New Yealink UC Workstation and WH66

The Yealink UC Workstation and WH66 as well as WH67 will redefine your workspace. This device features a DECT Wireless Headset, Speakerphone, Qi Wireless Mobile Phone Charger, 4-inch touch screen, Built-in USB Hub (two additional USB ports), connectivity to PC and Mobile Devices, compatible with all major communications platforms to include Zoom and Microsoft Teams. This device has a ton of features to support a variety of use cases for work from home, open offices, and independent offices. Plus, it has great NC mic performance and wireless range for ultimate flexibility.

So, what’s it like?

All-in-one UC Workstation

The Yealink UC Workstation is more than a single base, it eases the management of business communication demands and other USB devices. It also delivers great flexibility with a set of integrated features to facilitate your daily routine. It is professional, collaborative, and available.

Wireless Freedom & All Day Power

No matter when and where your conversation begins, the Yealink WH66 can always catch up your steps. With up to 160m wireless range and 14 hours talk time, it is suitable for users’ daily communication needs. In addition, the product supports high density installation in the open office, which allows up to 200 users (Europe) enjoy the wireless communication at the same time.

One For All Devices Management

The Yealink USB Connect is available for the management of multiple Yealink USB devices, including headsets, speakerphones, and webcams. All the settings can be done through Yealink USB Connect, for example, the setting of the basic and premium function of WH66, which is convenient and efficient for daily use.

Our Experience with the work station

Here at Call One, we are loving this new Yealink UC Workstation and WH66. When it comes to conferencing, mobile use, and headset range, this might be the top dog in Q1 and Q2 of 2021. There is so much to cover on this new product, so stay tuned for more blogs and videos. Check out our latest where we breakdown this new product:

Poly Savi 8200 Series – 8220 and 8245. What’s better?

In this post, we test the NC mics of the Poly Savi 8240 and the 8245 UC along with Close Conversation Limiting (CCL) feature. We also include a mic test and CCL testing of the Savi 8220 headset. Do the mics perform similarly or is one better than the other? Lets take a look at the Poly Savi 8200 Series.

Poly Savi 8220 – $299.95

The Poly Savi 8200 Series delivers enterprise-grade DECT audio for a premium listening experience in two headset styles – stereo (Savi 8220) and mono (Savi 8210). The Savi 8220 delivers hi-fi stereo sound, whether you’re calling customers or colleagues or listening to music. Also, active noise canceling (ANC) blocks out background noise so you can always stay focused on what’s important.

The Savi 8210 is ideal when you need to be dialed into calls but also hear what’s going on around you. Whichever model you choose, you’ll sound your best even in noisy environments. For the most sensitive environments, you can turn up noise canceling with the close conversation limiting feature (configurable in Plantronics Hub) for additional privacy.

Features

  • Wireless multi-device connectivity
  • Noise-canceling microphone with Close Conversation Limiting
  • One-touch controls
  • Up to 13 hours of talk time
  • Flexible microphone boom
  • Voice alerts
  • Ringer in the base
  • Enjoy wireless freedom up to 590 ft/180 m

Poly Savi 8245 – $239.95

Today’s enterprise and contact center professionals work on a range of devices-from PCs and Macs to mobile phones and desk phones. The Poly Savi 8200 Office Series headset bases have 3-way connectivity-computer, desk phone and mobile phone-for convenient conferencing on up to two devices at once. And users can choose from three wearing styles: mono, stereo and convertible.

Features

  • Go wireless and enjoy the music you love with the 8245 headset
  • DECT 6.0 frequency band transmits your voice over numerous channels and gives transcendent voice and sound quality
  • Sit comfortably anywhere in your room as the 8245 offers wireless range of up to 590.6 ft
  • Great for Audio/Visual Labs, Assisted
    Listening Systems and more that have a Mono jack for non-stereo use
  • Listen to deep lows and euphoric highs with a frequency range of sound from 20 Hz-20 kHz
  • Your voice will be heard loud and clear with the boom microphone
  • These supra-aural Savi give you the comfort of portability

If you would like to see a more in depth overview of these products, check out our most recent video below. If you have any questions regarding the Poly Savi 8200 family, please reach out to one of our sales reps at; 1-800-749-3160 or sales@calloneonline.com. Thanks for tuning in!

