May 5, 2010
I'm in the market for a whiteboard (somewhere between 2x3 and 4x6 in size; still deciding on exact size). Ideally one that actually erases well. Anyone have any brand recommendations or dis-recommendations?
Posted by bzbarsky at May 5, 2010 2:59 PM
The antonym of recommend is condemn. I'm not a know it all though. I had to look it up.
So does anyone have any condemnations?
I've been pretty happy with my Expo whiteboards. They're not super-sturdy (like, don't drop them on a hard floor), but they work ok for me. Granted I've been using mine for a calendar, so it's taken "ink on the whiteboard for 2 months at a time" abuse, not "lots of writing and erasing" abuse.
It's worth mentioning that there is actually a dry-erase paint, also. My walls are textured, but if you have a smooth wall, this might be a cool solution for you.
Not really a brand recommendation, but I recommend getting a metal-backed porcelain whiteboard. It'll last significantly longer than anything else, and having a magnetic surface is surprisingly useful.
I bought a whiteboard two years ago. My apartment walls are difficult to hang things on without destroying the wall, and I quickly grew to hate the thick frame around my whiteboard which only seemed to get in the way of my hands.
My solution was to remove the frame entirely. I bought a cheap whiteboard, so what I was left with was a thin sheet of metal painted in white, dry-erase friendly material. This was simple to hang with 3M adhesive strips, and it retains it's magnetic usefulness. I later decided to frame the board in a thin layer of electric tape to protect from sharp corners.
Avoid the roll stuff that goes on walls (and I imagine the paint as well, though I have no experience with that), it's horrible and doesn't erase well. In fact, our glass tables work better as writing surfaces than our whiteboards... Probably doesn't help with your question, though ;)
We have some dry-erase painted walls in the new CS building at CMU and they're really nice, especially next to the dry-erase tables. The only downside is that they're the same color as the non-dry-erase walls but so far I haven't seen any accidents.
I can recommend Glass / Porcelain whiteboards - they do not stain over time (which leads to that foul black/blue smudge layer over time).
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteboard , surface materials. :)