Crowdbeamer: a ClickShare alternative?

Both crowdbeamer and ClickShare are wireless presentation systems that make it remarkably easy to share screen content. But their goal and how they work, is different.

Crowdbeamer’s top priority is to provide your audience with a great productivity experience: make sure they get the best possible view of what you present, deliver up-to-the-minute digital handouts and provide smart note-taking capabilities. ClickShare on the other hand is entirely focused on eliminating cable clutter in the meeting room. We’ll tell you more about all this, and briefly

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Reaching out to your audience

The crowdbeamer device & the app for your audience, a 1-to-many screen sharing solution

The crowdbeamer device & the app for your audience, a 1-to-many screen sharing solution

The ClickShare CS-100 base unit & USB button, a many-to-1 screen sharing system

The ClickShare CS-100 base unit & USB button, a many-to-1 screen sharing system

Crowdbeamer is a 1-to-many screen sharing solution that lets you reach out directly to your audience. Often mistaken as a ClickShare alternative, crowdbeamer projects your presentation content on all portable devices of your audience. The crowdbeamer app provides everybody in your audience with a comprehensive set of features to capture your presentation content and complete it with personal notes.

ClickShare falls into the category of many-to-1 screen sharing systems, and consists of a base unit and one or more click buttons. Depending on the type of base unit, up to 8 people can simultaneously share screens to a projector or a flat panel display by clicking a button, avoiding the use of a video cable.

Both crowdbeamer and ClickShare are wireless presentation systems, but only crowdbeamer lets you reach out directly to your audience.

Both crowdbeamer and ClickShare are wireless presentation systems, but only crowdbeamer lets you reach out directly to your audience.

What is your top priority?

Getting rid of cables in the meeting room will make life easier for you as a presenter. There’s no doubt about that. But what is really important when you are giving a presentation? Is it meeting room cables? Or is it questions such as

  • How do I get my message across?
  • How do I make this meeting productive for everybody?
  • How do I let my audience capture my message, and complete it with personal insights?
  • How do I enable my audience to take my message with them once this meeting is over?

Crowdbeamer can help you with all of these, either just by itself or combined with ClickShare (or any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing).

To show you how, we’ll compare the user experience both products deliver and how they work. Of course, you can always ask us any question that you have on crowdbeamer. We’re only a button click away:

How crowdbeamer works

How crowdbeamer works

Just connect your laptop to a crowdbeamer, and you’re ready to share content directly with your audience. With the crowdbeamer app installed on their laptop, tablet or smartphone, all participants can instantly view your presentation on their portable device of choice and create their personal handouts. Using crowdbeamer, you no longer need a projector or a flat panel display. But if there is one available, you might as well connect it to crowdbeamer and use it.

What you need:

  • a crowdbeamer,
  • a video cable (VGA or HDMI) to connect your laptop to the crowdbeamer.

What you don’t need:

  • a flat panel display or a projector (but if there is one available in the meeting room, you can perfectly use it),
  • a power outlet for your crowdbeamer (its built-in battery will keep you going for 4 hours).

What your audience needs:

  • a laptop, tablet or smartphone (which they will probably bring along anyhow, and which they can now put to use capturing high-quality images of your presentation content and adding their notes).

How ClickShare works

To share content to the meeting room display, you need to plug the ClickShare button into your laptop. Make sure the button is wirelessly connected to the ClickShare base unit, and click to share your presentation. With any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing, that procedure will be very similar.

What you need:

  • a flat panel display or a projector (otherwise your audience won’t see anything),
  • a ClickShare base unit (which is connected to the meeting room display using an HDMI cable),
  • a power outlet for the base unit,
  • a ClickShare USB button to plug into your laptop.

What your audience needs:

  • pen and paper (to take notes during the meeting),
  • a smartphone or tablet(in case they want to take pictures of the big screen).

How crowdbeamer & ClickShare work together

Crowdbeamer upgrades your existing ClickShare system (or any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing), bringing benefits of wireless presentation sharing to your audience as well.

Crowdbeamer upgrades your existing ClickShare system (or any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing), bringing benefits of wireless presentation sharing to your audience as well.

If you already have a ClickShare system (or any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing), using it with crowdbeamer is a breeze. Install the crowdbeamer device in between the ClickShare base unit and the projector or flat panel display. Plug the ClickShare button into your laptop, and start sharing. Whatever you share to the meeting room display will also be projected on all portable devices of your audience.

By using crowdbeamer, benefits of wireless presentation sharing are no longer limited to yourself. Crowdbeamer upgrades your existing many-to-1 screen sharing system (whether it is ClickShare or a ClickShare alternative), boosting meeting productivity for every individual in your audience.

