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Logitech headsets and webcams for the business professional

As many of you know, I’m a full-time telecommuter. Although a portion of my work involves some travel, most days I am working from home, and a lot of that involves sitting on conference calls with colleagues and customers/partners.

Until recently, much of that required that I be desk-bound.

Anyone who has to work with VOIP and IP-based conferencing systems such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx and Citrix GoToMeeting knows that voice quality is everything if you’re going to have an effective business conversation.

And that means using devices that typically tie you to your desk, such as a wired headset or an Bluetooth/USB speakerphone, such as the Plantronics Callisto, which I have and think is an excellent product.

While there are many Bluetooth headsets and earpieces on the market which are perfectly suitable for mobile phone conversations, few are specifically optimized for use with PCs that have VOIP “Soft Phone” software, and do not deliver what I would regard as business critical voice quality.

They are perfectly fine for short calls, but not ideal when you are on a VOIP conference for as much as an hour at a time, or even longer, particularly when you need to be an active participant and when paying close attention to who is speaking and the clarity of what you are saying is essential.

As we all know about Bluetooth when it comes to audio streams, the farther you get away from the transceiver, the worse the audio gets. So it’s not practical to stray too far away from your PC.

Logitech’s latest wireless headsets have been a total game changer for my personal work situation since I’ve been using them the last few months. I’ve been using the H820e stereo version which retails for $199 but can be found for considerably less.

Installation and use of the headset is pretty straightforward — you plug the DECT 6.0 transmitter and charging base into a free USB port on your PC or Mac, and the AC power cord to power the base. The headset charges on the base when not in use, and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

The operating system recognizes it automatically, and depending on the VOIP program you are using, you may need to alter the settings to use the headset as your primary audio device.

If you’re familiar with the DECT 6.0 1.9Ghz wireless transmission standard, particularly if you have cordless phones in your house that use the technology, you know that you can get some pretty impressive range and not lose any voice quality. That’s exactly what the H820e headset gives you for VOIP calls.

My home office is a good 60 feet away from my living room and around 75 feet from my “breakfast area” which has my espresso machine and a table which faces my outdoor patio and pool area with outdoor furniture which is about 100 feet or so away from the base transmitter.

So regardless of what VOIP software I am using, and where I am in my house, I get the same crystal-clear voice quality as if I am sitting right in front of my PC. For example, this wearable computing podcast that I recorded with Rick Vanover of Veeam was actually done in my living room, while wearing the H820e using Skype.

So the quality of the audio is without dispute. What about the overall design and using it?

The H820e was designed for use for hours at a time. The stereo version is comfortable and after a while you forget you even have it on your head. While I am extremely pleased with the device, I have only a few nitpicks:

First, the “Mute” button is attached to the microphone boom and is recessed back towards where the headphone is. It doesn’t stick prominently out, so you have to sort of feel your way up the boom to finding it.

If you’re away from your PC and are not near the software controls of your VOIP client, and some sort of unplanned audio distraction occurs that you don’t want to be heard by everyone else, then it could take a few seconds to mute the audio while you fumble around with the boom. It would be better if in the next version of this product that they put it on the exterior side of the headphone holding the boom.

It’s a minor annoyance but it’s still an annoyance nonetheless.

The second is the boom mic’s sensitivity to airflow. Now, normally you don’t have a lot of “wind” in an indoor or office setting but in the summertime in Florida, I like to have a fan going in my office for better air circulation.

If that fan is pointed directly at me, it sounds like I am in an outdoor breeze. And if you are actually outdoors (like sitting on my patio and having a cup of coffee) and a little bit of wind picks up, you’re going to hear it if the mic isn’t muted, no question.

Also, if you are a heavy breather, you’ll probably want to have the boom twisted a lot farther away from your mouth than you think you need it.

Despite what I would call these two minor nitpicks I think the H820e is an excellent product and I heartily reccomend it. I’ve also spent some time with their wired headset, the H650e on business trips with my laptop and also on my Surface RT using Skype and Lync, and the audio is just as high quality as the H820e, provided your bandwidth supports the fidelity of the connection.