Remember Huddle Rooms

Remember when Huddle Rooms were all the rage?

Remember when huddle rooms were all the rage? All the top research and analyst firms had a ton of statistics like there were 32+ million huddle rooms globally with less than two percent being video enabled and that huddle-room meetings would grow exponentially to represent almost 70% of all video conferencing room meetings by 2022. Those statistics had manufacturers and businesses working overtime to ensure huddle rooms had the appropriate tech to support this boom.

No one expected what happened in 2020. Video conferencing did increase exponentially however, not in huddle rooms. Instead, people joined video calls right from the comfort (or discomfort) of their homes.

Because of COVID-19 there has been a huge increase in desktop video, remote learning and telehealth.

So what happens to all those huddle rooms? I don’t believe huddle spaces are going the way of the dodo bird however, their design and use may be different. Many organizations are retrofitting and redesigning their meeting spaces to support the new normal where health and safety are of utmost concern. They are reducing the number of people by 50% or more depending on size of room to maintain social distancing guidelines.

Some companies are in the process of implementing or are developing hybrid strategies that encompass a mix of in-office and remote work schedules. Some are considering making them private workspaces or a room where an individual can conduct training to the masses via video. And some businesses, haven’t done anything at all. The spaces are just sitting there as their teams continue to work from home.

Regardless, video conferencing and collaboration is here to stay. Brands like Logitech, Konftel, Yealink, Jabra and Poly have developed a broad range of video solutions to support any size room across the multiple video platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

We’re interested in hearing what your business is doing with huddle rooms. Drop us a comment. If you would like to learn more about video conferencing solutions for your meeting spaces, contact us!

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How Embrava Desk Sign helps with Office Hoteling

Many companies are making the shift to modern agile work environments such as Office Hoteling to improve workplace productivity, collaboration and employee experience while reducing real estate and operating costs. When implementing these hybrid work environments, it’s critical to simplify the process of booking workspaces, locating staff, and analyzing desk usage data. With that said we’re proud to present the Embrava Desk Sign designed for the modern work Office.

So, What Exactly Is The Embrava Desk Sign?

Social Distancing

Allows company/facility managers to disable and enable desks on demand so they can keep employees at a safe distance. Desks can be brought back online progressively with one-click once restrictions start to ease.

Awaiting Clean

You can no implement a desk cleaning protocol with the Embrava Desk Sign. Desks can be automatically disabled after employee use and easily enabled again once cleaned, and confirmed, by having the cleaner tap their badge on the device.

Contact Tracing

When enabled, the Desk Sign can capture who sat where and when. In the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19, our solution can help identify which workspaces were used by that employee and which colleagues may have come into contact with them so the appropriate actions can be undertaken. The Desk Sign will automatically display a users name and update your wayfinding/location services as soon as an employee checks into a workspace allowing users to easily find and identify each other as they move around an agile work environment.

In Conclusion

The Embrava Desk Sign is a simple to use, easy learning, business solution. It’s a safe way for your facility to return to office. Want to try it for you and your company? You can contact us to start a POC / pilot. If you want to learn more about this great solution, check out our most recent video below and head over to our YouTube Channel and subscribe for more videos like this. Thanks for tuning in!

Poly Sync vs Konftel Ego

12 Days of Call One | Day 10 | Poly Sync 20 vs Konftel Ego

The Poly Sync 20 and Konftel Ego both have MSRP of $169. Both are compatible with all major UC platforms to include Microsoft Teams. In this overview, we go over similarities, differences, and unique features of each. We also do a mic pickup range test and a new thing we want to start including with Speakerphone videos, we do our best to allow you to hear speaker audio quality of each. Take a look and listen, which would you choose for your use case?