Comparing the ClickShare & crowdbeamer user experience

A more productive meeting, for you and your audience

ClickShare streams presentations or pictures from your laptop to the meeting room display. While replacing the video cable with a ClickShare button makes life easy for you, it doesn’t deliver a better meeting experience for the people in your audience.

With crowdbeamer, all you need to do is plug in a video cable and start sharing your presentation. The BIG upside of using crowdbeamer is that it takes any type of presentation content straight to everybody in your audience, including web pages, video or whatever document on your favorite cloud storage platform. And any last-minute changes that you implement before starting your presentation will make it to your audience as well.

Crowdbeamer takes your content straight to your audience.

Crowdbeamer takes your content straight to your audience.

The result of all that? Once the meeting is over, everybody leaves the meeting room with a set of personalized handouts. No more extra work required.

Working instantly with any presentation device

With crowdbeamer, you can share content from any device. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a laptop, a digital camera, a video server or a videoconferencing system. As long as you can plug in an HDMI or VGA cable, it will instantly work with crowdbeamer.

As long as your presentation device outputs an HDMI or VGA signal, it will work with crowdbeamer.

As long as your presentation device outputs an HDMI or VGA signal, it will work with crowdbeamer.

In contrast, the ClickShare button only works with a laptop that runs on Windows or MacOS. If that doesn’t work for you, you can use the ClickShare app for Android or iOS to share from your tablet or smartphone to the meeting room display.

Sharing your content, wherever your audience is

Crowdbeamer is a wireless presentation solution than can easily be wall- or table-mounted, in case you want to install it fixed in one of your meeting rooms. But with a weight of 500 grams, a rechargeable battery and its own private WiFi network, crowdbeamer is also a truly mobile solution. Because crowdbeamer doesn’t need a meeting room display to visualize your content, you can even use it during meetings and presentations outside the formal meeting room environment. Whether you’re meeting in a huddle space, on the factory floor or in a hotel lobby: crowdbeamer has got you covered.

Crowdbeamer gives you total flexibility to share information in real time, even outside the formal meeting room environment.

Crowdbeamer gives you total flexibility to share information in real time, even outside the formal meeting room environment.

Even though ClickShare is also a wireless presentation system, it’s not a mobile one. It always needs a base unit connected to the meeting room display. By design, such a base unit is meant to be installed fixed in your meeting rooms (which also holds for any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing).

Crowdbeamer: a ClickShare alternative?

Is the question if crowdbeamer is a ClickShare alternative even a relevant one? Aren’t these questions infinitely more relevant to what you want to achieve during your meetings:

  • How do I get my message across?
  • How do I make my meetings productive for everybody?
  • How do I let my audience capture my message, and complete it with personal insights?
  • How do I enable my audience to take my message with them once the meeting is over?

The answer to all of them is that only crowdbeamer is focused on delivering a great productivity experience to your audience.

Crowdbeamer & ClickShare: productivity vs flexibility

By projecting your content directly on all portable devices, it gets your content straight to your audience and delivers up-to-the-minute digital handouts. Crowdbeamer’s smart note-taking capabilities then let them easily personalize these handouts by adding personal thoughts and remarks.

 

crowdbeamer ClickShare
What your audience needs
Pen and paper NO YES
Smartphone, tablet or laptop YES NO
What your audience gets
Instant digital handouts YES NO
Note-taking on digital handouts YES NO
Sync handouts to the cloud YES NO

While ClickShare eliminates cable clutter in the meeting room to make life easier for you as a presenter, crowdbeamer also gives you full mobility to share presentation content wherever your audience is. Whether that’s in a formal meeting room, in a huddle space, on the factory floor or in a hotel lobby: crowdbeamer has got you covered.

 

crowdbeamer ClickShare
What you need as a presenter
A meeting room display OPTIONAL REQUIRED
A device FIXED/MOBILE FIXED
A power outlet for the device NOT REQUIRED REQUIRED
Extra hardware VIDEO CABLE USB BUTTON
What you get as a presenter
A hassle-free start of the meeting YES YES
Sharing in the meeting room YES YES
Sharing in a huddle space YES NO
Sharing on the factory floor YES NO
Sharing in a hotel lobby YES NO

So if it is important for you to get your audience actively engaged in any meeting, then crowdbeamer is a must-have presentation solution. One that you can use just by itself, as an entirely mobile solution. Or one that you can use to upgrade your existing ClickShare system, and finally bring the benefits of wireless presentation sharing to your audience as well.

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