January 31, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
Long calls can be torturous—even more so with a cordless or mobile phone burning an imprint into the side of your throbbing noggin. If you’re prone to any calls over three minutes, you might want to invest in a speakerphone.
Plantronics is actually making the speakerphone category slightly more interesting with its new Calisto 800 Series. All three products in this line are designed for home and office use, and can be tied into PC or mobile calling. One, the Calisto 830, is actually good for analog landline use as well. All three products are optimized for use with Microsoft Office Communicator and Lync.
The Calisto 825 appears to be the cream of the crop, with an MSRP of $259.95. The two-way speakerphone can manage calls between a PC and a mobile phone, and includes the PA50TM wireless lapel microphone and a charging base. The Calisto 820 drops the extras, as well as the price (to $179.95).
The Calisto 830 is a three-way speakers for PC, mobile phone and analog landlines. Extras include a USB cable, an analog/landline port, an RJ-11 cable and an AC adapter. Expect to pay $199.95.
All three products will start selling this spring. If you opt for the 820 or 830, the PA50 wireless Bluetooth lapel microphone can be added for another $79.95.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.