|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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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 Review
The LifeCam VX-5500 sits near the top of Microsoft's web cam offerings yet the E4C-00001 kit checks in at a very reasonable price point. It has some great features including noise cancelling, echo cancelling, 1.3MP HD picture quality, and auto-adjustment for low light conditions -all in a compact package clearly directed toward the mobile user. Benchmark Reviews took a look at the VX-5000 a few months ago, now we'll check out the VX-5500 and see if it performs as well as this mobile warrior hopes.
While I have had the opportunity to use a number of web cams over the years, my biggest issue was that none of them seemed to be particularly well suited to spending time in my briefcase. The most current web cam to occupy that space was a Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000. While it offers great optics, the sound is mediocre and it didn't stand up well to daily travel. The privacy screen popped off almost daily until it final broke and the rubberized coating on the base seemed to catch on the inside of my briefcase better than the back of my screen. After seeing the VX-5500, I have high hopes for a new travel companion.
About Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Hardware was formed in 1982 to develop a device that would help people use the company's new word processing program.
The device was a mouse and the application was called Word, laying the foundation for a future of delivering hardware that helps people better and more easily use software.
In the quarter century since, Microsoft Hardware has continually raised the bar, designing revolutionary peripherals that deliver groundbreaking performance, comfort and design.
From the original "green-eyed mouse" to groundbreaking products like the LifeCam NX-6000 and Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000, Microsoft Hardware has delivered exceptional mice, keyboards, communication products, and gaming gear that has changed the way the world works, plays, and connects.