We recently had the opportunity to try the new Logitech Meetup ConferenceCam camera/mic/speaker in our office. When I opened the box I was pleased to find a very neat product that has combined a quality microphone array, speaker, and camera into a single unit that is optimised for huddle/small meeting rooms (<3x3m).
When first powering up the unit, I was surprised to find that what appeared to be a fixed camera, is actually a motorized pan and tilt camera that has been cleverly disguised and integrated into the unit. The 4K sensor and digital zoom combine with the motorized pan and tilt to provide full PTZ capability with a field of view as wide as 120 degrees. This makes it ideal for small rooms where the meeting participants are close to the camera.
Admittedly, our 8-10 person boardroom (pictured at top) is not the scenario that the Meetup is designed for. However we found that the beamforming microphone array was effective, and produced excellent audio. A room of slightly smaller capacity is where the intelligent design of this device really shines. It appears that the microphones and speakers have been acoustically isolated with the microphones on one side and the speaker on the other side of the device so they don’t interfere with each other. Having the microphone, speaker, and camera at the front of the room also encourages meeting participants to face towards the screen, rather than talking ‘at’ a table mic/speaker, thus providing a more personal meeting experience.
The Meetup also supports an additional auxiliary table microphone that can be purchased separately to increase the microphone performance.
The unit is supplied with an RF remote control, a power adaptor, a wall mount bracket, and a generous 5m USB cable which make positioning and cabling as easy as possible without the need for USB extenders. The supplied USB cable is USB 2.0 (to a USB type C connector), but you can connect a USB 3.0 cable if you want to use the full 4K resolution (as opposed to 1080p) of the camera. I’m not aware of many UC/VC apps that support 4K cameras at this stage, so it is reasonable that it ships with a USB 2.0 cable.
The remote control which is paired with the unit (using Bluetooth I presume) has call controls, volume controls, camera controls, and 3 camera PTZ presets.
Mounting of the device has been well thought through with table top and wall mounting hardware included. You can also purchase a kit that allows it to be connected to the display mount and sit above or below the display.
Overall, the Logitech Meetup ConferenceCam is an excellent piece of design. We see this device as a perfect fit for room PC/BYOD style huddle rooms where it can be connected to a dedicated room PC or a meeting participants laptop, and a fantastic solution when bundled together with the Logitech Smart Dock Skype Room System.