The art of choosing the ideal device for your web meeting

It wasn’t that long ago that having a meeting or conference with clients or colleagues required extensive planning and scheduling, not to mention the expenses that had to be considered prior to each meeting. But technology has completely revolutionised the way we meet and collaborate. Thanks to this, you can now host web meetings and webinars that can be joined from almost anywhere in the world. A strong internet connection combined with a smart device means you can be an attendee — or even a host — of Drum’s web meeting or webinar, no matter where you are.

The rise of the internet and the immense variety of smart devices now available on the market has resulted in people accessing web meetings with many different devices. But not all of them are created equal when it comes to providing the best web meeting or webinar experience. Your smart device may provide you with a route into the meeting, but it might not deliver the best possible experience.

So we decided to share what we believe to be the best types of devices to use for joining your next webinar or web meeting. We’ve based our decisions on vital aspects such as usability, connectivity and overall user experience.

THE TABLET
The tablet is one of the most popular devices out there and it is frequently used for web meetings. As tablet technology develops, they are becoming more affordable and therefore more popular for online meetings and conferences.

Benefits
The screen
One main benefit of using a tablet is that it has a bigger display screen than your average smartphone. A bigger surface makes it easier to interact with all meeting attendees as it provides the space for a cleaner looking interface during your meeting.

Portability
This is the main reason for the tablet’s popularity as it gives its users the ability to have their web meeting anywhere. No careful pre-planning required. It also improves attendee participation as it’s easier for them to be available throughout the day. As well as being more practical, it also promotes greater interaction, thereby improving the overall relationship between the host and the participants.

THE DESKTOP COMPUTER
It’s easy to forget how many advantages the good old desktop computer still has when it comes to web meetings, so let’s remind ourselves:

Benefits
Flexibility
They can provide you with more flexibility as they are generally known to be easier to maintain and reconfigure. Ultimately, this also leads to a longer lifespan as desktop computers are less likely to be dropped and broken. The main downside of desktops remains the same — you can’t just pop them in your bag and take them with you. But if you can look past the portability issue, then the benefits of a desktop computer are unbeatable when it comes to having successful web meetings.

Integration of new smart features
Additionally, manufacturers of desktops are keen to tempt users to stick with them by constantly introducing a wealth of user-centred interface features, such as integrated touch screens, to keep pace with innovations in smart devices. This gives users greater choice and also guarantees they will have an improved, and more productive, experience.

In a nutshell, then, we can safely say that both tablets and desktop computers are better than your average smartphone when it comes to web conferencing. It’s therefore worth giving them both some serious consideration the next time you’re choosing which device to use for your web meeting.

And, if you’re interested in learning more about specific devices for hosting or attending a web meeting (we did include some smartphones this time!), then check out our handy list here!

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