Poly Sync 10 – USB speaker for work or home (review)

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The Poly Sync 10 is a desktop USB speaker that adds better sound and voice pickup to video conferences, audio calls, podcasts, and even music. And it sounds pretty good.

The secret to better conference calls is the dual-array microphone that focuses on your voice and reduces distracting background noise.

You can manage it through the Poly Lens app, but it’s a simple USB device that Windows and macOS recognize automatically – no installation required. All features are available from the touch controls – Volume +/-/mute and answer call. A status bar indicates when the device is in use.

There’s not much to test, so here goes. Spoiler – a perfect desktop addition for home and office work.

Poly Sync 10 – USB Speaker

We use Fail (below expectations), Pass (meets expectations), and Exceed (exceeds expectations or is class leader) against many of the items below. Will occasionally give a Pass ‘+’ rating to show it’s good but doesn’t quite reach Exceed.

Website Product sheet
Price Under $200 Poly sells through computer stores and unified communications specialists. There is no fixed RRP, so prices are indicative only
guarantee 2 years
Manufacturing country China
About Poly was born from Plantronics and Polycom, focusing on beautifully crafted and engineered audio and video products that let you be seen and heard with incredible clarity wherever you work. Backed by software, artificial intelligence, analytics and insights to take you far beyond simple connectivity.
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The Poly Sync range

  • Sync 10 uses USB. Dual pickups. No Bluetooth or battery.
  • Sync 20A USB, Tri-mics, Bluetooth 5.1 and a 20 hour battery (power bank capable)
  • As above, Sync 20+ has a BT600 Bluetooth dongle
  • Sync 40 USB-A and USB-C, BT600 Bluetooth dingle, 30 hour battery
  • Sync 60 – more for conference room use

First Impression – Success

It’s quite attractive in a traditional way, but looks like professional gear with charcoal speaker cloth and a beige plastic base. The 71.5 cm USB-A cable must be connected to a PC/Mac and use the USB-A port (or USB-C with the adapter). It measures 32.5 x 89.2 x 182mm. It has an IP64 rating, is quite sturdy and well built.

Poly would benefit from adding some “WFH” style or trendy colors – or at least making it space gray for Apple users!

Pickups – Exceed

The beam of dual array mics focuses on the person speaking and tends to reduce extraneous noise. Poly claims an effective range of 1.5m (verified) – this is a personal desktop device. Callers commented on the clarity of my voice.

Sound – Mono but pretty good – Pass+

It can get quite loud – 84dB but has noticeable distortion, and we recommend backing off 2-3dB (80% volume), and you’re fine.

Surprisingly, mid-bass starts from a low 40Hz (claim 80Hz) and builds solidly up to 100Hz, where it’s flat until 4Khz, then a slight drop down to 20Hz. neutral signature does not add to or subtract from the original music. It has a slight accent on 1-4kHz for clear vocals.

The only problem is that Windows doesn’t have an equalizer to change the signature, so garbage-in, garbage-out – the better the music, the better it sounds.

There’s no soundstage – it’s mono – and there’s no directionality, but for video conferencing that’s all you need.

You can read more about sound How to tell if you have good music (sound signature is key)

CyberShack’s Point of View – Poly Sync 10 – USB Speaker for Work or Home

Technically, it’s perfect in all areas and would be a decent addition to your desk. It’s a bit bland in design, but maybe that’s what companies want. There is also a Microsoft Teams version.

We can’t fault it (not that we can fault a Poly product), so it gets our buy recommendation. Although also check out the Poly Sync 20 – it has more features for not much more cost.

Pro

Reasonable price

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Poly Sync 10 – USB Speaker

Poly Sync 10 – USB Speaker

Advantages

  • Reasonable price
  • IP64 study
  • Clear voice – not bad for music either
  • Foolproof installation
  • Much easier and more comfortable than headphones/earbuds

The inconvenients

  • The 71cm cable is too short and attached (no plug) to the end of the speaker
  • Visually bland for a home office product


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