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What’s New (Kensington, NEC, Maxhub, HP, Poly & Brother)

Communicate like a pro

Kensington is introducing an ecosystem of software and accessories that enables users to optimise how they appear on camera when in the office, at home or on the road. In addition to Kensington Konnect video conferencing software, which allows users to customise webcam configurations for different environments, apply different video effects (e.g. black and white, cool or warm) and adjust display settings, the Kensington Professional Video Conferencing series includes a variety of plug-and-play accessories, such as high-resolution auto-focus webcams with omni-directional microphones, a ring light and mounting systems for microphones, webcams and lighting. www.kensington.com/en-gb/

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In your own time

NEC has expanded its UNIVERGE BLUE portfolio of cloud-based services with the launch of a virtual event service, UNIVERGE BLUE MEET WEBINAR, and a new connector that enables users of on-premises NEC phone systems to take advantage of cloud-based services, such as video conferencing, calling, team chat and file sharing, while maintaining their existing infrastructure. UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT BRIDGE adds cloud-based functionality to existing NEC phone systems via desktop and mobile apps, enabling customers to migrate to the cloud at their own pace, adding the tools hybrid workers need to communicate and collaborate while keeping their existing phone system and phone numbers. When a business is ready to move fully to cloud-based UC, it can do so with zero downtime and no interruptions. UNIVERGE BLUE MEET WEBINAR provides a complete set of webinar tools and capabilities, including integrations, analytics, polling and customisation, with easy joining from any device. www.univergeblue.com

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New from MAXHUB

Hub and speak

New from MAXHUB, the in-house brand of interactive flat panel display manufacturer CVTE, the UC S10 Pro communications hub is designed to overcome many of the pain points associated with virtual meetings and collaboration. Features include one click wireless screen-sharing of up to four screens; HDMI 2.0 4K camera output; intelligent face recognition, a 120° field of view and auto-framing to ensure visibility of all meeting participants; crisp audio with built-in noise reduction, echo cancellation and voice pickup over 8 metres; and an 8W speakerphone. https://maxhub.com/en/ucs10-pro

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HP Elite mt645 G7 Mobile Thin Client

Cloud-first devices

HP is launching half a dozen new devices designed for cloud-first computing, including HP Elite Chromebooks and peripherals, HP thin clients (desktop and mobile) and updates to the HP Thin Client OS and HP Cloud Endpoint Manager, which gives IT teams a better way to manage growing fleets of HP thin clients. The new solutions meet growing demand for purpose-built cloud endpoints which, combined with virtualised desktops and applications, provide hybrid workers in mission-critical roles with resilience, performance and security. New models include the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise, HP Elite c645 G2 Chromebook Enterprise, the HP Elite c640 G3 Chromebook Enterprise, HP Elite t655 Thin Client, HP Elite mt645 G7 Mobile Thin Client and HP Pro mt440 G4 Mobile Thin Client. www.hp.com

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Poly Sync 10

Music to your ears

The plug and play  Poly Sync 10 USB powered, portable speakerphone converts any home office into a personal conference room. Compatible with all major collaboration applications (and certified by Microsoft and Zoom), the all-in-one unit features a two-microphone steerable array that focuses attention on the speaker’s voice and a Hi-Fi quality speaker and power amplifier that doubles as a music speaker. Other standout features include touchsensitive controls with clear LED indicators for controlling calls, IP64 dust and waterproof resistance to prevent damage from spilt water or coffee and USB-A and USB-C connectors. https://www.poly.com/us/en/products/ phones/sync/sync-10

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Built for speed

Brother has launched a new range of A4 desktop scanners fully compatible with Kofax software for converting scanned pages into searchable and editable text/ PDFs. Built for high volume applications where speed and accuracy are vital (e.g. healthcare, retail and legal), the five-strong ADS4 range has scan speeds of up to 60 pages per minute, the ability to scan up to 100 sheets at a time and a daily duty cycle of up to 9,000 pages (up from 5,000 on the previous range). Other features include USB 3.0 and Ethernet connectivity, a touchscreen display, ultrasonic multifeed detection and adaptive TWAIN print drivers. Three of the models are compatible with Barcode Utility software, which allows barcoded documents to be scanned and routed automatically to secure folders. www.brother.co.uk/desktop-scanners

Brother ADS4 line-up

 

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