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[Micronet] Accessories Suggestions for Laptops - USB Cameras, Speakers, Microphones

Beth Muramoto
We have installed LCD monitors in all our classrooms so that users can connect their laptops into them and do presentations, but also to do video conferencing. They have been doing Skype and some Blue Jeans.

The quality of the video, sound and microphones have been woefully substandard on the laptops so we'd like to purchase accessories that our users can check out, connect to their laptops (compatible to both PCs and Macs) and improve all those qualities.

As for price range, we don't want to go cheap (unless we can get quality for cheap) because that would be a poor investment, but we can't afford high end either. Something mid-range would be great if such a thing exists.

Does anyone have any product suggestions? Much as I love shopping, doing a search for web cams, speakers and mikes is a bit overwhelming with all of the options available and yet being careful to not buy something that will turn out to be disappointing.  I'm not an expert when it comes to that kind of equipment so any guidance is appreciated.

Thanks as always.


Beth


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Beth Muramoto
Computer Resource Specialist
Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
1650 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email:  mailto:[hidden email]
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Fax:  (510) 643-6239

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in – forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

                            -Emerson

This is the essence of forgiveness. You can't change what happened but you can make sure it doesn't have the power to prevent you from being happy tomorrow.
                           
                             -Paul Boese

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Re: [Micronet] Accessories Suggestions for Laptops - USB Cameras, Speakers, Microphones

Ian Crew
I don't have specific suggestions, but most stuff from http://monoprice.com does very well on the price vs performance scale (pretty good quality for not a lot of money), in my experience, so I'd take a look there. 

Ian

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On May 9, 2014, at 8:42 AM, Beth J MURAMOTO <[hidden email]> wrote:

We have installed LCD monitors in all our classrooms so that users can connect their laptops into them and do presentations, but also to do video conferencing. They have been doing Skype and some Blue Jeans.

The quality of the video, sound and microphones have been woefully substandard on the laptops so we'd like to purchase accessories that our users can check out, connect to their laptops (compatible to both PCs and Macs) and improve all those qualities.

As for price range, we don't want to go cheap (unless we can get quality for cheap) because that would be a poor investment, but we can't afford high end either. Something mid-range would be great if such a thing exists.

Does anyone have any product suggestions? Much as I love shopping, doing a search for web cams, speakers and mikes is a bit overwhelming with all of the options available and yet being careful to not buy something that will turn out to be disappointing.  I'm not an expert when it comes to that kind of equipment so any guidance is appreciated.

Thanks as always.


Beth


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Beth Muramoto
Computer Resource Specialist
Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
1650 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email:  mailto:[hidden email]
Phone:  (510) 643-0203 
Fax:  (510) 643-6239

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in – forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

                            -Emerson

This is the essence of forgiveness. You can't change what happened but you can make sure it doesn't have the power to prevent you from being happy tomorrow.
                           
                             -Paul Boese

“Kind words do not cost much yet they accomplish much.” 

                            -Blaise Pascal


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Re: [Micronet] Accessories Suggestions for Laptops - USB Cameras, Speakers, Microphones

Stephen James Dalton
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Hi Beth,

 

We’re rolling out a number of webcams and have been super-happy with the Logitech c920 webcam – it’s got built-in mic, HD video, not terribly annoying software (which doesn’t have to be used when running BlueJeans). As for speakers, we’ve just been using the basic Dell externals at about $20 a set, or I’ve got a couple sets of Sony MDR-ZX100 headphones. All of this is available through normal BearBuy channels.

 

Cheers,

Steve Dalton, Computer Resource Specialist II

REIT Helpdesk, 2000 Carleton St, Room 240, Berkeley CA 94704

510.697.4198          [hidden email]

 

From: [hidden email] [mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Ian Crew
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 8:54 AM
To: Beth J MURAMOTO
Cc: micronet group Micronet
Subject: Re: [Micronet] Accessories Suggestions for Laptops - USB Cameras, Speakers, Microphones

 

I don't have specific suggestions, but most stuff from http://monoprice.com does very well on the price vs performance scale (pretty good quality for not a lot of money), in my experience, so I'd take a look there. 

 

Ian

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On May 9, 2014, at 8:42 AM, Beth J MURAMOTO <[hidden email]> wrote:

We have installed LCD monitors in all our classrooms so that users can connect their laptops into them and do presentations, but also to do video conferencing. They have been doing Skype and some Blue Jeans.

 

The quality of the video, sound and microphones have been woefully substandard on the laptops so we'd like to purchase accessories that our users can check out, connect to their laptops (compatible to both PCs and Macs) and improve all those qualities.

 

As for price range, we don't want to go cheap (unless we can get quality for cheap) because that would be a poor investment, but we can't afford high end either. Something mid-range would be great if such a thing exists.

