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Logitech’s new webcam has a neat built-in privateness shutter


Logitech’s Brio 500 is a brand new webcam with a compact design that contains a neatly built-in bodily privateness shutter and a “Present Mode” designed to broadcast what’s in your desk. It’s 1080p fairly than 4K, the identical as Logitech’s traditional C920 webcam. It’s occurring sale this month for $129 alongside a brand new Bluetooth headset known as the Zone Vibe 100, which can retail for $99.99.

The Brio 500 has a cylindrical design, with its 4-megapixel digicam flanked by a pair of beamforming microphones which can be designed to scale back background noise throughout calls. The privateness shutter design is fairly slick and could be introduced down by turning a dial on the fitting aspect of the webcam. Exhibiting off your desk is achieved by “tilting the digicam angle in direction of the desk,” based on Logitech.

When it comes to picture high quality, the Brio 500 is a 1080p webcam, and you must drop its decision all the way down to 720p if you would like 60fps fairly than 30fps. Though that’s the identical on paper because the C920, Logitech spokesperson Wendy Spander tells me it options an upgraded sensor, which ought to hopefully make for higher picture high quality. (I noticed the webcam briefly in individual, however not for lengthy sufficient to make any last judgments on picture high quality.) Its area of view is 90 levels, however the webcam can digitally crop in to 78 or 60 levels for a tighter view. Logitech advertises that it’s in a position to mechanically heart the digicam on the individual talking and modify lighting should you’re in a dimly lit or backlit setting. 

Lastly, the Brio 500 has an attention-grabbing magnetized mounting mechanism for displays. It’s shaped of two elements. There’s the usual plastic mount that’s designed to clamp onto the highest of your monitor like regular, after which the webcam itself is magnetically hooked up to this plastic mount. It’s a design meaning you may rotate the webcam 360 levels should you so select. In case you’re not into magnets, then you may unscrew the magnetic mount from the underside of the webcam to disclose a normal tripod mount. 

The Logitech Zone Vibe 100 headset.
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Alongside the Brio 500, Logitech can also be saying a brand new headset at present, the Zone Vibe 100. It’s a Bluetooth-only model of the beforehand launched Zone Vibe 125 headset, which may additionally join through a wi-fi USB-A receiver. The brand new Vibe 100 has as much as 20 hours of battery life whereas listening to music, or 18 hours should you’re utilizing it for calls. Its mic arm is flip-to-mute, and the headset is obtainable in grey, off-white, and lightweight pink (identical because the Brio 500).

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