Grandstream GAC2500 Conference Phone Review
November 4, 2015
I’ve said it before: Grandstream’s products just keep getting better and better. The only 13 year old company has managed to go from making cheap toy phone looking devices with poor quality and lots of bugs to being the master of its industry – and in only a few years.
Since Grandstream a few years back launched their GXP series of IP phones their entire game changed. They suddenly had a product with far better user experience and interface along with sound quality and a very intuitive web interface – the last which is something most IP phones have always lacked.
Today it’s hard to spot where the extra $400-500 go, when you buy a Cisco, Polycom or Yealink phone.
The First Conference Phone
A few months back, Grandstream launched a video conferencing device, but with the new Grandstream GAC2500 they finally also have a regular turtle-designed conference IP phone for your desk. And it’s great! The slick design with a 4.3″ ultra bright touch screen and no hardware buttons really takes conference phones into the next generation – and as if that wasn’t enough, this devices runs on Android so you can easily install extra apps. You can for example participate in Google Hangout or Skype meetings right from the phone – and if the other parties in the conference have a webcam, you will actually see them on the screen.
While Telzio offers conference rooms without any limitations on the number of participants, it may sometimes be faster to simply call the people you want to talk to directly from the phone. The GAC2500 offers 7-way conferencing directly on the device, so you can add more participants to a call on the fly.
Wifi or PoE
The GAC2500 also gives you the option of connecting through a regular ethernet cable with PoE (power over ethernet) so you don’t need a power supply nearby, or over wifi so you don’t even need a hardwired ethernet cable.
With the Bluetooth connection, you can add external devices, such as extra microphones or speakers – oh, and if you have a large conference room, you can daisy-chain more GAC2500s to work with each other as one.
Buy it Now
The GAC2500 is for sale now in the Telzio Webshop.