Anker makes an enormous vary of reasonably priced family devices, together with battery packs, safety cams, wi-fi charging stands, and extra, however now the corporate is moving into the house workplace with the launch of a brand new AnkerWork line.
Many individuals have shifted to working from dwelling throughout the pandemic, and numerous jobs are anticipated to stay distant even when returning to the workplace is feasible post-pandemic, so Anker’s pivot into dwelling workplace and enterprise gear appears will-timed. And like different Anker devices, its new AnkerWork units nonetheless embody the identical easy, no-frills method with reasonably priced pricing you see from Anker’s different units.
AnkerWork’s first new machine is a key a part of any fashionable dwelling workplace: the PowerConf C300 webcam. At $130, the C300 appears poised to undercut Logitech’s $170 Streamcam, providing related specs, together with 1080p/60fps video recording, twin mics, and AI-powered monitoring know-how that can assist you hold your face centered within the body.
The C300 even helps HDR and has an adjustable subject of view, with three completely different settings for shut (78 levels), regular (90 levels), and ultra-wide (115 levels) to finest fit your video-calling wants. Together with help for Zoom, Groups, and all the opposite main video-conferencing apps, Anker mentioned the C300 may also help livestreaming software program like XSplit, OBS, and others.
If your private home workplace conferences revolve extra round huge convention calls, AnkerWork additionally has the PowerConf S500 transportable speaker. (FYI, the reasoning behind AnkerWork’s naming scheme is that “S” stands for speaker and “C” stands for digital camera.) Constructing off of Anker’s earlier PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone, the S500 has 4 mics to assist seize 360-degree audio, together with a 10-watt speaker and a built-in battery that delivers as much as 16 hours of unplugged name time. The S500 is designed for individuals who typically must take group calls whereas touring and helps conferences of as much as 12 individuals at a time, although you possibly can daisy chain a pair of S500s collectively to extend the variety of members to 16 or extra.
Sadly, Anker hasn’t launched a worth or launch date for the S500 simply but. Nonetheless, I’ve had an opportunity to mess around with the C300 and primarily based on my preliminary testing, I like what I see thus far, together with good picture high quality for the value. Out of the field, the C300 doesn’t want any further software program to seem as a generic webcam for Zoom, Google Meet, and the like. Nonetheless, you will want to put in Anker’s app if you’d like help for the AI-powered auto framing or the AI-enhanced shade tuning. Anker’s app was nonetheless in beta throughout my testing, so I didn’t get an opportunity to take a look at extra superior options like HDR and video recording.
The C300’s design is easy whereas nonetheless together with all of the fundamentals like an adjustable stand with built-in tripod buying and selling and a USB-C port and cable that comes with a USB-A adapter to be used with older computer systems.
I’m additionally an enormous fan of the adhesive privateness protect that comes with the C300, which has a easy shutter you possibly can slide over the webcam’s lens everytime you wish to make further positive your feed is blocked. It won’t sound like a lot, however in comparison with the massive lens cap that comes with Razer’s Kiyo Professional (which doesn’t have a spot to retailer the lens cap when not in use), Anker’s slider shutter is a extra helpful and chic answer for ensuring you’re not being spied on.
Anker mentioned it expects to launch extra Anker Work units all year long. The PowerConf S500’s launch date continues to be up within the air, however the PowerConf C300 is obtainable at this time for $130.