Call One, Inc. is announcing our partnership with DTEN and adding their video conferencing systems to our portfolio.
The DTEN video solutions are an impressive combination of leading-edge technology and beautiful design. We are proud to add DTEN to our portfolio of products to help our customers equip their teams to better communicate and collaborate.” Dawn Mays, CEO, Call One, Inc.
DTEN is changing the way people connect and collaborate through immersive, video-first devices and subscription services. As the recipient of multiple international awards, DTEN is recognized for plug-and-play simplicity, superior audiovisual clarity, and fluent, elegant designs. DTEN’s solutions are found worldwide in businesses, schools, homes, and hybrid environments, delivering intuitive, high-quality, and real-life video conference experiences for every meeting space.
DTEN continues to innovate and recently introduced the DTEN D7X Multi-Platform Video Conferencing & Meeting Collaboration Solution.
DTEN is excited to be a part of Call One’s portfolio of video solution offerings. Call One is recognized as an industry leader with over 35 years of experience providing superior customer service and is exactly what DTEN values in a long-term partner. ” David Angel, GM Americas Channels, DTEN
DTEN’s portfolio includes the following:
DTEN D7X – Multi-platform All-in-One Solution
DTEN D7 for Zoom – All-in-One Solution for Zoom Rooms
DTEN ME – Personal Collaboration Device
DTEN ON – Dedicated Appliance for Zoom Rooms
DTEN GO – Collaborative Touch Solutions for Any Display
DTEN Mate – Zoom Rooms Controller & Scheduler
DTEN Flexible Services – DTEN prides itself on services as much as hardware.
As we head into the 2022 Holiday Season, I wanted to share my favorite home office technology! But first, let’s rewind to March 2020. March 2020 was the first month for most office workers to start their work-from-home journey. Reminder at the time, it was only going to be temporary. My wife and I are empty-nesters, and I was fortunate to have a dedicated home office. My wife set up her workstation on our dining room table. We all know two weeks turned into months and months into years. We have made several changes to our work-from-home environments over that time.
As a Director of Human Resources, it became impractical for my wife to remain at the dining room table. She often deals with sensitive information and needs to keep it private. After two weeks, she purchased a small desk and moved into our guest bedroom. Over time, we replaced the bedroom furniture and carpet with proper office furniture and vinyl plank floors. We converted the guest bedroom into a real home office.
Many of the changes I made are not immediately visible or noticeable. I added a work table next to my desk to film unboxing videos, stage, and charge audio and video devices. I added shelves in my home office closet to hold the additional devices. I also made some changes to the equipment I use daily.
I need to have an optimal home office setup to support the way I work and can be the most productive. As the Sr. Director of Marketing and Emerging Technology, I spend a lot of time testing professional-grade audio and video devices. I film videos to help people make more informed purchasing decisions. I also do standard office stuff. I review and respond to emails, IMs, and texts, take and make voice calls, join many video meetings, and work with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Sheets, and other applications. My wife and I started venturing back into society and traveling again this year, so I added some new family pictures and picture frames to my home office!
Before I share our favorite home office technology, here are some changes we made to our technology and equipment, starting with my wife.
Upgraded old tower PC that required a physical network cable to a laptop that supports WiFi
Upgraded from one flat 27-inch monitor to two 32-inch Samsung Curved monitors
More display real estate improves productivity by allowing her to have multiple windows and applications open on each
Over the past few years, our hiring practices have shifted. We now employ team members across multiple states and cities.
One of my wife’s favorite pieces of technology is her Logitech Brio webcam. She states the camera helps to make her look her best compared to other cameras. I have shared several webcams with her, and she continues to stick with the Logitech Brio.
Jabra PanaCast 20
The Jabra PanaCast 20 has become my favorite webcam for several reasons.
The video quality of the Jabra PanaCast 20 is excellent across all video platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, Webex, and more! Jabra Direct provides a Camera Controller that allows me to customize the experience. I can turn on Intelligent Zoom, so the camera focuses on whether I sit straight up or lay low in my chair. The Jabra PanCast 20 Picture-in-Picture feature is an excellent feature that allows me to share a close-up of a product. Hence, people see the details while keeping my face in the video for a more engaging experience. I use this feature frequently in our YouTube videos to show the decibel level readings while I test headset mics in loud environments.
Manufacturers need to make their devices portable to support the growing hybrid workforce. The Jabra PanaCast 20 included carry case is a welcomed addition. Initially, it doesn’t seem like a big deal until you have to pack up your gear to work in a different location. A designated carry case makes it easier to pack up the camera and cable and protect them.
I have tested several cameras, and the Jabra PanaCast 20 is my favorite webcam!
