessons. The E70 is also compatible with SMART’s range of accessories.

This touch screen has an excellent build quality, the casing of the screen feels robust and having installed them i can imagine these units lasting for many years.


BenQ RP 650plus  BenQ

A perfect solution for 21st century classrooms, the BenQ interactive flat panel RP650 combines the power of touch technology and multimedia connectivity to maximize the learning experience of all types of learners. Designed with safety and flexibility in mind, the BENQ RP650 is easy and simple to install in any classroom setting using a VESA wall mount. It has a massive 65″ screen providing a 16:9 aspect ratio and is ample size for most class rooms. You can touch the screen to pan, zoom and scroll images with fingers through the optical 5-point multi-touch technology which allows students and teacher to write on the screen at the same time. Touch eliminates the need for a mouse or keyboard, so you can operate education software or presentations like using a tablet to enjoy an engaging experience. You can also interact with students simultaneously on the big screen. The crystal clear resolution and high brightness display means that images are clearly visible and unlike projection based interactive solutions, there is no shadowing.The dual and multi touch screens allow students to collaborate simultaneously, encouraging cooperation and teamwork in the classroom. The BENQ PR650  (PR650+ Has anti glare glass) comes bundled with a licensed copy of Smart Notebook software.

With a industrial grade panel combined with guaranteed 24/7 usage and a durable design makes a BENQ Interactive Touchscreen a very versatile solution for every classroom.


activpanel-touch peacock  Promethean ActivPanel Touch

ActivPanel Touch is available in a 65” or 70” touch panel display. ActivPanel Touch promotes active participation in whole-class or small-group lessons by providing vivid interactivity and engaging learning experiences. With a design optimised for the classroom and has superb construction, this interactive flat-panel display will enliven lessons and promote student engagement for years to come. It comes bundled with a licensed copy of Promethean’s ActivInspire for you to use with the screen in school and access to Promethean Planet’s 80,000+ free teaching resources and online professional development provide educators tools and support for active and inspired learning.

This screen provides excellent visibility in any room, at any angle. Keeping all learners engaged is the hallmark of ActivPanel Touch. Crystal-clear visibility in virtually any lighting conditions and a wide viewing angle make every seat in the house a great one. Whether you’re in a classroom flooded with warm sunshine or one with no natural lighting, every student will be well placed to actively learn.

Exceptionally smooth and responsive interactivity is the norm whether you are writing, pinching, zooming or swiping the edge of the ActivPanel Touch screen. Using a stylus or finger, ActivPanel Touch offers a natural, precise handwriting experience. The multi-touch functionality brings Windows 7 and Windows 8’s tools to life at the swipe of your students’ fingertips. ActivPanel Touch is simple and intuitive for both pupils and teachers. Using technology to accomplish your long list of learning objectives has never been easier.

Promethean’s interactive flat panel is designed to meet the unique needs and demands of any classroom. Its long-lasting LED interactive touch screen, durable construction and comprehensive warranty ensure a long life of reliable service. While ActivPanel Touch works seamlessly with all Promethean solutions, it’s also flexible enough to complement most educational technologies.

Contact Cablers for the latest offers and some good advice on all classroom multimedia solutions.

Bewildered by classroom multimedia options? I will start by covering Smart Boards.

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With the vast array of multimedia options available for the classroom these days it is easy to get a bit lost or confused. By the time you reach the end of this article i hope you will be a little more informed which will make your future buying decisions a little easier.

I will start with Smart Boards, they have been around for the longest time and in our experience seem to be the most popular multimedia addition to a classroom. They come bundled with the fantastic SMART Notebook Advantage collaborative learning software. This software sets the standard for creating delivering and managing interactive lessons all within a single application. Teachers can easily create engaging interactive lessons, and then save notes or content from those lessons to share with other staff and students. SMART Notebook software also provides a common platform for linking a variety of classroom technologies and student mobile devices. This licensed Smart Notebook software is a part of the Advantage software package and Notebook comes free forever . It is linked directly to the board you have purchased.  It is no longer transferable to other boards or touch screens you have in your school. You can not legally use it for any other device. Especially non Smart products.  For the first year you will also been given free access to a suite of tools as part of  Smart Notebook Advantage software package such as:

SMART Response VE
Seamlessly transition between lesson delivery and assessment. Students can respond to planned and spontaneous questions and quizzes from any Internet-enabled device, anywhere.

SMART Notebook 3D tools
Provide truly immersive learning through the use of 3D objects directly in your SMART Notebook lesson.

SMART Notebook Connect
Find and explore new content, resources and professional development within SMART Notebook.

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Stimulate collaboration and discussion whilst incorporating mobile devices into your SMART Notebook lessons in new and exciting ways.