 

Does anyone have any product suggestions? Much as I love shopping, doing a search for web cams, speakers and mikes is a bit overwhelming with all of the options available and yet being careful to not buy something that will turn out to be disappointing.  I'm not an expert when it comes to that kind of equipment so any guidance is appreciated.

 

Thanks as always.

 

 

Beth

 

 

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Beth Muramoto
Computer Resource Specialist
Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
1650 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email:  mailto:[hidden email]
Phone:  (510) 643-0203 
Fax:  (510) 643-6239

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in – forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

                            -Emerson

 

This is the essence of forgiveness. You can't change what happened but you can make sure it doesn't have the power to prevent you from being happy tomorrow.

                           

                             -Paul Boese

 

“Kind words do not cost much yet they accomplish much.” 

 

                            -Blaise Pascal

 


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Re: [Micronet] Accessories Suggestions for Laptops - USB Cameras, Speakers, Microphones

SERGEY SHEVTCHENKO
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Hello Beth,

I would highly recommend the Logitech c930e webcam. Its a 1080p camera with 90 degrees FOV (typical webcams have 78) and it has decent dual microphones built-in. Its also part of their business-class devices, so no special drivers are installed when its connected. We've been using a pair to live-steam a class to students on the east coast through BlueJeans, and they have worked great. However, video quality also depends on the power of the computer and the strength of the internet connection.

Sergey Shevtchenko
Interim IT Director
Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley
tel.: (510) 643-0077


On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 8:42 AM, Beth J MURAMOTO <[hidden email]> wrote:
We have installed LCD monitors in all our classrooms so that users can connect their laptops into them and do presentations, but also to do video conferencing. They have been doing Skype and some Blue Jeans.

The quality of the video, sound and microphones have been woefully substandard on the laptops so we'd like to purchase accessories that our users can check out, connect to their laptops (compatible to both PCs and Macs) and improve all those qualities.

As for price range, we don't want to go cheap (unless we can get quality for cheap) because that would be a poor investment, but we can't afford high end either. Something mid-range would be great if such a thing exists.

Does anyone have any product suggestions? Much as I love shopping, doing a search for web cams, speakers and mikes is a bit overwhelming with all of the options available and yet being careful to not buy something that will turn out to be disappointing.  I'm not an expert when it comes to that kind of equipment so any guidance is appreciated.

Thanks as always.


Beth


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Beth Muramoto
Computer Resource Specialist
Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
1650 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email:  mailto:[hidden email]
Phone:  (510) 643-0203 
Fax:  (510) 643-6239

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in – forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

                            -Emerson

This is the essence of forgiveness. You can't change what happened but you can make sure it doesn't have the power to prevent you from being happy tomorrow.
                           
                             -Paul Boese

“Kind words do not cost much yet they accomplish much.” 

                            -Blaise Pascal


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Re: [Micronet] Accessories Suggestions for Laptops - USB Cameras, Speakers, Microphones

secabeen
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The Polycom PC Communicators might fit your needs for the voice side:
http://www.polycom.com/products-services/voice/desktop-solutions/pc-speakerphones.html

--Ted

On 5/9/2014 8:42 AM, Beth J MURAMOTO wrote:

> We have installed LCD monitors in all our classrooms so that users can
> connect their laptops into them and do presentations, but also to do
> video conferencing. They have been doing Skype and some Blue Jeans.
>
> The quality of the video, sound and microphones have been woefully
> substandard on the laptops so we'd like to purchase accessories that our
> users can check out, connect to their laptops (compatible to both PCs
> and Macs) and improve all those qualities.
>
> As for price range, we don't want to go cheap (unless we can get quality
> for cheap) because that would be a poor investment, but we can't afford
> high end either. Something mid-range would be great if such a thing exists.
>
> Does anyone have any product suggestions? Much as I love shopping, doing
> a search for web cams, speakers and mikes is a bit overwhelming with all
> of the options available and yet being careful to not buy something that
> will turn out to be disappointing.  I'm not an expert when it comes to
> that kind of equipment so any guidance is appreciated.
>
> Thanks as always.
>
>
> Beth
>
>
> --
> ***********************************************
> Beth Muramoto
> Computer Resource Specialist
> Graduate School of Education
> University of California, Berkeley
> 1650 Tolman Hall
> Berkeley, CA 94720
> Email:  mailto:[hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>
> Phone:  (510) 643-0203
> Fax:  (510) 643-6239
>
> “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some
> blunders and absurdities have crept in – forget them as soon as you can.
> Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a
> spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
>
>                             -Emerson
>
> This is the essence of forgiveness. You can't change what happened but
> you can make sure it doesn't have the power to prevent you from being
> happy tomorrow.
>                            
>                              -Paul Boese
>
> “Kind words do not cost much yet they accomplish much.”
>
>                             -Blaise Pascal
>
>
> ***********************************************
>
>
>
>  
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