Last year, we introduced you to the eMeet Office Core M1 conference speaker (read or review here). We found the easy Bluetooth connection to our iPhone and MacBook Pro and the excellent sound quality for phone calls hard to beat but the folks at eMeet have now upped their game with the eMeet OfficeCore M2 Conference Speaker.
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|Easy connections by Bluetooth, USB or Aux cable.||No carry case included.|
|VoiceIA™ for crystal clear sound.|
|Optimized for softphone systems like Skype, WebEx and FaceTim.|
eMeet OfficeCore M2 – Unboxing
The eMeet OfficeCore M2 is very similar to the M1 but has an updated design. Rather than the very flat and somewhat bare top surface of the M1, the eMeet OfficeCare M2 is slightly smaller, measuring just 4.3 inches in diameter and only 1.1 inches high. The top of our evaluation unit has a perforated silver top with a slight slope down from the middle to the outer edges. Like the M1, the M2 has a series of control buttons in the center and the same distinctive LED ring around the outer edge.
Mounted on the side of the eMeet OfficeCore M2 is a small area that contains the USB charging port, and two 3.5mm connections, one each for audio in and audio out.
Also in the box is a USB-A to Micro-USB cable used to charge the internal 2500 mAh battery and a 3.5mm male-to-male cable to make an audio connection. There is also a brief User Guide included.
Missing from the eMeet OfficeCore M2 was a carry case which was included in the M1. Given that the M2 is so portable, we were disappointed that a carry case was not included.
eMeet OfficeCore M2 – Test Results
On some level, we have all been spoiled by Apple expectations. With each new release of an Apple product, we expect it to be faster, better and with more features. When other products don’t live up to that expectation, we tend to be disappointed. At first glance, that would appear to be the case with the M1 vs. the M2.
While the OfficeCore M2 is slightly smaller and lighter than the M1, the internal battery is only half the size of the M1 and where the M1 can act as a power bank to charge other items, the M2 cannot. But don’t be too quick to cast aside the M2 because it offers a lot more in features and function where it counts.
Aside from the updated look of the M2, eMeet has included its proprietary VoiceIA™ technology.
VoiceIA™ provides crystal clear High Definition sound and includes an Acoustic Echo Canceller to completely eliminate the echo, often heard on other external speakers. The noise isolating microphones guarantee a high-quality conference experience even in noisy outdoor areas.
The OfficeCore M2 has a 4-microphone array with AI positioning, that can pick up voices up to 10 meters away and while the M1 was rated for conferences of 6 – 8 people, the M2 is rated for 8 – 12 people.
In our tests, we had no trouble pairing the M2 to our iPhone 7 or MacBook Pro and found the sound quality to be excellent on both ends of the call. There was more than enough volume from the M2 and we suspect that for locations other than large conference rooms, you will probably want to reduce the volume to something below the full level. That said, even at full volume, sound quality was excellent with no distortion.
Like the M1, the M2 has an LED ring along the outer edge with identifies in real-time where the person speaking is located in the room.
Overall, we were completely satisfied with the performance of the eMeet OfficeCore M2 and think it stands-up to other brands costing significantly more.
eMeet OfficeCore M2 – Product Comparison
Whether you select the original M1 or the newer M2 model, we don’t think you will be disappointed and depending on your individual needs, either one is a good choice. To help you sort out the differences, we have prepared the comparison chart below.
|Feature||OfficeCore M1||OfficeCore M2|
|Talk Time / Battery||24 hours||12 hours|
|Speakerphone Made For||Voice & Music||Voice & Music|
|Dimension||4.3 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches||4.9 x 4.9 x 1.3 inches|
|Weight||9.6 ounces||10.2 ounces|
|Microphone Pick-up Range||5 – 8 meters||8 – 10 meters|
|Number of Microphones||7||4 mics array with AI algorithm|
|Voice Localization||NA||AI Positioning|
|AI Technology||NA||VoiceIA ™ algorithm|
|Conference Room Range||6 – 8 people||8 – 12 people|
|Connectivity||Computer / Smartphone / Tablet||Computer / Smartphone / Tablet|
|Bluetooth Standard||Bluetooth® 4.2 (BTLE)||Bluetooth® 4.2 (BTLE)|
|Battery Capacity||3.6V / 5200 mAh||3.6V / 2500 mAh|
The eMeet OfficeCore M2 come with a 12-month warranty against manufacturer’s defects and has an MSRP of $209.99, but is available from Amazon at a significant discount.
The Bottom Line
With its proprietary VoiceIA™ algorithm, crystal clear sound and updated style, the eMeet OfficeCore M2 conference speaker is a great addition whether in your home office or executive board room.
We would like to thank the folks at eMeet for providing the OfficeCore M2 conference speaker for our testing and review.
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