Daily Giz Wiz 596: Logitech Clearchat Wireless

Episode 596 of the podcast

Logitech Clearchat Wireless
Subject: Review of Logitech Clearchat Wireless
Released:Monday 23 June 2008
Length:about 12 minutes
Download file:dgw0596.mp3 (5.5 MB)

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Short info

Talk on Skype or listen to music while not at your computer with the Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless.

Detailed information

Dick introduced the Logitech ClearChat Pro USB Headset in Episode 401.  This new headset from Logitech works wirelessly, using 2.4 GHz frequency.  Just plug the USB wirelss dongle into the computer (both Windows and Mac supported) and it will automatically connect with the headset.  Audio controls are on the ClearChat PC Wireless Headset itself, including a mute button (with a red LED indicator at the microphone end when muted).

In case you want to use the wireless headset further away from the computer than its advertised 33 feet range, you can also connect the transmitter stand to the computer using a USB cable, with the USB dongle plugged into the stand, which extends the range a little further.


Dick says "I'll be there!" for GizWizLive.   He was indeed, and stayed at the Metro Hotel for his sojourn in Petaluma.  By the time this episode is aired, GizWizLive has come and gone.  Kim from Wild Planet, dressed in a special red and green elf outfit, introduced some of Wild Planet's Christmas offerings.  Dick also brought with him a few of his gadgets, such as the Callpod Chargepod (Episode 368) and the Belkin Mini Surge Protector (Episode 534).

As planned, Dick and Leo also recorded Episode 600 during GizWizLive, but thanks to Leo who had to fiddle with his laptop, the connection was lost and the streaming was disrupted, and by the time the live streaming was restored, they had finished the recording of Episode 600.

The consolation is, Leo has now promised that Episode 600 will be available as a video download.  Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Dick and Leo also invited questions from the audience on Oovoo and Skype.  One of those who appeared on Skype was Dan Lueders, who has now written the Monday theme, the no-theme Wednesday theme and the Spork TV Commercial (in addition to his Gravy Jingle submission).  Dan has apparently done a "DGW Disclaimer" Theme, which will be aired when Leo gets round to reading his emails.

The World's Ugliest Dog

Every year, the Sonoma Marin Fair at Petaluma has "The World's Ugliest Dog" Contest.  This year, the contest took place on Friday 20 June, while Dick was in Petaluma.  The winner this time was "Gus", a one-eyed, three-legged Chinese Crested dog.  Read the BBC report.  For last year's winner, see Episode 348.

What to Do For Episode 600

Will Cool from Portland, Oregon (previous letters in Episodes 226 and 436) is back with a suggestion.  Instead of Dick and Leo giving away prizes, he's going to buy a GizWizBiz Cap from Dick.  It's the least he can do.

From now till Episode 600, if you buy a GizWizBiz Cap, you'll get an autographed copy of Mad.  If you buy two, you will get a GizWizBiz LED Ice Cube on top of everything else, which Dick showed off during GizWizLive.  It's an "ice cube" that glows green in your drink.

A New Sponsor?

A message brought to you by CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).  Mark Pelletier of Futures In Biotech and Jamie Davis of Medicast warn you against DVT, Deep Vein Thrombosis.  Handy advice for our listeners who love doing DGW Marathons.  For more information, visit the CDC website.  Is that a new sponsor?

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