Cool Endpoints 2019 – Look who’s leading desktop innovation
You know how valuable the right IP endpoint can be to your communication stack. After all, without an IP endpoint, how would you communicate with your staff, clients, and shareholders? The trouble is, in today’s digitally transforming world, it can be challenging to find the IP endpoint solution that supports all of your diverse needs.
To help you choose the right vendor for your communication strategy in 2018, we’re going to look at some of the top contenders for this year, and the flagship products that they’re bringing to the market.
ALE International (Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise)
ALE International, operating as Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is a French company and leading brand for IP communications and endpoints. ALE has delivered a wide selection of incredible products to brands over the last couple of years, including their innovative Rainbow service for unified communications.
The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise 8088 Smart Desk phone
ALE’s flagship endpoint is the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise 8088 smart desk phone, an innovative phone with a 7-inch vivid touchscreen, smooth multi-media user experiences and built-in cameras. There’s even a Bluetooth handset so that users can carry their phone with them around the office, without being tethered to the desk. Features include:
- Wideband audio
- Intuitive HD video that scales to multi-party and peer-to-peer sessions
- Award-winning Open Touch Conversation user interface
- Built-in HD camera for video conferencing
- HDMI connector for convenience
- Ambient light sensor
AudioCodes is a leading company in the development and delivery of advanced VoIP and converged VoIP and data networking applications. AudioCodes has a strong reputation for their exceptional quality of service and HD voice support. With AudioCodes, customers can access everything from intuitive huddle room conferencing phones, to Microsoft Teams-enabled endpoints.
The AudioCodes C450HD IP Phone
The AudioCodes C450HD IP Phone is the flagship phone for AudioCodes this year. This native Microsoft Teams executive phone features a colour touchscreen, and complete UC integration to keep your business running smoothly. Features include:
- SILK HD voice quality
- WiFi and Bluetooth support
- 5-inch colour touchscreen
- Single click switch between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams
- 8 Programmable keys
- 2 USB headset support
- Expansion module support
Avaya is an inspirational company in the unified communications and IP endpoint environment. For 18 years, Avaya has built a reputation as one of the most reliable multinational technology companies in the world. Currently, Avaya serves more than 220,000 customer locations around the world, and it is the largest pure-play UC and CC company in the globe. Avaya continually shows up on leading vendor reports like the Gartner Magic Quadrant.
The Avaya Vantage Phone
The Avaya Vantage phone is the forward-thinking flagship phone from Avaya. This multi-media phone was designed for simple omnichannel engagement, ranging all the way from video conferencing, to instant messaging and more. The Avaya vantage device comes connected with the Avaya Aura or Avaya Equinox platform to provide a complete end-to-end communication experience. Features include:
- Integrated WiFi
- UC accessibility
- Enterprise-class audio quality
- In-built camera
- Single-pane-of-glass communication
Plantronics has more than 55 years of experience in the technology space, creating rich collaboration and communication experiences for businesses around the world. Over the decades, Plantronics has invested in everything from the latest IP endpoint software, to noise-cancelling and comfortable headsets, and state-of-the-art desk phones. Recently, Plantronics purchased Polycom, allowing for a further expansion of the Plantronics portfolio.
The Plantronics Voyager Focus UC
The current flagship product for Plantronics is their next-generation headset, the Voyager Focus UC. Perfect for chaotic and fast-paced business environments, the Voyager Focus UC keeps your concentration on the conversation at hand, allowing for more immersive and successful customer conversations. Features include:
- Active noise cancelling to eliminate distracting sounds
- Dynamic Mute alert to let you know when you talk when muted
- 12-hour battery power and a mobile cordless design
- Smart sensors that provide contextual information as you talk
- Call control across multiple softphones
- UC presence that automatically updates when you’re on a call
Polycom is another market leader in the unified collaboration industry. Working under the Plantronics banner, Polycom ensures that today’s companies can keep geographically dispersed workforces connected through secure and reliable services. Polycom offers everything from telepresence, to meeting room solutions, conferencing room products, and more.
The Polycom Obi2182
The Polycom Obi2182 is Polycom’s flagship IP phone, equipped with support for up to six SIP accounts, 48 lines, and a state-of-the-art VoIP services. The Polycom Obi2182 is designed to provide businesses with everything they need to be more productive, including:
- Easy deployment and administration through the Polycom ObiTalk device management platform
- QoS and statistic responses
- In-Service device management and troubleshooting
- Built-in wireless connectivity
Snom is a German company with years of experience in creating high-quality VoIP telephones and endpoint products to support the modern communication environment. Snom manufactures and sells products that cater to small and medium-sized businesses in particular, allowing them to compete with larger enterprise organisations. Snom endpoints feature elegant designs, high-quality audio, and state-of-the-art interface displays.
The Snom D785 Desk Telephone
The Snom D785 desk telephone is Snom’s flagship endpoint product and the latest in their series of “advanced” IP phone. The device features the elegance and sophistication consumers have come to expect from Snom, along with innovative additions like a second integrated display which allows users to set up 24 one-touch communication keys. Features include:
- A high-resolution colour display
- 6 configurable self-labelling multi-colour LED keys
- USB ports
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Elegant design
Finally, Yealink is a leading global provider of collaboration and communication products. Today, Yealink is one of the best-selling IP endpoint vendors in the world. In 2017, Yealink’s global shipments of IP desktop solutions increased by a rate of 50.4%. What’s more, Yealink is responsible for shipping more SIP phones than any other vendor in the communication endpoint space.
The Yealink SIP-T58V Phone
The Yealink SIP-T58V smart media phone is a device that offers advanced HD video and audio calling experiences for businesses of all sizes. The unique phone comes with a removable 2-megapixel HD camera, and it runs on the Android 5.1.1 operating system. The phone even comes with a seven-inch touchscreen to make managing calls easier. Features include:
- An adjustable display and camera
- Capacitive touch screen for operation
- IP intercom integration
- Android OS platform
- Support for Yealink SDKs so you can build your own ideal communication experience