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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

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What is Polycom RealPresence Group Series?

The Polycom RealPresence Group Series is a video conferencing codec that connects to a standards-based video conferencing infrastructure to allow users to make video conference calls. There are three products in the series – RealPresence Group 300, RealPresence Group 500,…

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The Polycom RealPresence Group Series is widely used by global companies to facilitate effective communication across multiple locations. …
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Great for meetings

9 out of 10
February 12, 2020
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We use the Polycom RealPresence Group Series to participate in conference calls. We use Microsoft Teams to create and host the meetings. …
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Go for it

9 out of 10
January 26, 2018
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My company uses the Group Series to teleconference with our remote offices and third-party companies using Skype for Business as the …
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What is Polycom RealPresence Group Series?

The Polycom RealPresence Group Series is a video conferencing codec that connects to a standards-based video conferencing infrastructure to allow users to make video conference calls. There are three products in the series – RealPresence Group 300, RealPresence Group 500, and RealPresence Group…

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Product Details

What is Polycom RealPresence Group Series?

The Polycom RealPresence Group Series is a video conferencing codec that connects to a standards-based video conferencing infrastructure to allow users to make video conference calls. There are three products in the series – RealPresence Group 300, RealPresence Group 500, and RealPresence Group 700. It is certified to use with Office 365 and Skype for Business.

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Community Insights

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The Polycom RealPresence Group Series is widely used by global companies to facilitate effective communication across multiple locations. Users emphasize its versatility, as it can connect to various cloud services and function as both a stand-alone H.323 and SIP system. This flexibility allows it to be utilized in conference rooms of varying sizes, accommodating small 2-person rooms to large lobbies for company-wide meetings.

Customers highlight the value of the system in reducing the need for travel, as it enables remote access from other locations, fostering collaboration and saving costs. It serves multiple purposes, such as group video conferences, online training sessions, and educational seminars held outside of the workplace. By standardizing conferencing software and hardware, the system allows direct connections between meeting rooms equipped with these devices.

Reviewers praise the high-quality audio and video performance of the RealPresence Group Series, making it particularly suitable for high-priority and high-traffic conference rooms. Integration with Microsoft Teams and ceiling microphones further enhances the meeting experience while minimizing the necessity for extensive travel. The system has proven indispensable for engineers collaborating globally, tackling the costly problem of constant travel.

Another significant use case involves connecting different business units, functional groups, and teams worldwide for effective collaboration. Furthermore, it brings a sense of togetherness by enabling participation in conference calls and enhancing meeting experiences. Users appreciate its HD video quality, superb sound quality, and compatibility with various cloud services.

In addition to being deployed in board meeting rooms due to its low cost compared to other endpoint options when participating in meetings with Lifesize and Cisco conference systems, the Polycom RealPresence Group Series finds broad utilization within companies for basic audio and web meetings. Moreover, it facilitates HD video conferences for site-to-site or external board meetings while helping organizations phase out external conferencing products and leverage their internal investment.

Departments such as IT and marketing benefit from the system, allowing for efficient meetings and visual connections with participants. The ability to conduct calls globally, reduce the need for travel, and enable face-to-face communications is highly valued. The system is also being evaluated by users for recommendations to end-users and customers, with a strong emphasis on ease of use and setup.

Companies appreciate the implementation of the Group Series solution without significant cost or time investment, enabling productive teleconferences with remote offices and third-party companies. Moreover, it serves as a vital tool for connecting associates between geographically distributed home offices and branch offices, enabling productive meetings without the need for travel. Within the IT department, the system is widely used for video conferences and conference calls, enhancing collaboration and communication.

Users have found the Polycom RealPresence Group Series to be cost-effective and reliable. By utilizing this system, companies can evaluate its cost effectiveness and determine if it aligns with their budgetary needs. It offers a low-cost endpoint solution for participating in meetings with other conference systems, providing an accessible option for companies looking to enhance their meeting capabilities.

Overall, the Polycom RealPresence Group Series has proven to be a valuable tool for global companies. Its ability to connect multiple locations and facilitate effective communication has made it a popular choice for routine meetings, collaborations, and educational sessions. With its high-quality audio and video performance, versatility in connecting to various cloud services, and seamless integration with Microsoft Teams, it is a practical solution that reduces travel costs and enhances meeting experiences. Whether it's connecting different business units or enabling efficient meetings within departments, the RealPresence Group Series continues to deliver reliable and cost-effective communication solutions.

Audio and Video Quality: Reviewers have consistently praised the audio and video quality of the Polycom RealPresence Group Series. Many users have described the audio quality as astounding and excellent, while also highlighting the sharpness, clarity, and high resolution of the video.

Versatility: The versatility of the Polycom RealPresence Group Series has been a standout feature for users. They appreciate being able to integrate the system with other applications, allowing for seamless online to phone interactions and easy sharing of computer content with participants at remote locations.

Ease of Use: Users find the Polycom RealPresence Group Series to be extremely user-friendly. They value its simplistic design and how easily it operates without any difficulties. The intuitive user interface, attractive touch panel option, and overall ease in running meetings are highly appreciated by reviewers.

