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[February 03, 2014]

Videoconferencing on the cheap [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]

(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LOGITECH intends to make life easier for anyone who wants to jump aboard the video collaboration bandwagon by introducing the Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e. It is able to transform a small or mid-size conference room into a video collaboration room without breaking the bank.


Specially optimised for workgroups of half a dozen to 10 people, the Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e features a 90-degree field of view with 10x lossless zoom, a Carl Zeiss-certified glass lens and remote-controlled 260-degree pan that lets you make crystal clear close-ups. Not only that, but it also comes with noise and echo cancellation features, in addition to omni-directional stereo or mono sound with a 6m diameter range for superior sound quality.

To give you additional peace of mind, the Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e also comes with Kensington Security to prevent theft and is able to run with Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber and is WebEx compatible, Skype certified and integrated with Vidyo.

It is priced at slightly less than US$1,000 (RM3,342), but if you were to take into consideration factors such as ease-of-use and the high level of compatibility, it might be well worth investing in to increase your company's efficiency and productivity in communications.

HIGH-QUALITY STEREO EXPERIENCE PLAYING with a handheld console like the Sony PS Vita often requires you to wear headphones, otherwise you would not be able to exact the maximum level of enjoyment that the developers intended you to.

Mad Catz has a possible candidate that you might be interested in - the US$29.99 (RM100) Kama Stereo Headset that is compatible not only with the PS Vita, but also the recently released PS4. Boasting components that have been derived from Tritton's premium headsets, the Kama is specially designed to deliver impressive audio performance without breaking the bank. It has also been touted to work great for the PS4's multiplayer online environment, simplifying online chat while offering a comfortable audio experience.

You can plug it straight into PS4's Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller, or any device that has a 3.5mm jack to enjoy full stereo audio. The presence of a flexible performance microphone and uncomplicated inline audio controls also make life easier while enhancing your online gaming experience.

AN IPHONE MIC HERE is a microphone that you might consider getting for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as a primary voice recording tool. The Zoom iQ5 attaches itself to the iOS device's Lightning Connector, and comes with a couple of two microphone elements in mid-side configuration.

Mid-side recording is an advanced technique which enables one to capture crystal clear stereo sound that is also fully mono compatible. It has a bunch of advanced features - you can use the Zoom iQ5 in either portrait or landscape mode, while its unique rotating mechanism ensures correct left-right stereo orientation at all times.

The Zoom iQ5 delivers 16-bit/44.1kHz recording, where you benefit from an analogue-type Mic Gain wheel for precision adjustment of input level, alongside a trio of Auto Gain presets, built-in limiting, automatic recording function, and a dedicated headphone jack. The Zoom iQ5 works with any iPhone (5 or later), iPod touch (5th generation or later), iPad (4th generation or later) or iPad mini as long as they operate on at least iOS 6.0 or newer.

FOR CONVENIENT CHARGING MOTORISTS these days have way too many devices to keep track of, many of which come with their own charger. This means there are additional cables you would need to remember each time you pack for your travels.

The US$69.95 (RM235) Cordless iPhone 5/5s Charging Case gives you peace of mind when you travel - not only does it offer protection against knocks and drops, thanks to its shock-absorbent polycarbonate case, but it also has textured sides to help you keep a firm grip on your device at all times, even when you have sweaty palms.

The main draw of the iPhone 5/5s case is the presence of an integrated plug that makes it easy to plug into any power outlet - all without requiring an adapter and power cable. The integrated prongs will flip out from the back so that it can be plugged directly into an electrical outlet, and once you are done charging, the prongs themselves will fold flat so that it will not poke you or your luggage when stashed away. Fret not about your smartphone's functionality, since this case will leave all buttons, lenses, and ports exposed. Oh yes, it is also compatible with the lower end iPhone 5c just in case you were wondering.

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