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March 07, 2002

Logitech model expands cordless possibilities at home

Logitech has expanded its cordless approach to the telephone - at least as far as the PC is concerned. The Cordless Telephone and PC Headset System ($75) enables you to chat on the telephone, then switch to PC voice chat, then, if you want, use your speech recognition program on your computer.

Three components make up the Logitech telephone: the base station, a remote that clips to your belt and the headset.

Installation takes only a few moments. You plug in the line-in and line-out jacks from your computer into one side of the base station and your regular telephone and its handset into the other side of the station.

Once you plug your headset into the remote and charge the remote with an adapter (included), you'll be ready to go. Logitech's headset turns your regular corded telephone into a 900 MHz cordless telephone. One caveat, however: You can't use another cordless telephone with Logitech's cordless telephone.

The headset sounded clear and distinct. I had to adjust the volume to make sure I didn't get any feedback. But a minor amount of fiddling allowed me to chat with telemarketers and my computer alike without any headaches.

Information: 800-231-7717 or www.logitech.com.

- Kevin Washington

RioVolt SP90 lets fans burn to hearts' content

Think of the RioVolt SP90 as the Burning Man's portable CD player - it can play a burn-it-yourself CD with as many as 350 songs, or 20 hours of music, stored as MP3 or Windows Media Audio (WMA) files.

The SP90 is a stripped-down version of Sonicblue's first hybrid MP3/CD player, the $150 SP100. The colors, now blue and white, have changed. And the SP90 doesn't have the SP100's software bundle - remote with wire tether, backlit LCD and AC adapter. The SP90's "firmware" - its operating system and installed software - can't be updated, either. Otherwise, it's the same basic machine as the SP100.

With the earbuds provided by Sonicblue, I was not impressed by the SP90's sound quality on a burned copy of Ron Sexsmith's Whereabouts. Better headphones will help, but if you're a fan of listening to highly compressed MP3 files on the go, the SP90 will sound just fine.

The SP90 has selectable electronic shock protection, 10 or 40 seconds for audio CDs and 120 seconds for discs burned with MP3/WMA files.

For $100, the SP90 is a great little budget player, especially for young MP3 enthusiasts willing to give up the cool factor of a palm-size, MP3-only player for the convenience of a bigger machine that also plays CDs.

Information: 800-468-5846 or www.sonicblue.com.

Kevin Hunt

The Hartford Courant

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