25 Oct We Tested the ClickShare CS200+ with Kickle Essentials: Simple + Simple = Simple?
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Recently, here at Kickle HQ, we tested out the Barco ClickShare CS200+ with Kickle Essentiels on a Dell Interactive Touch Monitor.
The question we asked ourselves going into this trial: Could we link the interactivity of Kickle (whiteboard, “touchback”, sticky notes, text recognition, and sharing) with the power and simplicity of Barco ClickShare?
Other questions: What would it bring to the user? How much would the total package cost? How simple would the user experience be? And, in the end, would it be worth it?
To conduct this test, we selected what we thought to be the best touch screen on the market: the Dell 55 4K interactive Touch Monitor (C5518QT). This screen is positioned as a mid-market product in terms of cost, but premium in terms of touch reactivity. It is, in our humble opinion, the best value for your money right now.
We also went with the Logitech Screen Share, an HDMI capture device. We needed it to capture the Barco ClickShare video stream to the meeting room computer. Check it out: it looks just like an HDMI adapter.
First, to jog your memory:
What is the Barco ClickShare CS200+?
The Barco Clickshare CS200+ is a wireless display solution, comprised of a receiver and two buttons. Once configured, you just need to connect the ClickShare button to your laptop, press the button and your screen will display on the meeting room screen. Simple as that.
The key to ClickShare’s success is its simplicity of use. Just press the button. That’s all. This big button is quite reassuring to the user simply because it’s so simple that, even if it doesn’t work for whatever reason, it couldn’t possibly be the user’s fault (isn’t it great when we can blame IT for once).
If you’d like to display your smartphone or if you don’t have a ClickShare button, you can simply use the ClickShare app. You can display up to two users on-screen at the same time (with two buttons or a combination of app and buttons), still with a high display quality and a very low latency.
In a “normal use context”, we measured a latency of 190ms. This means that between the time a pixel displays on your laptop and the time this pixel displays on the meeting room screen, there is a 190ms gap. This is virtually imperceptible, even if you were to display a 4K video (we usually consider a latency of 450ms of latency as a user experience killer).
What is the Dell 4K interactive Touch Monitor?
The Dell 4K interactive Touch Monitor is a 4k meeting room touchscreen. It comes in 3 sizes: 55 inches (C5518QT), 75 inches (C7520QT), and 86 inches (C8618QT).
What we like about this Dell screen is its positioning. It uses one of the best touchscreen technologies out there (offered by FlatFrog) but still comes with a reasonable price tag. Entry price is €2600 (for Europe) and $2450 (for the United States).
If you add to this Dell’s quality reputation for customer support, on-site support and warranty coverage, we can conclude that this screen’s range is the best fit for any meeting room.
For our test, we used a mini-computer running a pre-installed version of Windows 10. It’s a Dell Optiplex 7060 micro i7. This Dell Optiplex slides behind the screen via a dedicated slot.
If you’d like, you can read a complete test of the Dell 4K interactive Touch monitor here. (It was with the previous version of Kickle, however the results of the test still stand.)
What is the Kickle Essentials version from Kickle?
Kickle’s raison d’être is to make meetings more efficient and creative, especially for companies that use Microsoft Teams. Our focus rests solely on simplicity of use. Even if it is the first time you’ve seen a Kickle, you will be able to use it with zero hassle. We don’t want to do everything; we just want to deliver the essentials in the simplest possible way. Our primary user is the “everyman.”
Kickle takes the form of three distinct products: Kickle Essentials, Kickle Room and Kickle Scenario. Kickle Essentials offers, as the name goes, the essential features of a meeting room: multi-page whiteboard, sticky notes, text recognition, wireless display, touchback*, annotation, email sharing or usb key sharing, and room booking.
One of the main advantages of Kickle Essentials remains the simplicity of its configuration. Just download the software to a Windows 10 meeting room computer, connect it to the meeting room touchscreen, and you’re done. No need to configure the email; it works all on its own. Of course, if you’d like to use the room booking feature, there is a little bit of configuration involved.
Step 1 of the Barco ClickShare CS200+ test: connection and configuration
Setting up for our Barco ClickShare CS200= test was perfectly easy: we unpacked everything, connected the Logitech Screen Share to the meeting room computer, connected the Barco receiver to the Logitech Screen Share, connected it to the power supply, pressed “power” and we were ready to roll.
To move the screen, you’d better ask a couple of colleagues for a hand. The screen alone is 53kg (nearly 120 lbs). Two side handles make the job doable.
Once you’ve got it set up on the screen stand (or hung on the wall), you can slide the optiplex into the dedicated slot. The cable connection is a bit tedious, especially the ethernet cable, but once it’s done it’s clear there’s nothing sticking out.
