Audio quality was good and there is also plenty of volume.
The great thing about Skype on the PC is that it is free and it is so simple. In the case of the SV1, you stil get all that Skype goodness: it is still simple to use, but you lose the free element. Yes, the service itself is free, but youâ?? ll have to pay out a hefty Â£219.95 for the SV1.
And that sort of makes things pale a little, as you can get a netbook, with the same, if not better, specs for around the same amount â?? with the added advantage of having a fully operating PC.
A real alternative to laptop-based Skyping
Skype has probably found a home on your computer already: if you're keen on holding onto your cash while nattering with buddies around the world, it's an essential install. But who wants to sit hunched over a laptop, wearing a call-centre headset or barking into a built-in mic? Nobody. At least, that's what Asus is hoping.
Build quality is surprisingly good
Overall we can ignore the little faults and niggles, we'd recommend using a wired network if you have one or making sure you are close to the wireless hub, we'd like to be able to run audio conferences and have the PC speaker ring. but all this is frankly minor given the ground breaking nature of SV1, we can honestly say that Asus have a winner on their hands here, its spreading faster than Swineflu! even without any marketing spend that we've seen so far.
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