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Lenovo and HP join the trend of Skype for Business and one touch Meeting/Huddle Rooms

By now, most of us probably already know about meeting room console solutions such as the Logitech SmartDock for Skype for Business or Zoom.

The Logitech SmartDock has been a very successful solution and has gained much popularity among meeting rooms design. In fact, one might wonder if there are other alternatives to the Logitech SmartDock? Just recently, Lenovo and HP released their own meeting room console solution which is compatible with Skype for Business or Zoom ready rooms.

Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500

Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500 is available pre-configured for Skype for Business (Microsoft Teams) and Zoom Rooms. It offers a very similar solution to the Logitech SmartDock, where we have a table dock with a touchscreen from where we can control our conferencing system via its interface.

This solution offers a rotatable touchscreen so anyone can rotate the screen without having to move the base, this is ideal for cable management on the tabletop. It also offers a cable door lock which prevents the cables from being disconnected when being rotated.

The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500 comes with an in-built touch screen 11.6” with an FHD 1920×1080 resolution. In terms of audio it is equipped with in-built dual 4w Dolby Audio Premium-tuned speakers and 2x dual array microphones. It also provides support for dual display setup and content sharing via wired connections.HP Elite Slice G2

HP has also joined the console trend and launched the HP Elite Slice G2, which can be purchased preconfigured with Skype for Business or Zoom. This comes with the touchscreen and a speakerphone (from Bang & Olufsen).

The speakerphone comes with 4 Microphones for 360-degree coverage and rich bass for improved voice sound quality. It is designed with tactile buttons to start/end a call, mute/unmute and control volume. This is a very clever feature especially when the speakerphone is closer to the participants than the dock. The HP Elite Slice G2 also comes with a ring LED with three different colours which indicate the call status for easy viewing of all participants.

The touchscreen is 12.3” with a 1440×960 resolution, offering two different angles for different users preference. The HP Elite Slice G2 also functions as the actual dock with all the connections, including to the touch screen, it offers HDMI for content sharing; 1x HDMI for room Display and 1x Display Port for second display. Optionally, the HP wireless Display Adapter can be used for wireless TV Display connection, eliminating the hassle of running cables from the dock to TV.

For more information on either of the products, please do not hesitate to contact ESCO.