From the Lab – Zoom for Home on Facebook Portal+

From the Lab - Product / Service Review

Zoom for Home
on Facebook Portal+

Hands-on testing of Zoom for Home on a low cost, touch-capable personal collaboration device.

Review Date: November 2020
Software Version: Facebook Portal – 1.12.1, Zoom App – 5.2.0
List Price: US $279 (often available for $229)
From the Lab – Hidden Ratings

The battle for a place on the information worker’s desk (or kitchen table given the work from home trend of late) rages on.  In recent months, Cisco and DTEN have released personal collaboration appliances designed to offload the video conferencing experience from the user’s PC (desktop or laptop).  Industry heavyweight Crestron and industry newcomer Neat have also announced that personal collaboration solutions are forthcoming.

In September 2020, Recon Research completed a round of hands-on testing of the Facebook Portal+ smart video calling device (see our From the Lab note).  At that time, the Portal+ supported only Facebook collaboration apps, including Messenger, Workplace, and WhatsApp.

Recently, Portal apps for BlueJeans, Cisco Webex Meetings, GoToMeeting, and Zoom have made their way onto our Portal devices.

This “From the Lab” note focuses on the Zoom for Home experience on the Facebook Portal+.