Polycom Communicator C100S – Another Cool New Product for Skype

May 5, 2006 by Garrett Smith

Recent news from Ebay executives peg the current number of Skype users in the US at 6 million, and growing fast. The company claims more than 100 million users worldwide, but until recently, the majority of Skype users were overseas in Asia and Europe. With rapidly growing usership in the US market, many major electronics vendors are rushing to bring “Skype Certified” products to market.

Polycom, well known for audio and video conferencing, is targeting business customers who utilize Skype service, with its latest product, the Polycom Communicator C100S.

The Communicator is a lightweight, portable speakerphone offering a standard USB connection to a PC or laptop. The Polycom Communicator is a “Skype Certified” product, meaning it has undergone standard interoperability testing in cooperation with Skype, and is officially sanctioned for use with Skype service.

With a retail price point under $150, the Communicator promises a superior user experience versus a standard microphone or headset. In addition to two microphones, the Communicator incorporates an echo cancellation function in the USB driver; in use, it disables Skype’s own echo cancellation. In addition to its primary function, Polycom says it can be used to play music and audio from the connected PC.

Polycom Communicator promises the ultimate hands-free Skype experience. Based on the same technology used in Polycom’s legendary line of triangular SoundStation conference phones, the Skype-certified Polycom Communicator enables crystal-clear, natural conversations when using Skype. Enjoy the freedom of not wearing your headset for hands-free Skype calls, or plug into the built-in stereo headphone port for private conversations.

The Polycom Communicator delivers high-fidelity wideband voice quality that sounds like you are in the same room with the people you’re calling. Two high-quality microphones provide excellent range for group conversations with up to four participants. Polycom’s Acoustic Clarity Technology eliminates echoes and feedback, maximizing your Skype experience.

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