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-- by Marc Spiwak
Thanks to the Hayes Accura 288 Internal Fax Modem with Voice, small offices seem large to outside callers. This single expansion card from a trusted modem manufacturer equips a PC with a fast modem and fax capabilities, and provides speakerphone and voice-mail functions. The modem distinguishes among incoming voice, data and fax calls, and routes them accordingly. With the modem's speaker, you don't need a sound card (although it will work with one, and a cable is included). There's also a microphone in the box.
My system instantly recognized the card during the flawless Plug-and-Play installation. The Accura is ready to transmit data and send faxes using your preferred software. The Hayes Smartcom software bundled with the modem lets you set up a fully customizable voice-mail system with up to 10 mailboxes, each with a different outgoing message. Callers can, for example, press 1 for accounting and 2 for sales, giving the appearance of a fully manned office. Quarterdeck's InternetSuite 2 and WebTalk are also bundled with the modem. For the price, this combination of hardware and software could provide a competitive advantage over the "smaller" players.
Platforms: 3x, 95
Hayes Microcomputer Products
WinMag Box Score: 3.5
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