Polycom launches high-end desktop videoconference system

Polycom has unveiled the VSX 3000. The device is a high-end desktop videoconferencing system that combines a camera, microphone,...

Polycom has unveiled the VSX 3000. The device is a high-end desktop videoconferencing system that combines a camera, microphone, speakers, required software and other components with a 17-in. display that can double as a PC monitor.

The system supports H.264 video compression, which produces much sharper images than products based on the older H.263 standard while using half the bandwidth.

The VSX 3000 fills a hole in Polycom's product line, said Andrew Davis, an analyst at Wainhouse Research. Polycom made earlier attempts to crack the market for executive-class desktop systems, but none were successful.

"This is for the status-conscious end of the market," Davis added, predicting that the ability to use a single monitor for both PC and videoconferencing purposes will help sales of the VSX 3000.

Other suppliers of such systems include Tandberg and Sony. Cisco Systems plans to ship a desktop videoconferencing system by the middle of the year.

Pricing for the VSX 3000 starts at $4,999 and it is available now. Polycom will add an optional feature that will support data sharing during videoconferencing calls later this year.

Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld

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