Logitech debuts budget video conferencing hardware

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Swiss components provider Logitech has debuted a new HD, wide-angle video conferencing and collaboration system for medium to large-sized conference rooms – groups of up to 14 people, or 20 with optional added microphones, it says.

The new offering, Logitech GROUP, is designed to be affordable and easy to use, while providing HD audio via four omnidirectional mics, noise-cancelling facilities, and 1080p video with a 90-degree field of view.

According to the company, Logitech GROUP “works with virtually any UC or video collaboration software”, including Lync, Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, and WebEx on Windows, Mac, or Chromebook platforms, meaning that organisations can use the same room configuration for whichever UC application is already deployed.

“Until now, people looking to collaborate over video were faced with a choice between installing high-priced, purpose-built systems, or crowding around a laptop that’s placed at the end of a table,” said Scott Wharton, general manager of the Logitech video collaboration group. “This resulted in a poor experience with coworkers packed together like sardines or falling out of the frame.

“Traditional video conferencing systems are no longer the only option for enterprises. We see an expanding variety of category-defying solutions using audio/video peripherals in the meeting room to connect to a PC or mobile device,” said Andrew W. Davis, senior partner at Wainhouse Research.

“This fast-growing class of easy-to-use and low-cost solutions is creating a new market that traditional solutions could never reach.”

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