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January 18, 2013

Cisco News - Logitech Intros UC Solution for Cisco 725-C

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Logitech (News - Alert) has gone a step further to ease the use of Cisco 725-C by introducing a new UC Solution such as a Keyboard K725-C with dedicated keys for managing calls on a computer or virtual desktop, the full-HD Logitech C920-C Webcam and the ergonomically-shaped Logitech M525-C Wireless Mouse.

To make it more convenient, the company has added nine dedicated phone and video-control keys in the newly released UC Keyboard K725-C that helps in quickly answering, ending and muting calls, directly from the desktop.

In addition, the call answer/end key starts blinking once the phone rings to offer a visual cue even when the users are looking else were, and the voicemail-message key glows steadily to indicate when new messages are waiting.

The keyboard also comes with a built-in LCD display screen that shows caller ID for incoming calls, as well as the duration of calls in progress and all traditional information found on the telephone today.

“We created the Logitech UC Keyboard to replicate the familiar physical controls of a traditional desk phone, giving UC users new options to collaborate using soft phones and video,” said Eric Kintz, senior vice president and general manager of Logitech for Business.

Apart from these, the newly released Logitech C920-C Webcam can be of great use that offers up to 1080p high-definition video at 30 frames a second, a wide 78-degree field of view, omni-directional dual stereo microphones, a privacy shutter and Logitech RightLight 2 technology that automatically adjusts to poor lighting conditions.

The webcam also has onboard H.264 encoding technology, which can free up system bandwidth by performing video processing within the camera.

Users can also get hooked to the newly unveiled Logitech M525-C Wireless Mouse, which has a Logitech Unifying receiver that plugs into the USB port on the Logitech UC Keyboard K725-C. It also has a micro-precise scroll wheel and soft rubber grips.

“We value Logitech’s design expertise and innovation in developing enterprise-grade peripherals that help enrich the collaboration capabilities of Cisco (News - Alert) Jabber software,” said Phil Sherburne, vice president of Enterprise Smart Solutions at Cisco. “The keyboard call controls, in particular, are an important new approach for bridging the gap between the physical and virtual worlds of unified communications – making users more productive and thus increasing return on investment for UC deployments, including those within Cisco’s VXI virtual workspace environments.”

All these new products are expected to hit the market beginning in March 2013, with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Resale Price (MSRP) of $269.99 from selected resellers who specialize in supporting Cisco Collaboration customers.

The Logitech C920-C Webcam is expected to be sold separately with an MSRP of $109.99.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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