POLY SYNC

Features

  • Enjoy remarkable sound from meetings to music
  • Reduce echo and noise so everyone hears you clearly
  • Slim and portable – take it with you anywhere
  • It goes as long as you do with up to 20 hours of battery life

GRAB THE PERFECT SPEAKERPHONE FOR MEETINGS AND MUSIC, WHEREVER YOUR DAY TAKES YOU

Let’s face it: the audio on your laptop and smartphone aren’t great. Sound like the professional you are with Poly Sync 20 USB/Bluetooth smart speakerphone—for remarkable audio anywhere. The Poly Sync 20 is Zoom certified for a seamless Zoom communication experience.

KEEP THE FOCUS ON YOUR VOICE WITH MULTI-MICROPHONES THAT TRACK THE TALKER, NOT THE NOISE.

Focus on what’s being said and help keep echo and noise out of the meeting with the smart multi-microphone array. You and your remote participants sound amazing with the high-performance speaker.

PROGRAM YOUR FAVORITE FUNCTION SO IT WORKS WITH A SINGLE TOUCH.

A programmable button puts your favorite function at your fingertips—play/pause music, last-number redial and voice assistant—it’s up to you. What’s the status of a call? You’ll know even from a distance by the highly visible light bar.

KONFTEL EGO

Despite its size, the Ego delivers crystal-clear sound thanks to Konftel’s unique OmniSound audio technology. It’s ideal for a meeting with a couple colleagues in one of your smaller conference rooms or in a hotel room when you are away from the office.

Features

  • Small and portable
  • Compatible with Skype for Business
  • Meeting size: up to 6 people
  • OmniSound® with HD audio
  • LCD screen

The Konftel Ego works seamlessly with Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, Avaya Communicator and other conferencing tools. The Ego has a headset port, and the built-in battery gives you the option of completely cordless use. A smart and clear LCD screen on the Konftel Ego makes it easy to see which function is active. LEDs also light up on the side in different colors to indicate the function. In short, the Konftel Ego gives you full and effortless control. The Konftel Ego also received a Red Dot Award for “Excellent product design” in early 2016!

See how both the Poly Sync 20 and Konftel Ego preform in a head to head test! What are your thoughts? If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us: 1-800-749-3160 or contact us here.

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VDO 360 3SEE | All-In-One Camera! | 12 Days of Call One | Day 8

Meet the 3SEE. VDO360 presents the latest addition to the SEE family. 4K video, 90-degree FOV, far field audio, and speakers as well! A single USB cable is all you need.

The Specs

4K Video

Get seen with affordable, high definition 4k video, no matter where you are.

USB 3.0 PLUG AND PLAY

Plug-and-play capability makes the VDO360 3SEE easy to use. When you need to look and sound your best, this is the webcam you want. Work smarter. Communicate better.

ONE YEAR WARRANTY

The 3SEE Comes standard with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty

Camera, Lens Parameters

  • Imaging sensor: 1/3.2 inch CMOS 
  • Effective pixels: Approx. 8 million 
  • Video format: MJPEG, YuY2 
  • Focal length: Pf=2.8mm
  • Minimum illumination: 0.5 Lux 
  • White balance: Auto
  • Focus Mode: Fixed
  • Image color: 24 bit 
  • Backlight compensation: Supports 
  • Picture adjustment: Brightness, chroma, saturation, contrast, sharpness 
  • Field of view (horizontal): 90° 

Interface Parameters 

  • Video interface: Type C 
  • Video Compression Format: USB 3 
  • Power interface: 5 VDC 

Mic Parameters 

  • Array quantity: 4 
  • Arrangement: Linear 
  • Sampling frequency 16KHz / 48KHz 
  • Sensitivity: -29dBFs 
  • Far field pickup distance: 0-8 meters 
  • Horizontal angle: 180° 
  • SNR 65.5 db
  • Mode: Full duplex 

Speaker Parameters 

  • Quantity: 2 
  • Power: 2W x 2
  • Impedance: 4Ω 
  • Size: 27mm *16.5mmH

Take a look at this chart comparing other VD0360 solutions:

