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Jabra Evolve2 55 vs Poly Voyager Focus 2

Jabra Evolve2 55 vs Poly Voyager Focus 2: A Comprehensive Comparison 

When it comes to high-quality, professional-grade headsets, the Jabra Evolve2 55 Series and the Poly Voyager Focus 2 Series are top contenders. Both series offer a range of features tailored for business use, but choosing between them can be challenging. This blog aims to provide a detailed comparison, helping you make an informed decision based on your specific needs. 

Overview 

  • Jabra Evolve2 55 Series: The Jabra Evolve2 55 offers 14 different variants, catering to a wide range of user preferences. The series features mono and stereo variants priced between $259 and $319. It comes with a 2-year warranty and supports both UC and Teams variants. 
  • Poly Voyager Focus 2 Series: This series includes eight variants, all stereo. The pricing ranges from $329.95 to $349.95, with a 2-year warranty. Like Jabra, it supports UC and Teams variants. 

Feature Comparison 

1. Active Noise Cancellation (ANC): 

Both series boast Active Noise Cancellation technology, providing an immersive and distraction-free listening experience.  

2. Charging Stand: 

Both offer charging stands with select variants or can be purchased separately. 

3. Talk Time: 

Jabra Evolve2 55: Up to 16 hours (with ANC/busylight off)/Up to 10 hours (with ANC on/busylight on)  

Poly Voyager Focus 2: – Up to 25 hours (ANC and online indicator off)/Up to 20 hours (ANC on and online indicator off)/Up to 18 hours (ANC off and online indicator on, default setting)/Up to 16 hours (ANC on and online indicator on, default setting) 

4. Headset Weight: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 55: Stereo 130g (4.59 oz), Mono 79g (2.79 oz) 
  • Poly Voyager Focus 2: Stereo 175 g (6.08 oz) 
Jabra Evolve2 55 vs Poly Voyager Focus 2

5. Comfort 

Comfort is very subjective. Based on my preferences, both series are comfortable enough to be worn for an 8-hour workday. I wore them for four hours, took them off for an hour lunch break, and then another four hours. Due to the weight and Jabra Air Comfort Technology, I’ll give the Jabra Evolve2 55 Stereo models a slight edge over the Voyager Focus 2. The key aspects of the Jabra Air Comfort Technology include: 

Redesigned Earcup Cushions: The earcup cushions are redesigned with a new pattern and material that evenly distributes pressure on the ears. This design helps reduce discomfort and fatigue during long periods of headset use. 

Softer, More Responsive Material Inside Ear Cups: The interior of the ear cups is lined with a softer and more responsive material. This change further contributes to relieving pressure on the ears, enhancing the overall comfort of the headset. 

Perforated Headband Design: The headset headband features a new perforated design. This design distributes pressure more evenly on the top of the head and improves air circulation, adding to the comfort during prolonged use. 

Rotating Flexible Ear Cups: The ear cups of the headset are designed to be flexible and rotate, moving with the user. This adaptability allows for a more personalized fit and prevents the headset from becoming a hindrance during various activities. 

Overall Fit and Comfort: With the combination of these features, Jabra Air Comfort Technology aims to provide a “light-as-air” fit. Users should feel minimal discomfort or pressure, even when wearing the headset for extended periods. 

Target Audience: This technology is particularly beneficial for professionals who frequently participate in long meetings or need to wear headsets for extended duration in the office and remote working setups. 

Jabra Evolve2 55 vs Poly Voyager Focus 2

6. Charging Type: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 55: USB-C or Charging Stand 
  • Poly Voyager Focus 2: Micro-USB or Charging Stand  

I think HP | Poly should standardize on USB-C charging type. Heck, even Apple has done so.  

7. USB Connectivity: 

Both series offer USB-A or USB-C variants. I’m hoping USB headset manufacturers will one day include USB-A and USB-C options in the box. While we’re seeing an increase in USB-C connectivity, many customers still have USB-A, and it’s sometimes a challenge for enterprise purchasing teams to know which USB type the end user has.

8. Manageability: 

9. Noise Canceling Mic Performance

Both have strong noise-canceling mic performance when paired with a computer or mobile phone. It’s powerful when used with noise suppression AI technology in UC platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, and Webex. We have over a hundred videos in this Headset Mic Tests YouTube Video Playlist if you want to hear how well these microphones perform. Here are some resources that share how to adjust Noise Suppression in Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, and Webex.  

