If you know about Unified Communications you should have stumbled over the Logitech for Business product series sometime between 2012 and now. They usually have great enterprise grade collaboration equipment at really reasonable pricing.
Today we got word from Logitech’s latest release, the ConferenceCam Connect. This little shiny device is fully portable and could allow SMEs to leverage a single video collaboration invest to be leveraged across several meeting rooms on demand bases. It also allows road warriors and freelancers to carry around their professional conferencing solution without restriction. You could say it is the video-enabled equivalent of the Logitech P710e Speakerphone, which we previously tested last summer.
The ConferenceCam Connect can virtually run with any video conferencing software on Windows PC, Mac or even Chromebooks. The software could be either a consumer application such as Skype and Google Hangouts or a professional solution such as Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Lifesize, Vidyo, Zoom, you name it.
“For about the cost of an office chair, businesses of all sizes can now afford to quickly connect with customers, vendors and remote employees anytime and anywhere with the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect. We believe there is simply no workspace that should not have videoconferencing capability, and the ConferenceCam allows us to connect to meetings no matter where we are.”
Jason Moss, general manager of the Collaboration Group at Logitech
The camera offers a resolution of up to 1080p with the H.264 UVC 1.5 protocol. Whether you can fully utilise this resolution is up to your software client, your hardware’s computing power and you available internet bandwidth. The camera allows for a great 90° degree field of view with an integrated autofocus function.
We were especially happy about the innovative smart features that we have not come across yet such as the screen mirroring, multi-device pairing via bluetooth, NFC or cables and we love that the remote control works as lens cover.
The two embedded microphones have the an omni-directional characteristic with a 12 foot diameter. This is in particularly useful if you have so many people attending the conference that they are sitting around the table and not only in front of the device. All audio in the room will be heard and transmitted successfully. It goes without saying that the built-in speakers work with a great noise and echo canceling. So you don’t need to play walkie talkie to avoid audio feedback noise.
You can get ConferenceCam Connect for about 500 USD but you should contact your nearest distributor for the best rates as per usual for buying company equipment.
For all the features of the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect you should check out the official specifications page of Logitech and if you have questions you should always check with the B2B Twitter account of Logitech who are always very nice and helpful.
What do you think about this little gadget? Will it get a permanent space in your laptop bag? Let us know in the comments!
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