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Polycom VoxBox: Mobile HD

Polycom VoxBox: Mobile HD

Jay Brant • Oct 19, 2017 •

Polycom VoxBox is a business speakerphone that gives you Polycom HD Voice anywhere. Imagine a portable Bluetooth speaker, built for the enterprise. You have the basics of VoxBox.

But it’s more than just that. VoxBox is a simple idea, marvelously executed. You get the ultra-compact design and simple connectivity of a consumer-oriented Bluetooth speaker, but with Polycom’s top-tier microphone and speaker technology. It’s rugged enough for outdoor use and tested with enterprise communications systems. You can carry it anywhere and get a professional conference call.

Let’s take a closer look.

Polycom VoxBox

Polycom VoxBox

Polycom VoxBox is a portable speakerphone for business. It measures just 4⅜” square and 1” tall and weighs just 13.3 oz. The classy aluminum case with stylish grille looks great on a table and provides excellent protection. It’s IP64-rated, which means it’s dust-tight and resistant against splashing water. In other words, it can be safely used almost anywhere.

VoxBox might be compact, but it still packs a four cardioid microphone array with 10 ft pick-up radius, significantly broader than the typical Bluetooth speakerphone. The speaker is also surprisingly powerful, projecting sound at a maximum of 83 dB at 0.5 m. And you know that Polycom’s audio quality is top-notch. You might find yourself playing music through the VoxBox as if it was a consumer Bluetooth speaker! Why not? It’s built for that, too.

The user interface couldn’t be simpler: capacitive touch sensitive areas with clear symbols clearly lit. A slash of LED makes a stylish cut in the design, and provides you with an easy to see indicator of status.

You connect to the VoxBox using Bluetooth or USB. You can pair up to 10 devices wirelessly at once using Bluetooth. So you can use the speakerphone with pretty much any device out there: smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

In return, you get a professional speakerphone with all the class-leading audio features that Polycom is known for:

  • Polycom HD Voice. Provides class-leading wideband audio with an incredible frequency response range of 200 Hz to 14 kHz.
  • Polycom Acoustic Clarity. Controls microphone reception intelligently, reducing environmental noise and normalizing speaker volume levels.
  • Polycom NoiseBlock. Mutes microphones not in use, preventing noise.

So VoxBox is an amazingly well-built device, but who is it for?

78% of organizations struggle with helping people collaborate.

For the Huddle Room

Polycom VoxBox is an excellent solution for the huddle room.

Huddle rooms are increasingly common. A 2014 estimate by Wainhouse Research placed the worldwide number at 50 million huddle rooms in total. Who knows how accurate that is, though, because huddle rooms can be devoted spaces or they can be impromptu spaces. Moreover, conference calls take place in similar improvised spaces all the time.

What we do know is that team collaboration improves the workplace, and that huddle rooms are a key collaboration space.

VoxBox has a pick-up radius of 10 feet, which is more than enough for a group of two to six workers, sitting comfortably. The noise reduction and enhancing technologies listed above are useful in the conference room, but they positively shine in the more constrained and less formal spaces of the huddle room.

The mobile workforce has increased by over 100% since 2005.

For the Mobile Worker

Polycom VoxBox is a simple, cost-effective way for mobile workers to get professional audio.

Mobile workers, as well as BYOD (bring your own device) workers, have different requirements for technology than traditional workers. With mobile workers, you need technology that is portable, solves the problem of power, and works with a broad range of platforms.

VoxBox is light enough and small enough for a purse, yet it still lasts up to 6.5 hours on a single charge, so you won’t have to spend time searching for an open electrical plug.

It uses Bluetooth and USB for connectivity, two of the most common technologies available. Polycom has tested it with leading professional communications platforms:

  • Polycom RealPresence Mobile
  • Polycom RealPresence Desktop
  • Microsoft Skype for Business
  • Cisco Jabber
  • BroadSoft UC-One

Mobile workers are not just executives who need enterprise-class sound quality while in a hotel room. What if it’s a beautiful day, and your team wants to be outside? Why can’t you both be outside and collaborate for work?

VoxBox is designed for mobility, how you define it.

Polycom VoxBox Conference Call

For the Next Generation

Polycom VoxBox welcomes younger, more mobile workers into the professional space.

Research estimates that the average millennial uses three devices per day, that they’re the top smartphone owners by age group, and that they’ll be 50% of the workforce by 2020. The estimates for Generation Z go further: five devices per day, they prefer smartphones and tablets to traditional computers, and that they’ll be 20% of the workforce by 2020.

These are facts of the workplace. If you want to attract the next generation of talent, you need to meet the next generation on their terms.

Younger workers also tend to prefer BYOD environments, so they can use familiar devices. A 2015 Cass study estimated that 85% of offices are already incorporating BYOD procedures, and this percentage is only going to get bigger.

VoxBox helps your company adapt to the changing labor market, by providing a mobile, platform-agnostic means of professional communications. It’s a familiar device for younger people, now fit for business.