Goodbye to meetings and video calls with distorted audio and unbalanced or out of focus video frames. Logitech presented two products suitable for improving the working days carried out from home (but not only, in reality): we are talking about the range of Brio 500 webcams and Zone Vibe headphones capable, they explain to us, of improving, from a video point of view , “unconvincing angles, low light conditions and limited field of view when using a laptop’s built-in camera” and at the same time the audio performance, both in speech and in listening. Let’s see the details of the two products.
Brio 500 webcam
The Brio 500 webcam is suitable for those who want to take video quality to a higher and more professional level but also for those who have, for example, a desktop PC or a mini-PC connected to a monitor and want to equip it with a camera. The webcam looks elegant: it has a physical shutter that allows you to completely exclude the lens (for greater privacy) and an LED light that turns on when we are transmitting images. Installation is very simple: it connects via a USB-C cable (attention, there is no traditional USB cable in the package, so anyone with a slightly obsolete laptop or PC will have to buy an adapter) and it is recognized immediately both on pc than on Mac, becoming immediately operational. Many innovative functions, starting from Show Mode, which simplifies the sharing of notes, sketches or other physical objects on the desk: to use it, just move the webcam downwards and the shot will automatically expand to show the table as if it were an overhead projector. Through technology RightSight, on the other hand, the user will always remain in the center of the frame, even if he moves within his own room; finally, with RightLight 4 the lighting is corrected automatically. All these functions are enabled by the LogiTune software, which also offers the possibility to customize the zoom and the framing portion (complete with a grid), to choose the field of view to be transmitted (90. 78, 65 degrees), to improve focus, exposure, white balance and apply color filters. Thanks to a mounting system included in the package, the webcam adapts to practically any type of monitor, both laptop and traditional monitors. In our review we will focus on headphones later, but the Brio 500 webcam also has an advanced dual microphone system with noise reduction capabilities. The Brio series is compatible with most video conferencing platforms and is certified for Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and Zoom and by connecting your calendar you can receive notifications for meetings that are about to start and access them with a click. Three colors (graphite, off white and pink), the list price is 139 euros.
Pros and cons
- Excellent video transmission quality
- Software features
- Connection only with USB-C (there are no adapters for traditional USB)
Zone Vibe headphones
Who said that headband headphones are no longer in fashion, and that all earphones have to get smaller and smaller? To work comfortably and efficiently Logitech presented the new series of headphones Zone Vibe 100, 125 and Wireless. We tried the Zone Vibe 100: they are light and comfortable to wear even after many hours of work (they weigh only 180 grams) and feature a soft touch knit fabric and memory foam. The audio playback quality of calls and video calls is very good, music playback is also good (yes, because the headphones can be used not only for work, but also for listening to music, watching movies and TV series or playing games). In our opinion, the audio transmission is excellent, thanks to a dual microphone system designed to suppress background noise. Among other things, it is very useful to be able to enable or disable the sending of your own audio by simply lowering or raising the “bar line” of the microphone. The Zone Vibe 100s connect in Bluetooth mode and are equipped with Bluetooth Multipoint technology, so that you can connect them to your computer and smartphone at the same time and easily switch from a call to a video call without having to disconnect and reconnect the headphones. Good battery life, which accompanied us without ever recharging for several days of meetings, video calls and listening to music. On board we also find useful physical buttons: the one to answer a call, the volume keys and the one to play or pause a song. Through the LogiTune app you can adjust microphone levels, the level of listening to your voice and manage connected devices. Inside the package, in addition to the long charging cable, we also find a comfortable fabric case. Also in this case the Vibe 100 are available in graphite, off white and pink and cost 119 euros.
Pros and cons
- Excellent microphone quality
- Comfortable to wear even after many hours
- It lacks active noise cancellation to completely isolate itself from external sounds