Logitech and voice over IP (VoIP) provider Skype have joined forces to provide a complete calling solution.
The Logitech EasyCall Desktop system combines, for the first time, a mouse, headset and speakerphone with a Skype-specific PC keyboard.
The Skype-specific keyboard includes one-touch buttons for launching Skype software, placing a call, ending a call, changing the user’s online status and dialling a mobile or traditional phone.
The F9 to F12 keys also act as programmable speed-dial buttons. The EasyCall Desktop will be available throughout Europe from mid-September, for a suggested retail price of around £95.
Denis Pavillard, Logitech vice president of product marketing for keyboards and desktops, said: “We’ve integrated the Skype internet calling experience with a complete desktop solution, so that people can quickly access the Skype features they’ve come to rely on.
“And the desktop’s speakerphone means that people are now able to include friends and family on an internet call,” said Pavillard.
VoIP allows users to make free or cheaper calls by using the internet infrastructure to complete them, by bypassing the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN).