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Yealink UVC20 Webcam

Yealink UVC20 Webcam | First Look

Released in March of 2021, the Yealink UVC20 Webcam is a budget friendly webcam with 1080p video quality and an integrated privacy shutter.

The UVC20 is compatible across all major video conferencing platforms to include Zoom and Microsoft Teams. It’s great for Live Streaming, Training, Distance Learning, Telemedicine, Work From Home and to join video calls from your desktop in the office.

Powered by 5,000,000 pixel full HD glass lens, Omni-direction mic, auto exposure, auto focus, and rotatable lens, the Yealink UVC20 ensures perfect clear video in any environment. Compatible with virtually all video conferencing software applications, you can quickly set up and run any meeting.

  • 1080P Full HD display
  • Ultra HD audio
  • Automatic exposure, intelligent adjustment
  • Built-in omnidirectional microphone
  • Easy using, quick start-up
  • Built-in lens cap, privacy secure
  • 30 Frames Per Second
  • USB-A Cable
  • Auto Focus technology
  • 4.9ft microphone pickup range
  • Installation software to optimize your webcam

Yealink USB Connect supports the management of multiple Yealink USB devices to include their headsets, speakerphones, and webcams. It’s available for Windows and Mac.

Yealink UVC20 Webcam

In addition to software and firmware updates on the UVC20 webcam to ensure optimal performance across all video platforms, Yealink USB Connect allows you to adjust multiple settings to include exposure, image settings, white balance, and other settings like inverted (upside-down) mode and camera pan direction. You can also access device diagnostics, device recovery and check device status. 

Our Final Thoughts

Yealink has a done a fantastic job of packing in a lot of great, beneficial features into a small form factor at an MSRP of only $89. Plus, it provides exceptional 1080P HD and audio quality not typically seen at that price point. Whether you need it for live streaming, training, remote learning, telehealth, remote or hybrid work, you’ll get great use out of this webcam. Check out the overview video below where we feature the Yealink UVC20 in action! If you have questions about this webcam or any of the Yealink complete line of solutions to support communications and collaboration across your entire organization, please reach out to us.

Jabra Evolve Series

Jabra Evolve 30 II vs Evolve2 30 vs Evolve2 40 – Which of these headsets is best for your business?

Jabra is a leading device manufacturer for audio and video solutions for today’s work from anywhere world.

One of our YouTube viewers asked to compare the Jabra Evolve 30 II and new Evolve2 30. We took it one step further and included the Jabra Evolve2 40 as well. In the video below we provide a brief over of the differences between these three headset models and include a side-by-side mic test. Which headset do you think performed best?

All Jabra headsets listed in this blog are available in UC and Microsoft variants. The newer Evolve2 series Microsoft Teams certified models include a dedicated Teams button.

Add more value to your investment with future firmware upgrades through enterprise Jabra Xpress or individual desktop with Jabra Direct.

Jabra Evolve 30 II

First available in September of 2016, the Evolve 30 II provided USB and 3.5mm connectivity to support use with computer and mobile devices with 3.5mm headset jack. Due to it’s low cost, it was a favorite among organizations transitioning to unified communications platforms.

SKU#MODELMSRP
5393-823-309Jabra Evolve 30 II Mono MS$77.00
5399-823-309Jabra Evolve 30 II Stereo MS$83.00
5393-829-309Jabra Evolve 30 II UC Mono$77.00
5399-829-309Jabra Evolve 30 II UC Stereo$83.00

Features

  • Optimized for Unified Communication with USB adapter that enables easy integration with your PC.
  • 3.5 mm jack integrated into the control unit allows you to easily connect your headset to your PC, smartphone, and tablet.
  • Certified for Microsoft Teams via firmware update through Jabra Direct or Jabra Xpress
  • Leatherette ear cushions
  • Soft carry pouch included

Jabra Evolve2 30

The Jabra Evolve2 30 series were introduced March of 2021. The Jabra Evolve2 30 Series are engineered to keep you productive. Jabra measured hundreds of heads to engineer a headset that’s 27% lighter (Based on Jabra calculations, compared to Evolve 30.) and extremely comfortable, with reinforced steel headband and a new design that exerts gentle, evenly distributed pressure.

An advanced 2-microphone audio system captures you voice while simultaneously analyzing and reducing background noise, for 12% less background conversation noise on calls. Evolve2 30 meets premium Microsoft Open Office requirements. You must listen to believe it. My opinion based on my tests is that the Jabra Evolve2 30 provides stronger noise canceling mic performance compared to the Evolve 30 II and Evolve2 40.  Look at our initial Evolve2 30 Overview and Mic Test video!

