Microsoft announces new Modern Webcam, Headsets, and a USB-C Speaker for the office

Microsoft Modern Usb Headset
Microsoft Modern Usb Headset (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft Wireless Headset

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft has unveiled new accessories for its Modern line of gear.
  • New accessories include a webcam, wired and wireless headset, and a USB-C speaker.
  • All accessories will begin shipping in June.

Microsoft has announced a handful of new devices and accessories today, including the new Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Headphones 2+. In addition, Microsoft has unveiled new PC accessories in the form of a webcam, wired and wireless headsets, and a USB-C speaker.

These new accessories join the Microsoft Modern line of devices, joining the likes the Microsoft Modern Keyboard and Microsoft Modern Bluetooth Mouse. The new accessories are expected to start shipping in June. Here's everything you need to know.

HD clarity

Microsoft Modern Webcam

Microsoft Modern Webcam

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The new Microsoft Modern Webcam features high-quality video with HDR and 'True Look' features that deliver facial retouch, fixed light adjustment, and autofocus functionality. The device has an integrated privacy shutter, a USB-A connection, and is certified for Microsoft Teams.

  • High-quality video with HDR and True Look that deliver facial retouch, fixed light adjustment, and autofocus to help you look your best.
  • Integrated privacy shutter you can easily slide open and close over the camera lens. Plus, LED status light lets you quickly see if your camera is on.
  • Versatile mounting system, you can secure to your monitor, laptop, desk, or tripod.
  • Certified for Microsoft Teams, with up to 1080p video and expansive 78° field of view.
  • USB-A connection, for convenient plug-and-play design.

The webcam supports 1080p 30fps video output, with auto exposure, auto white balance, and auto anti-flicker technology built right in. It also has a relatively wide 78-degree field of view.

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CategoryMicrosoft Modern Webcam
Dimensions (LxWxD)1.99" (50.53 mm) x 1.42" (36.05 mm) x 2.94" (74.58 mm)
Front windowglass, polished black
Tripod mountcopper, glossy silver
Other componentsplastic/TPE/rubber, matte black
ButtonsIntegrated privacy shutter to turn video stream on/off
Weight0.21 lbs (88.3 g)

Unfortunately, the new webcam doesn't support Windows Hello face authentication, likely to keep the price down a much as possible.

The Microsoft Modern Webcam costs $69.99 and will begin shipping in June.

Talk like a pro

Microsoft Modern USB and Wireless Headsets

Microsoft has also unveiled new wired and wireless headsets, designed for businesses in mind. Featuring Teams certification, high-quality stereo speakers, a comfortable on-ear design, and on-device controls for music, volume, and mute.

The wireless headset features a dial on the right earcup for adjusting volume, similar to the Surface Headphones and Xbox Wireless Headset. Microsoft is touting 50 hours of listening time too, a huge jump over the Surface Headphones 2+ which tout just 18.5 hours.

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CategoryMicrosoft Modern USB HeadsetMicrosoft Modern Wireless Headset
Dimensions (LxWxD)172 x 164 x 60 mm173 x 167mm x 60 mm
Weight0.30 lbs (136 g)0.31 lbs(142 g)
FrequencyresponseMic 100Hz-10KHz
Speaker: 100Hz-20KHz
Mic 100Hz-10KHz
Speaker: 100Hz-20KHz
Noise CancellationBeamforming with 2 mems mic
Speaker: 28mm moving-coil
Beamforming with 2 mems mic
Speaker: 28mm moving-coil
Sound Pressure Level OutputUp to 91 dBUp to 91 dB
ChargingFull charge in 2.5 hoursN/A
BatteryUp to 50hours of music listening
Up to 30 hours of talk time on a Microsoft Teams call
Simultaneous ConnectionUp to 2N/A
Audio CodecSBCPCM
InputsUSB A dongle
Bluetooth Compatibility
Cord LengthN/A39.4" (1.5 m)
Audio Cable LengthN/A29.5" (0.75 m)
Microsoft Teams CertMicrosoft Teams and Mute LEDMicrosoft Teams/Hook/Mute LED indicator
CompatibilityWindows 10: 20H1, 19H1, RS5
Windows 8, Windows 7
Mac OS, Android, iOS
Microsoft Teams Certification compatible with Windows 10 and Mac OS
Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8
Mac OS 11.0/10.15

These new headsets are designed primarily for voice calls rather than music listening, though Microsoft says they will deliver a high-quality listening experience.

The Microsoft Wired USB Headset will retail for $49.99, and the Microsoft Modern Wireless Headset will retail for $99.99.

Both headsets will begin shipping in June.

Related to these new office accessories, Microsoft announced Surface Laptop 4 with AMD or Intel processors, Surface Headphones 2+, and a wider Surface Duo availability.

We can hear you

Microsoft Modern USB-C speaker

Microsoft Modern Usb C Speaker

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Finally, Microsoft has also announced a new USB-C speaker peripheral that can connect to your PC and output high-quality audio with voice optimization for Teams meetings. The device has meeting control buttons built right in, and omni-directional background noise cancelling microphones.

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CategoryMicrosoft Modern USB-C speaker
ColorMatte Black
MaterialsFabric + Silicone
Dimensions (LxWxD)138 mm (5.43") x 70 mm (2.756") x 29 mm (1.142")
Weight191 g (0.426 lbs)
Frequency response200Hz – 20kHz for music
300Hz-10KHz for conference
MicrophoneTwo omni-directional
Speaker50 mm full range driver
Cable Length680 mm (26.9")
InputsUSB-C connector
CompatibilityWindows 10
Windows 8/8.1
Mac OS X 10.15
Mac OS 11.0
Microsoft Teams CertificationPass 1.5 m conference room Spec
Buttons/ControlsMicrosoft Teams button, Mute button, Volume up button, Volume down button, Hook Switch button

This USB-C speaker is very much built for meeting rooms or environments were multiple people are listening in to a Teams call in one room. With this peripheral, you no longer need to rely on your laptop's built in speakers and microphone.

The Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker will begin shipping in June for $99.99.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.