Logitech launches mobile speakerphone/stand for smartphones and tablets

Logitech launches mobile speakerphone/stand for smartphones and tablets

Summary: The Mobile Speakerphone P710e is a compact Bluetooth speakerphone with NFC support that doubles as a convenient stand for your smartphone or tablet.

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Peripherals specialist Logitech has launched a neat-looking speakerphone that can also act as a stand for a smartphone or a tablet. Aimed at mobile professionals or office workers seeking flexibility over meeting rooms, the Mobile Speakerphone P710e — which is Microsoft Lync-optimised, Cisco-compatible and Skype-certified — allows you to set up audio and video conferences anywhere you can get online.

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Logitech's Mobile Speakerphone P710e is an NFC-enabled Bluetooth speakerphone with a top that slides open to reveal a slot to hold your smartphone or tablet. (Images: Logitech)

The Mobile Speakerphone P710e can pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices, and connect with two simultaneously — a smartphone or tablet and a keyboard, for example. Usefully, it also supports NFC (Near Field Communications), making pairing a simple matter of touching an NFC-enabled device to the speakerphone. The P710e also has a USB port for charging and conventional wired connectivity to desktop or laptop computers. According to Logitech, the speakerphone's battery will deliver up to 15 hours of talk time.

Apart from NFC support, the other key feature about the P710e is its sliding top cover, which opens to reveal a slot into which you can fit a smartphone or a tablet, turning the speakerphone into a convenient stand while conducting audio or video conferences on your mobile device.

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The Mobile Speakerphone P710e acting as a stand for a smartphone and a tablet. The front panel has touch controls for call answer/end, volume up/down and microphone on/mute, plus LEDs that flash to signify an incoming call. Logitech says that the device's battery is good for 15 hours of talk time. (Images: Logitech)

Until we get a hands-on look at the Mobile Speakerphone P710e, we can't comment on audio quality. According to Logitech, it features "wideband audio and advanced Digital Signal Processing that enables precise tuning for both the omni-directional mic and speaker so conversations are more lifelike".

Logitech's Mobile Speakerphone P710e will be available worldwide in November with a suggested price tag of £129.99 (inc. VAT) or $169.99.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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