ASUS Ai Guru S1
- Wireless connection and good range, Music streaming capabilities, Easy to use and install, Standard mini-USB connectivity, Dual-audio channel
- Still requires your computer to be on, Windows only, Screen could be larger, Music functionality limited, Can't add contacts through phone.
The music functionality may be less than impressive, but on a whole this is a solid VoIP handset with good wireless range and clear voice quality.
Price$ 129.00 (AUD)
The ASUS AiGuru S1 is a VoIP phone that features an effective 802.11b/g wireless connection and supports the popular Skype application. It also doubles as a wireless music streamer using Windows Media Player, with the ability to serve as a remote control and mini desktop speaker.
The AiGuru S1 uses an included USB dongle to provide a wireless signal for the phone. Although it runs through a wireless network, do note that the S1 still requires your computer to be switched on and the USB wireless adapter plugged in to function. Its design is reminiscent of a standard, if somewhat dated, mobile phone, although it's far from unattractive. Finished in gloss white plastic, the design of the S1 would fit right in with an Apple iMac, although it only works with Windows. Despite the fact that this is a VoIP handset, most would be hard pressed to tell the difference from a regular cordless landline telephone. Although the S1 is quite chunky and thick, it cups comfortably in your hand thanks to a well rounded design and sleek edges.
ASUS has tried to ensure the keypad is as comfortable and as easy to use as possible, with large, raised keys. They have done a good job, although the keys wobble a little too much on occasion. The controls are virtually identical to a mobile phone; two selection buttons for Skype and menu, answer and end call keys as well as up and down buttons for scrolling through your contacts and the phone's settings. A mini-USB port is located at the bottom of the phone and this is used to charge the handset with the included USB cable. Alternatively, you can dock the phone in the provided cradle and connect it to AC power with the adapter, if you wish.
The AiGuru S1 screen has a bright blue backlight and a resolution of 128x64 pixels, but we would have liked it to be a little larger, especially considering the amount of unused space surrounding it. That said, it is clearly readable and displays most important information, such as battery life, time, your Skype contacts and wireless signal strength.
The S1 requires drivers and the included software to operate, but installation is an easy process. The phone pairs via the included wireless USB dongle and we were up and running in a matter of minutes. Installation and synchronisation with Skype is just as easy as the pairing process, but unfortunately you can't add new contacts through the phone. This aside, its performance was impressive with good call clarity and loud volume levels. ASUS quotes a range of 30 metres indoors and up to 100 metres outdoors. We found these figures fairly close to the mark, with the S1 operating perfectly as we moved around the office, and only really dropping out when we stepped outside.
The hands free speakerphone also worked very well and was loud and clear throughout our testing. As well as scrolling through your Skype phonebook, you can also access your voice mail, view call history and even make a conference call - all directly through the phone itself. Caller ID, call history and answering machine functions are also available with the AiGuru S1. Importantly, the S1 offers dual-audio channel, which means it can operate without interfering with other computer audio functions. This allows you to watch DVDs or play games on your computer while making a VoIP call.
A standard 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as the loudspeaker, located on the rear of the handset, allows the AiGuru S1 to be used as a wireless music streamer using Windows Media Player. You simply hit the media button on the unit, select a playlist, and then choose songs from the S1 menu, just like an MP3 player. The headphone jack means you can listen privately, but it also allows connection to a set of desktop speakers. Sound quality isn't great, although it's good enough for a couple of quick tunes. We can't help but feel this feature is a bit of a gimmick though - you can't fast forward through a track and skipping tracks is very slow.
Battery life is rated at 25 hours standby time and up to 2.5 hours talk time, according to ASUS. If you plan to use this as a music streamer, then these figures will definitely decrease, so be warned. If you keep the phone in the charging dock while you aren't using it, you shouldn't have a problem though.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 3 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 4 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
- 5 Parrot Mambo Drone review
Latest News Articles
- Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router goes all the way to 11
- New Skype Preview lets Windows 10 Insiders manage phone texts on PCs
- Telstra’s ‘Free Data Day” sets new record for mobile downloads
- Facebook to begin testing its Internet drone this year
- Consumers let down by broadband speed and performance: ACCAN
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCOrganisational Change Manager - Financial ServicesNSW
- CCCX Performance & Insights AnalystNSW
- CCTest Lead : Perth BasedVIC
- FTProject Manager - Web & Portal Delivery- Government backgroundNSW
- CCJava Application Developer - BaselineACT
- TPBusiness Analyst | HealthQLD
- FTProject Manager (Cyber Security) - Permanent - IT Services - North Ryde areaNSW
- CCAPI DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Integration DeveloperQLD
- FTEnterprise Account ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystACT
- FTTechnical Solutions Architect -Cloud /Work Location - CanberraVIC
- CCService Desk AnalystACT
- TPBusiness Change ManagerQLD
- CCService Desk Consultant - SYDNEY ROLE (baseline clearance)ACT
- FTTest AnalystVIC
- CCSecurity ConsultantWA
- CCIngres DeveloperSA
- CCTest Lead : Perth BasedNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst ( Finance/Banking)QLD
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- FTSolutions Architect - Data Centre/ NetworkNSW
- FTDevOps EngineerNSW
- CCExchange EngineerNSW
- FTSolutions Architect - Data Centre/ NetworkVIC