We rely a lot on video conferencing to connect our offices in LA, San Antonio, Dallas, and remote workers in Chicago. Like you, we had a few personal Zoom Accounts but hadn’t invested in the Rooms hardware, it was not a great setup. We moved to BlueJeans because they had excellent hardware, albeit proprietary. Of course over the last couple years there have a been a few changes to the market. So we are coming back to Zoom with Zoom Rooms. They definitely get pricey but we love the experience for our staff. One-touch join with integration to Outlook Resources make it a breeze.
We kicked around the idea of Teams, we love it, and it’s great internally. But the demand from our staff working with external parties, Zoom still comes up on top. They have been making big strides with their integrations to work with Event software like EventBrite as well. Very slick. Teams is probably 95% as good, and much better in some aspects, take the non-profit pricing and Rooms licenses are like $10/mo it is a great deal. I’d hope we end up on Teams eventually.
After a lot of research, testing, and a bit of experience, we are going with Logitech Rally Plus and Meetup devices, with Neat Pads as our controllers. For our rooms this seems to be the only real choice. We wanted the one-touch experience, but also wanted to have an easy setup so that staff could bring in their laptop to connect to other systems like Google, Webex, etc. For us that works best when you can connect everything as easily as possible, which means these systems could just move one USB and HDMI or use something like the Logitech Swytch to make it even easier. We just got the Swytch devices in today but had issues with the DisplayLink drivers, hoping we can figure it out, because it’s about the best setup I’ve seen.
There is a pretty good amount of stock on eBay these days, and Provantage seems to have the deepest discounts we could find on new hardware.
We plan to be switched over from BlueJeans to Teams by the end of May, so I can have much more details soon.