Plenty of businesses use Hangouts Meet for person-to-person video calls and conferencing, especially since the company recently made it free for G Suite customers as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. If you're using it at home and struggling with your laptop's built-in webcam or a mediocre microphone, Google just published a list of approved hardware upgrades that have passed the Hangouts Meet hardware peripheral and qualification program.
In short, that means they tested as not terrible, use open-source firmware for ChromeOS compatibility, and the companies behind them have agreed to provide hardware support for a long enough time to make it worth your while.
Two categories of approved hardware have been published: Cameras and Headsets. Not all of them are brands that most consumers would be aware of, but they all have Google's explicit blessing:
- EPOS|Sennheiser IMPACT SC 635
- EPOS|Sennheiser IMPACT SC 630 USB
- EPOS|Sennheiser IMPACT SDW 5065
- EPOS|Sennheiser IMPACT SDW 5066
- EPOS|Sennheiser ADAPT SC 160
- EPOS|Sennheiser ADAPT SC 165
- Jabra Evolve 40
- Jabra Evolve 75
- Logitech Zone Wireless
- Plantronics/Poly Blackwire 5220
- Plantronics/Poly Savi 8220
- Plantronics/Poly Voyager 5200 UC
- Plantronics/Poly Voyager 6200
- Plantronics/Poly Voyager 8200
If your boss can't hear you the next time you need to chime in during a Hangouts Meet conference, maybe it's time to pick up a new headset.