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Blync Busy Light First Impression Review

Here is my initial experience with Blync busylight:

Install quite simple: unzip .msi, run and click next 3 times.

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If you try to run the tray config app before everything is happy (I had the unit plugged in, but it took a bit till everything initialized) you will get the following informative message as it did:

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After installation you will have a tray app

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The configuration screen

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Lights seem to have 4 colors:

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Bottom 3 rubber feet and standard USB cable

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USB

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Designed in Australia, Made in China

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Blync busy light is made in China like just about everything in its price range. What does this mean for build quality? @kevinwbird and others have noted that Blync has done some hardware revisions over the past few months that have improved areas such as USB mount.

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Software Development Kit (SDK) click here

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See Blync UCWA Remote Presence tool demo’d at LyncConf14

Pros

  • Nice big, bright indication
  • Incoming Call and Incoming IM indicator is great
  • Blync has a software SDK for 3rd party developers click here
  • Blync UCWA powered remote Presence application click here
  • Installer is .MSI for nice mass deploy
  • standard USB cable so it can be replaced

Cons

  • No ringer/audio alert 
  • My unit has something that feels loose/rattles inside (apparently mine only)
  • sometimes slow to go from InCall/Ringing blink light back to green (as seen in video)

Summary

BLync brings very visible presence indication and “on call” status to those who enter a workspace and at the same time alerts the Lync user to incoming phone and IM calls. Blync, in my opinion, is a nice and professional looking design aesthetically and for only $39USD you can hardly go wrong in ROI in making Lync users even more productive.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Matt,
    nice Review.
    A con in my eyes is also that it does not support RGB but 7 colors only. But a new firmware for that is in the works.
    If you like, take a look at my application that also supports Blync and my little introduction to this device.

    http://notifierlight.blogspot.de/2014/09/device-introduction-blync.html

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