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Cons This thing crashes my XP machine everytime I plug it in. I have to have my computer off, then plug it in before turning my machine on or else Windows suffers a fatal error and auto-reboots.
The picture quality is not the best. I have a cheep webcam from Walmart, one of those $10 deals, and the picture quality is about the same, though this one is slightly better. this is definitely NOT HD!
I would give this thing ONE STAR if I could, but because i don't have an order ID number on my receipt I got form the Aberdeen Centre store.
I recommend HIGHLY against buying this.
Summary Unreliable. Crashes the computer. Not HD. Average quality. Not worth $40. I will never buy another Microsoft webcam based on this one's performance.
Pros Small compact design. Attractive housing. Good quality image, measured at 2 feet and ~15 feet away.
Cons Short USB cord, but this is a laptop cam, so I understand.
Summary I bought this camera for use as a security cam. I had reservations about the focus quality at distance but am relieved to report that after several tests this camera provides good quality image at proper focus at all reasonable distances. I have not tested the Mic because I don't plan on using it, but it say 'noise cancelling mic' right on the front. You really can't go wrong with M$ branded hardware if you use Windows. Installation was a breeze and the drivers loaded automatically on my Win7x64Ult.
Start a movie project with one click, then upload widescreen video to social networking sites.
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Easily upload a photo that you can edit, tag, and share with friends and family.
Windows Live Call Button
It's simple to start video calls. One touch of the Windows Live Call Button lets you see who's online, and you're on your way to making a video call.
Add special effects and control your webcam—all from the Windows Live Messenger window.
Optimized for Windows Live
Seamlessly integrated with Windows Live for easy setup and use.
Superior Video Quality
See the smiles clearly with 640 x 480 pixel video resolution.
Compact and reliable, this webcam was designed especially for notebook computers.
High Definition 1.3 Megapixel Still Photos
High Definition still photos show you in the best light*.
The built-in microphone automatically picks up your voice with remarkable clarity.
Automatic audio control for enhanced clarity.
Quickly and easily access common tasks, including product information, registration, settings and more for popular devices such as cell phones, cameras, printers, and mouse, keyboard and webcam products.
Broad IM Compatibility
Works with: Windows Live, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Microsoft Office Communicator, Skype.
Pan and Tilt
The pan and tilt functionality make it a snap to capture the big picture, however you want to see it.
Discover a fun way to express yourself with these entertaining video effects built into the LifeCam dashboard.
Protect your mouse while you’re on the go.
Get that perfect view with the swivel lens.
3X Digital Zoom
The zoom delivers realistic, up-close-and-personal video, so you can see the contours of every smile.
The webcam is always in focus – no fine tuning needed. Focus depth of field is from 21” to 60”.
Windows® 7, Windows Vista® or Windows® XP Home/Pro/Media Center Edition/Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later, Windows XP 64-bit Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later
Intel Pentium® III 700 MHz (Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz recommended) or later, 256 MB of RAM or higher
300–700 MB free
Windows-compatible speakers or headphones
Broadband Internet access required; access fees may apply
USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 recommended)
Display adapter capable of 16-bit color depth or higher, 2 MB or more video memory
Internet functions (post to Windows Live Spaces, send in e-mail, video calls) also require:
Internet Explorer® 6 or later browser software required for installation; 25 MB hard-drive space typically required (users can maintain other default Web browsers after installation)
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