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Review: 4 low-cost videoconferencing devices keep you connected (video)

July 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options


The AVer VC520, the Lifesize Icon Flex, the Ricoh Unified Communication System (UCS) P3500 and the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect

Story and images by Brian Nadel / Computerworld

These four mobile video/audio kits can enhance face-to-face meetings with remote colleagues and clients relatively cheaply.

We all know that there's nothing like face time to get your point across at a company brainstorming session or to convince a reluctant customer to close the deal -- but these days, that is often not possible. Meeting remotely has become much more a part of standard business practice, especially with many employees located far from their company's main office and with businesses from small to large dealing with clients on an international scale.

Until recently, converting your meeting space to accommodate video communication with out-of-office participants meant you had to install expensive (and permanent) equipment -- or cope with an unsatisfactory speakerphone. However, new hardware is now available that can turn any office, cubicle or even caf� table into a videoconference zone.

The equipment doesn't have to bust the IT budget, either. According to Ira Weinstein, senior analyst at Wainhouse Research, the hottest sector of today's videoconferencing gear market is the low end. "Videoconferencing at work is growing tremendously quickly," observes Weinstein, adding that he's seen a 30% to 50% growth in the use of under-$2,500 videoconferencing technology at some of the big companies that Wainhouse works with.

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