The Logitech Connect is a great portable huddle speaker and camera combination. It is designed to be used in meeting rooms, but because it is able to run on battery, then it means that it is capable to be able to be used anywhere there is internet access and a computer to connect to.
Weighing in at 766g it is extremely easy to move around, and placement is easy in most rooms with the 90deg field of view. This means that you can easily place it at one end of a meeting table and then have all the participants at the table in view. The microphone will comfortably pick up around 3.6 m radius and the microphone and speaker support full-duplex conversations, with built-in echo and noise canceling.Key specifications as detailed on the Logitech site include:
|Camera||Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels); 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients
H.264 UVC 1.5 with Scalable Video Coding (SVC)
Supports H.264 SVC 1080p, along with optimizations for best call performance in single or multiparty HD video
90° field of view with autofocus
4X digital zoom
Rightlight™ 2 Technology for clarity in various lighting environments, even low light
Digital pan, tilt and zoom from remote control or optional downloadable app
Mechanical tilt wheel
Camera LED for active streaming indication
|Speaker Phone||Integrated full duplex speakerphone with echo and noise cancellation
360° wideband audio
Bluetooth® and NFC enabled
LEDs for speakerphone streaming, mute, hold, and Bluetooth pairing
Controls for call answer/end, volume and mute
|Speaker||Frequency response: 140Hz – 16KHz
Sensitivity: 89dBSPL +/-3dB at 1W/0.5M
Max output: 91.5dBSPL at 0.5M
Distortion: <5% from 200Hz
|Microphone||Two omni-directional microphones supporting 3.6 m diameter range
Frequency response: 100Hz – 16KHz
Sensitivity: -34dB +/-3dB
Distortion: <1% @ 1KHz at 65dB
In the test case that I did, we used the Connect in a crowded room to transmit out a School Community meeting. We had 10 people in the room and after adjusting the room layout to be more ideal, we then used Skype for Business to be able to transmit out the meeting and have parents who were unable to attend physically, participate. This is where the Connect came into its own, very easy to set up, it would be something that an end user with little IT skill could get up and running quickly. The sound was clear, the remote participants were able to see and hear the room well. The speaker was able to transmit the sound clearly.
Skype for Business just simply saw the camera, the microphone and speaker and automatically connected for use. There are other options to be able to use the Connect as a gateway for mobile devices to able transmit from Android or Windows 8.1 and above devices, which would mean that showing presentations or screen sharing across sessions would become easy, with the ability to connect simply using the built-in NFC connection to get started.
Overall, a very simple product to use, with some great options for connectivity, and really good sound, both for the microphone and speaker.
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