Let’s define a huddle. It is for a group of say two to six people sitting adjacent to each other in an 180° U-shaped arc so they can all face the camera. It is not a Boardroom style meeting where you may need multiple table mics or camera switching.
Interestingly I have just finished reviewing the Logitech Brio 4K HDR Pro Webcam and while I mentioned it could be used for huddles the difference a purpose designed huddlecam makes is enormous. Buy the Brio for Windows Hello and 4K training videos – buy this for your huddle room.
Scott Wharton, vice-president and general manager of Logitech Video Collaboration, said, “As companies move to open floor plans, huddle spaces are becoming increasingly popular in workplaces today. But until now, the devices in these meeting spaces have been scaled-down versions of large room systems, offering a subpar video experience.
Logitech MeetUp is purpose-built for the huddle room and its unique video and audio requirements, making sure everyone at the table is clearly seen and heard. It provides a truly remarkable collaboration experience.”
- The MeetUp ConferenceCam
- Remote control
- USB cable
- Power supply
- Wall mount/hardware
Set up is easy – have a look at the very short video.
First impressions are a good build quality and a compact all-in-one design. It can sit on a credenza, or be wall mounted (supplied), or placed under or over a large screen TV using an optional VESA mount.
You need two connections – first the USB-A/C cable (supplied) from the computer to the camera and next, an HDMI connection from the computer to the TV. Next pair the Bluetooth Remote Contol Unit. You can also use the ConferenceCam soft remote Android or iOS app.
It works with almost any video conference application like Skype, Cisco, BlueJeans – a list of video collaboration partners is here. It can also act as a highly competent handsfree speaker phone.
The remote is simple to use – start/stop a call, mute, volume and the all-important pan, tilt and zoom.
It has 4K optics and a special Logitech engineered low distortion lens so you don’t see that “fisheye” effect. It will record 4K 3840 x 2160 @30fps but I recommend you broadcast at 720p @30fps to prevent the massive use of data.
Remote motorised Pan is 170° and tilt is +/- 25°. There is a 5x HD zoom that does not appear to induce noise at 720p.
The speaker is custom tuned to voice which means clearer high notes – bass/mids recessed and treble boosted – an Analytical sound signature which is perfect for conference calls.
It is capable of 95dB with THD below 1% at 10KHz. It also has acoustic echo cancel.
It has three omnidirectional mics with a 90Hz-16kHz frequency response – tuned for voice - in the unit that is good for sounds up to about 2.4m away. They use a beam forming technology that “aims” the microphone at the person talking.
You can reinforce this using an optional expansion Mic ($369.95) with a 6m USB-C cable. It is a wideband, noise cancelling device, has a mute button, and increases the pick-up range to 4.2 metres. You typically will not need the extra mic but its good to know you can get it.
It is also Cortana certified so you can use it for voice commands.
- Works extremely well for huddles
- Logitech quality
- Lives up to all specifications
- Optional mic when needed
- Might have been nice to have a Bluetooth connection to the notebook instead of USB
It costs $1399 and will be generally available from July. The expansion speaker is $369.95.
Logitech MeetUp meets all the criteria for success in these meeting spaces. It’s a sleek, simple, and affordable solution that has been designed from the ground up for small conference rooms. Logitech’s prowess in audio-video for real-time communications combined with the all-in-one design of MeetUp makes it very easy for customers to extend their video conferencing deployments
There are a couple of different takes on the unit below.