Jabra Evolve2 55 vs Poly Voyager Focus 2

Comparative Matrix 

Feature

Jabra Evolve2 55

Poly Voyager Focus 2

Variants

14 

8

Price Range

$259-$319

$329.95 -$349.95

UC and Microsoft Teams Variants

Yes

Yes

ANC

Yes

Yes

Charging Stand

Yes (select variants) or sold separately

Yes (select variants) or sold separately

Talk Time

Up to 16h (ANC/busylight off), 10h (ANC on/busylight on)

Up to 25 hours (ANC and online indicator off)/ Up to 20 hours (ANC on and online indicator off); Up to 18 hours (ANC off and online indicator on, default setting)/ Up to 16 hours (ANC on and online indicator on, default setting)

Weight

Stereo 130g, Mono 79g

Stereo 175 g

Charging Type

USB-C or Charging Stand

Micro-USB or Charging Stand

USB Connectivity

USB-A or USB-C depending on variant

USB-A or USB-C depending on variant

Manageability Software

Jabra Direct, Sound+, Xpress

Poly Lens, Poly Lens Desktop App 

Conclusion 

The Jabra Evolve2 55 and the Poly Voyager Focus 2 series offer robust features for professional use. Your choice may depend on specific needs like budget, preference for mono or stereo, with or without a charging stand, battery life/talk time, or even the charging type you prefer.  

Contact an Authorized Jabra or HP | Poly Reseller like Call One, Inc. to learn more about professional audio and video solutions for your organization.  

Call One, Inc. is a nationally certified women’s business enterprise and woman-owned small business headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL.  We are B2B and provide professional-grade audio and video solutions for personal and team workspaces. We believe in the fundamental principle that people do business with people. Our passion is to help people do their business better by simplifying access to business communications and collaboration technology. 

Jabra Evolve2 55 vs Poly Voyager Focus 2

Model Listing and MSRP 

Jabra Evolve2 55 Series: 

  • 25599-889-999-01 Evolve2 55 Link380a UC Mono $259.00 
  • 25599-899-999-01 Evolve2 55 Link380a MS Mono $259.00 
  • 25599-889-899-01 Evolve2 55 Link380c UC Mono $259.00 
  • 25599-899-899-01 Evolve2 55 Link380c MS Mono $259.00 
  • 25599-989-999-01 Evolve2 55 Link380a UC Stereo $269.00 
  • 25599-999-999-01 Evolve2 55 Link380a MS Stereo $269.00 
  • 25599-989-899-01 Evolve2 55 Link380c UC Stereo $269.00 
  • 25599-999-899-01 Evolve2 55 Link380c MS Stereo $269.00 
  • 25599-889-989-01 Evolve2 55 Link380a UC Mono Stand $309.00 
  • 25599-899-989-01 Evolve2 55 Link380a MS Mono Stand $309.00 
  • 25599-989-989-01 Evolve2 55 Link380a UC Stereo Stand $319.00 
  • 25599-999-989-01 Evolve2 55 Link380a MS Stereo Stand $319.00 
  • 25599-989-889-01 Evolve2 55 Link380c UC Stereo Stand $319.00 
  • 25599-999-889-01 Evolve2 55 Link380c MS Stereo Stand $319.00 

Poly Voyager Focus 2 Series: 

  • 213727-01 VOYAGER FOCUS 2 UC, USB-A, CHARGE STAND $349.95 
  • 213726-01 VOYAGER FOCUS 2 UC, USB-A $329.95 
  • 214433-01 VOYAGER FOCUS 2 UC, USB-C, CHARGE STAND $349.95 
  • 214432-01 VOYAGER FOCUS 2 UC, USB-C $329.95 
  • 213727-02 VOYAGER FOCUS 2 UC-M, USB-A, CHARGE STAND $349.95 
  • 213726-02 VOYAGER FOCUS 2 UC-M, USB-A $329.95 
  • 214433-02 VOYAGER FOCUS 2 UC-M, USB-C, CHARGE STAND $349.95 
  • 214432-02 VOYAGER FOCUS 2 UC-M, USB-C $329.95 

Jabra PanaCast vs PanaCast 20: Which is Best for Your Video Conferencing Needs? 

