updated 11:00 am EDT, Mon August 14, 2006
Logitech EasyCall Desktop
Internet telephony certainly has its advantages in cost and flexibility, but convenient hardware is not always one of them - especially not if you intend to continue working at the computer while you take calls. Logitech's EasyCall Desktop focuses less on the media functions of most keyboard and mouse combination sets and more on Internet calling. The set includes both a headset and speakerphone, so users can make their calls as public or private as they want. There are controls on both the keyboard and speakerphone to start or end a call, and the keyboard has both a quick launch button for Skype as well as the ability to use the F9 through F12 keys for speed dialing in the program. Users can also take advantage of the hardware for AIM and other instant messaging clients with audio and video chat built in. A $130 purchase gets you the whole set when it debuts in mid-September.