Advantages Clear, Comfortable and Business like.
Disadvantages Cheaper alternatives, no key illuminaton.
If you've already read my review of Skype, then you'll be well aware that I'm not a true zealot. That is not to say I don't acknowledge its usefulness though, and in my day to day life, I use it often enough to warrant a small extravagance to make it that bit more convenient. For those without any knowledge of Skype, you may be better served by reading that review first, then returning here.Until now, I've been using an inferior headset (a free subscription offer eons ago) to conduct my conversations. And whilst adequate, it left something to be desired in the audio clarity stakes, not to mention the appalling fashion faux pas of looking like Tim Curry doing a Britney Spears impersonation. It simply had to go.
But to be replaced by what?I'd no intention of spending a fortune, but did like the idea of something resembling a conventional telephone which narrowed things down somewhat. After discarding the idea of a phone adapter
Contents of the box were minimal: a brief quick start user guide, CD with drivers and full user guide, and the surprisingly small Ipevo telephone itself, coming in it at a mere 15 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm. I've included a picture with this review which will allow you to judge the phone and its scale for yourself. Attached to the Ipevo is a 2.5 meter USB cable, which is plenty long enough to allow one to recline or stand whilst talking, but if you plan on being mobile beyond that consider spending an extra £40 or so on a cordless Skype telephone.Installing the drivers was simply a case of running the CD and selecting Install drivers from the menu. I was prompted to restart, and after doing so, connected the Ipevo to a USB socket and this was immediately recognised by Windows XP. A green LED on the handset began to flash indicating all was well. On opening Skype, it detected that the Ipevo wished to gain access to the program and I was prompted to give it permission. After doing so, Skype began as normal. So far, so good.
Installing the driver adds a new icon to the Windows Taskbar. The quick start guide advises that we should ensure that the Ipevo has been designated as the default device Skype will use as a speaker and microphone. Double clicking the icon in the taskbar starts the Ipevo software and from the clearly labelled drop down lists, select "Free-1 USB Phone" as the default Skype devices. Press "Apply" and everything was taken care of. Your existing sound card remains the default for all other sounds. Windows 2000 and Mac users should have a similar experience, no other Operating System is supported.
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