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TRENDnet ClearSky TVP-SP1BK review: TRENDnet ClearSky TVP-SP1BK

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The Good Very simple installationQuality feelWireless VOIP.

The Bad Short rangeSkype onlyFixed ring volume.

The Bottom Line Solid finish and wireless capability makes the TRENDnet ClearSky very desirable.

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8.0 Overall

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Design

Network peripherals specialist TRENDnet is well known for quality products with reasonable prices, so we were keen to test its latest VoIP handset equipped with wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Out of the box, the ClearSky impressed with its simple design and quality materials. Our test unit came in a cool blue that was very easy on the eyes. Sitting comfortably in the hand, the curved edge with grooved sides not only looked superb but proved functional in terms of comfort.

The input for the USB charger can be found at the base of the phone and didn't interfere during conversations whilst plugged in. The rear speaker has a large outlet with a grate over it. Ring volume was loud and clear -- no need to worry about missing a call. The buttons were tactile and well placed; we did however find the menu button to be slightly unresponsive. Maybe only in this test unit but after a while this did become somewhat frustrating.

Features

Included in the package was a USB Bluetooth dongle which is version 2.0 but is backwards compatible with older standards. Another USB cable is also supplied for charging. The ClearSky comes with support for conference calls, a headset adapter and full two-year warranty, but the best attribute of the ClearSky is its ease of use. Setup is quick with pairing happening almost immediately.

Synchronisation with Skype is just as seamless; however there is no ability to add contacts or access voicemail directly from the phone. Checking remaining SkypeOut credit is possible via the phone, as well as adjusting call volume or your Skype status. There are only four ring tones, most of which were more annoying than the Crazy Frog ring tone. This was made worse by the lack of ability to adjust ring volume. One issue with installation for other models is the need to download the latest drivers, usually from the manufacturer's Web site. The CD provided with the ClearSky worked first time, a very good sign.

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