In the era of remote work and digital collaboration, a reliable video conferencing setup is more critical than ever. Jabra offers two cutting-edge solutions: the PanaCast and PanaCast 20. While both are engineered to enhance your video calls, they cater to different use cases. Let’s dive into the specifics to help you choose the perfect device for your needs. 

Design and Build 

Jabra PanaCast is billed as the world’s first intelligent 180° Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video solution. It’s designed for professional environments and can be flexibly mounted on various surfaces for optimal coverage. 

Jabra PanaCast 20 offers personal, AI-enabled video conferencing with a portable design and integrated privacy cover. This device is tailored for individual users who need high-quality video on the go. 

Video Quality and Field of View 

The original PanaCast boasts an impressive 180° field of view in Panoramic-4K resolution, ensuring everyone in the meeting room is visible. The auto light correction and electronic Pan-Tilt-Zoom (ePTZ) maintain video quality in varying light conditions. 

Conversely, the PanaCast 20 features a narrower 90° field of view, but with the same 4K resolution. Its Intelligent Zoom, and Intelligent Lighting Optimization are designed to keep the focus on the individual, adjusting the frame and lighting in real time. 

Audio and Microphones 

Audio quality is crucial for clear communication. The PanaCast initially has its microphone disabled, requiring activation via Jabra Direct. Once enabled, it captures sound with clarity. (How do I enable/disable the built-in microphone on the Jabra PanaCast using Jabra Direct?

Jabra PanaCast vs PanaCast 20

The PanaCast 20 has three built-in MEMS microphones, providing an optimal range of up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) and ensuring crisp audio pickup directly out of the box. Get excellent audio by pairing with Jabra’s extensive professional-grade headsets and speakerphones. 

Connectivity and Compatibility 

Both devices connect via USB 3.0, ensuring fast and reliable video data transfer. However, the PanaCast offers additional compatibility with a USB 2.0 through the Jabra USB hub, making it more versatile for different setups. 

Innovative Features 

Jabra’s PanaCast includes Intelligent Zoom and Whiteboard, which are ideal for team settings. It can automatically capture and enhance a whiteboard’s content in real time. 

PanaCast 20 shines with personalization features such as Picture-in-Picture and On-device Background Effects, catering to personal users who need to control their video presentation intricately. 

Jabra PanaCast vs PanaCast 20

Use Cases 

Choose Jabra PanaCast if you are outfitting a meeting room and need to capture every participant or if your focus is on collaborative, interactive sessions involving whiteboards or large group discussions. I carry the Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundle everywhere I go. I have used it several times when people couldn’t join an in-person meeting, and there was no AV equipment in the room. The Jabra Meet Anywhere and Meet Anywhere+ bundles have everything you need to transform any space into a meeting place. A compact travel pouch keeps the intelligent Jabra PanaCast and premium Speak 750 in one easily portable place, so you can enjoy simple plug-and-play communication whenever needed. Check out this video! Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles | Unboxing and Overview 

Opt for the PanaCast 20 if you are a remote professional or educator seeking high-quality video and audio for one-on-one interactions or if you frequently move between workspaces and require a portable, personal solution. The Jabra PanaCast 20 has become my default webcam for video meetings and filming YouTube videos! Check out this video! Jabra PanaCast 20 Unboxing, Overview, Intelligent Zoom and PIP Demo 

Jabra PanaCast vs PanaCast 20

Price Point 

Considering the budget, PanaCast is priced at $550, reflecting its enterprise-focused features. The PanaCast 20, at $199, is more accessible for individual users or those needing a high-quality video solution without the breadth of a full room capture. 

Conclusion 

The Jabra PanaCast and PanaCast 20 cater to different environments but share the same commitment to quality. For expansive room coverage and interactive sessions, the PanaCast is unmatched. For personal use with intelligent framing and lighting, the PanaCast 20 excels. 

Evaluate your space, audience, and type of communication to make the best choice for your video conferencing needs. It’s best to contact an Authorized Jabra Reseller like Call One, Inc. to help guide your decision.  

