It has been over a year since Chromebox for Meetings was introduced. Google’s enterprise solution for conference video calls has served its purpose like a champ. Not much has changed, but the Search Giant figures it’s now time to expand. They have announced a new Chromebox for Meetings bundle targeted at bigger companies with larger conference rooms and more users.
For those who have been living under a rock, Chromebox for meeting pretty much uses Hangouts and the simplicity of Chrome OS to put together a simple, fast and affordable conference call system for businesses (starts at only $999). Chrome OS is super easy to manage, as it’s a cloud-based OS. Not to mention Google has great support for enterprise.
There’s multiple reasons why this new Chromebox for Meetings hardware is better. For starters, Google is offering a pan-tilt-zoom USB camera that captures live video at 1080p and can really take a look at everyone in a large conference room. Because people can sit pretty far from each other at sizable environments, Google also found the need to include an extra speaker. Now you can conveniently place a couple speaker/microphone devices where you see best fit.
Aside from the hardware improvements, the Search Giant is also catering to big businesses by improving dual-screen support, allowing you to connect two monitors for a much richer experience. Full-screen mode and extra management controls have also been included in the software side of things.
You can’t expect all this extra bang for no extra buck, especially in the enterprise market. These video call hardware bundles are to cost a hefty $1999. It sure isn’t cheap, but some companies spend fortunes in similar solutions, and nothing really beats the simplicity of Chrome OS.
This large room bundle is said to serve up to 20 people, whereas the previous iteration only covered up to 8 users. That is a huge difference, and we can see some of you business people taking good advantage of this. You can always go to the official Chromebox for Meetings website to learn more and sign up to use this with your team. Have any of you tested Chromebox for Meetings? What do you think of it?