Date: July 13th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Logitech
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH
The backlit LCD screen is bright and easy to read. Menus are accessed by pressing one of the soft keys and navigation is done with the center button. The contacts list, voicemail, and call log are accessed through the menus while the current time, Skype status, and battery life are viewable on the “home” screen.
The USB receiver is the only component that must be connected to the PC. When powered up an orange indicator light comes on, and when the phone is in use a green light comes on.
The charging station has its own AC adapter and can be placed anywhere within 150 feet of the USB receiver. It not only serves as a cradle for the phone when not in use, but it charges the batteries as well. While charging a red light is visible on the bottom of the unit, but it doesn't change colors to indicate a complete charge.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
According to the manual, the batteries must be charged for 14 hours in the cradle before using the phone. The Skype application is included on the install CD in case you don't already have an account. Once the drivers for the USB receiver are installed, the phone is automatically detected and ready to use. If you currently have a Skype account set up on your PC, pressing the Skype button on the phone automatically synchronizes the contacts list.
Placing calls to other computers is simple and can be done one of two ways – by dialing a contact on the PC and then using the handset to talk, or alternatively, everything can be done from the handset. The phone will also work with the SkypeIn (receiving calls from landline/cell phones) and SkypeOut (placing calls to landline/cell phones) services. Note that Skype is not a complete phone replacement as it cannot be used to dial 911.
Calls on the phone are clear and plenty loud enough, comparable to a good cell phone connection. Furthermore, I didn't notice any drops in the connection or any other degradation issues. With the USB receiver connected to the PC in the basement of my house, I took the phone upstairs while in use and didn't experience any connection problems. The handset is light and comfortable to hold but like a cell phone it's a bit too small to hold on the shoulder.