The Many Use Cases for USB Speakerphones


Conferencing technology is getting smaller and more portable, with a variety of wireless products hitting the marketplace. These USB speakerphones allow users to launch a conference call from their home office, hotel room, or virtually anywhere else. This new generation of UC products can also be incorporated into smaller office spaces, such as a huddle room or personal office. Sound quality and vocal clarity are quite impressive on a USB speakerphone, because they're tailored specifically for conferencing.

In this handy guide, we've shared the many use cases for USB speakerphones, whether you're a self-employed contractor or working for a large corporation. Since they're so easy to connect to your mobile phone or PC, you can set up a professional quality conference anywhere you go..

Working from Home

Today's workforce is more mobile and virtual than ever before, and with a USB conference phone, you can recreate the office in your pajamas. Working remotely can be quite difficult when you don't have the right tools. Fortunately, a USB speakerphone captures crystal-clear audio with acoustic echo cancellation, background noise filtering, and more. These phones are designed to provide 360° audio coverage that adjusts to whatever environment you're in. If your home office doesn't offer the best acoustics, a USB speakerphone will help pick up the slack.

Conferencing on the Road

Unlike a full-fledged conferencing system, USB speakerphones make the most of your smartphone or PC, so they fit nicely into a portable package. They're small enough to be carried in a backpack or weekend bag, so it's easy to bring one on a business trip. In fact, sleek units like the YVC-200 look just like a portable Bluetooth speaker, but they have complex DSP (digital signal processing) algorithms that optimize the human voice. In layman's terms, that means you can make a quick conference call from a hotel room or rest stop without worrying about sound quality.

Outfitting a Huddle Room

Of course, there's no rule against using USB speakerphones in your office headquarters. These portable devices are especially useful in a smaller conferencing space that only seats a few people, like a huddle room. Designed for impromptu meetings and small-scale conferences, a huddle room is the perfect size for a USB conference phone like the FLX UC 500. This all-in-one UC solution connects to any laptop or desktop with a USB port, transforming it into a conferencing hub. It offers full integration with video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Vidyo, BlueJeans, and more.

When designing a reliable conferencing space, it's crucial to know that you have high-quality audio that won't drop out or degrade during a call. A USB speakerphone offers the perfect solution for a huddle room by vastly improving audio quality, both in recording and reproduction. HD video is impressive, but clear audio is essential.

Designing a Wireless Conferencing System

More and more, we're moving toward a world of wireless conferencing. Wireless devices offer tremendous flexibility, they're easy to sync with other equipment, and you don't need to bring cables with you when traveling. In fact, some USB speakerphones also have wireless capabilities, such as Bluetooth and NFC. For instance, the YVC-200 can be used for up to 10 hours on a single charge, with no cables required. Meanwhile, if you need to make a call on a traditional phone network, the YVC-200 can amplify and enhance your conversation via Bluetooth. Unless you're dealing with a medium or large conferencing space, wireless is usually the best way to go.

Enhancing Your Video Conferences

Ultimately, video conferences deserve the best possible audio quality, and your computer's built-in speakers aren't going to cut it. If you want to feel like your conference guests are all in the same room together, you need clear audio that accentuates every voice. Depending on your network setup and overall bandwidth, today's digital conferencing platforms can run into a variety of technical hiccups. At least when you invest in a quality USB speakerphone, you'll know that you're sending and receiving a stellar audio feed. It can make the difference between a frustrating game of phone tag and a new business relationship.

Ready to experience how a USB speakerphone can transform your remote conference calls? Click here to learn more about our FLX UC 500, or use our Product Finder to determine the best unified communications technology for your needs.