Skype For Mac Certified AccessoriesFor an optimal voice or video conferencing session using Skype on Mac OSX, you might want the reassurace of Skype compatibility and certification to guide your Apple compatible teleconferencing hardware peripheral purchases.
Skype For Business Certified Mac HeadsetsFor 1:1 online voice and video sessions an Apple compatible Skype microphone headset assures echo-free communications that unfortunately are all to common when external speakers are involved. All-Digital USB headsets work most reliably, for Analog headsets, Mac's require a *SINGLE* 4-Pole TRRS plug, not separate speaker and mic plugs like many Windows only headsets have.
Skype For Business Certified Mac SpeakerphonesFor multi-party conferencing with a group seated around a meeting table, speakerphones offer broader room coverage and echo cancellation. Many Apple compatible USB or Bluetooth Skype speakerphones feature one or more directional mics for crystal-clear sound quality even in a large meeting room.
Skype For Business Certified Mac MicrophonesIn select cases, a dedicated Apple compatible tabletop or desktop microphone may be the optimal choice for maximal audio quality in your Skype session. 4-Conductor 3.5mm TRRS Analog or USB digital mics are the best choice for Mac conferences.
Skype For Business Certified Mac Web CamerasThe best Skype certified Macintosh compatible webcam options will involve a premium HD webcam that supports H.264 video compression. H.264 helps achieve optimal video conferencing frame rates, image quality, and reduced CPU overhead. Logitech ConferenceCam systems and their premium USB webcam models (C910, C920, C922, C930e) support H.264 compression, something lower-end webcams don't.
Skype For Business Certified Mac PhonesApple compatible Skype phones for Mac are somwhat rare. For handheld or desktop phone systems, you need appropriate OSX software drivers to handle call initiation, dial pad support and often status display functions properly. Initiating or terminating a Skype call requires MacOS specific software hooks, and not all manufacturers went beyond Microsoft Windows to support these functions on a Macintosh. On some USB headsets which feautre on-cable volume and mute controls, the 'Hang-Up' button may not be functional on Macs unless the company has made the effort to implicitly support it on OSX.
Skype For Mac OSX Software DriversMany teleconferencing peripherals, particularly USB video and audio devices largely 'just work' when plugged into your Mac. Skype's own app Preferences menus can be used to select A/V input and output options. If the device is recognized in other A/V apps, it will likely work in Skype too.
However, when MacOS specific device drivers are available, enhanced functionality can help optimize your Mac Skype experience. Some examples include Logitech's webcam settings program for OSX, Plantronics Spokes app, or Andrea's audio software to fine-tune audio response performance of speakerphones or headsets.
Skype For Business Mac Certified Device ListThe list below is from Microsoft's Skype FAQ page - updated and modified to include some newer hardware products. Based on customer feedback, these gadgets were highly rated for superior sound and/or video quality. For more info on supported Skype compatible and certified hardware, start here.
Best Skype Certified Web Cameras For Mac
- Hewlett-Packard Web Camera HD4310
- Hewlett-Packard Web Camera HD2300
- Logitech ConferenceCam CC30003
- Logitech ConferenceCam Connect
- Logitech ConferenceCam BCC950
- Logitech Brio Ultra-4K HD Web Camera
- Logitech Stream Pro Web Camera C922
- Logitech HD Pro Web Camera C920
- Logitech HD Web Camera C510
- Logitech HD Web Camera C615
- Microsoft Life Cam Studio 1080p
- Microsoft Life Cam Cinema 720p
- Microsoft Life Cam HD-5000
- Microsoft Life Cam VX-5000
- Microsoft Life Cam VX-800
- Logitech QuickCam Orbit/Sphere
- Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
- Logitech QuickCam S5500
- Logitech Web Camera 250
- Logitech Web Camera 500
- Logitech Web Camera C110
- Logitech Web Camera C170
- Logitech Web Camera C210
- Logitech Web Camera C270
- Logitech Web Camera C310
- Logitech Web Camera C525
- Logitech Web Camera B910 / C910
Best Skype Certified Headsets For Mac
- Corsair Vengeance 2100
- FREETALK Everyman USB
- Jabra GN 2000 USB Headset
- Jabra UC VOICE 150A
- Logitech Clear Chat Comfort Headset
- Logitech Clear Chat Pro Headset
- Logitech B530 Headset
- Logitech F540 Headset
- Logitech G330 Headset
- Logitech H360 Headset
- Logitech H390 Headset
- Logitech H555 Headset
- Logitech H760 Headset
- Logitech Stereo USB Headset H350
- Plantronics Audio 400 DSP
- Plantronics Audio 478 DSP
- Plantronics Audio 626 DSP
- Plantronics Audio 646 DSP
- Plantronics Audio 648 DSP
- Plantronics Blackwire C210-M
- Plantronics Blackwire C220-M
- Plantronics Blackwire C310
- Plantronics Blackwire C320
- Plantronics DA40
- Plantronics DA45
- Turtle Beach Z300
Other Skype Certified PeripheralsMany more Skype-friendly computer gadgets exist. For video, nearly any USB web camera that complies with the UVC - USB Video Class device specification on modern operating systems can be recognized without the need to install any OSX webcam driver software. Many conference-room speakerphones and conferencing cameras are largely hardware based, with onboard buttons or remote controls that perform conference management functions without the need for additional software.
USB audio devices for input and output such as microphones, conference room speakerphones, microphones, headphones and mic headsets are automatically recognized by low-level UAC - USB Audio Class drivers included in MacOS. Do note that some MacOS friendly Skype peripherals such as speakerphones or headsets with a call initiate/end button may require additional Mac software to detect that particular button action.