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The new Polycom CX5500 Unified Conference Station delivers enterprise grade video and audio collaboration capabilities in an easy-to-use system that can be plugged into a USB port on a laptop. The Polycom CX5500 also doubles as an IP conference phone when not used for Lync video calls. The CX5500 and CX5100 additions to Polycom’s CX series of Lync-optimized solutions are successors to the Polycom CX5000 HD Unified Conference Station. They retain the unique around-the-table, 360-degree, panoramic experience and deliver more than twice the HD video image quality, double the frame rate for life-like motion handling, and provide Polycom’s HD Voice for the highest quality audio (160Hz-22kHz) while adding a new interface and design and a lockable privacy cap. Active speaker resolution is 1920x1080p (16:9) when used in a Lync 2013 environment.
While the CX5000 HD (previous model) included 2 external microphones in the box, additional microphones are now optional with the CX5500. For most room sizes, additional microphones would not be needed as the microphone range is 20 feet (6 meters) on the CX5500 unit itself. In most room environments, one could easily place a CX5500 on a 30 foot long conference table and expect every room participant to be clearly heard without the optional microphones.
The CX5500’s user-friendly design makes it easy to launch or join a call directly from the Lync user environment—users simply connect the CX5500 via USB to a computer that is running Lync. Because it’s easy to use, companies can save on training and IT support costs.
The CX5500 systems can also be used in combination with the recently announced Lync Room System, bringing together center-of-table 360-degree cameras with a built-for-Lync video room system that includes touchscreen monitors and a tabletop touch controller.
Features & Benefits
> Meetings as natural as being there with HD camera that automatically follows the conversation flow in 1080p
> See everyone in the conference room with a unique 360 degree panorama view
> Polycom legendary HD audio means everyone can be heard and understood (160Hz- 22kHz)
> No training needed—use the same Microsoft Lync client in the meeting room as at your desk
> No need to provision a second conference phone in the room—the CX5500 also doubles as an IP conference phone when not used for Lync video calls