Skype is an application that runs on your PC with a webcam, microphone, and
speakers or headphones. However if you rely on Skype heavily for everyday
communications or it is a business tool used around the office, then a
standalone unit which isn't connected to a PC may be your preferred option. Alongside
handsets that look like standard wireless home phones there is a new option from
Asus that combines the best of Skype into a single unit. The Asus Skype Touch
AiGuru SV1T combines a 7-inch touch screen (800 x 480 resolutions) with webcam
and voice communication. Effectively it is a complete Skype solution away from
your PC screen.
Although Asus Skype Touch is aimed at all Skype users, it's feature set
particularly suits the home user with little experience using all of Skype’s
capabilities through a PC. The interface is icon based and has a large touch
screen keypad for typing. Connection just involves hooking into your broadband
(wireless or wired) and logging into Skype. All features such as video, voice,
and messaging are handled through the device at the touch of a button.
The Asus Skype Touch AiGuru SV1 followup to the voice-only S1, enables virtually unlimited video calls without a computer -- a world's first to get a big thumbs-up from Skype. The SV1 packs an 800 x 600 pixel 7-inch LCD, integrated speaker and mic (or jacks for your own), a VGA-quality webcam, and connects to the Internet over 802.11b/g WiFi or Ethernet. It'll even run off battery power for up to 20-minutes if absolutely necessary. Furthermore, the ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T allows you to make calls to fixed and mobile lines at really cheap rates; users can also receive calls from any land or mobile phone line if they have an online Skype number.
The only downside is the cost, which is $299 and this will be a turnoff for homeowners, since they could get Skype up and running on their PCs with a cheap webcam with microphone.
Great Gift For
The Asus Skype Touch AiGuru SV1 is an ideal gift for someone who uses Skype heavily for their business or personal reasons.
Price and Where to Buy
The Asus Skype Touch AiGuru SV1 is selling for about $270 on Amazon.com.
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