Once you make more than a few conference calls from home, you start to appreciate just how mediocre your laptop's microphone and speaker really are. My advice: Get a speakerphone. You know, like the ones that pepper conference rooms back at the office. There are some value-priced gems out there. eMeet, for example, has a few really nice speakerphone models, and the Luna Lite is a versatile model that sounds good for $90. But right now you can practically steal it from Amazon. You can get thewhen you clip the 40%-off coupon on the product page.
and called the original Luna the best under $100. He especially liked the noise reduction -- it automatically minimizes sound caused by environmental distractions like clacking keyboards, squeaking chairs and humming air conditioners -- and the fact that you can daisy-chain multiple eMeet speakers if you need to spread the sound to other people across a large table.
You can let it automatically connect to your laptop via Bluetooth or just plug in via USB. Plus it has a 2,600-mAh battery that lasts for about two days at a time, and it conserves power by putting itself to sleep if you don't make any calls or play music through it for a while.
The Luna Lite is essentially the same model as the Luna that Carnoy looked at previously, but it is finished in blue (woot!) and doesn't require a USB dongle to connect it to your PC via Bluetooth. So, an all-around improvement at an excellent price.
First published last year. Updated with the latest deal.
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