SMART Notebook Maths
Improve maths functionality for all year levels with more than 55,000 maths content objects and interactive activities for geometry, algebra, calculus and statistics. It supports both Mac and PC.

New tools
Easily create and deliver engaging lessons with new functionality in SMART Notebook, including a paintbrush pen and image editing tool.

Ink editing
Enhance instruction with automatic handwriting recognition and conversion combined with intuitive text editing capabilities. Now you can edit, move, delete, modify or insert text objects without reaching for a keyboard.


At the end of your 12 month free trial of these add on’s you can continue to use Smart Notebook for free and lose the use of the plug in’s or carry on enjoying the full benefits of  SMART Notebook Advantage by paying an annual subscription which ensures that you can upgrade to the latest version of SMART Notebook, unlock add-ons and plug-ins and access live technical support.

For further details on the new software licensing for Smart Notebook Advantage and costs i ask that you contact us directly.

The range of boards offered by Smart has recently been refreshed, they no longer use the resistive touch technology which relied on pressure applied to the board to sense touch and all now come with DViT (Digital Vision Touch) this technology uses cameras to distinguish between different actions and respond accordingly . A very effective and reliable solution.

They come in three distinct flavors the 400, 600 and 800 series from which you should be able to find the perfect match for your needs.  You can use a Smart Board with any projector, we would recommend you use an Ultra Short Throw  which look great and cut down on shadows cast across the working area when in use but a short throw or standard throw projector will fulfill the task effectively enough.

You will also need to consider what type of audio you want installed with your chosen Smart Board. We prefer to install wall mounted speakers and amps while providing wall mounted connections for your most common devices such as VGA, HDMI, USB etc.  You should talk to your installer well in advance of your installation to specify what your preferred connections are.  Integrated speakers are available on some of the premium Smart Boards models and we can also source Smarts own speakers which hang on the side of the boards and look integrated.  All boards can be wall mounted or mounted on a fixed or height adjustable mobile stands allowing you more flexibility in their use.

(For advice on installations,  projectors & audio options give us a call 01787 221166)

Smart Boards Explained

400 series 400 Series

The entry level 400 series now comprises of just one variant. The Smart Board 480.

This easy-to-use, touch-sensitive interactive whiteboard combines quality and affordability. It enables teachers and students to interact with lesson content in a natural way using either their finger or a pen. It is a single touch model so it can only be used by one person at a time and it will not support gestures such as flicking or pinching an image. The 77″ (195.6 cm) 4 x 3 touch sensitive display uses two cameras to track user input and the board is a good size which can been seen from the back of your average classroom.


600 series smartboard600 Series

The mid range 600 series is comprised of four variants. The Smart Board 680, 680i, 685 & 685i.

Students and teachers can naturally interact with content, writing, erasing and performing mouse functions using a finger or pen. Its a dual touch board so will support  two users using single touch or one user using intuitive gestures such as flick, rotate and zoom, which makes content easier to conceptualize and comprehend. All models in the 600 series use two cameras to track user input. The i models are the same boards as the numbered variants but come bundled with Smarts own projectors, they also come with projector controls that are integrated into the pen tray for basic projector management. Because of this they come at a premium price and i models may not offer the best value for money option.

The 680  has a 77″ (195.6 cm) 4 x 3 display.

The wide-format 685 has a 87” screen  giving you more workspace and room to show images and videos. It’s ideal for classrooms that use widescreen laptops and monitors.


800 series 800 series

The 800 series is a new class of interactive whiteboard available in two variants.The Smart Board 880 & 885.

Both are powerful multitouch interactive whiteboards, which enable two users to simultaneously interact on the system’s surface while using different tools or their fingers to write, draw and manipulate lesson content with gestures utilizing four cameras encased in the boards surrounding bezel. The boards will also support four users at the same time using single touch.

The 880 has a 77″ (195.6 cm) 4 x 3 display

The wide-format 885 has a 87″ (221 cm) screen provides you with 20% more working space than the standard 77″ interactive whiteboard and is ideal for classrooms that use widescreen laptops and monitors.


Whatever Smart Board you decide suits your requirements best you will be joining millions of students and teachers around the world who use a SMART Board interactive whiteboards to help improve learning outcomes. Combining the simplicity of a whiteboard with the power of a computer, the SMART Board interactive whiteboard lets you deliver dynamic lessons, write notes in digital ink and save your work – all with the simple touch.

If this article helped explain the Smart Board range please keep checking our site as i  will be posting similar articles that will cover Promethean interactive whiteboards and also the most popular large format touch screens in our blogs section.

For expert advice on classroom multimedia solutions contact Cablers.







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