Comparison of Skype Room Systems v2


Last Updated on March 28, 2018 by GrahamWalsh

As there are quite a few systems available now, I thought I would do a comparison of them all.  Now some are quite different and can be purchased in bundles etc, I’ve sourced pricing from the CDW website as of 19th March 2018 or the Logitech website.

ProductPrice (USD)All in OneOS
Crestron SR$2,633NoWin 10 Enterprise
HP Slice G2$1,799YesWin 10 IoT
Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500$1,799YesWin 10 IoT
Logitech SmartDock$1,999NoWin 10 Enterprise
Polycom MSR 300$4,800NoWin 10 Enterprise
ProductNo. of Screens SupportedNo. of USBNetworkContent Input
Crestron SR1 x HDMI Type A4 x USB 3.0 (Type A)RJ-45 Gigabit1 x HDMI Type A
HP Slice G21 x HDMI Type A2 x USB-C, 2 x USB 3.0 (Type A)Intel RJ-45 Gigabit1 x Display Port, Optional Wireless Display Module
Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 5002 x HDMI Type A4 x USB 3.0 (Type A)Intel® RJ-45 Ethernet, Intel® Dual Band Wireless 8265 802.11AC (2 x 2), Bluetooth 4.1HDMI-in, including capture card
Logitech SmartDock2 x HDMI Type A3 x USB 3.0 (Type A) RJ-45 GigabitOne HDMI input supporting content sharing up to 1080p30
Polycom MSR 3002 x HDMI Type A4 x USB 3.0 (Type A) RJ-45 Gigabit1 x HDMI input supporting content sharing
up to 1080p60
ProductAudio Built InAudioCan add External MicsCamera
Crestron SRNo6m / 20 ft diameter pick upYes1080p30, 10x Zoom PTZ Camera, 120-degree field of view
HP Slice G2YesAudio pick-up 5m awayYes4K, 5x Zoom, 120-degree field of view
Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500Yes2 x far-field microphone arrayYes1080p30, 10x Zoom PTZ Camera, 120-degree field of view
Logitech SmartDockNo6m / 20 ft diameter pick upYes1080p30, 10x Zoom PTZ Camera, 120-degree field of view
Polycom MSR 300NoUp to 20-foot / 5 meters microphone pickupYes1080p30, 12x Zoom PTZ, 72.5-degree field of view
BundleTotal CostNotes
Crestron SRLogitech Group Package$3,632.00Requires additional box to be installed under the table. Can control other Audio/Visual components
HP Slice G2Logitech MeetUp$2,698.00Details still not fully released on G2 SfB product
Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500Logitech Group Camera$2,598.003.5 mm combination microphone / audio out stereo jack, IR-based human proximity sensor, Kensington Lock for chassis
Logitech SmartDockLogitech Group Package$2,998.00Kensington security slot, One 3.5mm headset audio jack, Motion sensor / presence detection with 3 meter range
Polycom MSR 300Trio 880 and EagleEye IV USB camera$4,800.00Multiple bundles available, 1 x 3.5mm headset audio jack, 1 x 3.5mm headset audio jack

Source of data for the above tables

Thanks to James in the comments below, the Crestron platform can be expanded to support dual screens with an additional device.  Crestron is known for their high quality switches etc, so am sure it’s a very possible.  However, it will probably also add a $$ to to the package price.

Just for comparison purposes, if you were to compare the SRSv2 with a traditional VTC system from Cisco or Polycom, I had detailed these costs below.  Note that the Polycom can be a native Skype for Business registered device.  The Cisco will not register to Skype for Business, it would need to go via a third party platform.  I’ve also added in two Starleaf options (pricing obtained from the smaller room system is just a Logitech 930 camera, so not a full PTZ experience.  The Starleaf devices can register directly to Skype for Business.  One of the main advantages of the traditional VTCs is that they are already widely deployed, have centralized management tools etc.

Polycom RealPresence Group 500, EagleEye IV 12x$8,949.99
Microsoft License Key$967.99
1080p Resolution Key$2,317.99
Cisco TelePresence System SX20 Quick Set with Precision HD 1080p 12x Camera$12,005.99
StarLeaf GTm 5140 Huddle Group Telepresence for S4B with 2035 Touch$3,999.00
Dual Screen Option$999.00
StarLeaf GTm 5250 Group Telepresence for S4B with 2035 Touch Video Conferencing$9,499.00
Dual Screen Option$999.00

Also here is an overview of the Hub 500

Let me know of any thoughts in the comments below.

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