Logitech Logi Dock
The Logitech Logi Dock is our absolute favorite piece of home office technology! It is a game-changer and a must-have for anyone in a dedicated office space. There is no other device I have tested or am aware of that provides the features and functionality of the Logi Dock. TIME recently revealed its list of Best Inventions of 2022, featuring 200 extraordinary innovations changing our lives. The Logitech Logi Dock is listed as a winner in the productivity category.
Logi Dock – One Cable to Laptop
My wife really dislikes clutter and cables. Before the Logi Dock, disconnecting and reconnecting our laptops to head into the office was very cumbersome and inconvenient. My wife had to crawl on the floor to disconnect the power cable from the power strip, the USB-C cable from the dock, and one of her USB devices because her original dock did not have enough USB ports to support all her peripherals. I found myself in a similar situation, except I have power strips easily accessible on the top of my desk. When testing products, it was always a challenge because of the limited USB ports. I was constantly disconnecting and reconnecting USB peripherals and devices.
The Logi Dock has a single USB-C cable that will provide power and access to all the devices and peripherals you have connected to the dock. Disconnecting and reconnecting for hybrid work is a breeze with just one cable!
Logi Dock Ports
·1 x HDMI v. 2.0 (Support up to 4K, i.e. 3840 x 2160 @60Hz HDR) 7See support page for compatibility updates
1 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Support up to 4K, i.e. 3840 x 2160 @60Hz HDR) 8See support page for compatibility updates.
2 x USB-A
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) with 4.5W charging 9See support page for compatibility update
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) with 7.5W fast charging
3 x USB-C
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) with 4.5W charging 10See support page for compatibility updates.
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) with 7.5W fast charging
1 x USB-C Upstream
1 x Bluetooth Sync button
1 x AC power (230W, 19.5V)
Security slot type: Kensington security slot
Logi Dock – Join Meetings with one touch
One of the top features and functions of the Logi Dock is the ability to join meetings with one touch and receive ambient light notifications when a meeting is about to start! Whenever you have any scheduled events or meetings coming up, the Logi Dock begins blinking to notify you of upcoming meetings visually! All you have to do is press the button directly on top of the Logi Dock to join Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet meetings! (I have also been able to join Cisco Webex Meetings) To access this, you integrate your Office 365 or Google Calendar via Logi Tune. It was such a hassle before Logi Dock and Calendar Integration with Logi Tune. Now I can keep working until I see those purple lights start blinking!
Logi Dock – Mute Mic and Camera
Mute is your friend during video meetings, especially when several people are in the meeting. It’s courteous to mute yourself if you are not the one speaking or if there are distracting noises like dogs barking, lawnmowers, or loud people around you. Logi Dock has a lovely prominent mute button on the top you can press. It lights up red when muted to let you know. Sometimes it’s necessary to turn off your camera. The camera mute is especially beneficial when your camera doesn’t have a privacy shutter. While many webcams have attachable or integrated privacy shutters, the dedicated camera mute button on the Logi Dock is very convenient and less distracting than your fingers reaching up to the camera to close the shutter.
Logi Dock – Premium Speakerphone
I started using the Blue Mic Yeti to record audio for our YouTube videos, and I am now using the Logi Dock! Whether you are on a call, video meeting, or listening to music, the Logi Dock audio does not disappoint. It sounds good. Like really good. We often use a separate USB speakerphone in our home offices for listening to music or for those extended meetings or webinars, and now we use the Logi Dock.
Custom, 55mm, neodymium audio drivers
Six noise-canceling microphones
Passive radiators for enhanced bass
Anti-vibration suspension system
Anti-vibration acoustic enclosure
Logi Dock – Certified and Compatible
Logi Dock is certified for Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Google Voice, Zoom, and Tencent Meeting. It’s also compatible with common calling applications across most platforms and operating systems within your IT ecosystem. And because it’s simple for employees to set up, you can confidently deploy Logi Dock to your remote and hybrid workforce.
Logi Dock – Beyond the Home Office
Whether employees are in the office, at home, or somewhere else, Logitech Sync device management software helps everyone stay connected by letting you ensure their Logitech Business devices are healthy and up to date. In addition to Logitech Meeting Room Solutions, Logitech Sync supports Logitech Personal Collaboration Devices, including Logi Dock! See the complete list of supported devices for management here.
Logi Dock covers multiple bases
The Logi Dock is our dock, meeting control center, and premium speakerphone. It connects our laptop to our larger displays and USB peripherals, including our two other favorite home office pieces of technology, our webcams.
The work landscape changed forever on March 2020. My wife and I have transformed our home offices to support the way we work. While our roles are different, our need to communicate and collaborate is similar. We both join many video meetings across multiple platforms. The Jabra PanaCast 20 and Logitech Brio provide us with excellent video quality! The Logi Docks are an entirely new productivity device category that offers many great features, including premium, professional-grade audio!
My wife and I have invested much time and money into creating optimal workspaces in our home offices. The challenge we face is that the technology in our home offices is better than our corporate office. I suspect this is true for many and one of many reasons employers struggle to get employees back in the office.
