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Collaborate Equipment Recommendations

The following equipment suggestions are meant to help guide you in identifying which equipment you might need; it is not a comprehensive list. Before purchasing any equipment, verify its compatibility with your computer operating system. This list has been provided as a convenience, so please use at your own discretion.

Determine Your Equipment Needs

Consider your meeting type, location and available resources to select appropriate tools and equipment for your meetings.

  1. Type of Meeting - How will you be using Collaborate? For example: to hold online office hours with your students, for an online lecture, to meet with colleagues at other universities, to meet with department staff members, used by students to meet and work on group projects, etc.
  2. Location of the Meeting - Are you meeting from your office, in a classroom, from home, other location?
  3. Existing Available Resources - What resources are already available to you and your meeting participants? For example, if you are doing a demonstration in a computer lab on campus, it may already be equipped with speakers and headphones. However, if you are meeting from your office or other location you may not have access to a headset or webcam and maybe your students may not have access to a computer.

Before purchasing any type of equipment, assess your use of Collaborate and how participants will be accessing the sessions you create.

Audio Equipment

There are several ways you can receive and transmit audio during a Collaborate session. Using a headset to do both, combining headphones and a microphone, speakers and microphone or using a speakerphone.


A unit that combines earphones and microphone in one to receive and transmit audio. When choosing a headset consider the following factors:

  • Single or Double Ear Piece style
  • USB or 3.5 mm connection
  • Over the head, behind-the-neck or over-the-ear designs
  • Placement of microphone - external or internal design
  • Compatibility with your computer operating system

Headset Examples

Headphones and Microphone

Use headphones to listen to audio and microphone to transmit voice. Alike headsets consider the design, connection type and compatibility with computer operating system.

Headphones and Microphone Examples

Speakers and Microphone

Speakers allow you to listen to incoming audio and can be combined with a microphone to transmit voice. Most desktop computers come with a basic set of speakers and laptops already have integrated speakers. However, depending on your meeting type, you may need to use separate better quality speakers.

Speakers and Microphone Examples

Speakerphone Examples

Video Equipment

Web Cameras

Used to transmit and receive video. Most newer laptops have webcams integrated, however they can be purchased separately for desktop computers and older laptops.

Web Camera Examples

  • Logitech HD Webcam C615 (for desktop and notebook use, compatible with Windows and Mac OS)
  • Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 (for desktop and notebook use)
  • Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Pro (compatible with PC and Mac)
  • CNET List of Web Cameras


A tablet can be used with Collaborate to draw, write, annotate, directly in the whiteboard or other application you are sharing such as a power point presentation or document.

Tablet Examples

Product Reviews

CNET Reviews
Provides advice, reviews, range of prices and links to online stores for a variety of hardware and software.

Where to Purchase

Equipment can be found in most computer and office supply stores or retail stores. The following list provides links to several of these online and retail stores:

Online Office Supply Stores

Office Supply Stores (Store and Online)

Retail stores (Store and Online)

Last updated: March 20, 2014