Logitech has announced three new members of its family of Cordless Desktops, including the Logitech EasyCall Desktop, a combination of mouse, keyboard, headset and speakerphone.
With advanced audio technology, integrated controls for placing and accepting calls, and easy-to-use software, the EasyCall Desktop includes everything people need to take advantage of Internet calling.
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 center 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. Convenient 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.
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.
The Logitech EasyCall Desktop will be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in mid-September. The suggested retail price in the U.S. is US$129.99.
Logitech's two other new offerings include the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser mouse-and-keyboard combination with a dynamic search/zoom panel and the mid-range Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 710 Laser, which makes manipulating digital photos easy.
The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser is designed both for computers running Windows XP and for the upcoming Windows Vista operating system. The One-Touch Search buttons can be used to search for key words, phrases, or file names on the Web or on a computer using a person's preferred search application, such as Google, Yahoo! Search or MSN Search. People simply highlight a word or phrase in a document, then click the appropriate button to see a list of results. A touch-sensitive slider allows people to scroll up and down or zoom in and out of a document, Web page, or photo, while an adjacent button can instantly return the view on any file to 100 percent. Another control on both the keyboard and mouse enables people to see a list of open applications and windows, and switch among them
The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser is Logitech's first product to feature an antimicrobial compound called AgION, providing protection against the growth of a broad range of bacteria, mold and mildew. This desktop set will be available in the U.S. beginning in October and in Europe beginning in December. The suggested retail price in the U.S. is US$99.99.
The Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 710 Laser will be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in mid-August. The suggested retail price in the U.S. is US$79.99.