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The Logitech EasyCall Desktop combines speakerphone, headset, mouse and keyboard

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August 17, 2006

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August 18, 2006 As convergence progresses and we see more functionality shoehorned into the one box, the interfaces to the box will logically grow in number. With the introduction of voice-over-IP services and the growth of broadband, it’s logical that different people will want the VOIP interface they’re most comfortable with and that’s why Logitech has developed the EasyCall Desktop - the first combination of a mouse, keyboard, headset and speakerphone. With integrated controls for placing and accepting calls, EasyCall Desktop makes the process of making, accepting and controlling Internet calls on the PC more like using a mobile or traditional phone.

The EasyCall Desktop's full-duplex speakerphone includes Logitech RightSound Technology, which eliminates echoes for clear headset-free Internet phone calls. The speakerphone acts as the control centre for the Internet calling experience, with volume up and down, mute, call pick-up, and call hang-up buttons that make it easy for people to manage Internet calls. The product also comes with a stereo headset that can be plugged into a convenient port on the speakerphone when privacy is important.

A full communications panel on the cordless keyboard provides people with the ability to launch Internet communications applications, easily change their online status, and make and accept calls. Speed-dialing controls offer one-touch calling to friends, family, or co-workers. These easily accessible buttons can be used to store and dial either telephone numbers or IP addresses associated with user names.

The product is optimized for use with Internet calling applications, such as Yahoo! Messenger with Voice and AOL's AIM service in the U.S., and Skype in Europe.

The keyboard also offers one-touch access to applications such as e-mail and a Web browser, and a media panel makes it easy to control digital music in applications such as iTunes and Windows Media Player. The cordless mouse features Logitech's high-performance laser technology, delivering exceptional precision and control on virtually any surface.

The EasyCall Desktop is available now.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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