Summary: We bought a pair; it is ok if you are computer saavy, but if you are not, forget it. It was difficult getting my spouse on board. Software updates demand a new full install at each instance, which for some odd reason wanted to always be automatic. We finally turned off the automatic feature, and yes it is better to not enlarge the display. It's ok if you do not use it frequently, which we do not.
Summary: Many of the advertised features work only with MICROSOFT MESSENGER, they will not function with other messenger/phone programs. Without these advertised features it's just another plain web cam that could be purchased at half the price!
Pros: Easy setup; well mostly... Image and sound seem adequate. Good value. Looks good. Funny hat and mask overlays follow your face movements pretty well. Impressive programming, but in actual use, only funny once for most adults. Folds for travel.
Cons: Too many to fit 250 character limit here. See Summary below. Hey C-net, why can't we say much good or bad specifically, but we get 5000 characters to "Bottom-line summary"?
Summary: This webcam is very small and folds flat. It's a great idea for travelling with a laptop when you want to keep in touch with your Paltalk friends. Pros: Picture quality is excellent (see Cons). No focus needed. The depth of field is 21 inches to around 60 inches which is a great trend for the webcam product segment. UVC support so you don't need a driver unless you want extra features. Works in Linux due to UVC support. Cool blue LED and interchangeable faceplates.
Summary: Microsoft VX-5500 This is the second Microsoft Webcam that I've gotten. The first being the VX-3000. While it is not substantially different I'm happy to see they made some refinements to the design of the button and the base. Overview- Physically it's a nice looking webcam. It even has a detachable faceplate with red, white and blue faces. Squareish in shape with a "windows live" button up top. The fact that they shrank the button is a big plush from the VX-3000.
Summary: I got it working eventually, but the installation was a mess: Inserted the supplied disk and it took ages to go through the program while at the same time also downloading from the web. At the end the application worked solo, but would not work with Skype. I then received notification of a Windows update. Whether this was to do with the webcam or Vista auto-update I do not know.