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Logitech Rally Review

May 14, 2023

With remote employees now a workplace norm, Logitech is aiming to keep teams in touch by creating hardware devices suited to today's modern offices. The Rally audiovisual system ($1,999 for the base package) pushes the envelope in videoconferencing hardware, with a UHD 4K PTZ camera, modular audio (mics and speakers), and excellent software to optimize performance. Even though most videoconferencing services (and internet connections) aren't yet capable of supporting 4K, Logitech is anticipating a future when that will be the status quo.

The base Rally package includes the camera, one speaker and one mic pod, a Display Hub, a Table Hub, and a square remote control. The Rally Plus package ($2,499) adds both a second speaker and mic. You can separately purchase one additional speaker ($249) and up to six more mic pods ($349 each). If you only want the camera, that's available standalone for $1,299.

The Rally package also includes all the cables you need: one USB-C-to-USB-C, one USB Type-A-to-USB Type-B, one CAT6A Ethernet, two HDMI Type-A, and two A/C cables with power supplies. For mounting, your options are simply to put the camera and speaker on a surface in the conference room, or you can use the Table Hub, as you might expect, on a table. An extra-cost Rally Mounting Kit ($149) includes wall-mounting brackets for the camera, speaker, and two hubs, along with cable-retention brackets.

The Display Hub measures 1.57 by 8.11 by 7.05 inches (HWD) and sports two HDMI Type-A connectors for displays, a power input, a USB-C connector for the Rally camera, a USB Type-B port for connecting to the meeting room computer, an RJ45 to connect to the Table Hub, and two mini XLR ports for Rally speakers. The Table Hub measures 1.57 by 6.93 by 5.43 inches (HWD) and has a wealth of connectors, including the following:

A 16.4-foot CAT6A Ethernet cable is included, but the box also supports third-party cables of up to 164 feet. It also provides active speaker detection that can analyze audio from up to seven Mic Pods and 56 beams every 8ms.

The 4K camera measures 7.19 by 5.88 by 5.88 inches (HWD) has a 90-degree field of view. It sleekly points down and nestles into its base when not in use, keeping the objective lens protected from dust and fingerprints. It has 15X optical zoom, pans 90 degrees side to side, and tilts plus-50 to negative-90 degrees. For comparison, the Vaddio RoboSHOT 20 UHD only has a 74-degree field of view. The AVer CAM540, another 4K conferencing camera, also has a 90-degree field of view, but that's not part of a full A/V solution like the Rally. (I haven't yet tested the AVer CAM540, though I have reviewed the HD-resolution AVer VC520 , which earned an Editors' Choice.)

The setup guide sits on top of the contents inside the box in the form of a large, folded card that shows diagrams of your setup possibilities. There's no actual step-by-step, "connect this, then connect that" type of guide, but the diagrams make it clear what you need to do to get the Rally set up.

The first thing is to connect the USB Type-A on your computer to the USB Type-B SuperSpeed on the Table Hub. Then connect the Display Hub to the camera with USB-C on both sides. The two hubs connect to each other with CAT6A Ethernet. That last cable has a helpful tag warning you from plugging it into your wall Ethernet. Then of course you connect to the display with HDMI. It sounds like a lot of different cable types, but setup is actually quite easy.

I do think that Logitech could have stuck with a single connection box to further simplify setup, as opposed to having two separate ones for the table and the display. Taking that a step further, why not just include a micro PC inside the control box to run the conferencing software? Doing so would only add a couple hundred bucks to the already-not-insignificant $2,000 price tag. I do get that the current offering lets you choose your own conferencing OS, but I wonder if that outweighs simplifying the setup?

By contrast, Lifesize makes a system with everything included for a monthly subscription ranging from $16 to $23 per user per month; it's actually the only service that currently provides 4K videoconferencing, but its hardware lacks the build quality of Logitech's.

In an actual meeting test, the camera did indeed detect all participants and adjust when someone was partially visible at the edge of the shot. The mics also picked up whomever was speaking from anywhere in the room.

Panning and tilting the camera is much smoother than with the Logitech Group ($984.92 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) , though not especially fast.

Images shot with the Rally were incredibly sharp and detailed, and as advertised, they were at a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160—the standard for 4K. It shoots video at 30fps, just like the Aver CAM540. I could easily see use of the Rally camera for broadcast or video creation where you're not concerned about portability. A test using an SFRplus pattern chart analyzed with Imatest software showed 4.7 percent barrel distortion and 1390 lines across the frame. It also showed some chromatic aberration, but nothing to be concerned about for meeting purposes.

The remote, too, is worth mentioning. It's a simplification of the same square form factor used by the Logitech Group. This one has just two presets, compared with 10 on the AVer CAM540's more traditional TV-like long rectangular remote. Setting the Rally remote's presets is a simple matter of holding the numbered button down for a few seconds while the camera's pointing in the desired direction. Those who have used a car radio will be familiar with this technique. The preset also saves the zoom level, and the camera moves faster when using a preset than when you use the arrow keys.

Logitech's RightSense technology comprises four components: RightSight, which auto-frames participants at the start of a meeting; RightSound, which identifies speech and filters out other ambient sounds, raises the volume on soft speakers, and turns it down for the shouters; the related-but-different RightSound Mic Matrix technology uses beamforming and the Rally mic pod's eight microphones to home in on the speaker.

I wasn't able to test the RightSight software, as it was not available for the Rally yet at time of review. Nevertheless, the image was well balanced, prioritizing people even with bright windows behind them. The AVer CAM540 also claims to frame meeting participants automatically based on face-recognition and corrects poor lighting conditions using backlight compensation and 2D noise-reduction technology, but I haven't yet tested the efficacy of that system.

As the most affordable 4K PTZ system on the market, the Logitech Rally gets you ready for the next bump in videoconferencing technology and quality. Its RightSense audio and image smarts also give it a leg up on the competition. The Rally earns a high rating, but we'll hold off on an Editors' Choice designation until we've had a chance to review competing 4K videoconferencing cameras from AVer and others.

With a 4K-resolution wide-angle pan-tilt-zoom camera, a beamforming mic array, and solid speaker sound, the Logitech Rally videoconferencing system will make you feel like far-off participants are in the room.

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