iMeet Review

PGi's iMeet software combines a sleek and simple design with advanced sharing tools and built-in storage to provide a powerful web conferencing solution at a budget-friendly price.

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The Good

Clean, user-friendly interface

IMeet conference rooms have a clean and easy-to-navigate interface, which is especially beneficial for those new to web conferencing. Each participant is represented in a cube displayed on the screen, and clicking on someone’s cube shows you more detailed information about them. The chat box is found in the lower lefthand corner and volume control and other important settings are in the lower right corner. Sharing your screen or a document is as simple as clicking on the Share file and selecting what you want. When you’re sharing a file or your screen, all the cubes disappear except for your own, so participants are able to focus on the information you’re presenting. This same interface carries over to tablets and smartphones, so you can expect the exact same experience no matter how you choose to join the meeting.

Conduct a live video meeting

PGi’s iMeet software supports up to 15 simultaneous HD video feeds, which is far more than what you get with most other web conferencing services. This makes it easier to speak to everyone in your meeting as if you’re all in the same room. Of course, if you have more than 15 participants, some of them won’t be able to share their webcam feed, but as the meeting goes on, it’s easy to change whose video feed is being displayed. Should you decide you don’t want video in your conference room at all, just turn off the webcam and reset to a regular audio conference.

Built-in cloud storage simplifies file sharing

All of iMeet’s plans come with a reasonable amount of cloud storage space for storing presentations and important documents. Select a file from your computer or email it to your designated link and it’s automatically placed into your iMeet cloud. The file is then accessible from any computer and easily shared with the other participants in your meeting. By unlocking the file, you give attendees permission to download that file onto their own computers for later viewing and editing. If you run out of storage space — which shouldn’t be a problem for most, as even the most affordable plans offer 5GB — just delete the files you don’t need or upgrade your plan.

Get to know attendees through social media

Once you have your iMeet account set up, you have the option of connecting it to your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. You’re then able to send out invitations to your meeting using these networks to get friends or coworkers to join you. If you’re in a meeting with someone who has linked their social-media accounts, you can view their profiles simply by clicking on their cube and selecting the social network you wish to view. This is a quick and simple way to learn a little more about the people you’re working with and can be a big help toward forging stronger connections with clients.

The Bad

No way to easily display a single application

IMeet doesn’t give you the option to share a single application, so you have to display your entire screen to attendees. This won’t be a huge issue for most people, but if for some reason you’d rather not show your whole screen — say you’re meeting a new client and would rather not show them your cluttered desktop — the ability to share only a single application would be convenient. iMeet does offer some ways around this, however. When you’re sharing a file, for example, upload it to the iMeet cloud and click on the file name so it automatically opens in the meeting space.

Limited options to customize branding

Although iMeet does enable you to choose your background from a variety of options, there’s no way to make the meeting space exactly reflect your company theme. You can’t upload your own logo to the meeting space, something which is fairly common among other web conferencing services. This shouldn’t matter much for meetings with coworkers, but if you’re working with clients, it helps to have a professional, custom-branded meeting experience. If this is important to you, check out a company like ClickMeeting. They let you upload a custom logo and adjust your color scheme as well.

No virtual whiteboard tool

A virtual whiteboard for jotting down notes and ideas is a staple of most web conferencing services, but iMeet doesn’t offer this technology. While it doesn’t have a whiteboard, per se, drawing and annotation tools are available for marking up documents you’re sharing with others in your presentation. This should work well for most people in the absence of a traditional whiteboard tool because it still enables you to make notes and highlight key points. But, if you find this isn’t enough, there are many other services that offer virtual whiteboard tools for brainstorming ideas.

The Details

Details

  • Contract Length: Month-to-Month, Annual
  • Free Trial: 30 days
  • Max Number of Participants: 125
  • Monthly Price: $9 - $49+
  • Simultaneous Video Feeds: 15
  • Storage Space: 5GB - 50GB

Pricing

iMeet

  • Monthly Rate: $9
  • Max Number of Participants: 10
  • Simultaneous Video Feeds: 10
  • Storage Space: 5GB

iMeet Plus

  • Monthly Rate: $29+
  • Max Number of Participants: 35
  • Simultaneous Video Feeds: 15
  • Storage Space: 20GB

iMeet XL

  • Monthly Rate: $49+
  • Max Number of Participants: 125
  • Simultaneous Video Feeds: 15
  • Storage Space: 50GB

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