Summary: It takes more than high resolution to make a good webcam. Although the HP Elite Autofocus’s chrome-accented design and top-of-the-line specs make it look like a winner, its dull image quality, bumpy video, and forgettable suite of special effects fall far short of the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks, our Editors’ Choice pick for the same price.
Pros: Autofocus lens, Slick chrome and piano-black design, High-resolution photo and video, Three programmable launch buttons,
Cons: Images dull and ill-lit, Higher-res video captures show motion blur, Incompatible with Macs,
Excerpt: HP is not known for its webcams, but there has been some buzz behind the release of their Elite Autofocus Webcam earlier this month. It’s a high-end, $99 USB cam that can shoot video at up to 3MP and take still shots at up to 12MP, though software interpolation is necessary to get up to that resolution.