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8/96 Reviews HW: Logicode Quicktel II-c 28X-SP-C

Listing of August 1996 Reviews

Modem ˆ la Mode for Data, Voice, Fax

By James E. Powell

The Logicode Quicktel II-c is as fashionable as it is functional. Although its aluminum case gives it a distinctive flair, it's what's inside that's substantial.

The Quicktel II-c 28X-SP-C is a data/fax/voice modem that supports all the key communications standards, including V.34, V.32bis, Group 3 fax, V.42 LAPM and MNP2-4 error control protocols, and V.42bis and MNP5 data compression. I tested a preproduction model.

You can place the modem either upright or flat. In the upright position its sound quality is better, but, aesthetically, that position allows the cables and connectors to detract from the modem's unusual style. If you have more than one Quicktel II-c, they're designed to stack horizontally. Fold down the modem's 16-character LCD status panel to reveal five LED indicators for power, receive data, send data, terminal ready and off hook. During a session, the LCD dips into its 120-message repertoire, providing status information for transmission rate, line quality, compression and protocol in use, time connected and so forth. The display's message set changes with the modem's functions. For example, voice-related messages are displayed when you're using the voice-mail feature.

The full-duplex built-in speakerphone is echo-free, with good sound quality on both ends of the call-even when you're several feet from the modem. It has input jacks for a microphone and speakers, though you can also use your sound card for the digital answering system. Smith Micro's QuickLink Message Center software is included, and it provides send-and-receive fax capabilities, a speakerphone application and a multiple-mailbox answering system with ample features to accommodate SOHO users.

In less than 20 minutes, I created a three-mailbox system, recorded greetings for each, set passwords and enabled Caller ID. While it's easy to use, the program has some sophisticated features. For example, you can't set the system to answer after just one ring if Caller ID is selected, because that technology requires at least two rings. And if you use Caller ID, that information is also logged with your caller's message.

The Quicktel II-c came with a quick-start guide, but I got everything up and running without referring to it. The included Windows 95 drivers worked flawlessly. I used the Quicktel to connect to various services, including several Internet service providers, and was pleased with its performance each time. Trial membership software for commercial online services is also included.

The Quicktel is available in five internal and five external models, but not all support DSVD. The model I tested-the Quicktel II-c 28X-SP-C-offered a useful feature mix and good speakerphone quality. The QuickLink Message Center software is the icing on the cake.

--Info File--
Logicode Quicktel II-c 28X-SP-C
Pros: Setup; performance
Cons: In upright position cables detract from design
Platforms: NA
Logicode Technology
800-735-6442, 805-383-2500
WinMag Box Score 4.0

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