Summary: For a microsoft product at $40, knowing how it performs, I would never pay that kind of money. This camera should be sold for $20, maximum. I actually picked this up with my NCIX points for my parents. Glad I did.
Summary: I purchased this webcam to hang up on the wall as a security camera so that if no one is in my office, I just record that way I know that if someone was in my office. I am giving this a 4 star instead of a 5 is because the FPS (Frames Per Second) is horrible.
Summary: I bought this camera to use as a stand alone webcam, but it is a plug and play only unit. Microsoft has no software to use with the camera, and there is nothing on windows 7. So you have to either download software, or use it with a service like SKYPE.
Summary: for my needs. After years with this and no problems, I do need to upgrade to a more expensive one because it just doesn't always deliver the clarity I need talking long distance and I'm talking LONG DITANCE! Good enough to give to grandchildren as first Skype cam. Excellent for the price!