|Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 Webcam E4C-00001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: WebCam | Camera|
|Written by Kevin Karlin - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 12 September 2009|
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Lifecam VX 5500 Features
In addition to the features you would expect to be incorporated into any webcam, the VX 5500 boasts many with an obvious focus on simplifying your use and enjoyment of it. Notably that list includes:
In case you weren't paying attention, that list is dominated by the words "One Touch" and references to Microsofts "Live" suite. While this webcam can be used by any software that recognizes webcams, Microsoft has gone to great lengths to tightly integrate it with their Live suite of products offering maximum efficiency and ease of use for that platform. Surprisingly the feature that most differentiates this product is somewhat under-played in their marketing materials - "Versatility & Mobility - Compatible with both PC or laptop; imminently mobile-folds flat to go with you whenever, and wherever, you want to use it-carrying case included." We'll see if that assessment holds true or if it was understated for a reason.
While exchangeable faceplates and imminent mobility may be nice to have, they don't help you have a stutter free video conference or clearer audio, so let's take a look at the product specs to see how things stack up.
Let's be clear this web cam offers fairly run of the mill specs. Where I hope it shines is in the packaging (no I don't mean the box it came in) and useability in the form of extremely tight integration with LiveMessenger.