We will probably get a dedicated Logi Dock for our corporate offices to have a consistent experience in our home and corporate locations.
What changes have you made to your home offices?
Contact us if you want to learn more about technology and devices for wherever you work! Call One, Inc. is a certified Woman-Owned business that has been helping people do their business better by simplifying access to communications and collaboration solutions for over 35 years!
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Call One, Inc has added Neat video meeting devices to our solutions portfolio. Today we’re announcing our new partnership with Neat, the pioneering company that designs simple and elegant video devices for Microsoft Teams and Zoom meeting spaces. The agreement enables us to resell Neat’s full portfolio of products, which includes:
Neat Bar, a compact and elegant all-in-one meeting room device.
Neat Bar Pro, for larger meeting spaces.
Neat Pad, a touch screen device that can be used as a controller or a scheduler for meeting spaces.
Neat Board, 65-inch a multi-touch LED screen all-in-one collaboration device.
Neat Frame, a personal meeting device for small spaces, home offices and one-on-one collaboration.
Call One is excited about this partnership with Neat. We strive to deliverthe best video experiences for our Zoom and Microsoft Teams customers and the addition of Neat to our portfolio enables us to offer a unique and user friendly group of products,” says Dawn Mays, CEO at Call One. “We specialize in helping people do their business better and we’re looking forward to working with Neat.
Neat devices are purpose-built for Zoom and Microsoft Teams environments with a focus on well-being and social interaction to maximize the creativity and productivity of distributed teams. Neat turns meetings into cinematic productions that encourage freedom of movement and organic conversation for meeting participants. Commenting on the new partnership, Nic Burton, Channel Sales Director at Neat says,
Partnering with Call One is a match made in heaven because they share our commitment to providing customers with richer, more meaningful, and engaging video meeting experiences for their modern hybrid workforce.
Video conferencing and collaboration continues to expand and evolve to support the new ways of working. Microsoft Teams and Zoom are front runners; however, businesses use multiple platforms, including Webex, Google Meet, BlueJeans, GoTo, 8×8, and more.
Leading brands have developed online tools to help establish a starting point. It’s always best to contact a subject matter expert. Something as simple as a wrong cable or length can delay your project. Subject matter experts can help guide and ensure you get all the required components to set up an optimal video conferencing experience based on your needs and expectations. Companies like Call One, Inc. have been in the audio and video conferencing space since 2003 and can help provide the right solutions.
Below are the current online video conferencing selection tools available. I’ve also created short videos to help you navigate these awesome online tools!
Online Room Configuration Guides for Video Conferencing
What is your primary video conferencing platform? Choose the video conferencing platform your organization uses most often.
What size room are you setting up? Choose the option that best matches the seating capacity of your room.
Phone Booth (Up to 3)
Huddle Room (Up to 6)
Medium Room (Up to 12)
Medium Plus (Up to 16)
Large Room (Up to 20)
Board Room (20+)
U-Shaped Table (20+)
Would you prefer to deploy via a dedicated video conferencing appliance, or a meeting room computer?
Appliance-Based Video Conferencing Solution
PC-Based Video Conferencing Solution
Choose Conference Camera
Add room-filling audio. – Choose from the following audio extensions to make sure everyone can hear and be heard clearly. Please note: Some items may be required based on a previous selection. Choose your meeting controller – Select a controller that directly connects to the meeting room PC or video bar, or one that is untethered from the room system.
Pick optional mounting hardware and cables – These items will safely secure your meeting room devices. Please note: Some items may be required based on previous selections.
Choose optional add-ons – Enhance the meeting experience with optional add-ons.
As of writing this blog, there are multiple “Spaces” to choose from, including Home Office, Education, Government, Healthcare, Office, Financial, and Mobile. However, “Office” is the only Space currently available for selection.
Pick your Platform
1-2 people – Focus Room – Room size 10’ x 10’ / 3.05m x 3.05m
3-5 people – Small / Huddle Room – Room size 10’ x 15’ / 3.05m x 4.57m
6-10 people – Medium Room – Room size 15’ x 20’ / 4.57m x 6.10m
11-15 people – Large Room – Room size 15’ x 28’ / 4.57m x 8.53m
16+ people – Custom / Specialty Room – Room size 20’ x 33’ / 6.10m x 10.06m
When a Workspace is selected, you will have the options to review:
Featured Poly Hardware
Poly Service / Support
Available Poly Accessories
Available Third-Party Accessories
List of available options by Poly or 3rd Party
You have to option to download a pdf of the results
Scroll down their Business Video Conferencing page until you locate: Meeting your meeting needs – Use our configurator to help you decide which PanaCast is right for you and your business. Scroll down and click Start.
Question 1 of 3
What type of collaboration solution do you need?