To install Kickle Essentials, start the Windows 10 computer in administrator mode. Next, execute the installer, set the license key and restart. After restarting, the Kickle interface will appear.
Step 2 of the ClickShare CS200+ test: Kickle configuration.
You can use Kickle as soon as it’s been installed. If you don’t want to use the room booking feature, you have nothing left to configure. You can even share the whiteboard pages by email (Kickle will use a generic email).
In our test, we configured the Exchange Room Account to display the meeting room timeline and use the room-booking feature.
To tell Kickle to use the Barco ClickShare wireless display solution instead of the native Kickle wireless display solution, you’ll need to execute a command, as described in the Kickle documentation.
Now: let’s try it out!
We are now ready to start the Barco ClickShare CS200+ test. The challenge is to preserve ClickShare and Kickle’s ease of use while using them together. Simple + Simple = Simple?
First thing: when we start up Dell + Kickle + ClickShare, we can see the “normal” Kickle interface. We can see the timeline as well as the room’s upcoming scheduled meetings. In the end, the only difference between a normal Kickle room and a Kickle + ClickShare meeting room are the meeting room’s buttons.
Test #1: Combine the Kickle multi-page whiteboard with ClickShare
For this test, we confirmed our Kickle meeting via the Kickle screen. We landed on the Kickle whiteboard. I made some drawings, some sticky notes, text recognition…everything I usually do during a normal meeting.
Then I clicked on the wireless display icon. Without ClickShare connected, I should see the native Kickle wireless display tutorial. But for our test, I’m supposed to see the Barco ClickShare tutorial…which is in fact what I see. I click on the ClickShare button connected to my laptop and it works. Perfect.
However, “touchback” is not working. So even though the screen is a touchscreen, it can’t send the touch inputs to the ClickShare receiver. If you’d like to use the touchback feature, then you’ll have to use the native Kickle wireless display solution.
(As you can see in the picture above, this is not the default Barco ClickShare tutorial. We’ve created a custom one. You can also create your own or use the default Barco ClickShare Tutorial).
Test #2: Screenshots and sharing
This second test of the Barco ClickShare CS200+ is the most interesting.
I continue displaying my laptop from Kickle + ClickShare. From the Kickle screen, I make several screenshots in a row. It keeps working very well. Then I switch to the Kickle whiteboard and I can move, enlarge, and rotate my screenshots. I can then share them by email or save them to a USB key. With the Room or Scenario versions of Kickle, I would have been able to save them to Microsoft Teams directly.
Test #3: Display my Iphone
I display my iPhone using the Barco ClickShare app from the appstore. It works well. The touchback feature doesn’t work, same as with the laptop. It is easier to directly control the smartphone display on the screen from the smartphone in your hand than from the meeting room touchscreen. You just have to keep your iPhone in your hand.
Costs: What’s the damage?
If you’re already equipped with a Barco ClickShare (whatever version you may have), you’ll need to invest in a meeting room touchscreen in addition to Kickle Essentials. If you’re not equipped with Barco ClickShare, then you’ll need to buy one of course.
- Dell C5518QT: €2600/$2450
- Kickle Essentials: €750 (maintenance included)/$750
- Dell Optiplex 7070 micro: €680/$730
- Clickshare CS200+: €1900/$1900
- Logitech Screen Share: €300/$300
Total: €6230 / $6130
Or €4330 / $4230 if you’re already equipped with a Barco ClickShare (CS200+ or another model).
Barco ClickShare CS200+ test with Kickle and Dell: Conclusion
If you’re looking to make your meetings more efficient and creative, then you’ll need to invest in a meeting room touchscreen.
But if you stop at that point, you run the risk of your touchscreens collecting dust (or at best used as “normal” non-touch screens). What can we say: old ways die hard! So to avoid this risk, it’s important, actually essential, to go big or go home. Otherwise, you’ll end up getting very little return on your investment.
If you’re already equipped with a Barco ClickShare (CS200+ or another model), the Kickle + Touchscreen bundle will allow you to boost your meetings while still clinging to some comfortable habits (I’m talking about this ClickShare button). This would be a soft transition.
If you’re not already equipped with a Barco ClickShare, but you need a very efficient wireless display solution (because you need to display 4K videos, or you’ve got some high security constraints) then the complete Touchscreen + ClickShare + Kickle bundle will definitely be the dream package for you.
If, however, you don’t have any specific constraints concerning the wireless display, then the Touchscreen + Kickle should be perfectly adequate, and at a lower cost.
But you know what? You can always just test Kickle out yourself!