Magic Whiteboard Review

Magic Whiteboard Review

The Magic Whiteboard Writing Sample

I’ll start off by apologizing for my lack of, and also horrible photography on this review.  Usually I like to use my own pictures so you can see that I’ve actually tested out the products that I am reviewing, but I’m not the best photographer and I do have limited resources and skills.  Trying to photograph a giant shiny white object is a bit beyond my ability here.  With that out of the way, what we are looking at today is the Magic Whiteboard, which is a pretty cool product.

Unrolling the Magic Whiteboard

Unrolling the Magic Whiteboard

The Magic Whiteboard product itself is quite simple.  It is a 23.4″ high roll of 10 31.5″ wide sheets of a very thin material that uses static electricity to cling to any smooth flat and hard surface.  Because there is no adhesive, it leaves no marks behind.  Each of the 31.5″ wide sheets is easily torn using the perforations cut into them, and the roll of all 10 sheets is extremely light.  The fact that it is so light makes it great for someone who might do a lot of travel for work in a consulting role.  I think the ideal use for this product is for any group situation where you may be unsure what your surroundings might be for a meeting, and where it is more of a brainstorming session rather than a “professional” type presentation.

Magic Whiteboard Roll

Magic Whiteboard Roll

The product comes in two sizes, there is a 65 Foot Roll of Magic Whiteboard, and a 26 Foot Roll of Magic Whiteboard available, and my sample I should point out was sent to me compliments of the manufacturer.  I did find it fairly easy to separate the sheets using the perforations on the roll, although I did manage to make a small and unintended rip here and there when I tried to do it too quickly or didn’t pay attention to what I was doing.

When writing on the Magic Whiteboard I was impressed with how it performed, although I will say that you need to be careful about where you place it.  The static cling does allow you to move it around and put it almost anywhere with a hard flat surface. You do need to be careful that you put it somewhere that is smooth and flat, or else you will have to deal with things like old nail holes in a wall, or other small bumps in paint or even the most minimal texture on the surface you place this on.

I think the Magic Whiteboard product is great for situations where you are in an unknown or not ideal situation and need some whiteboard space.  It is definitely not a replacement for a full “real” whiteboard in an office or classroom.  These are also more environmentally friendly than using and throwing out large flip chart papers, as they can be re-used up to 20 times each.  This is definitely an innovative and useful product for many situations though, so thanks to the folks at Magic Whiteboard for sending this over.

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Comments

  1. 1
    David says:

    1. I was thinking about something like this to put on a sliding glass door. I wonder how this stuff works on a window? If it’s translucent, sticking a
    sheet of this on a window might make for an interesting effect when
    writing (provided the window is back-lit of-course).

    2. This product really needs some form of raised or (at least) colored border so you don’t run off the white board and write all over the surface behind it – this is especially the case when it is applied on a white colored surface.

    3. At $0.59 USD a square foot this stuff (polypropylene material) seems very expensive. White high grade polyethylene sheeting retails for less than a penny per square foot. If that doesn’t magically stick to your surface, just hold it up with some packing tape at the corners. Try a white plastic disposable table cloth?

    4. I’ve heard of paint-on white boards somewhere. How about a review of that stuff?

    And that’s my four cents… Thanks, David

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Hi David, thanks for all of the feedback…here are my thoughts on each of your comments:

    1.  I tried it on a pretty sunny window here and there was not too much light that came through it, definitely was not an issue in terms of being able to use it well.
    2. I think in person you might find that it isn’t really a big issue, the only place it would be an issue is if you put it on a bright white AND highly glossy wall.  The matte finish of typical home paint vs the highly glossy finish on the white board material contrast enough so that I never felt like I might write onto the wall by mistake.
    3. Definitely not cheap, but you are paying for the convenience of it being easily portable, stored, and reusable without needing any other mounting materials that could leave marks behind, and also not be easily moved around and re-used.
    4. We did a review of the IdeaPaint dry erase paint here:
    http://officesupplygeek.com/uncategorized/ideapaint-dry-erase-paint-review-and-giveaway/ 
    and also just last week did a giveaway of 10 kits of it.
    I’d say that the comparison of the two in terms of quality and  functionality is the same, they are both great products that work as advertised, but they meet two totally different unique needs.  The IdeaPaint is for a permanent and usually pretty large surface while the Magic Whiteboard is more targeted at the traveling professional, or person that has limited space and needs to quick and easy solution in a room that may not be suited or set up for presentations or group meetings.

    Thanks again for your feedback…all good points that I probably should have addressed in the review.

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