Yealink MVC800 II Teams Review

Yealink products are known to strike a fine balance between quality and user-friendliness. And with the MVC800 II Teams, the case is no different.

The MVC800 II Teams kit provides a premium audio and video experience while being as easy to operate as a regular smart device. In addition, the set-up is a breeze and so is pairing additional devices.

The MVC800 II is optimized for Microsoft Teams. This means it comes with a pre-configured MS Teams application. Therefore, it cannot be used with any other video-streaming software. On the other hand, it is perfectly compatible with all the Office 365 applications.

Related review: The Yealink MVC300 II Teams (a system designed for small huddle rooms of up to 6 people).

At a Glance

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The Yealink MVC800 Teams is a video conferencing package, intended for medium and large rooms (13-20 people).

It is a 7-piece kit, consisting of a mini-computer, a touch console, a camera, a soundbar, 2 microphones, and an HDMI hub for desktop sharing. There’s also one optional element that can be additionally obtained – the WPP20 wireless presentation pod.

All the gear is built solidly, while also having a clean and elegant look. The MVC800 Teams blends-in effortlessly with screens, laptops, or furniture.

Setup

The setup procedure is a simple one overall. Nevertheless, potential users are encouraged to always first consider the room layout where they intend to deploy the MVC800 II Teams.

The essential setup: All the peripheral devices need to be plugged into the MCore Mini-PC’s multiple allocated ports. In its turn, the mini-PC itself has to be connected to a power source, the Internet, and the output devices.

As the name hints, the MCore is the core component to the MVC800 II Teams. It is what powers the entire setup and what enables the peripheral devices to communicate.

The MCore mini-PC has 2 HDMI ports and it supports a dual-display system. This means that not 1 but 2 screens can be employed for the needs of any meeting. 

In terms of technical prowess, the MCore is almost an overkill. Intel NUC 7th generation Intel Core i5 with 8GB Memory & 128GB SSD. Those are very generous specifications for running a single app. Of course, all of that means that the MVC800 II runs smoothly at all times.

The MCore minicomputer is supposed to be installed inside the tray it comes with. The tray has a double function. It enables wall-mounting, while it also reduces cable clutter. The tray is a nice addition as it provides extra positioning flexibility indeed.

The exact setup scheme for the MVC800 II Teams, along with the complete setup instructions are available from the product’s official deployment guide. Alternatively, refer to the video deployment guideline:

Once all the elements are physically in place, it gets even easier. The MVC800 II Teams system is initialized from the MTouch II pad by a simple plug-and-play procedure. In other words, users just have to turn the console on, insert their Teams credentials, adjust a few settings and it is all set to go.

The MTouch II is then also used as the main system controller. The console’s home screen displays all the scheduled meetings for the day. In their turn, users can join any of them with a single click of the touchscreen.

In addition, there are the other main functionalities on display, too. These include the option for creating a new meeting, initiating a presentation, or inviting the room into a particular going-on meeting.

However, this is only one of the MVC800 II interfaces. The other can be seen on the in-room display. It usually shows the selected screensaver, the time, and notifications/options. 

The MTouch II also has a built-in human motion sensor. Its function is to ‘wake’ the MVC800 system whenever people step into the room.

Audio & Video

The two-way audio and the video streaming of the MVC800 II are both superb. This combination of premium audio and video quality contributes to one life-like conferencing experience. When tested, all the associated equipment performed flawlessly.

The piece responsible for video streaming is the UVC80 PTZ camera. This is a full-HD camera that supports a resolution of 60FPS at 1080p. The other parties at the conference could really not ask for better quality.

What makes the UVC80 particularly helpful in large rooms is its 12x optical zoom. Thanks to it, even participants staying in the furthest corners of the room can be seen clearly on display.

Furthermore, the camera has built-in facial recognition and auto-framing features. These two features work together, in order to adjust the camera in a way so that every participant is involved.

However, the camera can also be adjusted manually. As with every PTZ camera, the UVC80 is capable of remote directional and zoom control.

In the case of the MVC800 II system, this means that camera angles and zoom are adjusted from the Camera Control module on the MTouch II pad. Users can adjust the camera, while ‘consulting’ with the real-time preview on the in-room screen.

A screenshot from the Camera Controller on the MTouch II. One upcoming feature is the ability to create and save camera presets.

The video streaming experience certainly is enterprise-level. The powerful MCore enables the UVC80 to fully provide a smoothly running HD image.

At the same time, the system-user interaction is as simple as ever. After just 30 minutes of playing around with the system, it becomes clear why Yealink has highlighted the MVC800 II as a ‘close-to-zero learning curve’ device.

As for the audio equipment, it consists of a soundbar and a set of interlaced microphones.

The soundbar – the Yealink MSpeaker – is responsible for the audio delivery of the MVC800 II system. The sound is brought to the table (literally) was crisp and clear. The MSpeaker’s maximum output power is 10W. It can get pretty loud if needed.

The MSpeaker’s partners in sound excellence are the VCM34 array microphones. These microphone devices exhibited an excellent 360 voice pick-up system.

The reason is that each single microphone device actually has three microphones on each of its sides. This means that the voice can be ‘picked’ from all sides of the microphone. In addition, the voice pick-up range is 20 feet (6 meters). This is more than enough for covering the entire room.

When tested, the microphones managed to pick-up and clearly transmit voices from almost 5 meters away.

Another good thing about the VCM34 microphones is their noise-canceling abilities. Thanks to the Yealink Noise Proof Technology, background noises are successfully eliminated.

This is particularly helpful because it encourages multi-tasking. For example, users can work on their laptops without worrying about typing-related noises.

Up to 4 VCM34 microphones can be daisy-chained together. Consider the exact amount that might be needed for your workspace, as the default MVC800 II pack contains only 2 of them.

Connectivity & Integration

For desktop content sharing, users need to plug their laptops/Macs into the MShare device. It has three ports, allowing for three 3 different types of connectivity: 1) HDMI port, 2) MiniDP port and 3) a USB port.

However, the USB port is not intended for connecting PC devices directly. Instead, it is allocated for the WPP20 device. In its turn, the WPP20 enables the wireless connectivity between PC devices and the MVC800 II Teams system.

Users simply need to plug in the WPP20 into the MShare and then connect it to their laptop. Afterward, the desktop can be shared onto the in-room display by simply clicking the button on the WPP20.

The optional WPP20 is highly recommended for users who frequently need to present from their desktops.

Final Words

The Yealink MVC800 II Teams is an excellent conference room equipment. It is evident that Yealink has invested resources in product development, as this is really one carefully designed kit.

In their turn, companies willing to invest in the Yealink MVC800 II Teams will reap the benefits of premium conference equipment.

Related document: The MVC800 II Datasheet