Logitech MeetUp review: A high quality small-room conference camera

MeetUp can stand alone on its integrated tiltable stand, or you can hang it on the supplied wall mount. If you’re prepared to fork out an additional ₤ 89.99, there’s an optional place that enables you to suspend the conference camera from a TV or screen.

We’ve all endured meetings where time has actually been thrown away hooking laptops up to stubborn video-conferencing gear, which after that stops working to work with the on-board collaboration software, or provides sub-standard audio-visual performance and/or does not have the required adaptability as well as control. Let’s see exactly how Logitech’s MeetUp tones up.

Logitech’s most recent product is MeetUp, an option to Connect for small conference room and also huddle rooms, providing an extra standard (however less mobile) form variable, a greater spec– and a greater ₤ 999 price. (All prices consist of UK VAT).

The remote is a coaster-sized tool powered by 2 CR2032 batteries that links to the MeetUp tool through Bluetooth. There’s a button on the back of the video camera device that places it into coupling setting on a long press: do the same with the Bluetooth switch on the remote itself and it’s done. The staying buttons on the remote are: microphone mute; phone call answer; call end; quantity up/down; zoom in/out; video camera pan/tilt; video camera residence; as well as two configurable preset switches.

You could not call MeetUp a ‘mobile’ piece of package given that it requires mains power, but it’s definitely small and also light sufficient to be transportable between conference areas if your company isn’t up for acquiring several ₤ 1,000 gadgets. Logitech’s Connect is a much more mobile option as it’s smaller sized and lighter, and will deal with battery power– although it additionally has a lower-resolution camera with a narrower field of view.

MeetUp generally appears like an extra-large webcam, with a central cam flanked by ‘ears’ consisting of microphones, a speaker as well as various other components. Logitech Meetup determines 400mm broad by 104mm high by 85m deep, weighs 1.04 kg and also is powered by means of an Air Conditioning adapter. It attaches to a PC or laptop computer using a prolonged (5m/16ft) USB-C to USB 2.0 cord. Likewise in the box is a slim, 83mm-square RF push-button control, a wall place set as well as a published setup overview.

In the last few years Logitech’s business team has gradually developed a portfolio of PC-based video conferencing endpoints covering a series of meeting areas. These begin with the ₤ 249.99 BCC950, created for groups of up to 4 people, peaking with GROUP, which services meeting rooms with up to 20 individuals and also expenses between ₤ 999 as well as ₤ 1,248. Between there’s the round Connect, a mobile device made for huddle rooms serving around 6 people that sets you back ₤ 449.99.

Meeting Logitech Rally in the contemporary office range from specialist video conferencing facilities and also huge boardrooms, via routine meeting rooms to supposed ‘huddle areas’. The latter are casual spaces– maybe even a minimally segregated corner of an open-plan office– where unscripted meetings can be held. Analyst company Wainhouse Research calls them “the watercooler for the next-generation employee.”

We checked Logitech’s MeetUp utilizing Skype on Windows 10 and macOS, and also Google Hangouts on Windows 10. In all examination circumstances, setup and procedure were trouble-free. Image top quality is great, the video camera’s vast watching angle really aids to prevent the requirement for conference individuals to gather together to get in shot, as well as the full-duplex audio subsystem coped well with close to- and far-end individuals chatting concurrently.