Packard Bell & Skype announce the world's first "Skype edition" notebook

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This is a first – rather than download Skype software to your notebook and buy the extra kit, Packard Bell has teamed up with Skype to launch the world’s first notebook computer to feature a one-touch Skype calling button – the Packard Bell EasyNote Skype Edition notebook.

Both companies claim the new notebook makes answering and placing Skype calls as easy as using a traditional phone, with the added benefits of things like video calling, instant messaging and group calling.  The Skype calling button is located next to the integrated webcam on the upper bevel of the 14-inch widescreen display. By pressing the button, you can answer incoming calls or open the Skype application to make a call.

Actual specifications for the notebook seem thin on the ground, though each model definitely features an Intel dual-core processor and wireless connectivity. All will doubtless become clearer when it goes on sale sometime in August, with a price estimated to be around £900.

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Dave Walker