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Dell Video Conferencing Monitor: Built for remote work

Making video call meetings more bearable

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.Meetings suck. To some, they’ve become even more unbearable and complicated as the world forcibly shifted to a work from home setup due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to make these video call meetings a little more bearable, Dell came out with the Dell Video Conferencing Monitor — C2422HE. 

What are you in for? 

The Dell Video Conferencing Monitor – C2422HE is exactly what it sounds like — a monitor with features specifically built for better handling of video call meetings. Perhaps the clearest indicator of such are these buttons on the lower left side of the monitor.

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The monitor can be used to connect directly to Microsoft Teams. So, if that’s the video conferencing app you used the most, then you’ll get so much out of this monitor.

However, even if that’s not the case, the volume and mute controls you see here also work with other video conferencing apps. Most of the video calls I participated in while I had the monitor were on Zoom and Google Meet but I could still use the buttons. It was a level of convenience that, while I could do without, was still pretty nice to have.

Underneath the buttons you’ll see various connection ports.

Dell Video Conferencing Monitor

Here you can connect a headset as well as a USB mic. Specifically, the ports are: Super speed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen1), Headphone jack, and USB-C downstream port. These add another layer to increasing the overall audio quality of your video calling experience.

While we’re on the topic of ports, let’s check out the ones in the back of the monitor.

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The ports are as follows: Security lock slot, Power connector, HDMI port, DisplayPort in , USB-C upstream/DisplayPort, DP port (out), USB-B upstream port, Super speed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen1), Super speed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen1), RJ45 connector.

That’s a variety of connections to give you options on what you can connect to the monitor. However, you’ll have to have your own HDMI cable if that’s your preferred way to connect. The only cables included here are: Power cable, DisplayPort cable (DisplayPort to DisplayPort), USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A to Type-B upstream cable, and USB-C cable (C to C).

Dell Video Conferencing Monitor

The power button and navigation nub sits on the right side of the monitor and they’re fairly easy to reach.

The camera

But of course, the star here is the integrated pop-up camera. Yes, pop-up. You can tuck it inside the monitor when not in use ensuring privacy and taking away fears of it capturing video without your knowledge.

The lens isn’t the only thing in that pop-up camera though. Flanking it are two mics and two IR LEDs. This means you can use it comfortably without any peripherals if you don’t have any on hand.

While I did hold most of the video calls wearing a headset on, I did try them using only the monitor. I still came off relatively clear according to the people on the other end of the call.

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Meanwhile, you’ll have no trouble hearing them because of the front-firing speakers. They’re placed in the middle of the lower panel where you’ll find the volume and mute buttons.

Sitting in the middle is the camera lens. Dell’s official specs says it’s FHD 30fps with a 178°  wide viewing angle. Based on my usage, I’d say it’s a 720p cam and it’s most certainly a wide angle one.

That’s great for when you want to showcase your background, but not so much if it’s messy and you prefer it not be seen.

Here’s a preview of what it looks like. 

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It captures A LOT compared to the usual webcams that pretty much only gets your face. I wasn’t even sitting too far away when I took this photo. I live in a pretty cramped and messy space so I couldn’t really show-off the wide angle camera as much. But it’s great and works really well especially if you want to fit more than one person in the shot.

But how does it fare as a monitor?

Here are the numbers on paper: 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz, 250 cd/m2 (typical) brightness, 1000: 1 (Typical) contrast ratio, 5 ms (Fast) – (gray to gray), 8 ms (normal) response time, 16.78 million color support, Anti-Glare with Hard- Coating 3H.

Pretty standard stuff. It’s fine for most office work and maybe some light photo editing, but this wouldn’t be fun at all for gaming. Even for standard media consumption, the monitor left me wanting.

It could be my eyes being used to 4K panels, but the monitor just didn’t do it for me visually when I tried it for watching K-Pop videos and Netflix. The image quality didn’t get to a sharpness level that my eyes have been spoiled with on my other devices.

But for other use-cases, it’s pretty useful. Other than typical office work, it might actually be useful as a secondary monitor too especially with its ability to swivel.

Dell Video Conferencing Monitor

You can use it vertically to monitor social media or whatever you may have a use for vertical screens for. Personally, this wasn’t a use-case I found to be pertinent to my line of work but I can see it being helpful for others.

Is the Dell Video Conferencing Monitor – C2422HE your GadgetMatch?

The Dell Video Conferencing Monitor – C2422HE is pretty unique with the way it’s built for video calling. But it will set you back for US$ 470 or around PhP 29,000. Personally, I think that’s a big ask for the task that its set of features are gunning for.