Not all telecommuting and conferencing is about audio, however. From time to time I do need to do video as well.

My corporate laptop, my Lenovo X1 Carbon is a great little machine but its webcam isn’t its strong suit. When it’s docked to my monitor on my desk at home, I need something that delivers much more robust and HD-quality video.

I’ve written about small busines and SOHO/workgroup video conferencing products before, like Logitech’s BCC950. While the BCC950 is an excellent product for small meeting rooms and for having three to five people on camera at once, it’s overkill for a telecommuter or just someone in a single office.

Enter the Logitech C930e, a “Business” webcam. Like any other webcam it clips to the top of your monitor and plugs into your USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. But this is no ordinary webcam.

At a street price of $129.00 it’s more expensive than Logitech’s consumer/prosumer webcam offerings, but there’s considerable enterprise-class video conferencing technology built-into this little device.

First, provided your bandwidth supports it, the C930e can capture 1080p video (or 15MP stills) at 30 frames a second because it includes Scalable Video Coding using H.264 and UVC 1.5, the second of which is needed to be certified for use with corporate-grade video conferencing tools.

Second, the camera has a 90-degree diagonal field of view so you get a widescreen capture of the subject without any “fish eye” distortion. You also get a Carl Zeiss lens and 4X digital zoom with software pan and tilt control, as well as built-in stereo microphones

Logitech also offers the consumer-oriented C920 which is about $30 cheaper than the C930e, but it lacks the the Scalable Video Coding and UVC 1.5 capabilities used with corporate applications like Lync and Cisco UC and is more suited towards Skype and other consumer video applications like Google Hangouts. It also lacks the 90-degree FOV of its more expensive sibling.

While the two cameras look very similar, they shouldn’t be confused with each other. If corporate video conferencing capability and quality is definitely what you need, you want the C930e.

Logitech Z600, Speaker Bluetooth To Work Desk

Neat work desk often improve the mood to work and be creative. Workbench clutter usually found in the form of an intricate and difficult cable neatly.
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Logitech Z600, Speaker Bluetooth To Work Desk
With the Logitech Z600, at least one of the two wires that disappear at your desk. Armed with a Bluetooth connection, stereo speakers can be connected to a laptop, desktop PCs, tablets, and smartphones. You can connect to three devices at once. Clever, these speakers can also be used in devices with the old Bluetooth profiles that do not support audio streaming.
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Logitech Z600, Speaker Bluetooth To Work Desk
Z600 has been equipped with three drivers in each unit. At the top of the right speaker, available touch panel to adjust the volume. You just swiping a finger to increase or slow down the sound. Also available is a 3.5 mm audio jack for connecting non-Bluetooth devices such as the iPod nano or iPod Shuffle.
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Logitech Z600, Speaker Bluetooth To Work Desk
Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 will be available in the UK and the United States began in August. The price is estimated at Rp 1.8 million. Currently no information when these speakers will be present in Indonesia.

Toshiba Introduces Satellite Notebook E Series with Screen 14 Inches and 15 Inches

Japanese electronics manufacturer, Toshiba has just introduced the new E Series Satellite notebook is priced cheaper than Kirabook. The latest notebook was not only comes with an Intel Haswell, but also uses AMD A6 chip.

The first new product is the Satellite E45t. This notebook has a 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Inside are Intel Haswell processors Core i5-4200U, 6GB RAM and 500GB HDD. This notebook also uses touch screen and voice recognition software.

Meanwhile Satellite E55 comes with an option of Intel or AMD processors. This notebook has a 15.6-inch screen size with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Satellite E55t will use Intel Core i5 processors, while the E55D and E55Dt will use AMD A6 chip.

According to Engadget, E55D who does not have a touch screen will be priced around 580 USD, while the E55Dt priced at 700 USD. For Satellite E45t itself is now sold exclusively in the United States with the official BestBuy 700 USD.

Prepare Middle Acer Tablet screen Resolution WQHD With Tegra 4 CPU?

