|Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 WebCam|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: WebCam | Camera|
|Written by Mat Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 18 July 2008|
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Closer Look: LifeCam VX-5000The LifeCam VX-5000 has a very stylish look. The face is made with a glossy black plastic and the lens is accentuated by a chromed ring and matte black plastic.
The camera features a colored ring that goes all the around the face. This ring comes in red, blue and green. A blue LED is placed in the upper left hand corner of the face that turns on when the camera is in use. It's actually quite dim, which is a good thing. It's bright enough so that someone can figure out that the camera is on or active, but not bright enough to affect your shots or color your face (especially in low-light shots). The USB cable peeks out the center of the back of the webcam.
Microsoft's LifeCam VX-5000 is very compact. The face is only a little larger than a postage stamp and the foot print varies depending on how clever you are at placing it. While resting on top of my monitor, all I have to deal with is how to route the USB cable. The cable itself is 6 feet long which should accommodate most computer desks and workstations.
Contents of the Package
The LifeCam VX-5000 retail box came packaged with the camera shown prominently through a clear plastic box peeking through the cardboard in the upper right hand corner. This certainly does a great job of showing how small the camera is (and thus, how unobtrusive), though I can't say I feel 100% sure that some joker didn't manhandle the camera before I got it into my hot little hands.
Suffice it to say, my LifeCam VX-5000 came in fine, so I guess that may be a non-issue. The contents of the box are rather Spartan (despite the size of the box) containing the camera itself, an instruction booklet, a safety information booklet and a CD with drivers.