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6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Cheap and works fineJul 25, 2010
By William Masterson
I purchased this to replace a more expensive Logitech device. People on the other end reported screeching that I couldn't hear at this end when I used the Logitech on my desktop PC. It had worked OK with a laptop that died. The sound and picture are better than the Logitech device even when it was working. The picture is a bit wide angle. That is, the whole room shows when I sit back from my screen. That works fine for me. I think the Logitech may have focused closer and auto-focused. Maybe that's why it was more expensive. I like the appearance of this device on top of my monitor. It has a pleasant inconspicuous streamlined shape.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Good look product but bad quality video and photoAug 17, 2010
By Khanh Do
This is one cheap webcam that does a decent job, but as I was looking for a quality video webcam the resulting video is very disappointing. Low light condition usage is terrible. The video is sluggish and the webcam can not make out a good contrast. On the up side the webcam is very stylish looking on top of the laptop screen, the built in software is fun (for my daughter anyway), so it's ok for me to keep it, but I will have to find something with better video quality for another laptop in the house.
Would not suggest this to anyone looking for serious looking video quality webcam.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
SatisfiedDec 27, 2010
By E. Uy
I purchased to use with Skype and know there are plenty of better quality webcams for a higher price but this was easy to connect and start using immediately.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Took a while to install / update, but seems a relatively competent entry-level webcam.Mar 23, 2012
By Michael Gmirkin
So, I was working on an older computer for a friend and decided to test out this web cam to see if ti would be suitable. Overall it seems pretty competent for an entry-level cam. Though I haven't had time to test it under different lighting conditions as yet.
Apparently they want you to plug in the web cam BEFORE you install the software. Usually, it's the other way around, so the drivers get installed and it gets picked up correctly with most products. Had I not read the instructions, I probably would have unknowingly done it wrong. But, being the instruction-reader I am, I did as they requested and plugged it in first. Windows immediately picked up the hardware (Windows XP Pro SP3) without any apparent problems. So, I tossed the CD in the drive and went to town. It felt like the installation took quite a while. I'm not sure whether it's because the tower is an older one or whether it literally just takes a while to install. It seems to install a couple pieces of software, though I wasn't sure which ones were really "necessary" for the cam's operation and which were just bonus "fun" (but ultimately inessential) software. So, I installed it all. I'll probably end up removing some of it, just to keep my friend's install lean & clean.
After the lengthy install process, it asked if I wanted to check for updates to the software / driver. So, I told it to go ahead. That took a while and may have required two passes? But once everything was installed, I opened the cam software loaded in the system tray and the video came up immediately and seemed to be of decent quality. Haven't had a chance to test it much outside of the initial installation, but I didn't see anything to immediately disqualify it as a competent web cam. The image seemed relatively sharp & the video responsive.
Overall, I'd say it's a competent competitor to Logitech's C210. Both are adequate entry level web cams. I'd assume both would work with your typical Skype or TeamSpeak install, or other voice apps. Not sure whether I can give one a definite edge over the other. Both seem to have a range of utility and "fun" features. Honetly, I don't know whether I'd use much of the "fun" stuff (special voice and image effects). Maybe "fun" for a tween, but I guess I'm just more down-to-business than that these days, so those special effects don't do much for me and seem rather extraneous. So, I'll just say the performance seems adequate for most basic uses of shoving voice and images down the internet pipes.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Great value, smart design, works well!Jan 19, 2012
By The Bee Bee
For those who don't have a webcam built into their laptop screen or desktop monitor, the only option is to purchase a device like the Creative Live! Cam Socialize Webcam to attach to a device and start streaming video.
I would offer that the webcam suffers from some of the dumbest design work in the personal computing world. Every add-on webcam I've used or seen has some kind of design hiccup that makes it hard to actually attach the thing to your laptop or PC monitor. I don't care how many megapixels the thing can process if it falls off your screen any time you sneeze.
Thankfully, the folks who designed the Creative Live! Cam Socialize Webcam (talk about a clumsy product name) learned from others' miskates and offer what they call a "multi-attach base." This design makes it easy to attach the webcam to a screen, or simply place it on a desktop, shelf, whatever. Even better, there's a six-foot cord that let's you put the webcam pretty much anywhere you want it (and if you need an even longer cord, you can buy a USB extender for a couple of bucks and go another 20 feet if you wish.)
Other than the great design, the specs and performance of the Creative Live! Cam Socialize Webcam were adequate for most users' needs. The low-light performance is a little weak, but if you have decent room lighting, you'll find this product does the job quite well. And when you consider the price, this is a LOT of webcam for the money.
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