The Polycom VVX 300 is a entry level phone suitable for users who handle low to moderate call volume. Despite being an entry level phone, the VVX 300 has all the basic call functions needed for business communications. From call transfer to conferencing, call hold, BLF, mute, and more, the VVX 300 is equipped to handle day-to-day office calling. The phone is also priced below $100, making it a good candidate for mass deployment.
The Polycom VVX 400 is a mid-range phone with a color 3.5” LCD screen and 12 line display. The layout is designed to streamline call management. The VVX 400 features all the functions you'd expect to find in a modern desk phone, including call transfer, conferencing, hold, and mute, along with business VoIP staples such as HD voice.
The Polycom VVX D60 is Polycom’s first DECT phone for the VVX series. In Polycom's words, the VVX D60 "leverages previous IT infrastructure investments" to work. In our words, this is a phone that needs another phone to operate. Specifically, the VVX D60 requires a VVX, 3XX, 4XX, 5XX or 6XX Polycom phone to function.
The Polycom VVX 201 is a low cost entry level business media phone suitable for common areas and cubicle workers. Similar to the Polycom VVX 101 in design and execution, the device is ultimately a mid range baseline phone that brings Polycom's high standards to a basic option.
The Polycom VVX 101 is the entry level phone in the successor line to the Polycom Soundpoint IP. The previous VVX line was a wonderful leap forward in design and functionality, which utilized recent software innovations to inspire designs in hardware. Polycom also engaged in forward thinking with the release of its UC 4.0 software.
The Polycom VVX 600 is an upgraded version of the Polycom VVX 500, the first phone we reviewed out of Polycom’s expanding line of Business Media Phones. The two phones are nearly identical in build, except that the newer VVX 600 has a larger capacitive touch screen (4.3” wide, 480 by 272 pixels versus the smaller VVX 500’s 3.5”, 320 by 240 pixels). Like the VVX 500, the 600 comes with an RJ-9 headset port, and two USB ports. The phone comes standard with PoE support, which means if you're not planning on using PoE, the power supply accessory is extra. The VVX 600 supports 16 line appearances, 4 more than the VVX 500.
Industry giant Polycom is no stranger to telepresence and video conferencing solutions. They have a complete portfolio of telepresence and HD video solutions that range from what they call ‘immersive telepresence’ all the way down to ‘personal telepresence’. ‘Immersive telepresence’, according to Polycom, provides a “natural, across-the-table experience where every meeting participant is shown in true-to-life dimensions”. Their ‘room telepresence’ solutions are optimized for conference halls and lecture rooms while ‘personal telepresence’ solutions cater to individuals or small team workspaces. None of these categories have products that are particularly wallet-friendly. I suppose that's always been a part of the problem with trying to get people on board with video calling. The perception is that it’s just too darn expensive, and in many cases, it's true. For small and medium sized businesses that don’t have an enormous communications budget, these solutions often don’t make economic sense.
The Polycom Soundstation IP 6000 and 7000 VoIP conference phones were first introduced back in 2008 to replace the aging IP 4000 model. Earlier this year, the more petite IP 5000 was released for smaller conference rooms and executive offices. Together, these three models make up all of the currently available SIP VoIP hardware in the company’s long-running Soundstation series, a line of conferencing products that goes back to the company’s beginnings in the early 1990s. If you’ve ever wondered why we say Polycom speakerphones are a cut above the rest, now you know—they’ve been perfecting it for almost 20 years!
If you know anything about IP telephones, then you also probably know about the Polycom Soundpoint IP 550/650 models. Polycom has long since established itself as a leader in the industry and high-end devices like the 550 show why it deserves the attention. In short, this is a good phone. In fact, it’s a very good phone. The question is whether or not this phone is right for you, and if it’s worth spending that little bit extra for the added benefits.