Nowadays many devices such as laptops, tablets or mobile phones are already equipped with powerful speakers, microphones and cameras. In most of the cases, these integrated tools are totally sufficient.
Depending on the workplace situation, environment and conference setup you might need some additional devices to get the best results for your video meetings.
Since we have already acquired extensive experience which such devices, we gladly share our knowledge with you (not sponsored).
Webcams for PC / Laptop
These webcams possess a very good HD quality and deliver a very stable image even with diverse room light conditions. The integrated microphones allow handsfree talking without any problems.
If you use video conferencing for communicational reasons, a headset with an integrated microphone is needed, especially if you share your office. Basically, all headsets with integrated microphones are sufficient to fade out noises and disturbances.
We have very good experiences with the Crabot C3 Bluetooth headset. Although, you cannot see the microphone, it is built in. Moreover, it works with both USB and cable. You can decide.
Crabot C3 Bluetooth Headset
Another important reason for using headsets is when two or more people are taking part in the same video conference.
An echo canceller does eliminate the noise on the same client, but does not work when you practice handsfree speaking with two clients connected next to each other in the same room. In this case we recommend using a headset, too.
Or sit together in front of one PC and look into the same webcam when you do not have a headset available. 😉
Conference Room Equipment
For business meetings you will need more than a simple webcam or headset. Your camera needs to have a remote control and you need to get the audio of all people who participate in your meeting.
The loudspeakers for listening to the talks of remote participants should be of good quality as well, without bringing loopback noise into your online video meeting. We have good feedback reports and experiences with the following systems:
Equipment For Larger Audiences
In general, this type of business is not connected to our business. However, here is a short list of vendors who support equipping larger conference rooms and live stages.
When selecting devices for your video meetings, make sure to have USB interfaces available to connect your audio and video equipment with a PC since it makes it easy for connecting to eyeson.
Microphones for Webinar Audience and Q & A
Sometimes you have bigger conference rooms when showing your group video calls on a projector. Examples could be product presentations or talks. In such situations not everybody wants to actively participate. Therefore, a proper setup is not needed. A simple wireless microphone which is connected via USB is absolutely sufficient. For doing a Q & A session, the microphone can be simply handed over.
Therefore, a camera for showing all people and a standardized microphone provide a good setup. Good microphones with sufficient quality are easily available. Any microphone for karaoke or simple speeches can be used.
We used the following microphone and it worked perfectly for ranges up to 15m in the same room. However, feel free to look for others or similar microphones since we cannot compare it with others.
Happy collaborating! 😉