Logitech just debuted the Brio 500, a webcam with a compact design and physical privacy shutter and “Slow Mode” to broadcast everything going on your desk.
While it’s a budding new product, it only has 1080p resolution rather than 4K. And it’s expected to go on sale this month with a US$129 price tag along with the company’s new Bluetooth headset called Zone Vibe 100 with a price tag of about US$99.99.
Back to the Brio 500, the detachable webcam has a cylindrical design with a 4-megapixel sensor that is flanked by a pair of beamforming microphones mean to reduce background noise when making calls.
In order to make use of the physical privacy shutter design, a user would need to turn a dial on the right side of the webcam.
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Also, you can tilt the camera angle towards your desk to show it off.
As mentioned earlier, the webcam can only do 1080p and that still needs to be dropped to 720p if you want to have 60 frames per second rather than the 30 frames per second on the 1080p resolution.
Those familiar with Logitech products might think the HD resolution puts the Brio 500 in the same range as the C920 but a spokesperson from Logitech made it known that the new Brio 500 has an upgraded sensor that should make video quality better.
The lens of the webcam has a 90-degree field of view but it can digitally crop into 78 or 60 degrees for a tighter view.
Logitech advertises that it’s able to automatically center the camera on the person speaking and adjust lighting if you’re in a dimly lit or backlit environment.
One cool thing about the Brio 500 is its magnetized mounting mechanism for monitors. There’s a standard plastic mount designed to clamp onto the top of a monitor while the webcam itself is magnetically attached to the plastic mount.
With such a design, it can be easy to rotate the webcam at a 360-degree angle.
The other product announced by Logitech is the Zone Vibe 100 headset which is a Bluetooth-only version of the previously announced Zone Vibe 125.
The new Bluetooth headphone has up to 20 hours of battery life while listening to music or 18 hours for calls. It has a mic arm and comes in color options such as gray, off-white, and light pink.
Since Logitech’s target audiences are often business users and large corporations, the subtleness of their products explains it all.