Logitech introduced an array of new products on Monday designed for voice-over-IP (VoIP) users, including a keyboard with dedicated call management buttons and a speakerphone.
VoIP service provider Skype worked with Logitech to make some of the products exclusive to Skype in Europe. The European version of the new Logitech EasyCall Desktop includes a Skype-specific keyboard with dedicated buttons for launching Skype, making a call, ending a call, changing a user’s online status and speed dialing.
The package also includes a mouse and headset as well as a speakerphone, which eliminates echo and has control buttons such as volume, mute, call answer and hang-up.
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In the United States, the package is optimized for use with Yahoo Messenger with Voice and AOL’s instant messenger service. It will sell in the United States for US$129.99 and will be available in stores in both the United States and Europe in mid-September. The companies did not reveal the suggested retail price for Europe.
Logitech also introduced a cordless handset for making and receiving Skype calls. The phone communicates wirelessly to a module that plugs into the USB port on a PC and can be used within 164 feet of the PC. It will start selling in October for $199.99 in the United States and Europe.
Logitech will also sell a speakerphone, designed for VoIP calling, separate from the EasyCall package. The speakerphone connects to a PC via the USB port and will cost $99.99 when it becomes available in the United States and Europe later this year.