Intel TeamStation System From PictureTel
- By Michelle Speir
- Apr 03, 2000
Testing by Lisa L. McNair, Michelle Speir and Ania Bernat
The Intel TeamStation System ships with a PC containing an Intel Pentium
III processor running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT 4.0. Its line rate is
400 kilobits/sec and its frame rate is 30 frames per second.
At $10,888 with a 27-inch monitor, the TeamStation was the most expensive
unit in this roundup. But it was also the only system to ship with Microsoft's
NetMeeting software, which gives you document-sharing capabilities. (The
system costs $9,333 without a monitor.)
Setup was easy with Intel's excellent quick-start guide. Unlike the other
systems, Intel requires users to configure the operating system, but this
is easy to do with the clear instructions. Cables come in clearly numbered
bags that correspond to numbers on the boxes containing the system's components.
The Intel TeamStation software is simple and easy to use. However, this
package is not designed to let the end user adjust many settings. An administrator
must access the Intel System AdminTools to set most preferences. If you
don't want users fiddling with settings, this is an advantage.
We would have liked a better user's guide for this system than its online
User Quick Guide, which only outlines the basics of placing a call. The
unit's hard-copy Administrator's Guide is very good, though some extra trouble-shooting
information would have been helpful.
One other feature worth mentioning is the Document Server. Using a World
Wide Web browser on a networked PC, a user can copy documents to this server.
The user can access those documents to share during a conference call or
simply display them to meeting participants in the same room.