Logitech Brio 500 are an alternative to Apple Desk View

Logitech today unveiled its latest Brio 500 webcam and Zone Vibe headphones, targeting the large workforce still at home with Zoom and Teams.

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Logitech, maker of some of the best webcams money can buy, hopes these stylish productivity tools will meet the needs of hybrid and home workers. One of the Brio 500’s features comes straight from Apple’s playbook, with the ability to point downwards and show a view of your desk.

“Many remote and hybrid workers are still under-equipped and struggling with pre-pandemic-era solutions,” said Scott Wharton, general manager of Logitech Video Collaboration, during the launch.

He highlighted some of the new features built into the Brio 500 webcam, such as automatic framing and automatic lighting. The Logitech Brio 500 webcam has another trick up its sleeve: it can film items on the desk and automatically flip the image so your viewers see the full picture.

This is similar to Apple’s new Desk View, which the Cupertino, California-based company showcased at WWDC 2022 in June. Desk View lets you use your iPhone as a webcam and capture objects on your desk for your video call. There’s one huge difference, though: Desk View does it with a click of a setting, while the Brio 500 has to be manually pointed at your desk.

The Brio 500’s webcams have what Logitech calls ‘Right Sight’ technology, which keeps you in view even when you’re moving around. It also has Right Light 4, which automatically adjusts the brightness of the image to compensate for poor lighting in your environment.

The Zone Vibe wireless headphones are designed to be worn for extended periods of time. Logitech claims these offer “business-grade” performance while remaining comfortable thanks to memory foam covered in soft knit mesh.

Weighing just 6.5 ounces, there are three versions of the Zone Vibe headphones: the Zone Vibe 100, which has a built-in Bluetooth receiver; the Zone Vibe 125, which comes with a Bluetooth USB-A receiver that you need to plug in, and the Zone Vibe Wireless, which Logitech says is certified for “Microsoft Teams use.”

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Both the Brio 500 webcam and Zone Vibe headphones are certified carbon neutral thanks to carbon compensation during the manufacturing process. Most of the plastic parts in the Zone Vibe headphones are made from recycled plastic, while 25% of the plastic in the Brio 500 is recycled.

The Brio 500 webcam costs $129 and is available now on the Logitech website. The Zone Vibe headphones will be available in December. The Zone Vibe 100 costs $99, while the Zone Vibe 125 and Zone Vibe Wireless cost $130.

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