Poly Studio P5 Kit comes with various options like the Blackwire headset, Voyager headset, and Sync Bluetooth speakerphone.
I have the review unit for the Poly Studio P5 Kit With Sync 20+. This review will be about the Poly Studio P5 Webcam. The review of the Poly Sync 20+ will come at a later date.
Most of the box contents belong to the Poly Sync 20+. In fact, the Poly Studio P5 only has one item, which is the webcam itself.
I almost threw away the box with the Poly BT600 Bluetooth adapter as I did not notice it inside the box. It is right in the middle.
Hence, I did not take it out to include it in the box contents picture below.
Poly Studio P5 is a 1080p 30fps webcam with a 80° Display Field of View (DFOV). It has a f2.0 lens that has autofocus and does 4x digital zoom.
In terms of specifications, it is pretty similar to my Logitech C920 Pro HD Webcam except for the aperture size since I am not sure of the Logitech C920 aperture size.
Logitech C920 retails for S$109 on the official Logitech store on Lazada. But you can probably get it from third-party stores for less than S$100.
Poly Studio P5, on the other hand, is slightly more expensive, retailing for S$173 on Amazon.sg.
I love the design of the Poly Studio P5. It is matte white that is designed to look like quartz. Though I wish they have it in black to blend in with my monitor bezels.
At the back of the webcam is a passthrough USB-A port for you to plug in any wireless receiver. On paper, it is designed for the Poly BT600 Bluetooth adapter, which is used by Poly Sync 20 Bluetooth speakerphone and Poly Voyager Bluetooth headsets.
The Poly Studio P5 also occupies less space on your monitor as it is more compact than the Logitech C920.
The only complaint I have is that the Poly Studio P5 doesn’t work well with my monitor’s USB hub plugged into my CalDigit TS4.
I have to plug the Poly Studio P5 directly into my CalDigit TS4 for my Mac to detect it. I guess it takes up more power than my monitor’s hub could provide since the Poly Studio P5 also has a passthrough USB-A port.
My Logitech C920 doesn’t have this issue and works fine when plugged into my monitor’s USB hub, which is then plugged into my CalDigit TS4.
You get a physical privacy shutter on the Poly Studio P5. This is lacking in the Logitech C920.
To open the shutter, rotate to the left till you feel a “click.” The light on top of the Poly Studio P5 will be lit.
To close the shutter, rotate it to the right. When you start to turn, the webcam will already be disabled, and the light on top will be switched off.
Speaking of rotation, when mounted on your monitor, you can turn the webcam almost 360° to find the perfect angle instead of moving the webcam itself. The Logitech C920 will not be able to do this.
The images you see below are all based on the default settings.
This is from Logitech C920.
This is from Poly Studio P5.
You will notice that the Logitech C920 colors look washed out, while Poly Studio P5 has more details. In terms of picture quality, Poly Studio P5 wins Logitech C920 hands down.
Poly Lens App
If you like, you can also further customize the image quality using the Poly Lens App which is available for both Mac and Windows.
The default is good enough for me, so I am leaving it as is.
Overall, I feel that the Poly Studio P5 is a more worthwhile buy than the Logitech C920. For $70 more, you get a better quality webcam, a physical privacy shutter, and the ability to rotate the webcam.
Remember that the Poly Studio P5 will not work with a USB hub. The Poly Studio P5 must be plugged directly into your computer or a powered dock.
I have since replaced my Logitech C920 with the Poly Studio P5.