1SEE2SEE3SEE
ImageVDO360 1SEEVDO360 VDOS4M 2SEEVDO360 Webcam
SKUVDO1CVDOS4MVDOSMS
MSRP$75$139$299
MicsNo44
SpeakerNoNo2
MagnificationFixedFixedFixed
Special FeaturePassthrough USB port on rear of camera for data. Use headsets, USB thumb drives, wireless mouse dongles, even when the camera is off. Solid billet aluminum construction.Great video with a far-field mic array that picks up your voice from up to eight meters away.All-in-one solution. Has 4k video, the same four-speaker array as the 2SEE, and stereo sound. Connects via USB C for power and data.
Great ForWFH, Distance Education, Call CentersWFH, Distance Education, TeachersWFH, New Normal collaboration spaces at the office, Streaming
BUY NOWBUY NOWBUY NOW

The VDO360 3SEE puts out an outstanding 4K picture. In terms of audio, it receives the same ranking. This camera is truly an all-in-one solution, built and priced properly. If you want to learn more about this product check out our YouTube video below where we overview, test, and share our opinions on the VDO360 3SEE camera: Feel free to reach out with any question Via YouTube, Social Media, or directly to our call center: 1-800-749-3160 or contact us here

Yealink CP 700 and CP 900

12 Days of Call One | Day Five | Yealink CP700 vs CP900

Yealink offers portable USB/Bluetooth speakerphones for personal use, small groups and on the go. Speakerphones are a great addition to your collaboration devices tool kit along with a great headset. The Yealink CP700 and CP900 support all major VoIP and UC platforms like Avaya, Broadsoft, Counterpath, Google, Microsoft, Vonage, and Zoom. With portable design in mind, the CP700 speakerphones have a lightweight design and are small and compact enough to carry in a laptop bag or backpack. (A travel case is also included.)

The Yealink CP900 is designed with six directional microphones positioned around the base, which pick up sound from any direction in 360 degrees, so participants do not need to huddle round the speakerphone while speaking, enabling them to converse naturally in an immersive, flexible setting. Both models include a dedicated Microsoft Teams button. Not only can they be used for voice and video calls, but you can also stream media like your favorite music! Which Yealink Speakerphone is best for you and your work environment?

The Specs

CP700

  • The Yealink CP700 is a portable, personal speakerphone that offers plug-and-play connectivity; plug into your PC, tablet and smartphone via Bluetooth wireless pairing or USB wired connection.
  • The CP700 packs Yealink HD voice quality, with two omnidirectional microphones and Yealink audio algorithms for an elaborate speakerphone experience and 360-degree voice pickup ability.
  • With high-quality echo cancellation, you can keep yourself focused on video conferencing and virtual meetings, without the hassle of feedback.
  • For calls on the go, the Yealink CP700 provides up to 10-hour talk time and premium battery life, as well as call controls accessible on the device directly.
  • The speakerphone also comes with a protective zipper bag, so you can carry it back and forth from working from home to the office.

CP900

  • Premium HD Voice for calls and music
  • 360-degree microphone pickup range of 6.5ft distance
  • Six-microphone beam-forming array for full-duplex performance
  • USB or Bluetooth connectivity for notebooks, smartphones and tablets
  • Portable design
  • Compatible with T53, T53W, T54W and T57W phones if running V85 firmware
  • USB connectivity

So, between the two, which speakerphone performs better? Check out our video where we test, overview, and share our opinions on the Yealink CP700 and CP900. Enjoy!

VDO 360 SEEME

12 Days of Call One | Day Three VDO 360 SEEME – $50 Webcam

VDO360 presents an Enterprise-grade personal webcam. Optimized for laptop use, the VDO 360 SEEME connects via USB2.0 with no drivers needed- Easy to use, simply plug it in for a full 1080p webcam with the great audio you have come to expect from VDO360.

Deep Dive

  • 2 million pixels
  • Mic Distance: 40mm
  • Image area: 5.85mm × 3.27mm
  • OS Support: WinXP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 / Linux with UVC(above linux-2.6.26)
  • MAC-OS X 10.4.8 or later / WinCE with UVC / Android 4.0 or above with UVC
  • Field of view: 75°(W)
  • Power: USB 5V

Performance

We have covered a few VDO products in the past, but nothing quite as interesting as this one. The VDO 360 SEEME puts out a surprisingly good 1080p picture, and a strong microphone pickup. With  a sampling rate of 16KHz/48KHz and a Resolution: 1920*1080@30fps / 1280*720@30fps / 640*480*30fps, the $50 price tag is well worth it. Compared to webcams in the same price range, the blows all competition out of the water. Take a look at this graph (Comparing other VDO360 products)

