Clasus is a Portuguese company that sell Interactive Whiteboards that look like Promethean IWBs, act like Promethean IWBs and may as well be Promethean IWBs under a different name (allegedly). Maltec are the Irish company attempting to sell these boards for less than Promethean’s price. Clasus made their name in Ireland under their former distributors, Screenflex, when they challenged a ruling that Promethean Ireland had, that is, the only way one could use Promethean’s software was with a Promethean board.
Exactly the same as Promethean – there is an electromagnetic board which is controlled by a pen.
Clasus comes with its native software, A-migo, which doesn’t look very good at all. In fact, the salespeople didn’t even bother showing it. It also ships with WizTeach, which is a better option. However, it isn’t as good as ActivInspire.
Original claims to be €1,500 cheaper than Promethean took a big hit as IWB prices came down in 2009. They are now, at worst, potentially more expensive that Promethean boards and, at best, in and around at the same price. It seems to be a risk cloning a market leader because once their price goes down, where do you go? Screenflex, however, prided themselves on their customer service and support. I haven’t heard any positive or negative reports from their new distributors, Maltec Solutions.
If you have a Promethean board, there are no real extra quirks to this board as it’s basically a clone of it.
I had to update this review because times have changed since it was first written. This board no longer has the appeal of being much cheaper than the rest since it came out. While there’s nothing wrong with the board, since there’s little difference between it and Promethean’s, I can’t see very much reason to invest in it.
Last Update: August 17, 2017