Cheaper than many other video conferencing hardware
The Polycom VVX 1500 is more than just a 6-line enterprise desk phone. It's a business multimedia phone, which is another way of saying that among other things, it supports video calling and business applications. Weighing in at over 5 pounds, this is easily the biggest and heaviest VoIP phone I've ever tested.
Stylish and easy to use video phone
The VVX 1500 has a great range of features and is easy to configure. Full support is currently limited under most SIP server platforms, but video call routing is easily handled via a TFTP contacts directory, so this doesn't put too much of a crimp on its usefulness. Unfortunately, at over Â£650 (exc. VAT), it's painfully expensive compared to any IP video phone on the market short of Cisco's Â£1,480 7985G.
Quality entry level product
The Soundpoint 331, Polycom's new desktop phone, is a direct replacement for the Soundpoint 330, the brand's entry-level IP phone. The two phones are identical except that the 331 has additional memory to support future feature enhancing SIP software upgrades expected in late 2010. According to 888voipstore, the Soundpoint IP 331 is a "cost-effective solution for cubicle workers as well as call center operators who use a 'hard' phone in conjunction with a 'soft' client running on the PC".
Excellent build quality
In closing I'd like to return to an impression that I first had some years ago when I first started using IP phones. If you work for a small company, or in a home office, and live on the phone as much as I do, then life is just too short to get by with a marginal phone. You can't appreciate the difference between "good enough" and something that is truly exceptional to use without trying it for yourself. The difference in cost is not as much as you might expect.
Great personal and conference VoIP phone
I bought several of these phones for employees at my office last year. They've worked very well as office phones and even as conference phones with up to three people sitting around the phone. The sound quality is very clear.
There are a few caveats that apply to all VoIP phones. First, before you can use a VoIP phone you must configure the VoIP server, in our case Asterisk, to associate the phone's MAC address with its phone extension.
Excellent handset and speakerphone voice quality
The overall design successfully incorporates both sharp edges and rounded corners, and gives the phone a very sleek look. The Polycom 550 is probably one of the most visually appealing desk phone we've reviewed so far.
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