When I started DailyTekk back in 2012 as a side-project, my full-time job was as an IT Director. That was before DailyTekk became a real business. So I know from experience that IT guys and gals have a lot on their plates each day. Aside from making purchases and planning for the future, aside from meeting, aside from putting out all sorts of fires there just isn’t a lot of wiggle room for anything new to go wrong. As much as office workers want their computers, network, phones, copier, email and printers working right, the IT department wants them to work right even more.
That’s why I was intrigued with the Jabra Speak 810 conference call speakerphone. I like Jabra products in general (see my glowing recent review of the Eclipse Wireless Headset) and have found them to be very trustworthy and high-quality. In general, I think Jabra makes the type of device that an IT guy like me could get onboard with.
The Speak 810 is designed for conference rooms with up to 15 attendees. That means it’s meant for serious business. It can connect to a host phone a couple of ways, features intelligent microphones that weed out background noise and clarify voices wherever a person is sitting or standing in the room, can produce clear sound even at high volume and is compatible with softphones from companies like IBM, Cisco, Avaya and Skype.
I mention my experience as an IT Director because back then one of the biggest headaches I had to constantly deal with was the speakerphone situation in the conference room. It never worked the way it was supposed to. It felt like it was at least a decade out of date. If a meeting was taking place, there was almost a guarantee that I’d be called on to get things working. It wasn’t just an inconvenience to me, but to the meeting participants as well.
What I like most about the Speak 810 is that it’s genuinely easy to setup and use. No IT guy is even necessary. Since our lives (even our corporate lives) tend to run on our smartphones these days, it only makes sense to have a smartphone-first conference call system. If you’re needing to plug into the landline to make your conference calls, you’re way out of date.
The Speak 810 connects to your iPhone or Android device via ...