ClearOne today launched its two latest USB speakerphones designed for use with Microsoft Lync or Skype for audio conferencing. The CHAT 70-U (for Lync) and CHAT 60-U (for Skype), both feature integrated call controls, including an end-call button on the device. They also include the propriety ClearOne technologies enabling natural conversation without the clipping, echo, noise or tinny sound many people associate with speakerphone use.
Both models feature raised, push-button controls for speaker volume, mute, and call hook and include a blue LED which lights when a call is in progress. Just slightly larger than a typical computer mouse, the CHAT 70-U and CHAT 60-U incorporate ClearOne’s HDConference technologies, which provide acoustic echo cancellation, noise cancellation, and automatic audio level control, all critical to allowing natural, free-flowing conversation and producing clear, rich sound quality.
Both models will be available at the beginning of Q2 2011. The CHAT 70-U (for Lync) is priced at $159.99; the CHAT 60-U (for Skype) is priced at $149.99. A bit steep for a USB-based speakerphone if you ask me.