With the Blynclights becoming more and more popular a question I often get asked is 'What is the difference between the four models?' So I thought I do a quick guide to show you what features each have to help you make an informed decision on which one is right for you.
Firstly, what are the four models? There is the Standard, the Plus, the Mini and the Wireless.
All Blynclights are designed to let your colleagues know when you're on a call, busy with a deadline or available to chat. They do this by syncing with Skype for Business to show your status by changing to colour: i.e. green for available, red for busy etc.
All four models have the following features:
- Sync your status with Skype for Business/Lync, Cisco Jabber for Windows, Skype
- Flashes on Incoming Calls
- Flashes on Incoming Instant Messages
- Adjustable Brightness Control
The Blync Standard and the Blync Plus are very much designed for the cubical worker. The lights are large and square (45mm x 45mm x 60mm), designed to sit on a partition wall and be very visible in a large office environment.
The Blync Plus has all the features of the Standard and also includes a ringer that can be configured for audio alerts: As well as flashing, it rings on incoming calls and peeps on incoming Instant Messages. There is volume control and you can select from 10 MP3 ringtones.
The Blynclight Wireless is the same size as the Standard and the Plus, and has the same features as the Plus, with one difference: it's wireless. This means the Blynclight doesn't need to be right next to your desk, it could in fact be outside your office so that people can see if you're free before entering the room and disrupting you. The USB dongle provides an operating distance of up to 30 feet. (Operating distance may vary if interrupted by walls/metal objects)
The Blynclight Mini is a lot smaller (65mm x 14mm x 11mm). It's designed for the non-cubical work environment. It mounts easily on to a laptop or monitor and provides all the features of the Blynclight Plus.
Ok so which one is right for you?
There are basically two questions you need to ask yourself:
- Do I want audio?
If you don't want audio, go for the Standard, if you do, it's the Plus, Mini or Wireless.
- What environment will I be working in?
If you are a cubical worker or work in a large office environment, you want to go for the Standard or the Plus because they are larger and a lot more obvious for others to see what your status is.
If you work in your own office and want to place your Blynclight outside your room, or away from your desk, for example near your door, you probably want to go for the Wireless.
If you work in a smaller office and tend to use a laptop, the Mini is probably better for you.
Whichever model you do opt for, the Blynclight will help you work more productively, minimising unnecessary interruptions by displaying your status to your work colleagues.