This year has brought rapid acceleration to the world of remote meetings. Video conferencing tools have matured as well, giving rise to numerous unified communications (UC) platforms intended to help facilitate your company's remote workflows. Last quarter, Crestron introduced two brand-new products to the ever-evolving field of audiovisual conferencing equipment: the MX50 and MX70 tabletop video conferencing systems.
The Benefits of Using the MX Series
Both the MX50 and the MX70 offer a complete tabletop conferencing experience designed for meeting rooms and workspaces of all sizes and all platforms. The MX50 is specifically designed for medium-sized conference settings while the MX70 can handle larger environments.
Out of the box, the MX50 includes:
- Crestron Flex tabletop conference device with 7" display and 360° Quad mic array with a 20’ range
- Huddly IQ Collaboration Camera with 1080p, full HD resolution and 150° diagonal field of view
- Cables and power supply
The MX70 includes:
- The Crestron Flex tabletop conferencing device with 7" display and 360° Quad mic array with a 20’ range
- AVerCAM520 PRO enterprise-grade camera with full HD capability and 82° field of view specifically formulated for larger conference spaces
- Mic pod
- Cables and power supply
Regardless of which solution is the right fit for your meeting room, Crestron's complete range of offerings stresses one major advantage: adaptability to the full lineup of UC platforms available on the market. Both the MX50 and the MX70 come in three different version.
Version T and Z which supports up to two displays include native support, one-touch join for Microsoft Teams or ZOOM Rooms (coming soon) and BYOD for all other platform software. With this unique characteristic that Crestron delivers, it maximized the room capability to handle roughly 80% of their calls in Microsoft Teams or ZOOM and calls in any platforms hosted by outside parties in the rest of the time. Moreover, by managing UC as in room sense, it provides seamless integration with room scheduling system.
The U type includes one additional component out of box: the HD-RX-USB-2000-C HDMI® over CATx receiver which allows you to bring your own device (BYOD) for use with the tabletop conferencing equipment. Through its AirMedia® wireless technology, this receiver lets meeting participants use their own UC of choice via device such as phone, laptop, or tablet over WiFi without the need for a mess of cables. It can also be hardwired into the tabletop device using a USB-C connection. The range of supported platforms includes:
No matter what device you choose, you'll gain access to Crestron's enterprise-level security, making both the MX50 and the MX70 ideal for widespread use throughout your company.
Network management, monitoring and provisioning, system alerts, and the pairing of a Crestron Flex tabletop conference device to both MX50 or MX70 are available through the XiO Cloud® service. In version T and Z, coupled with built- people counting in the device, XiO Cloud service ca feedback room occupancy status and send alerts to related administrators if someone violates the corporate regulation under pandemic. Meanwhile, remote control keeps IT Help Desk safe for troubleshoot ad control the room while the services enables IT to remotely access room system anywhere.
Key Differences Between the MX50 and the MX70
The most notable difference between the two product lines is the size of the conference rooms that they are able to accommodate. Each has their own distinct camera especially designed to address the nuances of different sized assemblies. With its 150° diagonal field of view, the MX50 is formulated with a wider angle to capture more confined meeting spaces. The camera's 12MP CMOS processor helps keep the image free from distortions like light artifacts, giving you a clear, high-resolution image even in the confines of a tight meeting room.
The camera on the MX70 has a wide-angle 82° diagonal field of view in order to capture attendees in a larger environment. With its aspherical optics, the MX70 can cut through the low light ambience of larger conference halls to capture high-resolution images.
The other primary difference is of course the choice between a kit with native Teams support, or opting for a BYOD set up. This boils down to a question of comfort and familiarity. While both options offer the same high-quality equipment and video conferencing experience, the MX-U series gives you more leeway regarding your platform of choice.
Unpacking the MX Series with Komstadt Systems Limited
Crestron's new MX series offers an exciting and adaptable platform for your remote conferencing experience. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's how important high-quality video conferencing is. But with so many product options in the new line, it can be tricky to find the one that's right for your meeting environment. Komstadt Systems is here to help. If you'd like to learn more about Crestron's MX line, please contact one of our consultants today.