Question 2 of 3
Please select your platform
Zoom, Google, Others
Zoom, Google, Others
Meeting Room Solutions
Bring your own laptop
Question 3 of 3
Where do you work?
Once you select work space, you will be provided a list of Jabra audio, video, and accessories models including highlighted Recommended solutions.
Where do you work?
In the classroom
Once you select work space, you will be provided a list of Jabra solutions including highlighted Recommended solutions.
Meeting Room Solutions
Where do you meet?
Medium meeting room
Large meeting room
Once you select a meeting space, you will be provided a list of Jabra audio, video, and accessories models including highlighted Recommended solutions.
The Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere and Meet Anywhere+ Bundles are a great value, portable, convenient, and easy way to video enable any space! The carry case is convenient and allows you to neatly and securely store and transport the Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles. Previously, I carried these same items in a plastic storage bag stored in my backpack. Check out this YouTube Shorts video! I was so excited to hear about them and receive one of these new bundles to test! Here’s a video featuring an unboxing, overview, and quick demo of this bundle so you can see how simple it is to start a personal or group video call wherever you are.
It’s not a secret that video collaboration is here to stay. The Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles are an excellent option for organizations still debating whether they will return to the office, remain remote, or adopt a hybrid model. Suppose you are on the fence about committing to a particular in-room video system for your meeting spaces. In that case, the Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles allow you to inexpensively video-enable your team members to set up a video meeting from anywhere. They can also use the Speak 750 for conference calls from their mobile device or to enhance the audio quality when streaming media from their laptop!
What’s in the bundle?
Four Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere / Meet Anywhere+ Bundles are available, including Microsoft Teams Certified variants. They include a camera and speakerphone so you can participate in a video meeting from anywhere.
8402-129 Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere (Jabra PanaCast, Speak 750 MS, 1m / 3ft USB A-C cable, Travel Case) – Microsoft Teams Certified – MSRP $650 (USD)
With an adjustable 180-degree field of view of the Jabra PanaCast camera (How to adjust Jabra PanaCast FOV via Jabra Direct) and the Jabra Speak 750 mic pick-up range of up to 2.3m/7.5ft, you can quickly set up these bundles for a personal or a group video call wherever you are. You can wirelessly link two Jabra Speak 750 speakerphones if they are within a 4m/13ft range of each other; the Link button will be visible. To temporarily link the audio between them, tap the Link button on both speakerphones. To unlink the speakerphones, tap the Link button on one of the speakerphones. (Instructions on how to link two Jabra Speak 750 speakerphones)
Jabra PanaCast camera
Jabra PanaCast features three 13-megapixel cameras for 180° Panoramic-4K coverage with patented real-time video-stitching technology, ensuring every attendee is seen while enabling you to make the most of any meeting space. Intelligent Zoom detects where people are, while Vivid HDR automatically optimizes video quality. Compatible with all leading Unified Communications (UC) platforms, it delivers easy plug-and-play video collaboration to your teams for productive meetings anywhere.
Jabra Speak 750
The Jabra Speak 750 is a compact premium, two-way full duplex speakerphone so both sides can hear and be heard clearly, for natural communication even when you’re all in different places. With a dedicated Microsoft Teams button (Microsoft variants only) to instantly connect you to your meeting, and a plug-and-play connection for all leading Unified Communication platforms, including Zoom, Google Meet, and more, it offers a seamless meeting experience with fast and powerful communication, anytime and anywhere.
Jabra Direct – Free Software
Jabra Direct is an application with a simple user interface that lets you get your Jabra device(s) connected to softphone(s) and ready for calls and music. It also allows you to personalize your Jabra device, update your device firmware for the best possible performance, and get remote call control over your softphone(s).
Jabra Direct enables you to have remote call control (answer/end call, mute, redial etc.) from your Jabra audio device. Jabra Direct will automatically detect and enable remote call control for the softphones installed on your computer.
The Jabra Direct dashboard is a user-friendly status menu available from the desktop notification area, typically accessed via the lower right corner of the desktop. The dashboard shows the status of your Jabra device if any updates are available, and if your softphone(s) are ready for use. By clicking your Jabra device in the dashboard, you will be linked to the Jabra Direct main application for managing setting preferences, starting firmware updates, or accessing applications that might be available for your Jabra device.
The device setting control in Jabra Direct enables you to configure your Jabra audio and video device to fit your personal preferences.
Jabra releases updates that improve performance and add new functionalities to your headset, speakerphone, or camera. The Jabra Direct Firmware Updater is a native functionality within the Jabra Direct app, enabling a seamless upgrade of firmware on your Jabra devices. To receive firmware update notifications, go to Settings and switch Update Notifications to ‘On.’
The Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles are an exceptional value! For only $650-$750, you can inexpensively provide your team members with a bundle that allows them to quickly and easily join or start a video meeting from anywhere! If you purchase the items in these bundles separately, it would cost over $900 and would not include the portable carry case!
