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Zoom Just Launched a New Device for Your WFH Battle Station

Zoom’s DTEN ME is a $600 tablet designed specifically for video conferencing

Owen Williams
OneZero
Published in
4 min readJul 22, 2020

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Photo: Zoom/DTEN ME

As Covid-19 continues to keep offices shuttered around the world, businesses are scrambling to adjust to the “new normal,” with many employees stuck working from home. Now, tech companies are jumping at the opportunity to sell gadgets that facilitate an extended work-from-home reality.

Last week, Zoom debuted a new category of dedicated video calling devices under Zoom for Home branding. The first home device, the DTEN ME, costs $599, and is an oversized 27-inch tablet with three video cameras, eight high-definition microphones, and easy access to Zoom calls when they’re scheduled.

Unlike traditional meeting-room hardware, like Google’s Meet devices, which are designed for use with a large TV and microphones dotted across a meeting-room table, Zoom’s device is designed to live on a desk alongside a computer and be used by one person at a time.

For remote workers, like me, who spend much of their day in virtual meetings with their teams, the idea of a dedicated device for video calls sounds ideal. Not only are the webcams and microphones embedded in most laptops terrible, but I also find that my laptop is a distraction when I’m on video calls — there are too many tempting distractions just a few clicks away.

And up until now, it’s been too much work to dramatically improve your call quality by upgrading your webcam and audio setup. My own approach involved fiddling with expensive DSLR cameras and studio-quality microphones. Most people won’t bother with that at all.

With a dedicated calling device like these new Zoom for Home tablets, that’s all taken care of at potentially less than the cost of building your own rig. Previously, buying high-quality dedicated meeting-room hardware like Google’s would have cost upwards of $1,999 and required a contract with the company.

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Owen Williams
OneZero

Fascinated by how code and design is shaping the world. I write about the why behind tech news. Design Manager in Tech. https://twitter.com/ow