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Saba offers a somewhat flexible meeting system with no necessary software downloads, and is likely suitable for small businesses. It hosts conferences for up to 40 attendees, allowing one host to be in charge. The service is on the cheaper end of the scale, but there are a number of features that are omitted which may be a big turn-off for a number of users.
Let’s start with the positives: sabaMeeting.com offers small scale conferencing services with a few host controls. These will allow you to share audio, HD video and files with clients and colleagues. You can also work collaboratively on a project, which makes it a useful system for companies with international dedications and potentially saves a lot of time and money on transport. Users are able to take advantage of tools such as annotation and whiteboarding, meaning that they can have a visual, as well as auditory, input on proceedings.
SabaMeeting also provides mobile conferencing software, should you need it. This means that you can attend a meeting and have your say even when you’re on the move. This is a very useful feature if you travel a lot, although it’s not unique to this particular web conferencing service and you’ll find it available with all top brands. In fact that is a general statement which can be made for all of the features provided by Saba: there’s simply nothing that sets it aside from its competitors. Whilst it doesn’t do a lot “wrong” it also doesn’t do other things well enough, or uniquely enough, to make it a stand out candidate for your custom.
And there are a few negatives worth mentioning. Primarily the restrictive participant numbers may be a problem for people who are looking to host more than 40 people. Also, all meetings can only maintain one host, which means you cannot control the conference with another key speaker. This is not a restriction you’ll find elsewhere, and we really feel that this service would benefit from allowing remote control and shared hosting options.
Saba offer its services at a cheaper cost than many, however we’re not entirely convinced that their lower prices really offer better value for money. Whilst they advertise a free sign up and free services for up to 4 attendees, the site also would not let us sign up for this service. As such there’s no way for most users to get a good idea of how the system works and if it is suitable for them, unless of course they’re willing to pay for it. With so many strong competitors around, Saba really needs to up its game in terms of offering control options and a greater number of possible participating users to each conference. Whilst the service is decent it’s still not sprinting to the finish line.
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