A nice, pricey monitor to help you look your best on video calls
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Designed as an all-in-one hub for enterprise video calls, Poly’s Studio P21 additionally makes an excellent laptop monitor for working from residence if you spend loads of time on Microsoft Teams or Zoom. But its uncommon design does make for some weirdness.
The gadget is a 21-inch show with stereo audio system, a microphone and a webcam built-in, and every part’s of a a lot greater high quality than you’d sometimes discover constructed right into a laptop computer. Of course you’re taking a look at greater than $1000 for this factor, and you nonetheless want to provide a PC, in order that’s correctly.
What’s very nice concerning the Studio P21 is the way it removes a lot of the fiddling and setup from managing video calls and presenting effectively on display screen.
On both aspect of the show are heat lights that mirror off a white plastic backing to illuminate your face with out blinding you or washing you out. They come on mechanically when the digital camera’s in use, however you also can regulate them any time by working your hand up and down the again of the body. I discovered they did a a lot nicer job than the overhead mild in my workplace or a harsh lamp.
There are capacitive buttons on the entrance of the monitor for muting your mic, altering the amount, switching to a linked headset, and extra. There are additionally two low-power USB ports to maintain your cables tidy. Plus the entire design is simply considerate and cosy, with speckly textured plastic and mushy woven material up entrance, a wi-fi charging pad for your telephone on the bottom, and a hidden LED bar for standing and notifications.
The Studio P21 connects to a Windows or Mac PC with only one proprietary USB cable, and doesn’t assist a standard video normal, which was a shock to me and means there are some specificities to take into account.
First you want to set up the Poly software program on your laptop, then set up a particular driver that enables video to be despatched over USB, that means you want to use an alternate monitor earlier than the Studio P21 can get video from your PC. I hit a snag right here as a result of my work laptop is rightly configured to cease me putting in issues that want such deep entry, so you’ll want to be certain that you can get admin entry.
Your PC will completely want a USB 3.0 port, both USB-A or USB-C, if you’re going to be working video over it. You’ll additionally want sufficient remaining ports for some other equipment; the 2 on the monitor are positive for a keyboard and mouse, however nothing that attracts far more energy than that.
I discovered that video efficiency was nice, working at Full HD and 60 frames per second. But it’s additionally utterly locked at that decision, which might trigger points with fullscreen apps that don’t like 1080p.
All up this can be a actually slick machine that’s ultimate for workplace use, particularly if you’re on a number of calls, and as soon as it was arrange I had no drawback working on it for per week. As a common computing monitor you might run into some hassle if your PC solely has one USB or you’re going to be working loads of video games or different full-screen apps, however in that context there’s all the time the choice of utilizing the Studio P21 as a secondary show devoted to video calls.
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