Video conferencing has become a staple of business in the post-COVID era. Naturally, this makes the equipment for video conferencing all the more important to ensure that the workflow could feel at least a bit more like it was before we all had to see our co-workers through a camera. A clear picture and audio are the only things that make a video-conferencing solution great, but the execution of these two pillars has proven to be anything but simple! In this article, we have prepared for you an overview of the Rally video-conferencing solution family manufactured by Logitech, with a specific focus on the newly released Logitech Rally Bar. But this time, they quite literally raised the bar!
The Rally lineup consists of three products: the standard Logitech Rally Bar, Logitech Rally Bar Mini, and Logitech Rally Plus, designed for medium, small, and large conference rooms and huddle spaces, respectively. This means that you should not look at them as mini or pro versions of phones, which are usually inferior or superior products compared to the standard model. The Rally Bar Mini is not inferior to the Rally Plus; rather, it is designed to fit a different environment.
The headline features of the entire lineup are quite a few! AI-assisted panning, crisp audio output, expansive mic array with noise suppression, up to 4K video, uniquely efficient cable management, ability to connect to popular video conferencing services without the need to connect to a computer, and more are only part of the complete package that Logitech’s latest offerings bring to the table––literally!
Before we start talking more about the features we just listed, you might want to check the most essential specs for the line-up; if not, skip to the design section below.
Logitech Rally Bar Mini
|Logitech Rally Bar||
Logitech Rally Plus
|4K PTZ Camera with 4X digital zoom||4K PTZ Camera with 15X HD zoom (5X optical, 3X digital)||4K PTZ Camera with 15X HD zoom (5X optical, 3X digital)|
|Pan: Motorized ±25°
Tilt: Motorized ±15°
|Pan: Motorized ±25°
Tilt: Motorized ±15°
|Pan: Motorized ±90°
Tilt: Motorized +50° / -90°
|Speaker with 70mm woofer driver and 38mm mid-range driver||Speaker with dual 70mm drivers||Two speakers with 76mm drivers|
|RightSense technologies||RightSense technologies||RightSense technologies|
|No Mic Pod included, Supports up to 2||No Mic Pod included, Supports up to 3||2 Mic Pods included, Supports up to 7|
|All-in-one solution||All-in-one solution||Display Hub and Table Hub included for smarter cabling and content sharing|
Now that you have a better idea of the specs, we can jump in and talk more about what makes Rally Bar the ultimate video conferencing solution.
It isn’t easy to pick one feature as the selling point of the Logitech Rally Bar because there are so many of them. However, we will make a judgment call and start off with the premium design of the Rally Bar. The cable management is especially unique and even customizable! You can take off the back plate to see the beautifully aligned cables and manage them if need be.
But perhaps the main attraction is the front of the device. The Rally Bar offers a sleek design that is as elegant as it is minimalistic. You will find the speakers, microphones, camera, and AI viewfinder in a well-crafted premium looking/feeling package. There is also a slew of accessories to compliment the Rally Bar and expand on its capabilities.
The Logitech Rally Bar comes with a multi-element lens assembly capable of recording up to 4K resolution for a crisp image. The RightLight technology also ensures that you don’t have to deal with awkward white balances and constant shifting of color whenever the camera changes focus. But the strengths don’t stop there! The lens actually supports up to 5x optical zoom (15x HD digital), which, combined with the AI viewfinder and its scene awareness feature, can zoom in on a participant in the back of the room without losing quality.
Speaking of zooming in on participants, the camera also features an AI-driven 30-degree tilt and 50-degree pan capability to ensure the framing is always just right. The RightSight feature gives the participants maximum freedom in moving about the environment and forgetting about equipment. Because as they say, the best technology is the one you don’t notice!
The Logitech Rally Bar features a dual 70mm speaker setup that can truly fill up the room. The drivers are large and tuned to have ultra-low distortion at maximum volumes. The RightSound technology makes sure that every word is heard with outstanding clarity by everyone in the room.
But the speakers are only half the story. There is still the issue of picking up the sound. Logitech has also trademarked its microphone tech on top of its speaker, auto-framing, and lighting tech! The beamforming mic array picks up voices at every seat and shifts the focus on the active speaker while suppressing ambient noise.
Also, in the demonstrations, you can clearly see that the range in which the microphones pick up voice clearly goes well beyond a couple of meters. As you move from right next to the Rally Bar to the other side and far away from the mic, you will find that there’s hardly any drop in volume or quality.
There’s an entire range of accessories to compliment the Logitech Rally Bar. The Rally Mic Pod is a small puck-shaped microphone that expands the audio coverage of the Rally Bar even further, and also adds convenient access to mute controls, on top of the remote control that comes in the box with the Rally Bar. There is also a wall-mount and a TV mount that can fix the Rally bar above or below a TV or any other display.
But the star of the show is the Logitech Tap Controller, which makes connecting to partner solutions such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings easier than ever. It is a tablet-esque controller that eliminates the need for having computers in meetings. Aptly named, the Tap Controller allows you to get in the conference room with nothing but your notes and connect to a meeting with only a…well…tap!
All the awesome tech packed in the Logitech Rally Bar finds itself in the Mini and the Plus as well. There are certain changes, however, that make each of these products better suited for different situations. For instance, the Rally Bar Mini is designed for smaller rooms. It supports up to two extra Mic Pods. It also features a 4x HD digital zoom, while the standard Rally Bar and Rally Plus offer 15x HD digital zoom (5x optical and 3x digital). The standard Rally Bar supports up to three Mic Pods, and the Plus supports up to seven.
The Rally Plus also offers bigger and badder speakers! Two separate speakers with large, 76mm drivers accompany the standalone camera of the Rally Plus. The camera also boasts a full 180-degree panning capability and a much wider tilt range of up to 140 degrees. There is also the handy feature of Kensington Lock available only on the Plus model.
The Logitech Rally Bar series of video-conferencing solutions is a jack of all trades. It delivers top-of-the-line image and audio with a whole range of extra features that, while may individually be found in competing products, are impossible to be found in one package. If you can think of a feature that you would want in a video conferencing solution, from the AI-driven frame adjustment to the beamforming mic array that picks up voices crystal clear from the far end of the room, you would be hard-pressed not to find it in the entire Rally Bar range. It feels like it needs to be mentioned again––Logitech truly raised the Bar with this one!
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