Why choose Barco ClickShare over Mersive Solstice?

To a degree, meeting-room technology should be almost invisible. Meetings are all about exchanging ideas or data and coming to decisions. They should not be about technology. So the goal is absolute simplicity, not complexity.

If you consider that the majority of meeting-room users are not tech savvy- they just want to plug in their device and go – then there are fundamental reasons for choosing ClickShare as preferred wireless collaboration solution when looking for wireless presentation and/or wireless conferencing.

Let’s look at these two systems from the perspective of a system owner in this comparison article on Barco ClickShare and Mersive Solstice.

ClickShare: intuitive by design

Mersive Solstice is marketed as a collaboration solution. But it’s worth remembering that deep down it’s actually a custom design for a more technical and educational environment. This has consequences as we will see below.

This is not to say the software doesn’t enable users to share content: it just hasn’t been designed with the needs of consistent business experience in mind. Which means sharing is not that simple.

Compare it to Barco’s ClickShare, which was designed from the floor up for people attending meetings. It’s a bespoke, wireless presentation solution that’s been created by – and for – people who are frustrated by unnecessary technical complexity in meetings. It has been engineered off the back of user research and is experience-focused. And it’s designed for actual human interaction. ClickShare had no long list of over-engineered features but focused entirely on the experience of the user,. 

Tailored to your environment

Barco ClickShare is a connected, IT grade solution that supports any infrastructure configuration that a company might deploy: whether standalone, hybrid or fully networked. As ISO 27001 certified product, the focus is entirely on security, which is essential with network integrations.

With Solstice, on the other hand, operating in a standalone mode means you can connect only to the Solstice Pod or the network, not to both at the same time. Surfing the web mid-meeting for a website is not possible, and don’t even think about sending diary invitations for follow-up meetings. While this can  be useful in education environments and smaller enterprises, ClickShare never bridges networks, it operates in the corporate world where this is simply not acceptable. 

Solstice: consider the total cost of ownership

Like any technology that one buys these days, it’s important to consider the total cost of ownership. In the case of Solstice, your business will have to pay 20 percent of the purchase price again, every year, just to keep the technology up to date.

As part of its commitment to business, ClickShare customers not only receive free firmware updates but also complimentary management tools. These include Button Manager and XMS Management Platform, an administration tool that updates and manages your ClickShare and ClickShare Conference devices remotely and conveniently and gives you insightful analytics to further improve your collaborative meeting room solutions.

Here’s how the total cost of ownership for ClickShare and Solstice breaks down:

Collaboration is all about the experience

ClickShare’s user experience is simple and intuitive. There are no multi-step instructions. No training. No manuals. Just seamless connecting to the room's AV setup and easy content sharing to the meeting room screen. The clue is in the name: you simply click the Button or Virtual Button in the Desktop App and start your meeting instantly. This ease of use saves time and helps you make the most of the time you’ve booked for meetings, inculding your remote and hybrid meetings. Acceptance by your visitors is pretty much instantaneous. Since ClickShare offers free updates, you are always sure to have working units available in your meeting rooms. With ClickShare users have the freedom to chose between sharing with a Button or an App (for both laptop & desktop as for mobile devices). In fact combining both in one and the same meeting offers a richer and interactive way of collaboration.

The Solstice approach is to be as feature-rich as possible. Unfortunately, many of these extras mean little to the user and don’t make collaboration any easier. By overloading the user with complicated or distracting features, like room scheduling, complex lay-outing, the need of mobile apps to be able to annotate and RSS feeds, the sharing experience becomes more confusing than it needs to be. The  danger to have obsolete units is real if your business doesn’t keep up its subscription to firmware updates.

Warranty? What warranty?

Continuity is important. Mersive Solstice offers a one-year warranty for its hardware and nothing else, not even the option to extend this past a year.

With Barco ClickShare, you know that the technology was designed with user experience at its core and that the product will continue to perform. However, for extra peace of mind, Barco offers a free three-year warranty on ClickShare products. And you get the option to extend this up to 5 years for extra peace of mind. For the ClickShare Conference range the coverage is 5 years.

Only the best for your guests

With Mersive, guests have to find out where to download the Mersive client online or have an unprotected, off-the-shelf USB dongle available to run the Solstice software. Good thing they have added a HDMI input to the unit so guests can share with a cable.

With Barco, the ClickShare Button offers a 100% secure connection for guests and employees, with no security threat to you or your company – something worth considering in this day and age. Guests just plug the ClickShare Button into their device, start the application and share their content using the room’s audio-visual equipment. Nothing could be simpler – or more secure. No wonder ClickShare is the most popular wireless presentation & conferencing system on the market. 

And what about remote and hybrid meetings with wireless conferencing?

With ClickShare Conference, simple and agnostic wireless conferencing solution you can easily connect and collaborate with remote colleagues or satellite offices. Mersive launched a similar - be it a bit more complex - solution, Solstice Conference later on. When considering to optimize your hybrid meetings and enable BYOM(Bring Your Own Meeting), the same requirements apply as for wireless presentation. Tech should be easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy and cost-effective. On these, ClickShare scores high.

  • Ease-of-use has always been at the heart of  ClickShare, and this is especially true for the new range. Simple, easy, wireless. That’s how ClickShare Conference shares the apps from your laptop on the room display and connects them to the camera and speakers in the room for better meetings. The user experience is straightforward: you only need one-click to join the videocall, sync and share content. Both employees and guests have easy access to the ClickShare App or Button  and don’t need training before use.
  • There’s no installation required of applications or drivers to support ClickShare. Unlike for Mersive Solstice that requires the installation of additional services on your network to support the one-step-start and additional drivers. Which makes set-up  and management more time-consuming and complex for IT-managers. 
  • When you consider a large deployment, the impact with ClickShare Conference is limited, as there is no additional network load on the corporate network. That’s not entirely the case for the Mersive Solstice. 
  • Finally, with ClickShare Conference, you have complete peace of mind: updates and SmartCare are included in the product, you are covered and are sure of your ROI upfront.
 
  It is very easy to connect and display content, from whatever laptop. We truly feel like ClickShare raises the productivity of our meetings. We no longer waste time on technical hiccups.
Jan Leuridan, CEO, LMS (a Siemens company)

ClickShare Conference is the answer

WIRELESS

No cables. Wirelessly share your views in the room and connect to USB camera, speaker and mic for easy conferencing

EASY

No software needed, no touch panels to control, no settings to be managed. Have the same, one-click user experience in all rooms

HYBRID

Turn any room into a hybrid collaboration room overnight, and enjoy the power of BYOM.  Engage in-room and remote participants 

AGNOSTIC

Works seamlessly with your laptop, your conferencing platform (UC) and your preferred USB camera, mic and speaker

FLEXIBLE

Integrates with pre-existing meeting room solutions and allows new tech to be added effortlessly. No vendor lock-in

ENTERPRISE

ISO27001 certified, IT-grade solution that is secure, cloud-managed & connected. Share with Button, App, or both, whatever fits your workplace strategy

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