Hosting a webinar? Here’s all the necessary equipment you’ll need
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Hosting a webinar? Here’s all the necessary equipment you’ll need

30th October 2020
By Tom Ladle

Right, you’ve made the decision that you want to host a webinar. Now you’re thinking what exactly do I need? Well hallelujah, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be going through some essential equipment you need to hold an online event and our recommendations. If you’re someone who regularly attends online meetings, then you’ll likely have some of, if not all this equipment lying around anyway (happy days)!

A lovely laptop

You probably saw this one coming but since you’re hosting an online event, you’ll need a laptop. Hopefully, you already have one of these as they’re an integral part of getting anything done nowadays. But, just in case you’re still toiling away on a typewriter here are our top recommendations for laptops, from cheapest to the most expensive.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad S340 – Proving great value at £399, this laptop was rated best value by tech advisor.
  • Microsoft surface Pro 7 – Starting at £779.99, this laptop is perfect if you’d like to go for a hybrid of a laptop and tablet. The 10th Gen Intel Core Processor packs it with plenty of punch for running an online event.
  • Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 – The most expensive of our recommendations, starting at £1,537,98, this laptop is best in class when it comes to performance.

Although we’ve given our recommendations, we’d advise you do your own market research when it comes to purchasing a laptop. You want to ensure it has good enough performance specs to handle running a webinar (most modern laptops will).

A handsome headset

When running your online event, your audio should be crystal clear, so that your audience can appreciate the awesomeness of your event. That’s where investing in a quality headset is important. Plus, if you happen to have several presenters all crowding around one mic, it could get a bit messy.

You’ll want to choose a headset that has good noise cancellation, a quality mic and something that can be seamlessly muted/unmuted without causing any distraction. We’ve already put together a list of our top conference call headsets, which would all be suitable for webinars.

A wicked webcam

If you want your audience to see your lovely face whilst presenting your webinar, then you’re going to need a top notch webcam. Here are our top picks:

  • AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam Camera – Fantastic value for money, starting £47.99 this webcam offers 1089p video quality, low-light compensation and a noise cancelling microphone!
  • Logitech C922 Pro Stream – Logitech’s newest offering and starting at £90, this webcam has a background removal feature (great for presenting) and boasts 1080p video quality.
  • Logitech Brio Webcam – If you’re looking for a webcam with a hefty price tag, then look no further. This webcam starts at £238.99. The reason behind this price, it comes with 4K ultra HD resolution!

Like the laptops we’d recommend you do you own research before committing to a purchase, but all the webcams listed here will work great for your online event.

A webinar platform, PowWowNow of course

You’ve got all the gear, now comes the time to choose which webinar platform to go for. The choice is yours but we’re obviously going to recommend PowWowNow. Starting from as little as £90/per event, not only do we offer great value, but we also offer a wealth of resources that make hosting your online event easier than ever.

If you’re interested to learn more you can always book a 1-to-1 demo with one of our friendly experts, who will be more than happy to run through exactly how and why you’d use our product!

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