Magewell USB Capture HDMI Review

What is the Magewell USB Capture HDMI? In simple terms the device converts a HDMI stream into a USB input stream. This is particularly useful if, for example, you wanted to show video in a Skype for Business video call. As the Skype for Business client only picks up webcams and other USB devices this wouldn’t normally be possible. This device can be used to connect you to another laptop streaming the video, converting it to USB. Skype for Business then sees it as another camera therefore allowing it to be used in video calls. I will show how this works in more detail soon. First lets look at the actual product. Product Info The product comes in a plastic display case and includes a blue USB 3.0 cable. It doesn’t come with instructions but it is all pretty self explanatory so you shouldn’t need any. Once unpacked, you will notice that the devise is made of metal so feels pretty sturdy. In terms of size, it’s 84.25 x 42.8 x 12.6mm. There is a HDMI port at one end and a USB port at the other end. There are also two lights, a power light to show that you have power and an action light to show that the device is working.     Using the Device Once the USB lead is connected to your laptop, both lights will come on. Your laptop will also recognise a new device. If you then go into Skype for Business, and go to the video device settings, you will see there are now two devices; the integrated webcam and the HDMI video, as seen...

Jabra Evolve 40 Review

The Jabra Evolve range is designed to improve concentration in noisy work environments. There are 5 headsets in this range: Evolve 20, 30, 40, 65 and 80. Today I will be reviewing the Evolve 40. Unpacking The first thing you’ll notice is that the headset comes in a zipped carry case which is handy for when you’re on the go. It stops the wires getting tangled and fits nicely in a laptop bag. When you take the headset out, you’ll see that it has a red wire that connects with a 3.5mm jack to a USB dongle. The dongle is really useful when using with Skype for Business. The dongle includes an answer/end call button, volume down, volume up, mute switch and a Busylight indicator.   Getting Started Jabra Direct is free PC software enabling Jabra USB devices to have remote call control over most softphones such as Skype for Business. It brings you features to personalise your device and also includes Jabra Intelligent Call Transfer, which I will discuss in more detail later. The Jabra Direct Software can be downloaded from the Jabra website. Once I had downloaded the software, I connected the headset via USB. My laptop didn’t automatically switch to them once plugged in, I had to set them as my default device. The Busylight One of the cool features of this headset is the Busylight indicator. This is a ring on each side of the headset which lights up bright red to let others know that you are on a call. You will see that there is also an indicator on the dongle. This can also be turned on...