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Logitech Keyboard Phone

Peripheral maker Logitech wants to replace your phone with a keyboard. The company in April began shipping the Logitech UC Solution for Cisco 725-C, an ordinary-looking keyboard for Windows PCs that adds dedicated keys for handset, headset, speakerphone, pick-up, hang-up, audio and video mute, and message waiting. Red or green lights surround the phone keys to further identify active functions. There's also a lighted caller-ID window. The new product works with the Cisco Jabber audio and videoconferencing client for Cisco-based UC systems. The $269 solution includes the keyboard itself plus the company's C920-C Webcam HD camera and the M525 Wireless Mouse plus wireless USB dongle. The three peripherals together occupy just two USB ports on the host computer. According to Logitech, the keyboard is designed to eliminate the fear workers face when confronted with losing their hard phones to soft ones.