Summary: This does exactly what I need! I might gets something with higher resolution someday but right now this meets all my requirements. It has built in microphones so it allows me to both voice and video chat via Skype.
Summary: It took me a short while to install the webcam and get it working right. That was my fault and not the cameras. It works great as does the built in mike. I set it up for Skype and have had no problems since then. It has been about a year and still no problems. Great product for the price and I highly recommend it.
Summary: I got 3 day delivery via USPS and was extremely surprised and how easy this webcam was to install on Windows Vista, Mac Leopard and Snow Leopard, and also Linux Mint 8. No software was needed for either OS's since this is driver less UVC. Some reviewers complain that this Hercules webcam does not work with Mac, but it does. It was detected using iChat and Photo Booth. My intention was to use it with Skype on Mac Mini, Vista Desktop, and a camera less Linux laptop.
Summary: found a site which rated web cams for apple and ranked them by price , quality and ease of just plug and play w/apple-mac. choose the relative cheaper model as I wasn't going to use it much. overall I was very surprised at how good it was!