Reap the benefits of high-quality video conferencing. MVC300 II Teams video conferencing kit by Yealink shines with superb audio and video while its set-up is a breeze.
Have your company and business partners already adopted the MS Teams platform? If that is the case, the Yealink MVC300 II Teams turns into the obvious choice for a small-room video solution.
Looking for a similar Teams-based solution for bigger rooms? In such a case, check our review of Yealink MVC800 II.
Purpose, Gear, User Experience
The MVC300 II Teams is a video conference system, specifically intended for small board spaces and huddle rooms.
The MVC300 II Teams consist of 5 mandatory elements and one optional. These include a camera, speakerphone, HDMI ingest device, Mini-PC package, touchpad, and the optional dongle for wireless connectivity to laptops.
1) Yealink UVC30 Room (4K Camera):
Starting with the camera component – the UVC30. It is a full HD camera, but it supports multiple resolutions.
It can either display a 4K image at 30FPS, or 1080p at 60FPS. It depends on the display, or application it is paired with. In either case, the image is sufficiently sharp for making the conversation more life-like.
The UVC30 Room has a field of view stretching as wide as up to 120°. The wide-angle ensures that everyone will feel involved in the video conversation.
When tested in a 12×12 feet huddle room with 5 people, the UVC30 managed to capture all participants.
The wide-angle is complemented by the camera’s facial recognition and auto-framing features.
The facial recognition technology employs modern tracking methods for finding all the participants’ faces. Then, the auto-framing feature adjusts the camera most appropriately.
Wider angles ensure more involvement. The high resolution, in combination with face recognition, contributes to a more life-like experience.
What about the camera’s audio?
Unlike the UVC30 Desktop (sold individually), the UVC30 Rooms camera does not have an embedded microphone. This is because, in the MVC300 II system, the two-way audio is provided by the CP900 speakerphone instead.
The UVC30 Rooms can be mounted in various ways. It can be clipped onto the top side of a monitor or mounted onto a wall.
It can even be mounted onto a tripod, too. We found this extremely handy, as the tripod allows for an exact camera height to be adjusted. As a bonus, the camera’s USB cable is 3 meters long. That kind of length provides extra mounting flexibility.
2) Yealink MTouch (IPS Screen):
The camera framing can be adjusted automatically, but it can also be manually adjusted from the MTouch pad. It has a built-in PTZ feature for seamless camera navigation.
But there is more to the MTouch than controlling the camera. In fact, the MTouch is the main control panel in the MVC300 II Teams system.
The software installed on the MTouch is the Microsoft Teams Rooms Application. The Teams-tailored interface makes it easy for users to create, join, or cancel already scheduled meetings; as well as for inviting new participants.
And the 8-inch capacitive touchscreen certainly makes the workflow dynamic even smoother. The vivid colors of the display and the seamless touchscreen remind me of working with a smartphone or a tablet.
Furthermore, the MTouch has a built-in human motion sensor. It automatically ‘wakes’ the pad when people enter the room.
3) Yealink CP900 (Compact Speakerphone):
As previously mentioned, the CP900 speakerphone is responsible for the two-way acoustic performance of the MVC300 II Teams.
The CP900 is extremely small and compact, but let not size fool you. Its maximum power output is 7W, which is quite loud (even more so in small spaces).
When tested, the CP900 made some very good impressions: the speaker delivers a crystal-clear sound; it is even quite nice for listening to music.
The microphones were the other noticeable aspect. The CP900 uses its 6 microphones for detecting and delivering high-quality speech. They are allocated around the periphery of the speaker. This way, they are able to recognize and pick up the voice from any given side.
Each microphone’s pick-up range is 6.5 feet. With each pointed in every direction, this makes the CP900 ideal for a small round table.
Also, the microphones boast AEC (Auto-Echo Cancellation) capacities. This prevents any echo-like noises from getting to the other side of the line.
When we tested, the microphones delivered a clean and crisp speech to the other party.
Overall, the CP900 is a reliable and clear-sounding speakerphone. It flawlessly fulfills its role within the MVC300 II Teams kit.
The CP900 is also sold individually as a compact mobile accessor. More comprehensive info about this compact speakerphone can be found in the pbx.info review, entirely dedicated to the CP900.
4) Yealink MShare (HDMI, Mini DP, USB Ingest):
As its name suggests, MShare is a device for content sharing. In plain terms, it is used for presenting desktop contents to other participants during a video conference.
And there are multiple ways for doing that. For example, this can be done either by connecting laptops to the MShare either through an HDMI or a mini-DP cable. MShare supports both.
Also, the MShare offers wireless connectivity to laptops via the WPP20 dongle.
This is done in two easy steps: 1) The WPP20 dongle is connected to the MShare via the USB 2.0 port; 2) By pressing the button on the dongle, users wirelessly connect their PC/Mac devices to the MVC300 II Teams system.
Once this is done, they can present the contents on your desktop to all participants in the video conversation.
The WPP20 wireless presentation module might be optional, yet it is a very handy device. Especially if presentations are an essential part of your work.
Keep in mind: It is not included in the default MVC300 II Teams pack and must be bought separately.
5) MCore Mini-PC (Mini-PC Package):
Last but certainly not least is the MCore Mini-PC. It runs on a powerful 8th generation Intel QUAD-CORE i5 processor and has 8GB memory, with 128GB SSD storage.
The MCore Mini-PC is what sets the entire system in motion. This is the master component that all other devices connect to via their in-built USB cables. At the same time, the MCore powers the entire system via only a single cable.
Speaking of cables, the MCore Mini-PC has built-in cable management. This helps to reduce the cable clutter in the small room.
The MCore Mini-PC has 2 HDMI ports, which means the entire MVC300 II system can be connected to two monitors at once.
The MCore has built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. For reliable network connecting during meetings, the Mini-PC also has a port for connecting to a LAN cable.
Set-Up, Configuration & Maintenance:
While unpacking the MVC300 Teams kit, we found many cables inside the box. However, setting up the MVC300 II Teams was actually quite simple.
The setup can be more easily shown in images than explained with words. See the MVC300 II Teams deployment scheme below:
Once all the elements are physically in place, you can initialize the Microsoft Teams Rooms System Application. You simply need to insert the Teams credentials and the system will automatically start after a reboot.
It is safe to say that the MVC300 II Teams provides a premium video conferencing experience. All the gear is solidly built and quality is secured on both the audio and video front.
In addition, the kit is fairly easy to set up and incredibly intuitive to use. It is hard to imagine how transitioning to the MVC300 II Teams would be hard for anyone.
Overall, it is a wonderful solution for huddle rooms and small board rooms.