A REALLY THIN PHONE

Kensington has a new phone card for Windows laptop users. Its not a card that gives you credit for a certain number of minutes on the phone, it’s a phone that’s only slightly larger and thicker than a credit card.

 The ultra slim phone is called the Vo200 and works with free phone services offered by Skype, Google and MSN. You can download the software to your laptop for free by going to their web sites. The phone can then be used to make calls anywhere in the world where you have a connection to the Internet. These Internet calls are free to anyone using the same service you are; otherwise the cost is about three cents a minute. We called someone halfway across America and could hear them quite clearly. They said our voice broke up slightly at times but that’s much better than Skype calls used to be. And that’s because they weren’t a fellow Skype user. If they had been, voice quality would have been virtually identical to a regular phone connection.

You handle the phone like any other cell phone. You plug it into your laptop only to charge its tiny battery, which is good for several hours of phone calls. It communicates with your laptop by Bluetooth wireless technology, which is fast becoming common. If you computer does not have Bluetooth built in, for $30 you can buy an adapter that plugs into a USB port. You can be anywhere from 10-30 feet away from the laptop when you’re calling.

If you press a button on this little credit card phone, it becomes a speaker phone and several people can be in the conversation at the same time. It has built-in noise suppression and echo cancellation, which we found worked well. The phone itself costs $90 from Kensington.com and they also sell Bluetooth adapters.

One Response to “A REALLY THIN PHONE”

  1. Normally the GPU (graphics card) isn’t a component that’s interchangeable/upgradable in laptops. However, I’m sure if you have problems with it the manufacturer will surely fix the problem given it’s under warranty. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer’, there’s usually people selling broken laptops or parts from them such as the GPU’s. I can’t imagine how much of a pain it would be to try to change one out though. Short answer: You can’t buy graphics cards for laptops through manufacturers. It’s not typically a part that’s upgraded in laptops and can be difficult to do so.As for the RAM, you can get laptop ram on several websites like Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect, etc. I’m sure your local computer shop sells laptop RAM as well.