Cell phones vs. hardware ARS

How does Poll Everywhere compare to hardware-based Response Systems?

Poll Everywhere has unique advantages compared to hardware-based response systems. See the differences in the table below, and see our detailed vendor comparison that includes list and street prices.

Poll Everywhere Hardware ARS
Five year total cost of ownership (TCO) per participant $50 and up $25
Live, animated, customizable, graphed results
PowerPoint integration
Team Competitions
Audience interaction Poll Everywhere Hardware ARS
Poll people in thousands of locations (such as TV or print advertising)
Combine responses from SMS text messages, smartphones, web, and Twitter
Audience can text in questions, comments, or feedback Some
Number of participants supported Between 200 and 1000 voters per RF receiver Over 10,000
Setup Poll Everywhere Hardware ARS
Hassle-free: no need to handout and collect devices before and after event
Effort to setup your first poll Hours - definitely some training A few minutes
How to get the latest features Download software updates, and sometimes buy new clickers/keypads Available instantly; no downloads required
Equipment Poll Everywhere Hardware ARS
No proprietary hardware to buy or special vendor software to install
No need to bother with recharging batteries
Requires technician for large meetings Yes ($1000/day) No
How to get the latest features Download software updates, and sometimes buy new clickers/keypads Available instantly; no downloads required

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