Call One, Inc. is a Jabra Authorized Partner and can help your organization with audio and video devices for personal and group use. As a Nationally Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), we can help satisfy Supplier Diversity initiatives. Contact us to learn more about Jabra PanaCast solutions for your business!
At first glance, the Poly Studio R30 and Poly Studio P15 look almost identical and have similar dimensions. This article includes a side-by-side comparison chart to help you see the primary differences.
The Poly Studio P15 is part of the Poly Studio P Series of audio and video devices designed for personal use. The Poly Studio R30 joins the family of all-in-one video bars for small to large meeting rooms, including the original Poly Studio premium USB video bar and Poly Studio X Series.
Poly Lens ties it all together by providing a single pane of glass to remotely inventory, monitor, and troubleshoot supported Poly devices across the entire organization.
Call One, Inc. is an authorized Poly Platinum Reseller who can help with your organization’s audio and video device needs. How can we help?
100 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response Output: 84 dBSPL @ 1000 Hz @ 1 meter at maximum volume
100 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response Output: 80 dBA @ 1000 Hz @ 1 meter at maximum volume
1x USB 3.0 Type-C port (with USB 2.0 compatibility) 2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports Power connector Kensington security lock 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking for manageability; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible Bluetooth® 4.2
1x USB 3.0 Type-C port (with USB 2.0 compatibility) 2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports Power connector Kensington security lock
External DC power supply: 12V/3A
External DC power supply: 12V/3A
Windows 8.1, 10, 11 Mac OS 10.10 or higher USB 3.0 required for 4K video
Windows version 8.1, 10 or later Mac OS 10.10 or higher USB 3.0 required for 4K video
DEVICE DRIVER SUPPORT
USB 2.0/3.0/3.1 UVC/UAC Plug and Play Compatible
USB 2.0/3.0/3.1 UVC/UAC Plug and Play Compatible
Compatible with any application that supports standard USB/UVC standards Certified for Zoom Room and Microsoft Teams
Certified for Microsoft Teams and Zoom applications Compatible with any application that supports standard USB/UVC standards
Cloud: Poly Lens service Local (Windows/Mac): Poly Lens Desktop App
Cloud: Poly Lens service Local (Windows/Mac): Poly Lens Desktop App
802.1x support Certificate management
Adjustable monitor clamp Standard Tripod thread Inverted mounting option USB-A ports built-in for wireless headset adapters or other peripherals as a USB hub Status LED indicates calling and mute state
Integrated privacy shutter Adjustable monitor clamp Tripod ready USB-A ports built-in for wireless headset adapters or other peripherals as a USB hub Status LED indicates calling and mute state
With monitor clamp: 17.5 W x 3.4 H x 3.2 D (Inches) 445 W x 86 H x 81 D (Millimeters) 1lb 13oz / 822g Without monitor clamp: 17.5 W x 2.7 H x 3.2 D (Inches) 445 W x 68 H x 81 D (Millimeters) 1lb 10oz / 737g
OPERATING CONDITIONS With monitor clamp: 17 W x 3 H x 3 D (Inches) 425 W x 70 H x 78 D (MM)) Without monitor clamp: 17 W x 2.5 H x 3 D (Inches) 425 W x 65 H x 78 D (MM)
Temperature: 0° C to +40° C Relative humidity: 15% to 80% relative humidity, non-condensing Altitude: Up to 16,000 ft
Temperature: 0° C to +40° C Relative humidity: 5% to 95% relative humidity, non-condensing Altitude: Up to 10,000 ft
Poly Studio R30 USB video bar Removable monitor clamp Power supply (4.9 ft) Power cord (9 ft) USB 2.0 cable (Type-C to Type-A, 5m/16.4 ft) Setup sheet Removable privacy cap
Poly Studio P15 USB video bar Removable monitor clamp Power supply Power cord USB-C cable (separate adapter required to connect to USB-A port on PC/Mac, not included) Setup sheet
1-year limited warranty included Poly+ enhanced support available
2-year limited warranty included Poly+ enhanced support available
N/A (Mac or PC)
N/A (number of displays depends on PC/Mac)
USB CONNECTION TO PC OR MAC FOR VIDEO CALLS
STANDARDS-BASED (H.323 AND SIP) VIDEO
Watch the Poly Studio R30 vs. Poly Studio P15 Comparison Video!
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As business leaders wrestle with decisions to return to the office, remain remote or adopt a hybrid work model, the reality remains that how people work and collaborate has changed. Leading platform vendors like Microsoft and Zoom continue to evolve and introduce new features to improve collaboration regardless of whether people are in the room or remote.
Video conferencing device manufacturers are also evolving and developing new solutions that make it easy to video enable all meeting spaces, small to large.
