Anker launches 2K webcam with built-in lighting, speakers and more for $220 – TechCrunch

One thing I expect to see a lot more of this week: good remote work gear. There’s plenty of room for improvement on the ground, and as we watch the start of the third year of this global pandemic, you have to assume that most hardware companies have something up their sleeve, even though they missed the first round of distance shopping.

Webcams are probably more primed than any other single category in the space. Logitech has had the stranglehold on the space for a while now – largely because, for most people, standalone devices have been mostly an afterthought. Now that we’re all living in a world of Zoom marathons, there’s a big opportunity here.

I recently wrote about Opal’s potential, but there’s definitely room for more players to enter the field. One key thing Anker can provide here is pricing. At $220, the Video Bar significantly undercuts high-end webcams like Opal – though it notably caps out at 2K/30 FPS. For your standard teleconferencing needs, however, this is more than enough.

It has its own integrated adjustable light bar on top. It won’t replace a good ring light, but it should help with poor lighting, which tends to be a constant on conference calls. A built-in MagicSight feature is designed to automatically adjust the light, while the included app helps manage things like white balance. The system also sports an array of built-in microphones and speakers, to complete the unique package.

The system arrives on January 25.

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Also new from Anker is another incredibly small GaN charger in a long line of incredibly small GaN chargers. This packs 100W, which should be more than enough for the majority of laptops. The device has a dual USB-C port and a USB-A port. And while you can charge multiple devices, it will split the charge when you have more than one product plugged in.

The Charger costs $79 and arrives sometime in March.

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