SKU#MODELMSRP
23089-999-979Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-A, MS Stereo$99.00
23089-989-979Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-A, UC Stereo$99.00
23089-999-879Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-C, MS Stere$99.00
23089-989-879Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-C, UC Stereo$99.00
23089-899-979Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-A, MS Mono$89.00
23089-889-979Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-A, UC Mono$89.00
23089-899-879Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-C, MS Mono$89.00
23089-889-879Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-C, UC Mono$89.00

Features

  • Plug-and-play connectivity to your computer via USB-A or USB-C
  • Microsoft Teams certified variants meet Microsoft Teams Open Office requirements.
  • 2-microphone technology for great call performance
  • Professional grade 28mm speakers deliver great sound for an exceptional audio experience.
  • Integrated busylight turns on automatically when you’re on a call, acting as a do-not-disturb sign and protecting your focus.
  • Call management located on speaker. Answer/reject calls; increase/decrease speaker volume; mute (with compatible softphones and collaboration platforms – check compatibility with authorized Jabra Reseller)
  • Available in in stereo and mono variants. Microphone can only be used on right side.

Jabra Evolve2 40

The Jabra Evolve2 40 Series were engineered to keep you on task. In the comparison video below, you will see the Evolve2 40 speakers are larger than the Evolve 30 II and Evolve2 30. In this video you can see a “First Look & Mic Test” of the Jabra Evolve2 40. Put on your Evolve2 40 and feel the noise around you instantly fade. Memory foam oval ear cushions and pioneering new angled design cancel 48% more of the noise around you (Based on Jabra calculations, compared to Evolve 40).

SKU#MODELMSRP
24089-889-899Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-C, Mono UC$129.00
24089-889-999Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-A, Mono UC$129.00
24089-899-899Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-C, Mono MS$129.00
24089-899-999Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-A, Mono MS$129.00
24089-989-899Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-C, Stereo UC$139.00
24089-989-999Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-A, Stereo UC$139.00
24089-999-899Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-C, Stereo MS$139.00
24089-999-999Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-A, Stereo MS$139.00

Features

  • Plug-and-play connectivity to your computer or mobile device via USB-A or USB-C
  • 3-microphone technology for outstanding call performance
  • Noise isolating design. Instant noise isolation for improved focus in noisy surroundings
  • Software integration. Additional features available via Jabra Xpress and Jabra Direct
  • Powerful 40mm speakers deliver richer sound for a more immersive audio experience
  • 360° busylight on both earcups is visible from all angles, acting as a do-not-disturb sign and protecting your focus
  • Move boom arm up to mute or down to unmute or answer call
  • Call management located on speaker. Answer/reject calls; increase/decrease speaker volume; mute (with compatible softphones and collaboration platforms – check compatibility with authorized Jabra Reseller)
  • Available in in stereo and mono variants. Microphone can only be used on right side.

In conclusion

The Jabra Evolve, and now Evolve2 Series are solid headsets with strong audio performance that should be considered for mass deployments or as options in hybrid work environments for home, office, or anywhere work happens to be. To learn more about setting up a pilot or proof of concept with Jabra solutions, contact us! Check out the video below to see the Jabra Evolve 30 II, Evolve2 30 and Evolve2 40 in side-by-side mic tests!

JPL Vision Mini

JPL Vision Mini Overview

The JPL Vision Mini is a small 1080p USB webcam with full HD glass lens. The webcam has a tri-fold hinged bracket with a gripper foot so it can be placed securely above your computer or laptop to allow long distance face to face meetings from your conference room or home office.

The JPL Vision Mini is compatible with all major video collaboration platforms and does not require additional software or downloads. It’s truly plug-n-play. This low-cost webcam is designed for personal use and is packed with great features including two built-in full duplexed microphones that provide awesome mic audio quality! (check out video below to hear for yourself)

JPL Vision Mini Features

  • 1080p HD 30fps CMOS Camera
  • Plug & Play solution – No software downloads needed
  • Full HD 1080p glass lens – No optical distortion
  • Two microphones – Built in dual stereo
  • 67° Field of view
  • Privacy lens cover included
  • USB-A connectivity
  • Desk mount, monitor mount or tripod option
  • AEC – Automatic Echo Cancellation
  • ANS – Automatic Noise Suppression
  • JPL Vision Mini is compatible with all major softphones. No additional software or downloads needed.

