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Closing Thoughts

As you might guess, I give the Communicator a hearty thumbs up. Yes, at around $100 on-line street, it will set you back three times the cost of Actiontec's VoSKY Chatterbox. But what you get in call quality is definitely worth it, especially if you use Skype for business calling, which I know many people do.

But, as good as the product is, there are a few improvements I'd like to suggest. The main thing I'd like to see is the ability to use the volume up/down buttons to navigate through the Skype contacts list before placing a call. This would allow you to make a call without having to go over to the Skype GUI.

Since you can launch Skype and open and close the Skype window without touching your computer's keyboard, this would a logical improvement. I have to confess to bothering a few of my Skype contacts while testing out the Communicator by not first selecting the person that I really intended to call before hitting the Communicator call button.

The other request is a longer USB cable, or to throw in a USB cable extender. A meter / 3 feet is ok for use with a notebook. But even with my compact desktop machine mounted on a desk-height shelf and having a front panel USB port, I wanted to move the Communicator further away to minimize pickup of its fan noise, but couldn't.

But don't let these minor complaints confuse you. The Polycom Communicator is the Skype speakerphone that the other guys want to be when they grow up!

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