Review: Microsoft VX-2000 Webcam

Disclaimer: This review was written after using this product for 3 month

The VX-2000 made by Microsoft is a great entry-level webcam if you’re in the market for a cheap and reliable webcam. The VX-2000 sports a 640 x 480 VGA camera capable of filming and taking decent photos. The webcam also has a led for telling you when it’s on and a microphone.

Hardware:

There are many ways to place and mount the VX-2000. Rubber pads on the bottom of the base allow you to place it on your desk without having to worry about the webcam slipping over in the middle of your conference. The VX-2000 also allows you to open up the base and clamp it on top of your computer monitor. You can also rotate it 360 degrees and tilt it up and down using the hinge allowing you to show every corner of your room.

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The webcam and the microphone both connects to your computer using one USB cable (integrated – 6 ft), which is great because it frees up other ports for other products.

Camera Quality:

As I mentioned above the camera is a 1.3 megapixel VGA camera. Don’t expect HD quality from this tiny camera though. However the pictures and videos are pretty good and there is not much drop in frame rate. Due to its small light sensor the camera tends to be a bit under-exposed when shooting in low light.

Microphone Quality:

When using services such as Skype or VoIP services your voice can be clearly heard from the other side. However it does pick up some background noises and audio feedback. However if thinking of using this microphone to record podcasts or instrumentals. I recommend you investing in a better microphone.

Software:

The VX-2000 comes with the Lifecam program. This allows you to apply entertaining visual effects and has a folder for viewing your photos. Sadly the Lifecam doesn’t come with any video-editing programs, so you will have to do with Windows MovieMaker.

Included Microsoft Lifecam Softrware

Included Microsoft Lifecam Software

Overall:

The Microsoft VX-2000 is a perfect webcam for anyone wanting an upgrade on their built-in microphone, delivering both solid video and audio quality. I would recommend the VX-2000 especially to consumers on a tight because of its affordable price at only $20.

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