Call One, Inc. is a nationally certified women’s business enterprise and woman-owned small business headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL.  We are B2B and provide professional-grade audio and video solutions for personal and team workspaces. We believe in the fundamental principle that people do business with people. Our passion is to help people do their business better by simplifying access to business communications and collaboration technology. 

Panacast

Manufacturer / Model 

Jabra PanaCast 

Jabra PanaCast 20 

MSRP 

$550.00 

$199.00 

Description 

Engineered to be the world’s first intelligent 180° Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video solution 

Engineered for intelligent AI-enabled personal video conferencing 

SKU 

8100-119 

8300-119 

What’s in the Box 

PanaCast Camera, USB-C to USB-A cable (1 m/3 ft) 

PanaCast 20, carry case, USB-C to USB-A cable 1.5m/4.9ft (USB 3.0) 

System Requirements 

Windows 7 or above macOS X 10.9 or above Linux Ubuntu 16.x or above Chrome OS USB 3.0 (supports USB 2.0 through the Jabra USB hub) 

Windows 10, compatible with macOS 10.15 and later, including macOS 11.x 

Video Platforms Supported 

Certified for use with Microsoft Teams, Zoom and works with Cisco Webex, and many more. For compatibility information go to jabra.com 

Certified for Microsoft Teams, Zoom certified, and works with all leading UC platforms 

Warranty 

Two years 

Two Years 

Resolution FPS 

Panoramic-4K: 3840 x 1080 @ 30fps 1080 Full HD: 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps 720p HD: 1280 x 720 @ 30fps 

Ultra HD 4k: 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 1080p Full HD: 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 720p HD: 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 

FOV 

Horizontal: 180° / Vertical: 54°/ Choose between 90°, 120°, 140° and 180° through Jabra Direct 

Horizontal: 90°, Vertical: 75°, Diagonal: 117° 

Zoom Capability 

Electronic Pan-Tilt-Zoom (ePTZ) 

Up to 3x lossless digital zoom at 720p 

Auto Light Correction 

Vivid HDR Optimizes video quality under varying lighting conditions 

Intelligent Lighting Optimization 

Microphones 

Two built-in HD microphones. The optimal microphone range is up to 2.5m/8ft. The microphones are off by default. You can change the setting using Jabra Direct, after which you must restart the camera for the change to take effect. 

Three built-in HD microphones. The optimal microphone range is up to 2.5 meters/8 feet. The microphones are off by default. You can change the setting using Jabra Direct, after which you must restart the camera for the change to take effect. 

Connection 

USB 3.0 

USB 3.0 Type C 

Privacy Shutter 

No 

Yes, built-in 

Cable Length 

1 m/3 ft 

1.5m/5ft 

Mount 

Flexible mount: For easy placement on top of your monitor or laptop, a tripod mount, optional Table Stand, and Wall Mount are available. 

Clip to any laptop screen or monitor or mount on a tripod 

Device Management 

Jabra Direct, Jabra Xpress 

Jabra Direct, Jabra Xpress 

Other Features 

Intelligent Zoom Automatically adjusts the field of view so everyone is included in the conversation. Whiteboard Captures anything you write on a whiteboard in real-time, enhancing readability. 180° Video-flip: Allows you to flip the video feed if the device is installed upside down 

Intelligent Zoom, Vivid HDR, Picture in Picture (PIP), On-device Background Effects 

 Jabra Evolve2 65 vs. Evolve2 65 Flex: Which is Right for You?  

The Jabra Evolve2 65 and Evolve2 65 Flex are excellent UC Bluetooth wireless headsets designed for hybrid workers, with several key differences. Here’s a comparison to help you decide which one is right for you: 

Price: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: The price range varies from $289 to $362 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: The price range varies from $329 to $389

Color: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Available in both black and beige options.  
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Only available in black.

Mono and Stereo: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Mono (single ear) and Stereo
    (dual ear) models are available. Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Only available in black.
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Only available in Stereo (dual ear). 

Flexible Design: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Can be folded into a compact form for easier storage and transport. Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Only available in Stereo (dual ear). 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Ear Cushions fold flat for easy storage and transport. 

Jabra Air Comfort Technology: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Includes Jabra Air Comfort technology, featuring redesigned earcup cushions, softer earcup material, and a perforated headband for improved comfort during long meetings and calls. 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Does not include Jabra Air Comfort Technology. 