Video collaboration is here to stay for organizations small to large to stay connected with their team members in this new hybrid work model. If your business, or you personally are looking for an affordable, reliable, and easy to set up and use webcam, consider the JPL Vision Mini. Check out video below to see the webcam in action! Contact us for more info to learn more about the complete line of audio and video solutions available from JPL!

Cisco Webex 4K Desk Camera

Cisco Webex Desk Camera

The Cisco Webex Desk Camera is a premium USB web camera that provides high-quality video and audio for video conferencing, video streaming, and video recording.

Don’t let poor quality video get in the way of a great meeting, with superior 4K video, high-quality microphone audio, intelligent AI-based features, and IT device management no matter where you are, this webcam is the cream of the crop.

In this blog, we’ll list the specs and features of the Cisco Webex, and later we’ll link a video showcasing the camera and microphone quality!

Cisco Webex 4K Features

  • 4K Ultra HD Video
  • Provides superior video with outstanding clarity, rich colors, great smoothness, superb resolution and frame rate
  • iHDR Enabled Light Performance
  • Improves video quality in various light conditions Helps users always look the best on video calls
  • Auto Focus
  • Brings peace of mind by fast, clear and perfectly sharp focus
  • Adjustable FOV
  • Offers a convenient way to choose the ideal angle of view
  • Built-in Privacy Shutter
  • Controls the video streaming on and off to ensure the complete privacy as needed
  • Offers high quality microphone audio with background noise reduction
  • Face Detection and Recognition
  • Certifies with Windows Hello and allows secure facial recognition login through the IR sensor
  • Multiple Connection and Mounting Options
  • Includes both USB C-to-A and USB C-to-C cables for flexible PC connection plus multiple placement options with the camera clip and the tripod screw thread

Final Thoughts on the Cisco Webex 4K Desk Camera

This is no ordinary webcam. Whether you are working from home or the office, the Webex Desk Camera is perfect for hybrid working styles. Collaboration administrators can easily update and troubleshoot every Webex Desk Camera from the Webex Control Hub making deployment and management easy.

Being able to download the Cisco Webex Desk Camera App and personalize your personal webcam is a huge bonus. From changing the resolution (from low res to 4K), field of view (65, 70, 75 or 81 degrees – show more or less of your space), frame rate, to the color and saturation of your image, this webcam truly does it all. Plus, it’s compatible with all popular meeting or video applications (including Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Zoom, Google Meet and Google Hangouts, BlueJeans, Slack, FaceTime, etc.) And it’s Windows Hello compatible!

Personally, I think this is a great solution regardless of platform if you are looking for a premium webcam. If you want to see it in action along with available settings in the Cisco Webex Desk Camera App, watch video below! If you would like to set up a pilot or proof of concept for mass deployment, contact us!

Bluetooth Headsets Hybrid Work

My Top Picks for UC Bluetooth Headsets for Hybrid Work or Work from Anywhere

In our blog, Questions to ask when selecting audio and video devices for Hybrid Work we learned that organizations should understand if their team members setup is the same in their home as in their office.

If your team members use a computer (softphone) and mobile devices in both locations, here is a list of my top picks for UC Bluetooth Headsets for Hybrid Work, Work from Home, or Work from Anywhere. All models listed are compatible and/or certified with all major business communications and collaboration platforms to include Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco and more. All these headsets will pair to your mobile device via Bluetooth and your computer via included USB dongle. Check out this video below on Why you need a USB dongle:

UC Bluetooth Headsets with ANC Speakers

Based off my personal tests and our YouTube Channel viewer comments and feedback, here are my top picks based off overall audio quality, compatibility, ease of use, comfort, & portability. In no specific order:

You can find a complete list of ANC Headset Solutions from Poly, Cisco, EPOS, Jabra, Logitech, and Bose here.

Discreet UC Bluetooth Headsets

If you are looking for a discreet UC Bluetooth headset, here are some you may want to consider.

Poly Voyager Focus 5200 Bluetooth Headsets Hybrid Work

Budget-Friendly UC Bluetooth Headsets

If you are looking for a no-frills, get the job done, UC Bluetooth headsets starting at $159.95 USD, look at these options available in single or dual ear headband wearing styles from Poly and Jabra. Both series support corded USB mode if you forget to charge headset or are experiencing Bluetooth density problems. To help keep you productive and uninterrupted, both offer online indicator/busy lights to show you are in a call. Carry cases are included with all models to make it easy to transport between locations.

See the complete list of UC Bluetooth headsets designed for computer and mobile phone here!

If you would like to learn more about Hybrid Work audio and video devices for your team members, contact us directly Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm ET at 1-800-749-3160 or fill out this form! Don’t forget to ask about our Agent in a Box Service that can help simplify deployments by shipping all the components your employees in need in a single box right to their doorstep anywhere in the US, business, or residential addresses!