After a long time no hear, Acer reportedly serious secretly working on a new tablet model featuring support for NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and high resolution screen.

Based on reports published by Notebook Italia on benchmark results for the latest Acer tablet with the model number of this TA272HUL reportedly has the support of NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.8GHz processor. Not only that, the new Acer tablet based on the Android 4.2.2 will also be equipped with a high screen resolution support WQHD (2560 × 1440 pixels) and 2GB of RAM.

The use of quad-core processor ARM Cortex-A15 will supposedly make the most of existing devices may have reliability and high-performance fast. Yes, that’s the least that has been disclosed in a relevant benchmark results support the processor models in Nenamark and Passmark recently.

And regardless of whether or not the existence of these rumors, unfortunately still unknown specific info from related parties so far.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: Vivid screen barely outshines slow performance

The good: The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 rocks an impressively colorful screen, features a bevy of useful customization options, and comes in at a budget price.

The bad: Its performance is mediocre and the touch screen is sometimes unresponsive. The plastic build gives it a toy-like feel and it isn’t very comfortable to hold. The dull design lacks panache.

The bottom line: For those looking to save a buck, for its low price, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 has a bevy of useful features, though there are better performing options out there.

With the Asus Memo Pad HD 7, you really get what you pay for. The HD 7 earns its low price with a lackluster design and sluggish performance. It’s not very comfortable to hold for long periods of time, and aside from being offered in a variety of different colors, lacks a coolness other tablets try hard to aspire to.

Its performance is meekly mediocre, and consistent lagging combined with a sometimes unresponsive touch screen make the tablet best suited for simple tasks like browsing and reading.

That said, the HD 7 is a refreshing upgrade from its predecessor and its best feature is the 7-inch IPS screen that displays an impressively wide range of colors which facilitate a visually richer experience than the original Nexus 7.

If you’re on a strict budget, the Asus Memo Pad is an inexpensive and functional small tablet, but if you can spare the change, a new Nexus 7 is the better choice.

Design
Even though the tablet shares similar dimensions with the Nexus 7, it’s nowhere near as sleek or comfortable in design. The tablet fits fine in one hand, even for people with smaller hands like me, yet, despite its light weight, the design doesn’t lend itself to comfortable holding over lengthy periods of time.

The back panel protrudes slightly, and the corners slightly dig into your palms when holding it in both hands, instead of the flush, smoothly curved edges of the original Nexus 7. I often found myself wanting to put the device down after using it for awhile — not because I was done using it — but because holding it became tiresome.

The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 comes in navy blue, white, hot pink, and lime green. The navy blue version is the only one that has a back with a matte finish. The dark shade of blue attracts a minimal amount of fingerprints that are only highly visible from certain angles. The back panel is smooth and comfortable to the touch but can be a bit slippery without a tight grip.

In comparison, the reflective plastic backsides of the other colors looks less chic, but its texture helps one grip the device significantly better than the matte finish does. I personally prefer a back panel with a grippier texture, like the Nexus 7 (2012), because it enhances my comfort level in a way that extends the amount of time I can hold the device.

Since they’re both made by Asus, the Memo Pad HD 7 and the Nexus 7 (2012) share similar design elements. The power button and volume rocker on the right edge look almost identical in shape, while the rear speakers are similarly located towards the bottom edge of the tablet.

The front of the tablet is typically simple, with an Asus logo on the bottom bezel and a front-facing camera on the top. There is no ambient light sensor, therefore no automatic brightness setting.

The Memo Pad HD 7’s headphone jack, microphone pinhole, and Micro-USB port are all located on the top edge, with the microSD expansion slot — which is expandable up to 32GB — around the corner on the left edge. There are no ports on the bottom edge, but the speaker sits on the bottom of the tablet’s back, keeping the 5-megapixel rear camera on top company.

Asus Application Suite
The tablet comes loaded with the Asus Application Suite and features apps that range from useful to creative. The simple additions include a calendar, to-do list, and file manager, and it comes with 16GB of Asus WebStorage cloud service for one year.

