I was lucky enough to get the chance to test this PowerConf conference unit in an Anker Testing Club event.
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Onto the conference unit…
Nice packaging with pictures and information on the box.
Opening the magnetic lid shows the protective case with the unit inside that.
Case is nice, is semi rigid and looks hardwearing.
Conference unit looks good and has a nice weight to it.
Touch sensitive buttons on top for volume, mute, call and play.
Buttons on the front edge are on/off and Bluetooth pairing.
There is a nice rubberised base to stop it slipping on a shiny boardroom table.
Connecting to laptop and mobile was as easy as you would expect.
The unit turns on in Bluetooth pairing mode.
People at the other end heard quite clearly when I was around 2mtrs away from the unit.
I like the way the blue lights on-top shows which voice it’s focusing on.
Good, very good in fact. Our boardroom is around 4mtr wide and 8-10mtr long. Voice could be heard clearly even though the unit was nearer one end of the room.
Voice was perfect, music not so much. It’s fine to make do, perhaps if you don’t want the extra baggage of carrying a speaker, but you wouldn’t use it for general music listening.
But hey this was designed as a conference unit, not a music speaker.
The unit does a good job of filtering out background noise.
People at the other end didn’t pick up on the rustling of papers I did as a test - 1mtr away from the unit.
Who Would Use This
I went into this thinking business applications only,
But there’s also fun to be had using this for regular calls at home keeping your hands free to do other things and getting the kids to call family and friends.
Hands free on mobile phones is much better than it used to be, but this is a different league.
So meetings, site engineers, families and anyone that would make a call on a mobile using hands free.
Comes with good carry case.
Light and easy to pack in laptop bag.
Use as a Bluetooth speaker - saves packing an extra speaker.
Use as a PowerCore to charge another device.
Looks good on your desk.
None really, more of a wish-list.
Remote control for volume and mute would have been a nice touch.
SD card slot to record calls would be a big bonus allowing emailing of recordings or to refer back too and type up notes after a call.
This is a great first effort into conference units.
In reality, Anker were already doing this, but this is a focused product that works well.
Not much can be improved for me other than what I’ve already listed in Cons.
Never really had much wind to test it out in.
But in a brief call outside the person at the other end didn’t report much ambient sound when I asked them.
I’ll work on this for you as I also need to record a suitable call for call quality purposes.
p.s. I will update this as soon as I can with an audio clip from a live call.
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