Difficult to find unified solution: Several users have expressed difficulty in finding a unified solution to manage all Polycom RealPresence devices, making company-wide changes cumbersome. This lack of a centralized management system can lead to inefficiencies and increased time spent on device management.

Trouble pairing devices: Many reviewers have mentioned having trouble pairing their RealPresence device with a Polycom conference phone and getting them to work together. This issue can result in frustration and delays when trying to set up and use the system for conferences or meetings.

Interface not always intuitive: Some users have found the interface of the Polycom RealPresence system to be good but not always intuitive. They may struggle with navigating through different features or understanding how certain functions work. This lack of intuitiveness can hinder user experience and require additional time for training or troubleshooting.

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Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
If you're always working in the Polycom ecosystem then the Group Series codecs are reliable and the quality of the camera and microphones are extremely good. However, the system relies heavily on either having onsite server technology and/or cloud based bridging capability. In addition, the peripherals like cameras and microphones are quite expensive. Maintenance and support costs also make the ongoing investment a costly one.
Curt Sminkey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
While expensive, you can't compare the cost and time of people flying all over the globe to have in-person meetings when 95% of the time they can be done between a RealPresense.... even more so in today's post-pandemic world. You just get such a better video and audio experience than a Teams meeting.

We were also able to connect our RealPresence to Teams so that you can join a meeting and choose whether to join it from your desk with Teams or from a conference room with a Real Presence. This solved 2 issues for us in that there's now a simple link on the Real Presence to join a meeting instead of making a direct phone call to another RP device, and for meetings with 1 or 2 people from a site, they can now join this meeting from their desk and free up the conference room for a large meeting.
February 25, 2020

Talking to the World

Alfred Brock | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Polycom RealPresence Group Series is well suited when individuals or teams need to meet together instantly with video, voice, and data. It is especially well suited to provide this service over great distances - as long as the supporting hardware and internet speed are installed and available.
  • We had difficulty with technicians and administrators that were reluctant to include the devices in our networking environment. This was in this particular location, but anyone taking on this technology should be aware that technicians and administrators may be reluctant but that the work necessary to overcome any difficulties was easily done.


February 12, 2020

Great for meetings

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It is very well suited for conference calls. You could also use it for demonstration purposes. We use two cameras and they will move to focus on the whole room or towards the person that is talking. We use two TV screens so that the people of the meeting can be displayed on one screen while the presentation can be displayed on the other.
Brian Coyne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Polycom RealPresence Group series is very well suited for high traffic, high priority conference rooms where video and audio quality and required to be the best. Polycom RealPresence Group series is overkill for small huddle rooms and smaller conference rooms ( mainly due to the cost), but for board rooms and large meeting spaces, it excels.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Polycom RealPresence Group Series has been the best system I've worked with thus far. I would highly recommend it for colleges/universities, hospital or wellness administrative areas, executive/corporate companies, and businesses that employ more than 25 people. I would recommend it if a group uses the phone frequently, and plans meetings and conferences on a regular basis. It would be less ideal in a work setting with few staff or one in which a staff does not interact frequently.
John-James Worrall | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Small meeting rooms to large board rooms - there are RealPresence Group (RPG) systems of varying sizes that have additional features to manage all room sizes. If you have a small huddle room environment and feel that the RPG is a little too expensive, then the Trio with a Visual+ will provide you with the functionality, while keeping the familiar interface.
January 26, 2018

Go for it

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Any room where you would want to hold a meeting or face to face conversation or even if it is just an audio call, the Group Series is compatible and scalable with any size room. Probably the least advisable solution would be a small office. For that Polycom has the Trio to assist.
January 24, 2018

Polycom after One Year!

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Telecom audio, web meetings work well. Can further integrate room systems like Crestron but the learning curve for people is steep. Would like to see people embrace and adopt video meetings to reduce travel cost but that is hard to do without a mandate. Some people get it and use it, some do not or do not want to, but in the end it works well if you know how.
David George | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
For formal meetings which we can set up in advance it works fairly well (see comments on what could work better - namely it isn't overly user-friendly on the set up). Would be nice to have it so one could have an ad-hoc meeting.
Adam Bruneau | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Medium to large size conference rooms are the best fit for the Group Series. Smaller rooms could use a Trio with Visual + rather than a Group. Using proprietary Polycom table mics along with CEC enabled TVs and a sound bar is a solid design that reduces the need for expensive control systems.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
When it comes to deploying a Group Series (GS) endpoint or not, our decision primarily focuses around the size and complexity of the room. For many rooms, we can't justify the cost...which is MANY times that of even a GREAT USB webcam and audio system. We, more or less, only put them in complex, Crestron controlled rooms.
November 17, 2017

Group Series Review

Danny Dunn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Any conferencing space where two way video conferencing is required can take advantage of a Group series. There are times when additional room integration with audio/video may be required for advanced use cases, but the Group series allows for that. There are more cost-effective methods for desktop conferencing such as RPD with a webcam, so I would not suggest a group series for a single person sitting at a desk.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It is well suited for larger rooms where you need video horsepower for a meeting. This includes 2 screens and a larger room. In our smaller rooms, we are evaluating the Group Series 300 and the Debut. Those rooms don't have multiple screens and the larger 500 series is over kill.
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