Logitech Dives Into VoIP

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Knowing About, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. VoIP is here - has been for a while - and millions of people daily
    use popular software like Skype which based on it. Still it remains a
    mystery for the average Joe and Logitech is determined to do something
    about that.

    The peripherals specialist has thrown its weight behind the technology
    with a raft of new devices all designed to makes VoIP operation easier
    and foremost among them is 'Logitech Cordless Internet Handset'.

    The Skype orientated device looks rather like an elongated Nokia and
    its colour LCD displays all Skype contacts, offers access to Skype
    voicemail and enables users to check incoming and outgoing call logs.
    Making a phone call is as simple as scrolling to a contact, selecting
    it and clicking the call button.

    There's also a hands free speaker phone, illuminated keypad and
    variety of ring tones while the handset itself is charged via a cradle
    and connects to the PC and Internet through the included USB Base
    station. You can start nattering with it in October if you meet the
    £69.99 RRP.Have a look at it on www.knowingabout.com/voip

    Also looking rather interesting is the 'QuickCall USB Speakerphone
    for Internet Calling' though I do wish Logitech would take the time
    to actually name its products rather than simply describe them. The
    QCUSBSPFIC, as I shouldn't have abbreviated it to, is a premium
    speakerphone that uses a two way microphone display (one on each
    'wing' of the device) to capture voices and sounds over a wide
    area. It is designed to be a conference meeting's best friend though
    I'll take a hammer to it if it picks up the things I tend to whisper
    under my breath in most meetings.

    It features touch controls to pick up, end and mute calls and alert
    lights to indicate when a VoIP call is connected. A central illuminated
    volume knob looks really nice but a webcam would've been even cooler.
    Still it keeps the price down and means I can continue to attend
    virtual meetings in my underwear, which is always a pleasure.

    The QCUSBSPFIC is out in October in the US but is clearly on the slow
    boat to Europe since it doesn't debut here until December. Price is a
    reasonable £69.

    Moving on we come to the 'EasyCall Desktop' a bundle of mouse,
    keyboard, headset and speakerphone for the uninitiated. The latter part
    acts as the control centre for the whole thing with volume up and down,
    mute, call pickup and disconnect buttons while the keyboard has been
    customised for use in Internet calling apps since also provides a range
    of similar controls as well as one touch dialling and the ability to
    change your online status.

    £89.99 for this one and you can pocket it (if you have very large
    pockets) from mid September.

    Last on the VoIP list we have the 'Cordless Headset for PC and Mobile
    Phones' (yes, the branding - or lack of it - gets irritating
    after a while). Not much to say here other than 1. It's Cordless and
    2. It's a headset. Because it's Bluetooth it'll also work with
    your mobile and has some (more) wonderfully literal technology called
    WindStop which... yep, reduces wind noise.

    £69.99 is the going rate and it'll appear in the month which means
    eight but is actually tenth because of some egomaniacal Roman Emperors.

    For Further Information : www.knowingabout.com/wifi
    Knowing About, Aug 16, 2006
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