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Logitech Rally Bar | The Ultimate Conferencing Solution

The Logitech Rally Bar (Graphite, White) is an all-in-one video bar designed for mid-sized meeting rooms. A fellow content creator and tech geek, Ragnar Heil agreed to join me in providing a quick overview and audio and video test.

This Rally Bar can be used via simple USB plug and play or in Appliance Mode. The built-in compute allows you to run supported video conferencing applications such as Zoom directly from the device. Ragnar shares his top 3 features and together we provide group framing and mic pick up range tests and Ragnar also shares Logitech TAP.

So, what are the specs?

Camera

  • Resolution: 4K, 1440p, 1080p, 900p, 720p, and SD at 30fps
  • Pan: Motorized ±25°
  • Tilt: Motorized ±15°
  • Zoom: 15X HD zoom (5X optical, 3X digital available with upcoming software update) Diagonal field of view (dFoV): 90°
  • Horizontal Field of View: 82.1°
  • Vertical Field of View: 52.2°
  • Total Room Coverage: 132.1° Horizontal x 82.2° Vertical

Speakers

  • Drivers: 2x 70 mm / 2.7 in
  • Output: 90dB SPL @1W, 99dB SPL @8.0W, both +/-2dB at ½ meter
  • Sensitivity: 90+/-3dB SPL at 1W, ½ meter
  • THD: 1kHz < 2%

Microphones

  • Frequency response: 90Hz – 16kHz
  • Sensitivity: >-36dBFS +/-1 dB @ 1Pa
  • Microphone data rate output: 48 kHz
  • Pickup Range: 15 ft / 4.5 m
  • Beamforming Elements: Six omnidirectional digital MEMS microphones forming five adaptive acoustic broadside beams
  • Audio processing: AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation), VAD (Voice Activity Detector)
  • Noise suppression: AI filter
  • Add-on Mics: Supports up to 3 additional Rally Mic Pods for larger conference rooms

The Logitech Rally Bar has multiple features, mounting and configuration options that were not covered in our video. Out of the box you get the Rally Bar, USB Cable, HDMI Cable and Power Supply that allows you to connect directly to a computer and display to start using as a simple all-in-one video bar for midsized meeting spaces. If you would like to schedule time with a Logitech Video Collaboration expert to discuss Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams Rooms options, please contact us!

To see the Logitech Rally Bar in action, check out the video below!

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Lessons Learned in 2020 from WFH and Zooming

When we were all first sent to work from home, it was going to be a temporary thing. Many went home with minimal tools with the understanding they would be back in the office in a couple weeks. Weeks turned into months. Almost a year later and I am still working from home for the foreseeable future. Some organizations have elected to make remote work a permanent thing, so what lessons were learned in 2020 WFH and Zooming?

So what did I learn?

The ability to communicate and collaborate effectively is paramount. 2020 is the year when Zoom became a verb. Everyone was “Zooming”. (Even though other video platforms were also being used.) From company and team meetings, to virtual game nights, happy hours, and holiday celebrations, you Zoomed them. Regardless of video platform, these two things became very important:

  • Audio and Video Quality

Although video is extremely important, I am going to give audio quality a higher level of importance. How many video meetings did you attend where this happened?

  • “We can see you but can’t hear you”
  • “Are you muted?”
  • “Can you hear us?”
  • “Whoever is making that noise, can you please mute?”

Learning how to select the appropriate audio device via the various platforms is a first step. Knowing how to turn your video on and off is also key. And please learn how to mute and unmute. We all had moments where we saw and/or heard more than we should.

If you are like me, you utilized multiple video meeting platforms beyond Zoom to include Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, and more.

I am very fortunate that my role requires me to test multiple audio and video devices from leading brands like Jabra, Logitech, Poly, Cisco and EPOS, along with lesser-known brands like Konftel, JPL, Yealink and VDO360.

While open offices can be noisy environments, working from home present different sources of noise like other adults, children, pets, televisions, doorbells, lawn mowers, and other domestic noise! Some folks also deal with other sources of noise like trains, planes, traffic, construction and more!

Fortunately, there is no shortage of options when it comes to audio and video devices for WFH.