Some of the apps that are geared towards family use include App Locker, which allows you to put passwords on specific apps; Asus Artists, where you can create “paintings” or greeting cards; and Asus Story, which helps you organize your photos into albums, or as they call them, “stories.”

The tablet comes with Power Saver, a battery saving feature that comes in handy if you’re trying to squeeze the most out of a low battery.

The custom mode lets you pick the specific functions that the power-saving option affects. For example, you can set a low screen brightness for listening to music, a higher one for watching video, and no power-saving function for reading books. When enabled, it significantly helped extend the battery life when it was low and the highly customizable options.

Floating apps
One of the most interesting and useful features on the tablet is the floating menu. On the Android navigation bar, there’s a button to the left of the back button that activates the floating menu.

When activated, a small menu pops up above the navigation bar that contains a selection of floating apps that you can quickly access without having to close whatever app you’re currently using. Since the apps “float” on the screen, on top of whatever is already open, it’s almost like a multiwindow option, but they can only perform simple tasks and can’t compare to the multiwindow functions that the Microsoft Surface or some of the Samsung Galaxy tablets provide.

Floating apps are an easy way to multitask, and I liked the ability to use the browser while watching video, but not all streaming video services continue to play while a floating app is open. With the exception of a few floating apps, including the calculator and compass, Netflix did not let me use most of the floating apps while simultaneously watching video, although YouTube did.

Despite providing an easy way to multitask, the floating apps don’t have the same functionality as the fullscreen app and are limited in their capabilities; the YouTube app only shows recommended videos — you can’t search — and the Twitter app displays only one tweet at a time. There is a limited amount of floating apps, and although the floating menu is customizable, not all downloaded apps have the ability to be floating ones.

Speaker features
The Memo Pad HD 7 houses stereo speakers with Asus SonicMaster audio technology and Audio Wizard software. Although the speakers aren’t great, the number of specific audio settings are. The tablet allows you to manually adjust separate volume settings for app audio, notifications, and alarms.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240S, Touch Screen 12.5 Inch Notebook With Intel Haswell CPU

The presence of the latest models of ThinkPad X240s will certainly strengthen the product line Lenovo ThinkPad Series notebooks on the market today. Along with that, a variety of retail product manuals and documents related to the latest models of Lenovo ThinkPad Series has also started popping up lately.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240S is provided by features 12.5-inch touch screen that supports a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels. While on the power on for system support in it, Windows 8 x64-based laptop also has provided support for the option of Intel Core i7-4500U or Intel Core i5-4200U with collaboration 4GB of RAM and a 7200RPM hard drive capacity of 320GB.

With a water-resistant keyboard and a roll-cage design firm, this latest notebook also offers several business-friendly features that include SIM Card slot, the TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard, and chasing that can be dismantled and reassembled for the purpose of adding additional components.

And even complete support for existing features, laptop-sized (305.5 × 206.5 × 19.7) mm and weighs 1.36 kg also has 720p webcam, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, D-Sub, mini DisplayPort, SDXC card reader, and a 6 Cell Lithium Polymer battery that can provide power for up to 6 hours of operation lasting duration.

Although the new soon to be released sometime in August 2013 that will come, but the Lenovo ThinkPad X240S is reportedly ready to sell for 6,498 HKD or equivalent 8.35 million per unit.

SanDisk High Speed ​​Storage Media Presents For Gadget Users

Commemorating the birthday-25, SanDisk has officially released some high-speed storage media to the needs of the users of the gadget. Storage media products released today include the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0, SanDisk Extreme MicroSDHC / microSDXC, SanDisk Extreme SDHC / SDXC and SSD SanDisk Extreme II.

SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 is flash with support for USB 3.0 connection. This flash has a data transfer rate of up to approximately 80MB/detik and has been equipped with SanDisk SecureAccess to secure data on it based passcode. SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 is available in 16GB and 64GB capacities with prices ranging from Rp155.000 to Rp595.000.

