Logitech Takes Enterprise Class Video Conferencing Mainstream With Group Works
The Logitech GROUP was designed to enable HD video conferencing with up to 10 people. However, that number can be expanded to 20 if businesses spring for optional expansion microphones so that everyone has a voice. As the follow-up to the ConferenceCam CC3000e, the Logitech GROUP carries on the torch of top-notch performance in critical situations with a metal casing, LCD display, 5 camera presets, a dockable remote control, Bluetooth pairing, NFC connectivity, full-duplex speakerphone and four beam-forming omnidirectional microphones.
When it comes to optics, the Logitech GROUP doesn’t disappoint thanks to 1080p (H.264) video @ 30fps, a 90-degree field of view, and smooth pan and tilt controls makes it easy to see all team members. In addition, 10x lossless HD zoom allows participants to easily focus in on everything being presented in a conference room be it physical objects, or writing on a whiteboard.
Compatibility is king, and the Logitech GROUP supports Windows, Mac and Chrome OS platforms. In addition, application support is extensive, as the GROUP is certified for use with popular packages ranging from Skype for Business to Cisco Jabber to Microsoft Lync 2013.
“Logitech GROUP provides the best of both worlds, an affordable solution optimized for large rooms with a wide field of view and crystal clear audio quality,” said Logitech Video Collaboration Group General Manager Scott Wharton. “Plus, it works with virtually any UC or video collaboration software and is so easy to use that you don’t need IT support to help get your meeting started.”
The Logitech Group ships in March and is priced at $999, which will get you the base system that supports up to 10 participants. For $1,249, Logitech will throw in two expansion microphones which ups that figure to 20. If you decided to buy the base system, then later decide that you need expansion capabilities, purchasing the microphones separately will cost you $299, negating the $50 package savings.