by February 28, 2001 0 comments

Mercury 56 kbps Fax Modem

Fax modem. Rs 2,500 
Features: V.90 standard; microphone and speaker jacks. 
Pros: Stable connects; good throughputs; aesthetically pleasing.
Cons: None.
Source: Kobian India
402-A, 4th Floor
Queens Corner Apartment
#3, Queens Road
Bangalore 560001.
Tel: 80-2380734/2257300 
Fax: 2257303 

The two most appealing features of Mercury’s external 56 kbps fax modem are
its looks and price. Mercury has apparently decided to do things differently
with this particular model and designed a more aesthetic external modem, as
compared to the clunky boring box that you might have got used to seeing.

The modem offers the usual slew of features found in most modems nowadays.
There are speaker and microphone inputs available as well, which are useful in
using the modem like a telephone. It supports the V.90 standard, and is
plug-n-play in nature. The modem connects to your PC using a serial cable.

In our tests, the modem gave us stable connects and good transfer rates with
VSNL, Delhi. Transfer rates also depend upon your ISP, Websites being accessed,
and the condition of your phone line. The modem ships with three CDs: one
contains the drivers and needed software, while the other two have MediaRing
Talk and the PC-Cillin anti-virus software. Using MediaRing Talk, you can make
PC-to-PC phone calls over the Internet (the charges will be as for local
telephone calls), as well as PC-to-telephone calls by paying for them like
regular phone calls–local, STD, or ISD. The modem is very competitively priced
at Rs 2,500, and comes with a five-year warranty.

Anuj Jain at PCQ Labs

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