For the category of memory cards, SanDisk Extreme comes MicroSDHC / microSDXC and SanDisk Extreme SDHC / SDXC aimed at users of smartphones or other gadgets such as pocket cameras. Extreme SanDisk MicroSDHC / microSDXC UHS 1 technology comes with the highest read speeds currently on the market is up and write speeds of up to 80MB/detik 50MB/detik. The memory card is also designed to support features waterproof, shock resistant, resistant X-Rays rays and has supported SanDisk Rescue Pro software is useful to restore an image or video file if deleted. Extreme SanDisk MicroSDHC memory cards / microSDXC available in capacities of 16GB to 64GB with a price tag ranging from Rp289.000 to Rp1.099.000. +

Also available is a SanDisk Extreme SDHC memory card / SDXC aimed mirrorless or DSLR camera users. Just like version micronya, SanDisk Extreme SDHC also have reading speed up to 80MB/detik. For capacity SanDisk Extreme SDHC / SDXC comes in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

And the latter for computing devices, SanDisk Extreme II SSD is present. This SSD has read speeds up to 550MB/detik and write speeds up to 510MB/detik with a more efficient electricity consumption electricity were. To have SanDisk Extreme II SSD is available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB.

Gateway DX4870-UB2B

The Gateway DX4870-UB2B ($499.99 list) is a basic tower desktop PC that checks all the boxes on what you need from a new desktop, particularly if you already have a LCD display that you’re carrying over. It’s speedy for its segment, has capacious storage, will let your family keep many documents open simultaneously, and it’s relatively inexpensive. Unlike the $300 bargain basement specials, the DX4870-UB2B$499.99 at Best Buy comes with a modern Intel Core i3 processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, and lots of drive space. It’s expandable, so it can grow with your family. It’s not ground breaking, but it’s a solid choice with a great bang for the buck, so it’s our latest Editors’ Choice for budget desktop PCs.

Design and Features
The DX4870-UB2B follows other Gateway desktops, looking almost identical to the last black tower Gateway DX4870-UB17$329.99 at Newegg.com ($500). Like that model, the DX4870-UB2B comes in a tower chassis with black panels all around, including the plastic front panel and metal side panels. The system’s tray-loading DVD burner is hidden, but two of the system’s USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, and audio jacks are exposed on the top front of the chassis. In the back, the system has four more USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, more audio jacks, and two connectors for the included WiFi antennas. It would have been nice if the front USB ports were USB 3.0 to accommodate USB hard drives instead of the slower USB 2.0.

The inside of the system is certainly expandable, with plenty of space to move around for future upgrades. The system has space for two additional drives: one optical 5.25-inch bay and one 3.5-inch hard drive bay. Theoretically, you could shoehorn another three to four 2.5-inch notebook class drives in the same space, provided you have the correct brackets to hold the drives. The motherboard has four free SATA ports to service these drives. The system also has two DIMM slots free, along with a slot for a PCIe 3.0 x16 graphics card and two additional PCIe 2.0 x1 expansion cards. One PCIe x1 slot is occupied by the included 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi card, which will serve most users well. This is an improvement over other budget systems like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190$416.03 at antonline.com ($400) and Zotac Zbox ID83 Plus$448.99 at Amazon ($473), both of which don’t support 5Ghz WiFi, only the more common and crowded 2.4GHz channels.

The last consideration you have to make for expandability is the system’s 300W power supply. While sufficient for additional drives and minor expansion cards, 300W will be insufficient for a high-powered discrete graphics card with Nvidia’s or AMD’s highest end GPUs. You can of course swap out the included power supply, but most budget system buyers never open their chassis, even if they are tempted by the system’s expandability. Bring a screwdriver if you dare, because you’ll need it for the case door and the drive bays. At least the internal card slots are tool-less.

