While the move right now is firmly towards wire-free Skype communication, what about the poor souls who are actually stuck at a desk all day, but don’t want the hassle of a headset or another phone to pick up? That’s where the Polycom Communicator might come in.
Essentially it’s hands-free Skype, offering what’s described as "crystal-clear, natural conversations" while you keep tapping away at your keyboard. The Polycom Communicator features two microphones, which also create a good enough range for group conference calling, with Polycom’s Acoustic Clarity Technology removing any echoes and feedback from the conversation. Controls on the front launch Skype, along with picking up/hanging up calls and adjusting your volume. And if you don’t want everyone listening in, there’s also a port to plug in your headphones.
It’s also portable. The Communicator plugs in via an integrated USB cable, needs to external power source and is small enough to carry round (there’s even a carry case provided).
The Polycom Communicator is currently available in the US in either blue or grey, retailing for $129 (around £68).
By Dave Walker | September 4th, 2006