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Gizmo5

CNET Editors' review

Does the world really need another VoIP client? Here's one Gizmo that thinks so.

Gizmo5's interface is compact and rectangular, with tabs on the top just below the Menu bar and a series of ancillary commands like Chat and Add Contact available at the bottom. There are very few differences between Gizmo's design and its biggest competitor's, and a little originality could've gone a long way here.

Also similar to Skype, Gizmo provides free VoIP for computer-to-computer voice chatting as well as text chatting. It also allows for computer-to-telephone voice chatting for both mobile phones and landlines. It has one feature that Skype lacks: it lets you conference call with multiple PCs by entering in a random, shared number. Overall, the sound clarity and quality was excellent, with no lagging nor echoing. Gizmo also says it provides asymmetrical chat-client VoIP, so you can use Gizmo and your headset to talk to somebody on Windows Live or Google Talk. We couldn't get that feature to work, but it's a smart idea and we hope it gets debugged soon.

Overall, Gizmo's got some good stuff and some room for improvement. If you despise Skype or are just interested in alternatives, you might want to give this one a try, but otherwise we'd recommend holding off.

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    2.7 stars

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 14
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 3 votes

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works fine until you want it on 7"

    August 21, 2010  |   By kamakzy56

    Version: Gizmo5 4.0.5.400

    Pros

    Works great on my windows XP VM

    Cons

    Doesn't seem to work for windows 7, gives me an error saying it only works on Windows XP/2000 or higher (Windows 7 is most definitely higher)

    Summary

    The program worked great while trying it out on a Windows XP virtual machine, but while in windows 7 it wont even install.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The lastest client software from Gizmo5"

    May 25, 2010  |   By BuyDnld

    Version: Gizmo5 4.0.5.400

    Pros

    The official one.

    Cons

    Sometimes you cannot receive the phone call using the client software.

    Summary

    I find it is helpful to use x-lite software, rather than the official client software from Gizmo. Set the username and authorization user name as your sip number, the display name could be anything, domain is proxy01.sipphone.com, and check the domain proxy as "domain". Then you are ready to go to use gizmo5 service. If you don't have a gizmo5 number, you can buy one from www.BuyDnld.com for a few bulks. You can also buy google voice invite from this website, which will automatically deliver the account and invite to your email address. Pretty good.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "none to be had"

    February 2, 2010  |   By mhaslow

    Version: Gizmo5 4.0.5.400

    Pros

    none to be had

    Cons

    none to be had

    Summary

    I did not use this product instead I am using Skype

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