Like other Gateway systems, the DX4870-UB2B comes with quite a few pre-loaded applications and utilities. These include 7digital, Zinio, Kindle, eBay, Chacha, Netflix, NewsXpresso, Amazon, Tunein, Hulu Plus, Xbox Games, Cut The Rope, Stumbleupon, Skype, Merriam-Webster, Britannica, Spotify, Microsoft Office (ad), Norton Internet Security), and Wild Tangetn games. That’s a lot of pre-loaded apps, and most if not all are available for free from Microsoft Windows Store. While you may want to spend a few moments uninstalling all these programs, fret not, since the system has a capacious 1TB hard drive with plenty of free space left. The DX4870-UB2B comes with a standard one-year warranty.

Performance
The system comes with a third-generation Intel Core i3-3240 processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD Graphics 2500 (integrated in the Core i3 processor), and a 1TB 5,400rpm SATA hard drive. All of these components mean the system is plenty fast on our benchmark tests, certainly faster than the Lenovo Q190 and the Zbox ID83 Plus. That said, there are systems in this price range that are faster, notably the Polywell Nano i3-Q7 ($595) which trades physical and storage space for SSD speed, and the Acer Aspire AT3-600-UR11$449.99 at Newegg.com($600), which has a discrete graphics card and slightly more powerful processor adding to its performance totals. Check the performance chart link to see the final numbers, but suffice to say the DX4870-UB2B has the performance to keep your family happy for the next five years or so.

IDF San Francisco 2013: Intel to unveil new product optimizations

Intel is set to host Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2013 in San Francisco, the US from September 10-12 to further discuss its 2-in-1 device plans as well as its latest progress in Android smartphone and tablet development, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

With new CEO Brian Krzanich and president Renee James coming on-board to adjust Intel’s business strategy, the sources believe the CPU giant is likely to unveil new optimizations for products as well as several interactive technologies such as voice recognition and gesture control at the forum.

Intel may also unveil product designs for its new quad-core SoC Bay Trail-T, which is set to be launched in December, at the forum and prepare related marketing projects.

Intel is expected to showcase smartphones developed with Lenovo, ZTE, Acer and Asustek Computer and may even display its 22nm Merrifield-based smartphones, which are set to be released in the first half of 2014, the sources said.

Since wearable devices have become a focus of IT players, Intel may also announce plans for related developments.

Logitech ® Mini Keyboard is Faithful Friend For Your iPad Mini

JAKARTA – Logitech introduced the Logitech ® Ultrathin Mini Keyboard, a keyboard cover that protects the iPad mini keyboard that comes with the elegant slim design that is specifically designed to maximize the experience of using the iPad mini.
Ultrathin Keyboard Logitech ® Mini helps in doing everything on your mini-iPad from enjoying apps, movies and photos, as well as deliver a comfortable typing experience-with its thin design, lightweight and stylish.
Kurniadih Sutanto, Indonesia Country Manager of Logitech said, Ultrathin Keyboard integral mini iPad mini. The design is smart and stylish will present a perfect protection for the screen iPad mini.
“Ultrathin Keyboard mini also offers a full-size keyboard that is integrated for a comfortable typing experience, quickly and smoothly,” he said in Jakarta, Friday (07/19/2013).
Logitech ® Keyboard Cover mini connected easily and safely with a mini iPad thanks to the availability of an integrated powerful magnetic clip. Logitech ® Keyboard Cover has a protective aluminum mini.
Products equipped with the Bluetooth button EasyType to deliver a comfortable typing experience and easy. EasyType button brings the traditional layouts in a smaller form, and accompanied by an iPad Mini shortcut keys to execute commands that are often used, such as copy, paste and other. Logitech ® Keyboard Cover mini also allows users to watch movies or videos without having to hold it with both hands.
Logitech ® Keyboard Cover mini has been equipped with features On / Off switch that makes the iPad mini can light up automatically when the cover is opened or enters standby mode when the cover is closed.
Logitech ® Keyboard Cover comes with a mini battery powered stand up to three months, making users have free time to type keyboard and not have to worry about running out of power.
Logitech ® Keyboard Cover Mini comes in black and white, and has been available in the Indonesian market with a retail price of USD 94.99 or about $ 1 million.