Audio Solutions for WFH

The audio quality from the built-in speakers and mics in a laptop are typically subpar. A professional grade corded USB headset will provide a much better audio experience for you and your audience. Additionally, many headsets offer the ability to answer and end calls, adjust volume up or down, and to enable the all-important mute function via an inline control or through the headset itself. Some headsets even offer a cool feature that places you on mute by simply flipping the boom arm up. If you need the flexibility to roam around your home office, it is best to get a Bluetooth or DECT wireless headset. Imagine having the ability to remain in a call while helping your kids start their online school, going to the kitchen for more coffee, or to go get your food delivery from the front door? Wireless headsets allow you to do this.

Another great feature that some headsets offer is Active Noise Canceling (ANC) speakers that help block out distracting noise and allow you to focus on your call or work.

Personally, I use a USB speakerphone. Speakerphones are a great option especially if you are in a “listen-only” webinar or conference call. Some offer full-duplex audio which allows for multiple users to communicate simultaneously.  Bluetooth and NFC are available in some speakerphone models to support pairing to your mobile device. Personally, I use two speakerphones. I use one connected to my PC for voice and video calls. The other is paired to my mobile device for streaming music.

Have a hard time deciding? Look at these videos!

Headset, Webcam, and Speakerphone Comparison Videos

Headset Mic Test Videos

Speakerphone Review and Audio Quality Test Videos

Video Solutions for WFH

The built-in camera in your laptop typically provides horrible video quality. During 2020 I had the privilege of testing several webcams and cameras. I learned that 1080p means something different to the various manufacturers. Many claimed 1080p but the video quality I experienced was not quite what I expected. I guess Logitech spoiled me and the rest of us. In my opinion, they continue to be the standard when it comes to video quality. That’s not to say other brands didn’t hold their own. In addition to video resolution quality, other factors to consider when selecting a webcam are:

Field of View (FOV)

Today webcams and cameras offer a FOV of 54 to 360 degrees! Essentially the lower the degrees, the less you see, and the higher, the more you see. Some folks prefer not to expose too much of their environment and surroundings to the outside world. While some would like as much of the room or space in view. Your individual use case will always determine what is best for you. Some cameras have software available that allows you to adjust FOV and other settings to improve overall video quality and experience.

Webcam System Requirements

Not every webcam works with every computer or operating system. Make a note of your computer and operating system, then check the requirements for the webcam. ​

Compatible and Certified

Beyond system and operating system requirements select webcams are compatible or certified for major platforms like Microsoft Teams, Cisco® Jabber®, Spark™, WebEx®, Zoom, Google Meet, Bluejeans, and more! ​

Built-in Microphone

Some webcams provide built-in microphones that are pretty good and some that are not. Check out these webcam videos that include mic tests! However, having a built-in microphone is beneficial in some use cases especially those with limited USB ports. A USB Headset or Speakerphone typically provide improved audio quality.

Privacy Shutter

Webcam privacy shutters/cover webcam lens to prevent others from “seeing” what the camera sees. ​ Some webcams have built-in shutters. ​ Some webcams provide lens cover you can affix to webcam. ​ Some webcams do not provide privacy shutter or cover. If privacy is important, please check to see if the webcam of interest includes a cover or not.

Cable Length

It is critical that you understand where end-user wishes to mount camera vs where camera will be connected. ​Cable lengths vary from webcam to webcam. 3ft – 6ft appear to be average cable lengths however some have shorter cables​.

While you can use a USB extension cable do not assume it will work. In order to maintain support for USB 2.0 or 3.0 requirements, there may be cable length restrictions, or you may need special powered USB cable (and even this may not work).

Other features:

  • Pan, Tilt, Zoom (PTZ) – Manual, Digital, Software based
  • Device Management Software
  • Windows Hello support
  • Built-in AI
  • Auto-framing, Intelligent Zoom
  • Tripod-ready and other mounting options
  • Rightlight2 Technology for clarity in various lighting environments
  • Autofocus

The point is, while a low-cost headset or webcam may sound appealing, it may not be the best solution for your use case today and in the future? Reminder, what started out as a short-term scenario has become long-term and permanent for many. Do you have the best tools to be as productive as possible while Zooming? To learn more about these solutions, contact us M-F, 8am-5pm ET! 📞 1-800-749-3160 or 📨 sales@calloneonline.com

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What’s the difference between ANC and NC?

Every day I hear customers requesting “ANC” or “NC” headsets. Some know the difference however many don’t. It’s kind of like “Bluetooth”. To some, “Bluetooth” simply means “wireless”. Whether it’s DECT, 2.4Ghz, 900Mhz is irrelevant to them. They want a “Bluetooth (Wireless)” headset. For this blog, I’m talking about headsets for professional use by Poly (formerly Plantronics), Jabra & Sennheiser.

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