From Your Desktop
Team members who join meetings from desktops have several options, including corded and wireless headsets, speakerphones, webcams, and all-in-one audio/video devices.
Wireless headsets are available in DECT or Bluetooth. DECT headsets offer stronger security and typically longer wireless range while Bluetooth headsets support connectivity to multiple devices. Corded USB headsets are a great option since they generally are plug-and-play and simple to use.
ANC headsets are a great option if you work in a noisy environment. ANC headsets include true wireless earbuds, on-ear, and over-ear options. There are also different boom mic options, from boomless mics to retractable mics.
USB Speakerphones can be simple or include a long list of features to support however you work. Speakerphones are an excellent alternative for whenever you don’t want to wear a headset. They are also portable, many support Bluetooth, and can connect with your computer and mobile device.
Webcams are available to support all use cases and budgets. Things to consider when selecting a webcam include:
Compatibility with the operating system
Video platforms supported
Windows Hello support
Field of View (Fixed or Adjustable)
USB-A or USB-C
Logi Dock for Desktop
The Logitech Logi Dock is a new category of devices. Logitech describes this as an All-in-one docking station with meeting controls and a speakerphone. Used in conjunction with Logi Tune software, you have a powerful device that allows you to join meetings across different platforms at the press of a button. The Logi Dock is a must-have to help increase productivity in your home or independent office. Watch these videos to see the Logi Dock in action! There is nothing else on the market that compares.
All-In-One video solutions are convenient, and an inexpensive way to video enable small to large rooms. All-In-One solutions are available as simple USB audio & video devices (imagine a big webcam with microphones and speakers) or can be used with an in-room PC or placed into Appliance mode, depending on the model. Your in-house teams can typically install these, saving money on installation fees. These solutions support the latest features available for Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms, including Microsoft Teams Room Front Row, Touch-enabled display solutions for Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms for Touch, Digital whiteboarding, Zoom Smart Gallery, and more!
Some models have a wide range of peripherals that can be attached to enhance the collaboration experience. Peripherals include analog whiteboard cameras, touchpads, extension mics, and more!
All-in-One devices have extended beyond a video bar. Brands like Poly, DTEN, and Neat offer solutions that include a camera, microphones, speakers, and a display for personal and group use.
Video bundles include all the necessary components as separate items to support placement flexibility depending on room size and configuration. Video bundles may include a camera, microphones, speakers or a camera, speakerphone (mics, speakers, dial pad), and extension microphones.
Some use cases require an independent speakerphone that can be used in video meetings or support voice-only calls.
Video bundles for personal use include a webcam+ (corded or wireless) headset or webcam + speakerphone. Video bundles are conveniently packaged in a single box to simplify deployments. Examples include the Konftel Personal Video Kit and Poly Studio P5 Kits.
Microsoft Teams Room and Zoom Room Bundles
Microsoft and Zoom have strong relationships with hardware partners who develop solutions designed to support a wide range of spaces with Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms licenses. It’s important to note that you must have the appropriate Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms Licenses and use recommended and certified Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms Hardware to access all the available features.
Wireless Presentation and Conferencing
Some solutions support wireless content sharing and conferencing and are compatible with most of the leading video conferencing device manufacturers. These solutions allow you to wirelessly share content, turn a dedicated platform meeting room into a BYOD space or take over the USB peripherals from your laptop. Examples of these solutions include ScreenBeam and ClickShare by Barco.
Make it easy to join a meeting
There are so many options to video-enable meeting spaces of all sizes. Ultimately, it comes down to what you want team members and partners to accomplish while in that space. The easier it is to use the technology in the room, the more productive meetings will be. Make it easy for anyone in your organization to join a meeting.
Call One, Inc. has been in business since 1987. We entered the audio and video conferencing space in 2003. We partner with leading brands, including Logitech, Poly, Jabra, Konftel, Yealink, JPL, DTEN, Neat, and more, to help organizations video-enable all their meeting spaces so they can do their business better. How can we help?
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Device manufacturers have created solutions to support work from anywhere. We have seen several new audio and video devices for business this first half of 2022 and shared several via our YouTube Channel. In this blog, we share some highlights!
Konftel Personal Video Kit – The Konftel Personal Video Kit is for desktop users who demand professional quality video meetings. It includes the Konftel Cam10 business webcam and Konftel Ego professional speakerphone conveniently packaged.
Jabra PanaCast 20 Unboxing, Overview, Intelligent Zoom and PIP Demo – The Jabra PanaCast 20 is engineered for intelligent AI-enabled personal video conferencing. This premium personal video conferencing device utilizes cutting-edge technology to deliver an experience that’s intelligent, powerful, and completely unique; PanaCast 20 is personal video conferencing, completely reinvented.
