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Why You Should Not Use Your Laptop Speakers For Web Calls

9/16/2014
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Thinking About Using Your Laptop Speakers as an Audio Solution for Web Calls?  Think Again! 

Does your laptop have the necessary microphone hardware and software to ensure quality audio?  For the majority of laptop users, the answer to this question is a resounding no.  If you have ever used a program like Skype, Google+ Hangouts, etc.  to teleconference or have a VoIP call with a friend or co-worker, you would know the answer to this question first-hand.  All it takes is one call to experience the deficiencies in the microphone hardware and software of your laptop.  Does your voice come through clear on the other end of your call?  Can your customer (whether internal or external) clearly understand you?  Can you hear what your customer is saying?  For the majority of laptop users, the answers to all of these questions are also a disappointing no.  The simple reason for this is that most laptops are equipped with inferior hardware and software in terms of audio.  Why do laptop manufacturers do this?  Most end-users do not focus on audio quality when it comes to purchasing a laptop and in order for the manufacturers to use higher-quality audio equipment (speakers, microphones and software), their prices would need to be higher.

The majority of laptops on the market do not have quality speakers for playback audio either.  If the audio coming out sounds subpar when listening to music, the same will hold true for audio during a conference call.  You do not have to be an audiophile to know if your laptop speakers are just not good enough.  And if you are an audiophile, the sound coming from those laptop speakers might be enough to make you cringe.

Other than a poor connection, nothing can derail a conference call like poor audio performance from a microphone.  The benefit of programs like Skype, Google+ Hangouts, etc. is that they allow people to speak like they would in person.  This is often done to eliminate the need for travel, which can be a very costly venture.  But, what good is that technology if you cannot understand the person on the other end of the call?  Rather than hearing every word of every call, people must waste valuable time repeating themselves.  Instead of the meeting running smoothly like it would if it were done in-person or with quality teleconference and VoIP equipment, participants must strain to understand each other.  This can be very frustrating and have a profound negative impact on meeting productivity.  In a worst case scenario, some might simply tune out what the person speaking is saying, wasting the time of everyone involved.

How well do your laptop speakers perform when multiple people are talking at the same time?  Do the speakers project loud enough and far enough to accommodate your small conference space?  Does the quality of the audio suffer when the volume is turned up?  Are the microphone(s) in your laptop precise and sensitive enough to pick up someone speaking from eight-to-ten feet away?  If the speakers pick up the audio from that person, is it audible on the other end of the call?

Revolabs’ goal is to put all of these concerns of the consumer to ease and to solve the problems presented by subpar microphones, speakers and audio software.  Why be forced into repeating yourself or not hearing your co-workers?  It is simply not worth the frustration.  That is why Revolabs created innovative audio solutions, like the FLX UC 500 USB Speakerphone, so you can hear every word and rest assured that you will be able to rely on your audio to ensure successful communications.

-Jacob Brady

To learn more about the FLX UC 500, click here.

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