Reviews and Problems with Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500
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Really great quality for the price
17 January 2011
Summary: I have had no problems with this webcam and think it works great. It was super easy to install and use. The picture quality is not perfect, but I expected that when I bought it as it is not a very expensive webcam.
Chris Cade "Your Partner In Transformation", Amazon
10 December 2010
Summary: While it's true that you get what you pay for, I was surprised at how easy to use this camera was for its price. It installed just with Plug and Play so there was no software needed, no drivers to download, etc. As for picture quality, it's alright. Not amazing... and not as good as the on-board camera on my other laptop. Still, it's more than adequate for our purposes which is to just have a quick cam we can use for skype while I'm traveling.
Summary: My friends on Skype marvel at the picture, so much better than with the 1000. Problem is, I have to use an external microphone to broadcast my voice. I have contacted microsoft for help, Dell for help with Vista, both without any help or suggestions, and still the microphone in the 5500 will not work. It was worth it to get a better picture, but I am stumped about the voice.
Summary: I sent this cam to my mother. She is not technically inclined and had a friend with some knowledge install this for her. Works fine with just Windows 7 driver and skype so now we can talk face to face!
Summary: Very good webcam for the price I payed ([...] w/free shipping). The clarity is great, microphone is very clear and picks up sound like a champ. Has spoiled my girlfriend in skype conversations. Only thing that irks me a bit about it is the microphone stays on when I don't want it to. I play WoW and use ventrilo quite a bit, and the microphone will stay on when out of any application that would run the webcam, and the microphone will pick up my voice along with my headset...
Summary: I admit that I have not used a webcam in many years. This one was relatively easy to set up, and I use it on Skype to talk with family. The image quality is just mediocre, but perhaps my expectations were too high. I plan on getting another one which hopefully has clearer images.