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1.0 out of 5 stars A load of S#!T...Unbelievable from Microsoft., 18 April 2008
This review is from: LifeCam VX-3000 Win USB Port EN/NL/FR/DE EMEA Hdwr (Accessory)
Looks ok doesn't it? Not bad looking, and judging by the spec with the high resolution and video quality - for a webcam in this price range...a bargain.

How very wrong. Basically, the picture quality is just about bearable and mine came with a pixel shaded red as it goes but there you go...

And then we move onto the microphone. Oh deary dear. It is constantly buzzing and fuzzing and about any other adjective ending with the letters 'zzing'you can think of.

You were thinking of buying this to video call on MSN or Skype? There are much better quality ones out there. You were buying this to call in general on MSN or Skype or video call WITH the microphone-then PLEASE, PLEASE trust me on this one. It is a load of bull and i would DEFINATELY rethink what you are getting yourself into. It is alot of hassle for a piece of plastic and i would certainly not expect this from microsoft. Search it on google, look at people on the forums etc. they all have the same problems with the fuzzy mic and low picture quality. But my main concern is, yes, the mic. No matter how many settings you adjust it does not fix the fuzzing and just to illustrate what im saying, when i was talking to my friend on msn the fuzzing was so loud he could not hear a worked i was saying unless i was about two inches away from it and shouting...

According to some threads on the forums i have to take the bloody thing apart to fix it-screw that! I bought it to use not to fix...

So anyway other reviewers who gave this product four and five stars you must have got very lucky because there are hundreds of other reviewers on the web which would say differently-including me.

I have never reviewed a product on Amazon before, you could probably guess that i have been delighted with all of them. That is correct. And that is why i have given this product 1 star. Because i am appalled. You think I'm over-reacting?

Go on, buy it. See for yourself.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2008 22:44:28 GMT
Phil says:
Bought it, installed it first go, picture is fantastic, mic works perfectly and the Lifecam software is totally glitch free. 2 other friends bought them on my recommendation and are equally as pleased. Maybe you got the Friday afternoon one!

Posted on 26 May 2009 15:40:04 BDT
Hmm.. I bought this webcam a few years ago and had it for a year before I replaced it. Anyway, I thought the picture quality was fantastic and the mic was good too - only problem being that you have to have your face right up next to the cam for it to be loud enough! Never seen a review like yours for this product before, but I guess every product has a few that are faulty!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2009 12:32:31 BDT
MadelineJ says:
mine was exactly the same with the mic - i have to hold it next to my mouth, and it really fizzes when im recording, though the picture was very good - however ive got the same red pixel talked about in the review...i guess youre right - a few have to be faulty, but still, it sucks! lol

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2009 17:01:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2009 17:03:31 BDT
Infracom says:
I too have problems with the mic. I bought this webcam to attach to my Desktop monitor and the mic sensitivity is far too low. It's not my speech volume because I often use hands-free desk phone and the mic in my laptop without any problems but the mic in this webcam seems to need me to be a few inches away; this is completely impractical when it is on a desktop monitor, or even attached to a laptop. I also find the call button far too easy to press accidentally if I adjust the position or focus.
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