Enterprise Connect 2022 Video Playlist – This playlist features videos from the Enterprise Connect Expo Hall Floor. We focused on audio and video device brands that are compatible with all the leading enterprise communications and collaboration platforms including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, 8×8, GoTo, and more! We film at the booths of AVer, Biamp, DTEN, EPOS, Jabra, Konftel, Logitech, Neat, Poly, Shokz, Spracht, Targus, and Yealink. We also filmed an onsite mic test comparison video that includes eleven UC Bluetooth headsets from Poly, Jabra, Logitech, EPOS, Yealink and Shokz.
EPOS Adapt 660 AMC vs Adapt 660 (And Adapt 661) – EPOS introduced the stylish EPOS x Aston Martin F1™ Team co-branded headset. Powered by EPOS AI™ for crystal clear communication, the headset has adaptive ANC, superior stereo sound and microphones enhanced by machine learning. This is uncompromised audio for those who live life in the fast lane. How does the Adapt 660 AMC compare with the EPOS Adapt 660 and 661?
Logitech Zone True Wireless Earbuds | Certified for Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google – Stay focused and in the zone with Zone True Wireless Bluetooth® earbuds. The certified noise-canceling mics, hybrid ANC, and immersive sound are ideal for collaboration in busy workspaces without compromising quality, productivity, or creativity. This video provides an overview of the specifications, microphone, and wireless range tests.
Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles | Unboxing and Overview – Jabra has created four Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles to support Hybrid working and work from anywhere! They have combined all the necessary components and packed them in a convenient Travel Case. The versatile Jabra PanaCast camera allows you to adjust the Orientation, Field of View, Intelligent Zoom, and Image Quality (Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, White Balance) all from Jabra Direct. The Jabra Speak 750 is a compact premium speakerphone with two-way full duplex so both sides can hear and be heard clearly, for natural communication even when you’re all in different places. With a dedicated Microsoft Teams button to instantly connect you to your meeting, and a plug-and-play connection for all leading Unified Communication platforms, including Zoom, Google Meet, and more, it offers a seamless meeting experience with fast and powerful communication, anytime and anywhere. The plus (+) bundles include a Table Stand and a set of cable management clips to provide a clean look.
JPL Convey Speakerphone | Overview, Speaker, and Mic Tests – The new JPL Convey is ideal for anyone wanting to talk and listen hands-free when using a softphone. The high-quality speaker is loud enough for everyone around the table to hear. Perfect for team briefings and pitches to clients. The JPL Convey is perfect for any small office or meeting room with up to 4 people.
Logitech Logi Dock | Overview and Demo – The Logitech Logi Dock is an absolute game changer and has established a new category of devices. It is a docking station with meeting controls and enterprise-quality audio that simplifies personal workspaces and improves the work-from-home experience. In this video, I provide an overview and several demos, including speaker output level, how you can quickly join Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex meetings from the LogiTune app and Logi Dock, and mic and camera mute features!
JPL Agora | Overview and Demo Video – The JPL Agora is a 4K Ultra HD Intelligent All-In-One Video Sound Bar with Intelligent Zoom. This simple plug-and-play video sound bar allows you to video enable focus rooms, huddle, small, and medium meeting rooms. Designed with a fully adjustable mount, the JPL Agora can be placed above a computer monitor, on a desktop, or on a wall. The JPL Agora video sound bar is simple to connect using the included USB and power cable. The USB cable offers USB-A and USB-C connectors, allowing them to connect to either USB-A or USB-C devices. The JPL Agora is designed with JPL’s plug-and-play software last approach. No software or downloads are needed on installation, and it works with all leading UC and collaboration platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, and Webex.
Many organizations are still deciding whether to return to the office, remain remote, or adopt a hybrid work model. Fortunately, there is no shortage of audio and video solutions to maintain communication and collaboration with team members, clients, and partners.
An Authorized Reseller like Call One, Inc. can provide pre-and post-sales support and is a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), supporting your Supplier Diversity initiatives. How can we help?
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Regularly I’m asked to review a variety of audio and video devices, including consumer products. I often respond that the Call One, Inc. YouTube Channel focuses on solutions designed for use with business communications and collaboration platforms from Microsoft, Zoom, Cisco, 8×8, RingCentral, etc.
Packaging, Warranty, & Multi-Connectivity
Most people don’t realize there are differences between consumer and business audio and video devices. Some differences are subtle, like the packaging to support mass deployments and extended warranty periods. Another difference is the inclusion of a Bluetooth dongle with UC Bluetooth headsets to improve connection stability, audio quality, and compatibility and provide remote call control. Leading device manufacturers also offer multi-connectivity solutions to support a broad range of use cases.
Compatible and Certified
Business audio and video device manufacturers work directly with leading business communications and collaboration platform providers to develop compatible and certified solutions, so end-users have a great experience with setup, use, and performance.
