Technically Logitech and Microsoft are direct competitors: the number one and number two manufacturers in the world of PC accessories.
But apparently one thing they agree on is Skype for Business.
Seen for the first time at Microsoft Ignite, Logitech announces Logitech SmartDock, an AV meeting room solution designed in collaboration with Microsoft.
Logitech SmartDock works with Skype for Business and qualified devices, including Logitech ConferenceCams, to provide a seamless, user-friendly touch-screen console to launch and manage video calls in any meeting space - from the huddle room to the large conference room.
With Logitech SmartDock, people can start meetings on time with one-touch join, then instantly project to the display in the room and share to remote participants via their Skype for Business clients on a smartphone or laptop. The Skype Room System also includes the ability to place or join an audio-only call. Users can leave their laptops behind, walk into a SmartDock-equipped conference room, and work together as if they were in the same room.
“Logitech and Skype for Business have teamed up for many years to deliver high-quality, easy-to-use devices that provide our customers with a premiere audio and video conferencing experience,” says Scott Wharton, GM Logitech video collaboration group. “With Logitech SmartDock, Skype for Business users can easily start video calls with one touch, share content in a meeting, and streamline the overall collaboration experience. Plus, Logitech SmartDock combines multiple components into a purpose-built, Skype Room System-certified solution, taking the guesswork and clutter out of the conference room.
Logitech SmartDock offers HDMI input and output, three USB 3.1 ports and gigabit Ethernet, allowing a variety of Skype Room Systems-certified devices to be connected, including Logitech ConferenceCams. In addition, a power-saving sensor conveniently activates the Logitech SmartDock when motion is detected in the meeting space, and automatically turns the display off when the room is empty.
Sharing content via HDMI is easy with 1080p 60fps input and capture. There’s an optional Logitech SmartDock Extender Box with a single five-meter cable integrating HDMI, USB, LAN and power (eliminates the need for a separate hub or power brick). With a pivoting, cast-metal base, the dock secures the tablet into place and a combination of tamper-resistant screws and a Kensington lock.
Logitech SmartDock will be available through authorized distributors in most Western European countries later this year, with additional availability in 2017. SmartDock has an MSRP of $599/€699 and will be sold as part of a Skype Room System package. The SmartDock Extender Box has an MSRP of $249/€299.
Sample Skype Room System packages include:
- Base Package: Includes Logitech SmartDock and a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 loaded with Skype Room Systems software.
- Huddle Room Package with Audio and Video Capabilities: Includes Base Package and Logitech ConferenceCam CONNECT.
- Large Room Package with Audio and Video Capabilities: Includes Base Package with Extender Box, and Logitech GROUP with two expansion mics.