No matter how many tools and technologies for productivity, document-sharing, and note-taking are invented, there’s nothing like the feeling of writing out ideas on pen and paper -- or on pen and whiteboard.
Whiteboards can be a useful productivity tool for remote workers and office workers alike. They help share ideas and visualize people's thought processes for the people they're meeting with. In this post, we'll give you our best recommendations for whiteboards that work best for your particular office setup.
(Did you know that the Meeting Owl helps remote meeting attendees see everything that’s going on in a conference room, including the whiteboard? You can use the Camera Lock feature to focus the Meeting Owl on one specific part of the conference room so remote participants can see the whiteboard while following along with the rest of the meeting. See how it works here.)
Mounted whiteboards help save space in your conference room or home office. By mounting them on a wall at the right level, you or your teams won’t have to strain their backs struggling to take down notes.
We recommend choosing a glass or porcelain whiteboard, both of which leave little to no leftover residue after erasing, making it easier for others to view what’s been printed
Our pick: Audio-Visual Direct Frosted Glass Dry-Erase Board, available in a variety of different sizes
Smart whiteboards are handy for immediately translating notes and diagrams from a whiteboard onto a web application. These can be useful in classroom or business settings, where multiple collaborators or documents are useful for information-sharing and collaboration.
Smart whiteboards are, understandably, a lot more expensive than traditional whiteboards, so they’re not the best fit if you’re looking for a solution to deploy across multiple different conference rooms or classrooms. Instead, these might be the best fit for rooms where employees are students are doing a lot of visual, collaborative work, such as storyboarding for new product design.
Our pick: SMART Board 6065 Pro
A more affordable option is a whiteboard camera, which can live-stream or record white board date to share and reference later.
Our pick: Kaptivo
Mobile whiteboards can be very handy for a home office or a shared office. For remote workers working out of their homes, a mobile whiteboard can make any part of their home a productive one. For offices, whiteboards can be useful if you have limited conference room space and employees need to be able to have productive breakout conversations.
Our pick: LUXOR Reversible Magnetic Whiteboard, available in two sizes
Calendar whiteboards can be helpful for personal or team planning. Remote workers might prefer them in their home to help keep work and personal deadlines clear and organized, and offices might choose to use these whiteboards for planning a product launch or event. These whiteboards are available for weekly or monthly planning, depending on your needs.
Our pick: Jumbo Dry Erase Laminated Wall Calendar, available in a variety of sizes
For individual employee desks or home offices, a smaller whiteboard may be the most useful for personal productivity. Desk whiteboards can sit flat on a desk or be purchased with an easel so individuals can easily see their to-do list. A desk whiteboard is a great addition to your working from home setup.
Our pick: Acrobis Small Dry Erase White Board, available in a variety of sizes
Lined, gridded, or dotted whiteboards provide more guidance than a blank slate for anyone taking notes or diagramming ideas. For anyone who is a visual learner or who is working on a project that needs specific formatting, a pre-formatted surface might be the right choice.
Our pick: JILoffice Magnetic Dry Erase Planning Board, available in a variety of sizes
For more ideas, read our post about home office setup ideas next.