Device Management Software
A critical difference that has become increasingly important in today’s remote and hybrid work world is device management software. Businesses spend thousands to millions of dollars on audio and video devices annually to empower and enable their employees to be productive wherever they are working. How do business leaders know where the devices are and if they are being used? Device management software allows IT teams to remotely provision, monitor, troubleshoot, and manage devices.
Depending on the brand and suite of products, some device management software offers analytics and actionable insights that can be highly beneficial for understanding user adoption, call analytics, room usage, and more!
Organizations need to consider developing audio and video device standards that provide device management software from these leading global brands:
Call One, Inc. is a Nationally Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), helping people do their business better since 1987. We are an authorized reseller of Poly, Jabra, Logitech, EPOS, Yealink, and other leading audio and video device brands. Contact us if you want more information or schedule a meeting to discuss your device management needs.
Device Management Software Video Resources:
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Today hybrid work means working from anywhere. The goal of business and IT leaders is to ensure their teams have a consistent experience whether they are working from home, their corporate offices, or from wherever they choose to work. Professional-grade audio and video devices can aid in providing a consistent experience.
Here is a list of factors business and IT leaders need to consider when selecting personal audio and video devices for their employees.
Workstyles / Personas
There are several roles or personas within an organization with different communication needs. Poly has studied workstyle evolution for nearly a decade and identified six distinct work styles, or personas, making up 92% of a typical enterprise: Office Communicator, Office Collaborator, Remote Collaborator, Flexible Worker, Road Warrior, and Connected Executive. Each persona uses a different set of communications tools. Take a look at the Get To Know Your Workforce – Personas Overview.
Each persona utilizes different communications tools depending on their role and environment. They may need connectivity to a desk phone, computer, mobile device, or a combination. Audio devices have a wide range of connectivity options to support whatever connectivity combination your team needs. For example, teams returning to the office may require connectivity to desk phones and computers. Employees working from home may require connectivity to a laptop and mobile phone. Hybrid team members may need an audio device that supports connectivity to phones, computers, mobile devices and can easily transport between work locations.
Leading device manufacturers like Poly, Jabra, EPOS, Yealink, and others offer compatible solutions for all major platforms, including Zoom, Teams, and Webex. Some platforms like Microsoft have developed a peripherals certification program to ensure USB peripherals (such as headsets, speakerphones, webcams, and monitors) offer rich audio or video quality, are plug-and-play, and provide an excellent experience for end-users and administrators. An authorized partner can help with compatibility and identifying which variants are best for your business. Contact us!
Work environments can range from corporate offices, third spaces, home offices, remote locations, or on-the-go! Noise levels will vary. Today workers can experience noise from noisy open offices, traffic, construction, lawnmowers, blenders, children, barking dogs, and more! Knowing your team members’ work environments is essential when selecting devices. Battery life may be a factor if they are somewhere without access to an electrical outlet. Video calls and meetings have become standard during the past two years. When it comes to video, good enough is no longer acceptable. Video quality expectations have increased. Multiple personal and group video conferencing solutions offer high-quality audio and video for more engaging and productive meetings. Take a look at these desktop video solutions from Cisco, Huddly, Jabra, JPL, Konftel, Logitech, Poly, Yealink, and more!
Fixed / Portable
Hybrid work has made it necessary to transport devices between work locations. The Targus 2 Office Antimicrobial Backpack is made to fit laptops between 15 to 17.3 inches, a full-sized keyboard, and whatever you need to carry! Headsets include carrying cases made of different materials depending on the brand and model. The cases are designed to hold your headset, cables, and dongle. The Jabra PanaCast 20 and the Huddly ONE Work From Anywhere Kit are two cameras that include a travel case to contain the camera and the cable for secure storage during travel.
One Size Does NOT Fit All
There are multiple roles within an organization with varying levels of communication and collaboration internally and externally. A person who seldom takes or makes calls will need a different audio device than someone with a call-intensive role. The same is true for video. Some positions require being on video presenting and sharing content regularly, while some only join weekly or once a month. The point is, one size does NOT fit all. Business and IT leaders need to consider the above topics when developing standards.
New Device Standards
The global pandemic has forever changed how, when, and where work is done. Gone are the days of controlled office environments. Organizations need new audio and video device standards. The good news is there is no shortage of options. Leading device manufacturers like Jabra, EPOS, Logitech, JPL, Poly, Yealink, and more have a broad range of solutions to support hybrid and remote work. They are also developing new solutions in response to this new normal of work from anywhere.
An Authorized Reseller like Call One, Inc., with over 35 years of experience and a focus on personal and group audio and video solutions, is a great choice to help you develop device standards. To help people and businesses make more informed purchasing decisions, they test most audio and video devices and share them via their YouTube Channel. Call One, Inc. also provides pre and post-sales support and can ship to commercial and residential locations anywhere in the United States. We specialize in supporting mid-market to large enterprises and are a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Contact us to learn how we can help.
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