Dell monitors embrace video calls with pop-up webcams and Teams buttons built in – TechCrunch

Dell’s The latest monitor shows a growing need for simple, concrete solutions to the need for video conferencing, a clever pop-up camera and perhaps much smarter by half-teams integration. The new displays integrate many advanced features – but they are still built strictly keeping offices in mind.

The new Dell 24, 27, and 34 video conferencing monitors are clearly meant to be a turnkey solution for many companies needing video-capable setups that don’t cost a fortune.

The most interesting feature is a pop-up camera at the top; This isn’t the first of these so far (we’ve seen them go back a few years) or even the first by Dell, but this is their first in a monitor as opposed to an all-in-one system, and it’s probably just now Is the best by far.

Dell's monitor has a pop-up camera.

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A five-megapixel camera (which is likely to be around 3K, somewhat over 1080p) won’t blow any minds, so if you want things like optical background blur and better lighting, you’ll need Create your own setup. But it should be perfectly fine for work calls, and when not in use it assures to be privacy-conscious.

An additional, non-obvious reason for preferring this setup means that the camera is not limited to the monitor’s bezel, possibly allowing for a better lens and larger sensors. I’ve asked Dell for wide specs and I don’t expect anything extraordinary, but the camera module is always better than packing in the margin.

At the bottom of these new screens is a nicely felt speaker bar, where enough wattage is fine for calls – it won’t work for bangers, though.

But to the left of that speaker are some interesting, if not entirely practical, new buttons. The most prominent one is dedicated Microsoft Teams with buttons, call, volume and mute buttons.

Turn off the team button on the Dell monitor.

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I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t like one of them. And not just because we don’t use teams.

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t like the idea of ​​reaching forward and awkwarding up my monitor, which I’ve carefully deployed, every time I want to adjust the volume or answer the call , Or want to mute myself – good luck doing it fast when the whole scene is shaken each time. Even if I did, I wouldn’t want a button specifically dedicated to a brand of video conferencing. Seems limited when there are a lot of video platforms running.

I would be much more likely to pay for a puck with a mono speaker for control as well as voice and mic that is closer to me. And by the way, noise canceling might be better to cancel the software side – calling apps often integrate their own, and those who know how the built-in noise blocking interacts with those.

This is undoubtedly a simple product solution, certainly, and possibly also because Microsoft and Dell worked together. The pop-up webcam also has an IR camera that works with Windows Hello, a face recognition login method that I didn’t realize existed long ago.

Obviously this is going after Dell and Microsoft enterprise customers who are already in their ecosystem. But as a Dell monitor lover myself, I wouldn’t mind having a pop-up camera – unnecessary sound bars and team buttons. Love where is dale?

The new video conferencing monitor will be available next month, starting at $ 520 for the 24-inch, then up to $ 720 for the 27-inch and (curved) $ 1,150 for the 34-inch.