Laser USB VoIP Phone
- Ease of use, Selectable ring styles, Caller ID function for Skype calls, Price
- Slim features list, Aesthetics and design, No volume controls
If you are after a very basic USB phone for Skype calling, then the Laser should do the job. And this price, its pretty good value.
Price$ 59.00 (AUD)
Looking just like an ordinary corded telephone, Lasers USB VoIP phone is a largely uninspiring product. Its features list is slim, but what it does offer is a large monochrome LCD which displays caller ID information and selectable ring tones.
Finished in a bright red plastic, the USB VoIP phone isn't the most attractive device on the market. In fact it's rather ugly in our opinion. Its red decor isn't going to match many PC's or laptops either, unless you are a fan of ridiculously bright and obnoxious colours. The USB VoIP phone connects to your PC via a standard USB connection and the cord is long enough to ensure you can sit at least a metre or two back. It's pretty compact as well, so it can easily be thrown into your laptop bag if you have access to mobile broadband.
Setup is simple and Laser requires you to install the included SkypeMate software and of course the Skype client itself. Laser also has other drivers available for programmes including Skype for MAC, VOIPBuster and X-10. Once you restart your PC after installing the software, you plug in the VoIP phone and away you go. The unit is as easy to use as a normal telephone, with four menu keys (which can be used to scroll through Skype tabs and contacts), Answer and End Call buttons, a Clear button and a regular telephone keypad. The buttons themselves are raised and have a rubberised feel, making them easy to press and comfortable to use.
The USB VoIP phone does not posses any volume controls, so if you are in the middle of a call and find that the volume levels aren't generous enough, then you'll need to adjust the volume using your PC. During calls we found the audio quality to be satisfactory, but the volume at its highest setting wasn't as loud as we would have liked.
The generously sized monochrome display provides date, time and year information as well as allowing you to cycle through the various ring tones and other settings. Although the USB VoIP phone offers different ring styles, we would have preferred a bit of variety from Laser in this regard; there are only about six different tones and the volume isn't adjustable. Instead you select one of two preset volume levels.
This is where the USB VoIP phones features list ends. There are no special answering or divert modes, nor is there a speed dial function; the latter's absence was pretty disappointing from our point of view. Commanding an RRP of just $59 though, if you're after a very basic corded USB phone then the Laser should fit your needs.
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
- FTIT Systems AnalystVIC
- FTServer Infrastructure Team LeaderACT
- FTLevel 3 Managed Services ConsultantNSW
- CCService Desk OfficerSA
- FTInfrastructure and Data Centre Support OfficerACT
- CCEmail Production SpecialistQLD
- TPTechnical Specialist, Identity and Acess ManagementVIC
- FTPortal Project ManagerNSW
- FTInfrastructure AnalystQLD
- FTBusiness Development AnalystVIC
- CCSenior Web Content AuthorACT
- FTMigration ArchitectSA
- CCFunctional Consultant - Brisbane locationNSW
- FTSolutions Architect - Data Centre/ NetworkVIC
- FTJAVA Developer- XML, SOAP, GIS, Web services, SPRINGVIC
- FTSolutions Architect - Data Centre/ NetworkQLD
- FTTelecom Riggers and TechniciansNSW
- TPBusiness Solutions Analyst - Legacy SystemQLD
- FTSecurity Operations EngineerNSW
- CCSenior Security Analyst | 6mth ContractQLD
- FTRuby On Rails DeveloperVIC
- CCBusiness Analyst - Reporting, Excel and AutoCAD experienceNSW
- FTDevOps EngineerQLD
- CCSenior Integration DeveloperVIC
- CCProject CoordinatorNSW