Are you looking for the best video conferencing hardware for your business? There are no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to finding the best hardware. More than anything, it depends on the size of the room where you’ll be using it. To ensure the best user experience, as a room gets bigger and the number of participants increases, your hardware needs to scale. This is something you don’t want to overlook!
For example, in smaller conference rooms (for 5-6 people) a video sound bar would be more than enough (which is an all-in-one system that combine speakers, microphones, and a camera into one unit). But, as your meetings get bigger, people will be more spread out which means a more complex setup (and different hardware) to hold productive meetings.
Today, businesses of every size must avail to some sort of video conferencing solution in order to remain relevant. But with a so many brand choices, it can be tricky to find the bestvideo conferencing hardware for your business. For this reason, we offer some insight on what to consider by room size. We also include some recommendations on the best video conferencing hardware for huddle rooms (small rooms), conference rooms (medium sized rooms) and boardrooms (large rooms).
Video Conferencing Equipment for Smaller Rooms (4-6 people)
Smaller rooms like huddle rooms can only fit about four to six people. For this reason, you’ll need a wide view camera and a microphone. One thing to note, is that your microphone must have the ability to clearly pick up voices from only a few feet away without any feedback. In other words, the built-in camera and microphone you use on your laptop at home, will not be enough.
Our Equipment Recommendation
Video & Sound
The Yamaha CS-700 is an all-in-one system designed for smaller rooms like huddle rooms. This wall-mounted ZOOM certified video conference system mounts right under the display, solving the problem of table space. It also uses an ultra-wide 120° lens to capture all the participants within a 10′ range. Thus eliminating the need to continually pan throughout the room. The system also features a beamforming microphone array that picks up every word spoken in the room and a four-element speaker bar that delivers audio to the far end of the room.
Video Conferencing Equipment for Medium to Larger Rooms
Medium sized rooms like conference rooms, and larger rooms like boardrooms need more than a simple all-in-one-solution. That’s because as your room gets bigger your participants will be more spread out and likely too far away from the microphone for it to pick up their voices.
Our Equipment Recommendations
Speakers & Microphones
ADECIA Tabletop Microphone & Line Array Speaker Solution, automatically detects all components of the system and configures them to be optimized for the room environment. Additionally, it also accounts for the location of speakers and microphones. And the best part, it has a voice tracking function that automatically selects the microphone closest to the person speaking.
Camera: Huddle L1
Designed to make video meetings productive, Huddly conferencing camera provides Full-HD video of everyone in the room. In addition to this, it also captures everyone in sharp quality, thanks to a large image sensor and a custom lens. It can also retain an overview of the entire room, even while zoomed in. This allows it to capture data such as meeting room usage, occupancy, and people count.
Wireless Conferencing System: ClickShare CX-30
For meetings to be as productive as they can possibly be, participants need to feel engaged and inspired. ClickShare CX-30 from Barco offers a seamless wireless conferencing solution you can use on any device to bring teams together. In seconds, you are wirelessly connected to cameras, sound bars and other AV USB-peripherals in the room for a better, more immersive meeting experience.