SEEME1SEE2SEE
IMAGEVDO 360 SEEMEVDO360 VDOS4M 2SEE
SKUVDOCMEVDO1CVDOS4M
MSRP$50$75$139
Mics2No4
SpeakerNoNoNo
MagnificationFixedFixedFixed
Special featureBudget minded, great video and audioPassthrough USB port on rear of camera for data. Use headsets, USB thumb drives, wireless mouse dongles, even when the camera is off. Solid billet aluminum construction.Great video with a far-field mic array that picks up your voice from up to eight meters away.
Great forWFH, Distance Education, Students, general useWFH, Distance Education, Call CentersWFH, Distance Education, Teachers
BUY NOWBUY NOWBUY NOW

Compared to the 2See, the only thing you get is two extra microphones and an $89 price difference. You can almost get two VDO 360 SEEME webcams at that price! On the other hand, the 2see is used for much different use cases, therefore quality, FOV, and range will be a little bit better. However, for the average WFH employee, distance education student, and other general users, this is the webcam to go with.

Overall, we were blown away with the VDO 360 SEEME. Checkout the video below and see for yourself. If you like the video, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up, share, and subscribe! Feel free to leave a comment or suggest a new products for us to cover.

Best headsets and speakerphones for Zoomsgiving

Best Webcams and Speakerphones for Zoomsgiving and other celebrations!

The year is 2020 and we’ve done virtually everything…virtually. The holidays are no different. Many will be celebrating physically apart connected via video meeting platform from Zoom, Microsoft, Cisco, Google, or other available options.

The focus of this blog will center around things to consider when selecting a webcam or camera to capture the moment this Zoomsgiving or other celebrations! Two key things to consider are the field of view (FOV) and audio. Celebrations will range from one to one, one to many, and many to many. In order to capture everyone in the frame, a wider field of view is optimal. FOV ranges from 54 degrees to 180 degrees depending on brand and camera model. Some brands offer software that allows you to adjust FOV and other settings to improve overall video quality.

Smartphones and tablets today have nice built-in cameras that can access multiple video meeting and conferencing apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, etc. Enjoy the moment by getting a stand or mount to hold the phone or tablet. Depending on where you position the smartphone, you may want to consider a Bluetooth Speakerphone to set in the middle of the table so everyone can hear and be heard.

Best Webcams and Speakerphones for Zoomsgiving
Mobile image quality

Many laptops have built-in cameras, microphones, and speakers. The video quality may not be the best and almost always, the built-in audio in laptops is horrendously bad. It’s best to look at an external webcam and audio device for Zoom or Teams conferencing.

Best Webcams and Speakerphones for Zoomsgiving
Laptop image quality

The new Logitech C505e offers a FOV of 60 degrees. (Watch Logitech C505e Video). This tighter shot is great for one person.

These cameras offer a wider field of view that can be adjusted via remote control or software:

Watch the video to see these cameras in action to see some of the best webcams and speakerphones for Zoomsgiving!

Lastly, you will want to look at a good USB or Bluetooth speakerphone designed to work with the various video meeting platforms and applications. Strongly consider a speakerphone that offers full duplex for more natural conversation. The new Jabra Speak 750 and Poly Sync 20 offer full-duplex audio while on Zoom calls!

Jabra Speak 750 video https://youtu.be/ANwzNdCEXrY

Poly Sync 20 video https://youtu.be/GkbPGy-aYWg

See a full list of webcams and speakerphones here!

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Video Collaboration in 2020

Video Collaboration is crucial for companies in 2020.

Video conferencing and collaboration was already being widely used in business thanks to easy to use cloud-based platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Cisco Webex. The pandemic accelerated it to new heights. What solutions are best for you are highly dependent on use case.

Leading video conferencing solution providers offer a wide range of options to fit all use cases and applications. How does your company use video collaboration in 2020? If this is an option for your team, joining the collaboration train can boost site, video, and project attraction. For more information check out our video: