With the growing self-sufficiency of computers and mobile devices, the need for peripherals in video conferencing sector is apparently facing a slow-death. Is it, or are we imagining things? Let’s find out.
The popularity of software-based video conferencing systems as well as hardware-based platforms have decidedly taken a hit. Hardware sales are plummeting and the reason industry experts are citing this is the emergence of software and cloud-based collaboration tools that are allowing companies to make use of video conferencing without the infrastructure and maintenance expenses.
Peripherals make software-based video conferencing a better choice
Besides the lower cost and dependency on infrastructure, another factor that has contributed to the success of software-based video conferencing is that it allows the use of peripherals to improve the audio and video experience of the user. In fact, the lack of right appliance can stand in your way of a great video conferencing experience even when you have the best of device, software, and connection.
Which peripherals are important? That’s a great question. Here are the peripherals you need to consider so as to get the most out of your video conferencing system.
Webcam enables crisp and clear video
The camera is the first and the foremost requirement for any software-based video conference. While most laptops are designed with a built-in camera, desktop computers do not have this feature. Moreover, your laptop’s built-in camera may be positioned in such a way that it does not allow you to use your video conferencing software to its fullest potential. You will mostly face this issue in case of systems that support HD. You can, however, opt for high-definition webcams to improve your video conferencing experience. Two of the best picks include Logitech’s HD Pro Webcam C920 and Cisco Tandberg Precision HD USB Camera.
Audio peripherals offer excellent sound clarity
Hardware-based video conferencing solutions typically consist of good echo cancellation features. However, this feature is missing from most software solutions, which leads to a sort of interference when the sound produced by the device’s speakers is received by the microphone of the same device. This problem can be solved by using devices like headphones, headsets and speakerphones empowered with echo-cancelling features. You should consider the following audio devices for best results.
One of the simplest audio peripherals, headphones, are great for shutting out the echoes coming from the microphone of your device. In fact, you can use any headphone to fix this issue. So, use a headseat, just to be safe.
Equipped with microphones, headsets are absolute must-haves if you are a single user looking to solve echo problems. Since they are directly placed on your ears and can carry the audio directly from your mouth, headsets can enhance your video conferencing experience to a great extent.
Perfect for multiple users, these are the most expensive audio devices on the list. Besides echo cancellation abilities, they are also aesthetically more advanced than others in that you don’t need to wrap them around your head so they are more comfortable and allow better movement without hampering the call quality.
As you can see, peripherals are essential in determining the quality of your video conferences. While it’s true that laptops and mobile devices consist of all the features required to set up a video conferencing session, they cannot match up to the experience that these specialized peripherals can offer.
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