What is Jabra Air Comfort Technology? 

Back-to-back meetings can mean being in a headset all day. To take the pressure off, Jabra has created a new comfort technology called Air Comfort. It features redesigned earcup cushions with a new pattern and material that distributes pressure on the ear more evenly. The inside of the ear cups have also been changed to a softer, more responsive material that helps to relieve pressure on the ears. The headband has a new perforated design that distributes pressure more evenly on the top of the head. This makes it feel like you’re not even wearing a headset during long meetings. Jabra Air Comfort technology was perfected by engineers over many years, so you can look forward to a new level of comfort during meetings and calls. Jabra Air Comfort comes with the Evolve2 65 Flex, Evolve2 55, and Evolve2 50

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Active Noise Cancellation (ANC): 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Provides Passive Noise Cancellation (PNC) using memory foam ear cushions and a new angled design. 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Includes Hybrid ANC and HearThrough features for noise cancellation and environmental awareness. 

Want to learn more about PNC vs. ANC? Check out this blog: Exploring the Difference Between Active and Passive Noise Cancellation in Headset Speakers 

Charging Options:

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Offers models with a charging stand, which can also be purchased separately. 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Offers models with a wireless charging pad with a lower profile, making it more portable. 

Summary:

  • Both headsets are suitable for hybrid work and work-from-anywhere setups. 
  • The Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex is preferred for its foldable design, sleek profile, thin earcups, hidden boom arm, wireless charging, long battery life, ANC speakers, and extreme comfort. 

Why Buy from Authorized Jabra Reseller: 

Authorized Jabra Resellers like Call One, Inc. provide subject matter expertise, pre-and post-sale support, genuine Jabra products, full warranties, and access to special incentives and programs. 

Here’s a comparison matrix for a more detailed overview: 

Model 

Jabra Evolve2 65 

Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex 

MSRP Range 

$289 – $362 

$329-$389 

Designed For 

Hybrid Worker 

Hybrid Worker 

Box Contents 

Headset, desk stand (SKU dependent) Jabra Link 380 BT adapter, 1.2m/3.9ft USB-C to 
USB-A cable, soft pouch, warranty, and warning (safety leaflets) 

Headset, Link 380 Bluetooth adapter, USB cable 1.2m/3.9ft, carry 
pouch, user documents, Wireless Charging Pad (SKU dependent) 

Connectivity 

Computer and Mobile Devices – Bluetooth, USB-C, USB-A 

Computer and Mobile Devices – Bluetooth, USB-C, USB-A 

Bluetooth Version 

Bluetooth 5.0  

Bluetooth 5.2  

Bluetooth Profiles 

HSP v1.2, HFP v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, PBAP v1.1, SPP v1.2 

A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, HFP v1.8, HSP v1.2, PBAP v1.1, SPP v1.2 

Headset Type 

Bluetooth Wireless can be used as a Corded USB device 

Bluetooth Wireless can be used as a Corded USB device 

Headset Weight 

Stereo 176.4g/6.22oz 
Mono 99.2g/3.49oz 

Stereo 136g | 4.8oz 

Warranty 

2 Years 

2 Years 

Busylight 

Yes 

Yes 

ANC 

No (Uses Passive Noise Cancellation) 

Yes – Hybrid ANC 

HearThrough 

No 

Yes 

Speaker Size 

40mm 

28mm 

Audio codecs supported 

SBC 

SBC 

Microphone Type 

3 Digital MEMS 

2 Analog MEMS / 4 Digital MEMS (Stereo) 

UC & Microsoft Teams Certified 

Yes 

Yes 

USB-A and USB-C  Models 

Yes 

Yes 

3.5mm Jack 

No 

No 

Wireless Range 

Up to 30m/100ft 

Up to 30m/100ft 

Wearing Style 

Headband – Single and Dual Ear 

Headband – Dual Ear Only 

Talk Time 

Up to 35hrs (with busylight off)/Up to 24hrs (with busylight on) 

Up to 20 hours (with ANC/busylight off)/Up to 15 hours (with ANC on/busylight on) 

Music Time 

Up to 37hrs 

Up to 32 hours (with ANC off)/Up to 21 hours (with ANC on) 

