- Built-in Webcam With One-Touch Skype Calling Button
- Preloaded With Skype Software
- High-Performance Intel Dual-Core Processor
LUXEMBOURG & PARIS, June 21st 2006, Packard Bell, one of the leading home PC brands in Europe, and Skype, the global communications company, today announced the launch of the world’s first notebook computer to feature a one-touch Skype calling button.
Thanks to its functional design and affordable price, the Packard Bell EasyNote Skype Edition notebook makes Skype more accessible and even easier to use. Answering and placing Skype calls is now as easy as using a traditional phone, with all the added benefits of things like video calling, instant messaging and group calling.
The Skype calling button is located next to the integrated webcam on the upper bevel of the 14-inch widescreen display. By pressing the button the user can answer incoming calls or open the Skype application to make a call. The notebook was also designed to be optimized with Intel dual-core processors. The EasyNote Skype Edition features built-in broadband and wireless connectivity, and an original Packard Bell design. Pre-loaded Skype software and the Skype button are just a couple of the many features available on this innovative notebook.
“Our vision is to make products that are easier to use through innovation and design,” said Aymar de-Lencquesaing, CEO of Packard Bell. “We share this vision with Skype and our EasyNote Skype Edition is a major milestone in our partnership. We are thrilled to announce this future bestseller today, together with Skype.”
“This innovative design by Packard Bell provides the Skype community with an even easier way to keep in touch with family and friends, furthering our ambition to enable the world’s conversations,” said Niklas Zennström, CEO and Founder of Skype. “Packard Bell is a valuable strategic partner that has contributed to our growth in Europe; it’s a brand that has a stronghold on consumers across Europe.”
Packard Bell and Skype began their strategic partnership two years ago when Packard Bell was one of the first computer makers to pre-load the Skype software on its PCs. It was an important move for Skype, as it boosted its ability to reach a large consumer audience by associating itself with one of Europe’s most popular and trusted consumer PC brands.
EasyNote Skype Edition – Availability & Pricing
The Packard Bell EasyNote Skype Edition will be available in European retail outlets from August, starting at an estimated street price of €899. Availability varies according to country.
About Packard Bell
Operating in Europe since 1991, Packard Bell is the number one home PC brand in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK (Source: IDC – January 2005). As consumers have become more tech savvy and discerning, and the world of personal computers and home electronics have converged, Packard Bell has continued to extend its brand and expand its range of products, which today includes leading-edge desktops, notebooks and digital entertainment solutions (MP3 players, video players/recorders, home networking, flat-panel TVs, GPS and storage). Packard Bell’s unswerving dedication to the consumer market is embodied in its recognised ability to anticipate and meet the ever-changing users’ needs.
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Skype is the world's fastest-growing Internet communication offering, allowing people everywhere to make unlimited voice and video communication for free between the users of Skype software. Skype is available in 27 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, voicemail, call forwarding and personalization including ringtones and avatars. Skype also has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers.
Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). To learn more visit skype.com.
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