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

Meeting spaces in a complicated bureau operation from dilettante video conferencing comforts and vast boardrooms, by unchanging assembly bedrooms to supposed ‘huddle rooms’. The latter are spontaneous spaces — maybe even a minimally segregated dilemma of an open-plan bureau — where unpretentious meetings can be held. Analyst organisation Wainhouse Research calls them “the watercooler for a next-generation worker.”

In new years Logitech’s business organisation has usually built a portfolio of PC-based video conferencing endpoints covering a operation of assembly spaces. These start with a £249.99 BCC950, designed for groups of adult to 4 people, commanding out with GROUP, that services assembly bedrooms with adult to 20 people and costs between £999 and £1,248. In a center there’s a cylindrical Connect, a unstable section designed for crowd bedrooms portion around 6 people that costs £449.99.

Logitech’s latest product is MeetUp, an choice to Connect for tiny assembly bedrooms and crowd rooms, charity a some-more compulsory (but reduction portable) form factor, a aloft spec — and a aloft £999 price. (All prices embody UK VAT).

We’ve all endured meetings where time has been squandered hooking laptops adult to rival video-conferencing gear, that afterwards fails to work with a on-board partnership software, or delivers sub-standard audio-visual opening and/or lacks a compulsory coherence and control. Let’s see how Logitech’s MeetUp shapes up.

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MeetUp measures 400mm by 104mm by 85m and weighs 1.04kg. At a behind (l-r) there is a remote control pairing button, a confidence slot, a USB-C port, a energy submit and a connector for a discretionary outmost prolongation microphone.


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Design

MeetUp fundamentally looks like an oversized webcam, with a executive camera flanked by ‘ears’ containing microphones, a orator and other components. It measures 400mm far-reaching by 104mm high by 85m deep, weighs 1.04kg and is powered around an AC adapter. It connects to a PC or laptop around a extensive (5m/16ft) USB-C to USB 2.0 cable. Also in a box is a slim, 83mm-square RF remote control, a wall mountain pack and a printed setup guide.

You couldn’t call MeetUp a ‘portable’ block of pack given that it requires mains power, though it’s positively compress and light adequate to be transportable between assembly spaces if your association isn’t adult for shopping mixed £1,000 devices. Logitech’s Connect is a some-more unstable choice as it’s smaller and lighter, and will work on battery energy — nonetheless it also has a lower-resolution camera with a narrower margin of view.

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The discretionary TV mountain costs £89.99 ($79).


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MeetUp can mountain alone on a integrated tiltable stand, or we can hang it on a granted wall mount. If you’re prepared to flare out another £89.99, there’s an discretionary mountain that allows we to postpone a discussion camera from a TV or monitor.

Setup is straightforward: usually block in a device and bond it to your PC (Windows 7 or higher), Mac (macOS 10.10 or higher) or Chromebook (Version 29.0.1547.70, Platform 4319.79.0) around a USB wire and you’re good to go, once you’ve educated your conferencing program to work with it. MeetUp has ‘business-grade’ acceptance for Skype for Business and Cisco Jabber, and boasts ‘enhanced integration’ with BlueJeans, Broadsoft, LifeSize Cloud, Vidyo and Zoom.

There’s no control program commissioned by default, for adjusting things like brightness, contrast, colour power and white balance, though we can download this, and more, from Logitech’s support website.

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MeetUp comes with a slim, block RF remote; we can also download a giveaway iOS or Android app to do a same pursuit over Bluetooth. There are no controls on a camera itself.


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The remote control is a coaster-sized device powered by dual CR2032 batteries that links to a MeetUp device around Bluetooth. There’s a symbol on a behind of a camera section that puts it into pairing mode on a prolonged press: do a same with a Bluetooth symbol on a remote itself and it’s done. The remaining buttons on a remote are: microphone mute; call answer; call end; volume up/down; wizz in/out; camera pan/tilt; camera home; and dual configurable preset buttons.

Should we disturb a remote, we can also control a MeetUp camera remotely around your iOS or Android smartphone if we download a Logitech ConferenceCam Soft Remote from a suitable app store.

Features

MeetUp’s camera is a motorised pan-tilt-zoom section ancillary adult to UltraHD 4K video (2160p) during 30 frames per second (fps) over a USB 3.0 wire (note that Logitech reserve a USB 2.0 cable, that usually supports adult to full HD 1080p video). The camera’s Logitech-designed lens captures a wide-angle 120-degree margin of perspective with minimal distortion, and pans an additional 25 degrees to a left and right, covering 170 degrees overall. It zooms to 5x, though note that this is digital wizz so there’s some detriment of picture quality: if we wish ‘lossless’ visual wizz (to 10x), you’re looking during a some-more costly Group product. Panning, zooming and sloping all work uniformly underneath remote control, both around a granted section and regulating a smartphone app.

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The discretionary puck-like prolongation mic costs £229 ($219.99) and extends MeetUp’s operation to 4.2m (14ft).


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Three beamforming, noise-isolating mics collect adult audio within a operation of 2.4 metres (8 feet) and will support for adult to 6 people. If we need some-more coverage, an discretionary prolongation mic will boost a operation to 4.2m (14ft) and participants adult to 8 people, though it’ll cost we a large £229 extra. The integrated orator sits in an acoustically dangling enclosing and is ‘voice optimised’, regulating vigilance estimate techniques like voice activity showing (VAD) and microphone credentials sound suppression.

Performance

We tested Logitech’s MeetUp regulating Skype on Windows 10 and macOS, and Google Hangouts on Windows 10. In all exam scenarios, setup and operation were trouble-free. Image peculiarity is good, a camera’s far-reaching observation angle unequivocally helps to equivocate a need for assembly participants to crowd together to get in shot, and a full-duplex audio subsystem coped good with near- and far-end participants talking simultaneously.

We’d cite it if a control program commissioned automatically when a camera section was plugged in, rather than carrying to go to Logitech’s support website and download it, though that’s a sincerely teenager gripe. Optical rather than digital wizz would be preferable too, nonetheless that would approaching boost a cost, that is already on a high side.

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The MeetUp Control program is a giveaway download from Logitech’s support website.


Image: Charles McLellan/ZDNet

Conclusions

If assembly space is tight, and your IT check rather reduction so, Logitech’s £999 ($899 in a US) MeetUp discussion camera fits a check for meetings with 6-8 participants.

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