Charging Time 

Up to 90min 

Up to 120 minutes 

Software 

Jabra Direct, Jabra Sound+, Jabra Xpress 

Jabra Direct, Jabra Sound+, Jabra Xpress 

Number of Models 

20 

8 

 

Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex and Evolve2 65 Part Numbers, Models, and MSRP 

SKU

Model

MSRP

26599-899-999

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Mono Black

$289

26599-899-899

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Mono Black

$289

26599-889-999

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Mono Black

$289

26599-889-899

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Mono Black

$289

26599-999-999

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Stereo Black

$301

26599-999-899

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Stereo Black

$301

26599-999-998

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Stereo Beige

$301

26599-999-898

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Stereo Beige

$301

26599-989-999

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Stereo Black

$301

26599-989-899

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Stereo Black

$301

26599-989-998

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Stereo Beige

$301

26599-989-898

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Stereo Beige

$301

26599-899-989

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Mono Stand Black

$350

26599-899-889

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Mono Stand Black

$350

26599-889-989

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Mono Stand Black

$350

26599-889-889

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Mono Stand Black

$350

26599-999-989

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Stereo Stand Black

$362

26599-999-889

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Stereo Stand Black

$362

26599-989-989

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Stereo Stand Black

$362

26599-989-889

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Stereo Stand Black

$362

26699-989-999-01

Evolve2 65 Flex Link380a UC Stereo

$329

26699-999-999-01

Evolve2 65 Flex Link380a MS Stereo

$329

26699-989-899-01

Evolve2 65 Flex Link380c UC Stereo

$329

26699-999-899-01

Evolve2 65 Flex Link380c MS Stereo

$329

In summary, choosing the Jabra Evolve2 65 and Evolve2 65 Flex will depend on your preferences and priorities, such as color, design, ANC capabilities, and charging options. Both are designed to meet the needs of hybrid workers and offer a high level of comfort and functionality. 

Have questions or need more information? Contact us!  

My Favorite Home Office Technology

My Favorite Home Office Technology – The evolution of our home office from March 2020 to November 2022

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.

My Favorite Home Office Technology
My wife’s home office March 2020

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.

Changes to technology I’ve made in my home office:


My Favorite Home Office Technology
My home office March 2020

Since March 2020, I have tested hundreds of devices. In addition to my favorite pieces of technology, here are some devices I’ve tried recently:

    My Favorite Home Office Technology

    My Favorite Home Office Technology
    My home office November 2022

    Over the past few years, our hiring practices have shifted. We now employ team members across multiple states and cities.

    Logitech Brio

    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

    Monitor 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.

    Peripheral ports

    • 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

    Others

    • 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.

    In summary

    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 Favorite Home Office Technology
    My wife’s home office November 2022

    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!

    Online Room Configuration Guides

    Online Room Configuration Guides from Logitech, Poly, Jabra and Yealink 

    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!  

    Logitech Room Configurator

    Online Room Configuration Guides for Video Conferencing 

    Logitech Room Configurator 

    Walk through video:

    How it works: 

    • Answer a few quick questions about your space. 
    • What is your primary video conferencing platform? Choose the video conferencing platform your organization uses most often. 
      • Google Meet 
      • Microsoft Teams 
      • Zoom Rooms 
      • Ring Central 
    • 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. 
    • Finish up by selecting your software and services 

    Poly Spaces 

    Walk through video:

    How it works:  

    • 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
      • Poly 
      • Microsoft Teams 
      • Zoom 
    • Select Workspace
      • 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:
      • View Cabling
        • Room View 
        • Diagram View 
      • Check Coverage
        • Cameras 
        • Displays 
        • Speakers 
        • Microphones 
      • Show Materials
        • Featured Poly Hardware 
        • Poly Accessories 
        • Poly Service / Support 
      • Accessories
        • Available Poly Accessories 
        • Available Third-Party Accessories 
      • Options
        • List of available options by Poly or 3rd Party 
      • Download
        • You have to option to download a pdf of the results
           

    Jabra Video Solutions Guide 

    Online Room Configuration Guides

    Walk through video:

    How it works: 