(Editor’s Note: The official price in the Philippines is PhP 29,500 and it’s available in all Dell Partner stores).

Dell Video Conferencing Monitor

Softening the blow of this conclusion with a faux TWICE video conference call

Sure, it makes video conferencing a tad bit more convenient, but I argue you can get to a similar level of quality by purchasing different sets of devices (monitor, webcam, mic) that amount to around the same price.

It’s by no means a terrible monitor, and the features are quite unique. However, if I’m able to replicate the experience with a different set of devices, then the only thing you’re buying this for is convenience. You’ll have to be a pretty lazy shopper (no judgment here, cause I’m pretty lazy myself) with deep pockets to want this over buying separate devices for a similar, if not better experience post-purchase.

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macOS Monterey: Features you shouldn’t miss

There’s more than just the new Safari

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Apple’s own operating system underwent many changes over the last 20 years — and it’s more than just changing the naming scheme.

From big cats to prominent places in California, Apple has completely redefined the user experience of every Mac user out there.

Watch our latest video to find out what features you shouldn’t miss in macOS Monterey!

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Lenovo announces two new monitors and the LC50 Modular Webcam

These two complement each other so well

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Lenovo is all for bringing the best possible experience even from a peripheral standpoint. This time around, they want to extend the experience to another important peripheral in any workstation: the webcam. To complement, they’re also releasing two new monitors with their own great features. However, the star of the show is the Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam.

The Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam promises to bring clear audio and video quality fit for video calls and even streaming. It comes with a 1080p sensor that captures video at 30 frames per second, which is pretty standard for FHD webcams. Apart from this, it even comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones and the lens has a 4x digital zoom capacity. Also, it comes with a physical lens shutter when you’re not using it.

Other cool features with this webcam include its built-in tilt capacity and magnetic base. These two tie in well with Lenovo’s two new monitors: the Lenovo L32p-30 and the Lenovo L27m-30. In essence, the LC50 Modular Webcam magnetically attaches to the frame of either the 31.5-inch (L32P-30) or 27-inch (L27m-30) monitor of your choosing.

As for the monitors themselves, the Lenovo L32p-30 monitor sports a 4K resolution with HDR10 support, which is best suited for the next-gen consoles. Meanwhile, the Lenovo L27m-30 comes with a 75Hz refresh rate and TUV Rheinland EyeSafe certification to to relieve eye strain.

Pricing and availability for the LC50 Modular Webcam and the two monitors are as follows:

  • Available in September 2021
    • Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam (starts at EUR 99)
    • Lenovo L27m-30 Monitor (starts at EUR 299)
  • Available in October 2021
    • Lenovo L32p-30 Monitor (starts at EUR 479)
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Early build of next-gen Windows leaked to the public

Might end up as Windows 11

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It seems like that the next generation of Windows can’t come soon enough. Just recently, an early build of the OS leaked to the public, containing many UI and under-the-hood changes that have been speculated for months.

A lot of publications covering this next-gen Windows have already published their hands-on with the leaked build. The most apparent changes to the next-gen Windows are the ones people will see every day. The taskbar, for a start, is now centered by default, although it can be set to align left in the settings. It also includes new icons for the Start button, search button, and Task View.

The Start menu is radically different too, and it is the same one found on the cancelled Windows 10X. There’s a new button that sits on the taskbar by the way. This toggles the widget panel which is also new for the next-gen Windows. Meanwhile, the Task View gets a revamp. Along with this revamp comes a new window snapping experience — users can now snap according to different configurations.

Overall, the leaked build feature a lot of rounded corners. Microsoft is really gunning for a modern look with their next-gen Windows. Also, gone are the days of straight corners in context menus and buttons. It is worth noting that since this is an early build, some UI elements are still inconsistent with the overall design refresh. The bundled apps, for example, seem to be unchanged though the File Explorer has newer file icons.

There’s a lot more changes coming to the next-gen Windows, though. The out-of-the-box setup experience, for example, is new. And apparently, there’s a new start-up sound to boot too.

Windows 11 is here

One of the biggest things to come out of the build, however, is a direct confirmation that the next-gen Windows will simply be called Windows 11. The teasers for the next-gen Windows posted by Microsoft first hinted about this. Now, the builds directly confirm that indeed, Windows 11 is that next-gen Windows.

To make matters more interesting, Microsoft seemed to acknowledge the leaked build, teasing that there’s more to come:

There’s definitely more to come with the next-gen Windows, and it is definitely interesting what it will look like when Microsoft announces it on June 24. That said, ordinary users shouldn’t wait too long to see the evolution of the beloved OS that has been around for more than a decade.

Source: The Verge, Windows Central

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