Lifesize ICON 700 and Phone Hd Review: The Peak of Quality

Lifesize makes 4K videoconferencing a reality for SMBs, and combines it with classy cloud management services

Story by Dave Mitchell, IT Pro

Lifesize has always had a sharp focus – if you’ll pardon the pun – on cloud-based videoconferencing. Its Icon 700 camera and Phone HD speakerphone pack takes this to the next level: it’s a true 4K solution, yet its encoding software has bandwidth requirements as low as 3Mbits/sec. Combine this hardware bundle with Lifesize’s cloud portal and client apps and you’ve got a total package that can cover an entire meeting room, while also connecting people at their desks and on the go. Even those who don’t have the software can join in using Lifesize’s web app for Chrome.

The Lifesize system is a cinch to set up. The web-based administration portal is very informative, with a dashboard showing all call details in easy-to-read graph form. From here you can add users by sending them a link, allowing them to download apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. There’s an Outlook plugin and a Chrome extension for creating meeting schedules, too.

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