    • 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?
        • Personal Solutions 
        • Teaching Solutions 
        • Meeting Solutions 
    • Question 2 of 3
      • Please select your platform
        • Personal Solutions
          • Microsoft Teams 
          • Zoom, Google, Others 
      • Teaching Solutions
        • Microsoft Teams 
        • Zoom, Google, Others 
      • Meeting Room Solutions
        • Bring your own laptop 
        • Teams Room 
        • Zoom Room
    • Question 3 of 3
      • Personal Solutions
        • Where do you work?
          • Home Office 
          • Office Desk 
          • Co-Working Space 
      • Once you select work space, you will be provided a list of Jabra audio, video, and accessories models including highlighted Recommended solutions.  
      • Teaching Solutions
        • Where do you work?
          • In the classroom 
          • From home 
        • 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?
          • Huddle Room 
          • 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.   

    Yealink Room Configurator 

    Online Room Configuration Guides

    Walk through video:

    • Click Get Started
      • A pop-up window recommending you login or register to a Yealink Support Account to enjoy more advanced feature (export/share/project files management) 
    • Select Seat Number and Room Type of Conferencing Room
      • Phone Room – 1-2 people – 1m x 1m 
      • Small Room – 3-7 people – 3m x 5m 
      • Medium Room – 7-12 people – 4m x 6m 
      • Large Room – 12-20 people 5m x 8m 
      • Ultra-Large Room – 20-40 people – 8m x 16m 
    • Select Core Kit to start
      • Different options will appear on the right side of the screen 
    • Choose Your Preferred Peripherals
      • Different options like cameras, audio, presentation tools, and other peripherals will appear on the right side of the screen.  
    • Choose your Preferred room accessories
      • Available accessories will appear on the right side of the screen.  
    • Add Optional Mounting Hardware and Cables
      • Depending on your selections, you will see a list of mounting hardware and cables.  
    • This is Your Room Design
      • 3D Diagram 
      • Wiring Diagram
        • X-Ray view of the room with hardware and cables and a legend
      • Seating Diagram
        • Shows Camera FOV and mic pick up range 
    • Picture – SKU – Category – Description – Qty 
    • Options to:
      • Start Over 
      • Share Save Proposal 

    How to connect Existing Headsets to a Desk Phone and Computer for Return To Office and Hybrid Work 

    Many companies deployed cloud-based communications platforms like Microsoft Teams and Zoom during the pandemic. USB headset demand and purchases skyrocketed now that employees use their computers to make and take voice and video calls. Some organizations have elected to return to the office or adopt a hybrid work model. The challenge is that the headsets employees use in their home offices may not be compatible with the desk phones in the office, or desk phone only headsets will now need to connect to computers.  

    Consumer USB headsets typically do not have options to support connectivity to a business desk phone. Fortunately, there are options to connect existing business-grade USB headsets from brands like Poly and Jabra to desk phones and computers. Some devices enable desk phone only headsets to connect to a computer.  

    Here are some available solutions. Contact a subject matter expert like Call One, Inc. for help with compatibility and more information.  

    Solutions to connect USB headsets to desk phones and computers

     

    Jabra Link 950 for USB-A or USB-C Headsets 

    The Jabra Link 950 enables you to use a compatible Jabra USB headset, either with just your desk phone or with your desk phone and softphone. Choose from Jabra’s wide range of corded and wireless USB headsets, and look for Bluetooth functionality if you also want the headset to connect to a mobile phone. Check if your Jabra headset is compatible here: jabra.com/help/link950/compatibility. 

    Resources:

    Poly MDA220 USB 

    The Poly MDA220 USB allows you to connect to PCs, Macs, desk phones, Poly USB headsets, and devices (corded, wireless, Bluetooth). As of writing this blog, here are the compatible Poly USB devices: Blackwire Family Voyager Family when used with a BT600. Audio 615 and 630M Savi 400 Series EncorePro USB Series Bluetooth USB Adapter BT600, BT300 Entera USB (HW111N, HW121N) DA70, DA80, DA90. Not compatible with Savi 8200 Office and UC Series. 

    Resources:

    Solutions to connect Jabra and Poly QD headsets to desk phones and computers 

    Jabra Link 860 
    Connect Headsets to a Desk Phone or Computer for Hybrid Work 

    The Jabra Link 860 is a flexible audio processor with dual connectivity to desk phones and softphones straight out of the box. With easy-to-reach buttons for mute, volume, and switching calls between desk phone and softphone, the Jabra Link 860 includes audio streaming: call recording, agent greeting, and transcribing.  

