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Functions make sense, but aesthetics are an issue

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We've said it before , and we'll say it again : More is not always better , when it comes to combo or all-in-one devices. And even when the combination of functions makes some sense, it's often at the cost of atrocious aesthetics.

Take, for example, the "Trio" Skype phone from Ipevo. Its features are logical--a handset, speakerphone and digital recorder, according to Everything USB--but just look at this thing. We first thought it was some kind of Taser or one of those handheld metal detectors that airport security uses when you've set off the threshold alarm.

On the other hand, if it really does make good on its claims to clearly pick up voices 1.5 meters away, we'd be willing to put up with its distinct ugliness. But we won't hold our breath: Crave has yet to find a speakerphone that doesn't sound like the Holland Tunnel.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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