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One of the questions that comes up frequently is what are the differences between the three current models of ClickShare and which one should I choose.
Below is a chart that lines up the features…
The most common difference that jumps out when looking at the chart is the number of supported buttons and simultaneously supported images. Extra buttons and trays are available for all units, so don’t let the number of included buttons limit the decision process. However, if we look a little deeper, there are some less obvious and potentially more important elements to consider:
If users will have a 4K display, then consider the CSC-1. Even if they will not share 4K content, the CSC-1 allows users to show up to fou
r 1080p sources simultaneously at their native resolution on a single 4K display. (If end users share spreadsheets or other visually detailed content, then this alone may be enough reason to move to a 4K display.) No external scaler required.
On the other end of the spectrum is the budget conscious CS-100 which is great for small businesses and huddle spaces. Many companies choose to move up to the CSE-200 for Airplay compatibility and to allow two users on screen at the same time. For consistency in the end user experience, companies also tend to go with CSE-200 in huddle spaces when a CSC-1 is also used in larger spaces. Both the CSE-200 and CSC-1 allow for network integration, while the CS-100 does not. This combination of price and features has made the CSE-200 the most popular unit, followed closely by the CSC-1.
In addition to our demo loaner program, there is also a dealer demo purchase program that allows integrators to by one of each unit at a discount. Both options are a great way to help you and your customer evaluate options. As always, feel free to contact me or your Almo rep if you have questions.
My impressions 60 days after adding Barco to my Business Development Manager responsibilities: there is much more to Barco than ClickShare and projectors. This includes video walls, image processors, video switchers, and beyond. Similar to ClickShare, design elegance and sophistication is consistent. Yet, recent price moves and promotions in some categories keep the products within reach of their target markets.
ClickShare is still the most popular Barco solution at Almo. If you have not seen ClickShare yet, check out this video (1:15). Customer’s love the simplicity of wireless screen sharing, knowing meetings will run smoothly, and that ClickShare does not require connection to a corporate network (although it is an option). As a bonus, the savings compared to a matrix switch, scaler, and table connectivity are significant.
Since ClickShare creates its own wireless connection in the Wi-Fi band, the integration questions that come up the most relate to managing multiple units in a crowded Wi-Fi space. There a numerous successful installations with literally hundreds of ClickShare units in the same facility and that work glitch free. Much has been written on the subject including white papers and user guides, but some of the high points include:
- ClickShare allows you to manually set the Wi-Fi band, channel, and power of each unit. This allows you to alternate channels between adjacent spaces, dial back power if necessary, and minimize potential interference in a crowded wireless space.
- Change the default SSID and name of each unit to something logical (i.e. the room name).
- Room-specific connection instructions (with SSID) appear on the welcome screen – reducing questions on how to connect.
There are flexible security options making it easy to share content while keeping malicious outside content from hijacking a meeting.
If you have not experienced ClickShare first hand, or would like to dive deeper into configuration options, contact your Almo representative for a 21-day demo loaner unit. Nothing compares to first-hand experience.
Being a pioneer in the meeting room/conference room collaboration and presentation product development is a tremendous feat. But how do you top yourself when you already have an award winning product with tremendous sales growth? How did Barco outdo itself again?
Well, Barco is introducing the new CS-100 and CSE-200 models that will transition and compliment their existing offerings. They are tapping into new customers and markets at an aggressive price point while continuing to give them the ease of sharing and collaboration during presentations.
The CSM-1, also known as the ClickShare mini has now transitioned into a new model – CSE-200. In addition to the simplicity of Barco’s one-click-wonder, they have completely redesigned the unit with brand new look with all the simplicity of its predecessor. The CSE-200 is taking on the new role of the ClickShare mini and making it even more secure. With updated security embedded into the ClickShare buttons, it becomes even more secure while sharing participant content on the big presentation screen.
Barco also added a new cost-effective model, the CS-100, which is a lower cost unit that has most of the features of the CSE-200. The CS-100 model is priced low to allow any potential end-user to invest in a great platform to share content in their meeting room spaces. This model looks a little different than the CSE-200, with no external antennas and only one USB button to share. But, even with only one button end-users can still use the Barco mobile APP (Android & iOS) that will allow mobile device users to still contribute to the main display.
But, the CSC-1 has some fresh news of its own. With a new firmware upgrade, existing CSC-1 ClickShare Classic units can be upgraded to support 4K UHD resolution (with the use of an active DisplayPort to HDMI adapter) and Airplay for iOS 9 devices.
Barco continues to elevate itself in the products they continue to develop for the collaboration and presentation.
For more information on Barco’s ClickShare or to schedule a demo, contact Eric Olson at email@example.com or 888.420.2566 x4082.
Last week I was visiting one of our largest partners at their headquarters for a business review. All parties had spent countless hours preparing their presentations, pivoting their pivot tables, analyzing the business ten ways to Sunday. When the moment arrived and all parties assembled, I go to plug in my laptop – fishing through a spaghetti junction of cords while searching for the right adapter… praying it was going to work and… the screen was blank… totally blank. Ten minutes later with some sort of control system voodoo, there was finally an image. I wondered what the collective salaries were of the 15 people in that meeting waiting for that meeting to start. I wondered how many meetings go on in the dozens of conference rooms each day in that building that experience the same thing – plagued by the one thing that should be so simple – to just display the image (oh and collaboration is nice too!)
This is not a Barco ClickShare commercial. This is a bona fide – I see the light – cue the choir – testimonial! If you haven’t seen Barco ClickShare, you can’t appreciate the simplicity with which it solves a myriad of problems, including those of the aforementioned story. Our control system BDM Jamie Finnegan can explain it so eloquently. We have demo units you can borrow to experience it for yourself. Try it, you’ll never want to use anything else.
Looking into our conference room, I’m wondering where our Barco ClickShare unit is (probably out on demo loan). I’m calling the warehouse today to get a permanently unmovable unit. We practice what we preach – now cue the choir!
Many of you in the industry have been hearing or reading about BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device”. There is a tendency in this day and age to beat terms into the ground. Fortunately, this has not happened yet in this case. In fact, quite the opposite… a groundswell of interest is building almost by the day driven by the demand to more effectively collaborate in the workplace. What I’m seeing unfold before my eyes is a “culture” of collaboration taking shape. What is at the heart of this is supporting BYOD within this growing culture. A serious challenge to say the least…
The proliferation of the mobile platform world is in full swing. No longer is about a personal device solely used for personal needs. The crossover of the PD to the workplace is why we’re seeing technologies emerge such as the Barco ClickShare.
I’m a veteran of this industry and frankly anymore it takes quite a bit to impress me, but every so often a new technology surfaces that really captures my attention. The ClickShare system is one of those rare solutions that after I saw it works its magic, caused me to say wow, so simple and yet so powerful! I’d love to hear what your thoughts are for those of you who’ve seen the ClickShare in action.
The challenge becomes how to most effectively allow for seamless collaboration while at the same time support cross platform interoperability. The physical version of the button is a no brainer, it’s inclusion of mobile devices within the collaboration session with full mirroring that presents a real challenge, especially on the Apple side of things. Apple does not allow for full mirroring to occur launched from a 3rd party Application. It’s a legal lock down by Apple. Android does not have this issue It’s a legal lock down by Apple. Android does not have this issue It’s a legal lock down by Apple. Android does not have this issue when using Samsung Galaxy tablets. Here’s a link to some valuable information pertaining to this aspect of the ClickShare technology.
So please, share with me your experience with ClickShare, good, bad or indifferent. We’ll all benefit from collaborating (sorry couldn’t resist 😉 ) on our thoughts, ideas and experiences so far.