    Resources
    Poly MDA500 QD Series 
    Connect Headsets to a Desk Phone or Computer for Hybrid Work 

    The Poly MDA500 QD Series includes four models: MDA524 QD USB-A, MDA526 QD USB-A, MDA524 QD USB-C, and MDA526 QD USB-C. The MDA500 QD Series allows you to connect Plantronics standard QD and digital QD headsets and Y-Training cables.  

    Resources:

    Poly MDA100 QD Series 
    Connect Headsets to a Desk Phone or Computer for Hybrid Work 

    The Poly MDA100 QD Series is a lower-cost option to connect existing Plantronics QD headsets to desk phones and computers. There are two models: MDA100 QD and MDA105 QD.  

    The MDA105 QD includes a volume control feature.  

    Resources:

    Solutions to connect modular headsets to computers and desk phones 

    ZoomSwitch ZMS10-C / ZMS20-UC 

    Connect Headsets to a Desk Phone or Computer for Hybrid Work 

    The ZoomSwitch has been around for several years and was the original option to help organizations transition to computer-based telephony. The ZoomSwitch is still an outstanding solution as it supports DECT wireless headsets, wired modular headsets, or handsets to connect to a desk phone and computer.  

    Resources:

    Connect with a Subject Matter Expert 

    It’s always best to contact a subject matter expert to discuss headset solutions for return to the office and hybrid work. We completely understand the need for immediate solutions; however, organizations should be moving towards developing new device standards that support new ways of working. Poly, Jabra, EPOS, JPL, Logitech, Yealink, and others have multi-connectivity wireless headsets, Active Noise Cancelling Headset Solutions, and Corded USB headsets that align with the different workstyles and workspaces of today’s workforce.  

    Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles – Exceptional Value 

    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.

    Inexpensive Flexibility 

    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) 
    • 8402-229 Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere (Jabra PanaCast, Speak 750 UC, 1m / 3ft USB A-C cable, Travel Case) – MSRP $650 (USD) 
    • 8403-129 Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere+ (Jabra PanaCast, Speak 750 MS, Table Stand 1.8m / 5.9ft USB A-C cable, Travel Case) – Microsoft Teams Certified – MSRP $750 (USD) 
    • 8403-229 Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere+ (Jabra PanaCast, Speak 750 UC, Table Stand 1.8m / 5.9ft USB A-C cable, Travel Case) – MSRP $750 (USD) 

    Personal and Group 

    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 Meet Anywhere

    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 PanaCast Meet 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 PanaCast Meet 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.’ 

    Exceptional Value 

    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!  

    Video Enable All Meeting Spaces 

    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 
    • Video resolution 
    • Field of View (Fixed or Adjustable) 
    • Auto-Framing 
    • Auto-Focus 
    • Light Correction 
    • Built-in Microphones 
    • Privacy Shutter 
    • Mounting Options 
    • USB-A or USB-C 
    • Cable length 
    • All-in-one 
    • Warranty 
    • Additional features 
    • Price 

    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.  

    Video Enable All Meeting Spaces

    All-In-One Solutions  

    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!  

    Video Enable All Meeting Spaces

    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.  

    Contact an authorized reseller to schedule a virtual demonstration to see the solutions in action! 

    Video Bundles 

    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.  

    Logitech Video Conferencing Video Enable All Meeting Spaces

    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?

    Consumer vs. Business Audio and Video Devices

    Consumer vs. Business Audio and Video Devices 

    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.  

    Microsoft Teams Devices banner 2

    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.  

    Consumer Business Audio Video Devices

    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.  

    Consumer Business Audio Video Devices

    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! 

    Poly Lens devices Consumer Business Audio Video Devices

    Organizations need to consider developing audio and video device standards that provide device management software from these leading global brands:  

    Authorized Resellers 

    Authorized Resellers like Call One, Inc. can help your organization select business-grade audio and video devices that the appropriate software can remotely manage.  

    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.  

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    Personal Audio and Video Devices for Hybrid Work in 2022 

    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.

    Connectivity 

    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.  

    Platform 

    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

    Environment 

    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.