TeamSpeak is the client tool for the homonymous voice over IP protocol. Thus, it requires connecting to a TeamSpeak server, which can be self-hosted and supports up to 32 simultaneous users at no cost. Moreover, there is the possibility of connecting to free public servers or others dedicated to specific games. In addition, you can sign up for a MyTeamSpeak account, with the benefit of synchronizing bookmarks, lists, and addons.
One of the main advantages of TeamSpeak is that it lets you reach many people because it is one of the most widely used protocols and works on several platforms. The protocol supports communication with good-quality audio as well text. Also, if privacy is a concern for you, it is possible to use encryption. Although it does not support video conferences, you are allowed to install a plugin for this purpose. However, unlike other similar services, TeamSpeak does not allow connecting to other VoIP services, let alone calling landline or cellular phones.
The client has a rather nice interface, which is also very customizable. In this regard, can switch visual themes and skins, change security settings and configure notifications. One of its valuable assets is contact management. The tool gives you the possibility to categorize people into friends and foes, which is highly appreciated by frequent gamers. The interface also has various tabs that allow you to connect to different servers simultaneously. Therefore, you have the opportunity to collaborate with various chatting groups at the same time.
All in all, the TeamSpeak client being reviewed is a great solution for most gamers who want to communicate in real time. Moreover, as a synchronous communication tool, it is also greatly appreciated by educators, students, and business people. Although the client itself is freeware, the server has various licenses. Besides, accessing some servers may also have a cost.
- Excellent audio quality
- Highly customizable interface
- Encrypted data transfer
- Supports plugins
- Requires self-hosting, renting or using a public server
- Requires plugin for video chat
- Cannot connect to other services or protocols