Daily Giz Wiz 464: Chat 50 USB Speakerphone

Episode 464 of the podcast

Chat 50 USB Speakerphone
Subject: Review of Chat 50 USB Speakerphone
Released:Thursday 13 December 2007
Length:about 20 minutes
Download file:dgw0464.mp3 (9.3 MB)

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Short info

Connect a variety of devices to the Chat 50 USB Speakerphone for hands-free communication.

Detailed information

The ClearOne Chat 50 Speakerphone is a mobile speakerphone that enables full duplex conversations for different devices, including desktop and laptop computers, cellphones and conventional telephones.  It comes with a USB cable, a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable and a 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable (the latter two cables for connections via headphone jacks).  It can be powered by USB or AC (bundled with AC adapters and international plugs).

Apart from full duplex capability, the Chat 50 also employs noise cancellation and echo cancellation technologies to improve the sound quality.  Its software works with Windows and Mac, and can remember optimised settings for different devices, but it works without installing any software.  Dimensions are 3.8" x 4.1" x 1.8", weighing just over half a pound.  Comes in a travel case.

The Animal Rescue Site

John Cleig from Sunset Beach, North Carolina is also an animal lover, and would like listeners of DGW to help with providing food for needy animals by simply clicking on the big button on the site: The Animal Rescue Site.


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DGW Break

Leo explains on his blog [Caution: Man Working] that the coming Christmas holidays and his recent busy schedule have impacted on some of the podcasts on the TWiT network.  In particular, he's decided to withhold the DGW shows which have already been recorded and originally intended to be released this week (Episodes 462 to 465).  They will be released from next Tuesday to Friday instead.  Dick also explains this on his Dec '07 page.

[This episode was originally recorded for release for 13 December 2007.  Actual date of release: 20 December 2007.]

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