Item was not new as offered
The item was previously used but offered as if it were new. To set it up has been a big problem as it is password blocked so new firmware must be downloaded but the version managed by the phone is old so the one available it Cisco right now is not useful. I have not been able set the phone to use it as it should have brought at least the passwords stablished by the previous user/administrator.
Unless the seller confirms firmware pre-installed is 8.5 or higher, the SIP features will not work seamlessly. Phone comes with standard SCCP (cisco proprietary) settings and TFTP upgrade to higher firmware is cumbersome and requires high technical knowledge. Avoid this phone if you plan a hosted or cloud based SIP trunking feature for your business. Beware of sellers who will pawn you old stock phones from their unsold inventory. Ensure phone manufacture dates are May 2012 or later. Good Luck.
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.
Very good detail reproduction
The one printer that clearly stands out from the pack is the Canon i960. The combination of speed, color fidelity, detail, and price makes it a fabulous product. The Canon i900D and the Epson Stylus Photo R300 offer excellent value and are also fine choices. The HP would work well for people who print black-and-white images often. The Olympus P-440 is just too expensive for its limited usefulness.
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