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Labtec Notebook Webcam

Labtec Notebook Webcam Webcam

640 X 480 Feb 2010
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Portable Video Instant Messaging at an excellent value. The USB 2.0 Labtec notebook webcam is the ideal PC camera for keeping in touch with friends and family on the road. The Labtec Notebook... More
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6 Reasons For

Good Size

Some customers wrote in their reviews that this webcam was compact.

One Labtec Notebook Webcam reviewer who reviewed the Labtec Notebook Webcam considered that it was lightweight. Howstuffworks.com wrote “The Labtec Notebook Webcam is a compact, lightweight multimedia video camera that is easy to take with you when you travel”.

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Nice Design

Several people who reviewed the Labtec Notebook Webcam agreed that it was a good design.

Good Technical Features

Some customers wrote in their reviews that this webcam had good features. Expert review site Howstuffworks.com wrote nine years ago “The compact design features a flexibl” nonetheless they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Good Picture Quality

One person reckoned that it produced a good quality image.

Good Product Quality

One Labtec Notebook Webcam owner who bought it thought it was good quality. Howstuffworks.com mentioned “Reasonably good image quality, works with most notebook displays as well as many desktop LCD displays, includes a carrying pouch, supports both USB 2.0” in their review of the Labtec Notebook Webcam however despite that they only scored it 60 out of 100.

Very Small Minimum RAM

The Labtec Notebook Webcam has a fairly small minimum RAM (only 128 megabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec webcams that were released around the same time as the Notebook Webcam. Webcams that have been available for a similar time to the Notebook Webcam have minimum RAMs of between 120MB and 2.1GB.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This webcam received a score of 60 out of 100 from webcam expert review site Howstuffworks.com. This puts this Labtec webcam in the bottom 18% of all the webcams of this spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Most webcams of a comparable type and age to the Notebook Webcam do not have a motion detector. The Notebook Webcam is no exception to this as it too does not have a motion detector.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Microphone

The Notebook Webcam does not have a built-in microphone, unlike most of the other webcams that are a comparable age to the Notebook Webcam.

We think you might also be interested in alternative webcams which also have a built-in microphone including the Media-Tech MT4023, the Rocksoul WK-106 ($37.99), or the Logitech C930e ($105.99) which is also higher rated.

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Not USB Powered

Most comparable spec webcams that were released around the same time as the Notebook Webcam are not USB powered. The Labtec Notebook Webcam is no exception to this as it too is not USB powered.

If you would prefer a webcam that is USB powered then you might also want to look at the C930e ($105.99), or the C910 both from Logitech or the Bluestork BS-CAM-100K-D which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Like most of the other webcams that are a similar age to the Notebook Webcam, the Notebook Webcam does not feature face tracking.

It is worth also looking at other webcams which also feature face tracking including the Logitech C910, the Hercules HD Emotion, or the Thrustmaster HD Emotion which also has a higher rating.

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Not Mac Compatibility

Most webcams that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Notebook Webcam are not mac compatibility. The Labtec Notebook Webcam is no exception to this as it too is not mac compatibility.

Webcams which are mac compatibility that might be worth looking at include the C910, or the 960-000856 both from Logitech or the Genius FaceCam 320 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

Most webcams of a similar spec and age to the Notebook Webcam do not have a zoom capability. The Notebook Webcam is no exception to this as it too does not have a zoom capability.

We compared this webcam to all the other webcams with a zoom capability and we think the TV Cam, the 960-000856, or the C930e + H820e all from Logitech which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

The Labtec Notebook Webcam is not full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams that are a similar age to the Notebook Webcam are also not full HD.

If you want a webcam that is full HD then you might also want to look at the C930e ($105.99), the C910, or the TV Cam all from Logitech which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Notebook Webcam does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other webcams that are a comparable age to the Notebook Webcam also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at alternative webcams which also have a night mode including the Tenda C30, the LogiLink WC0022, or the T'nB NIGHTY480.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

The Labtec Notebook Webcam does not have a snapshot button. Most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as the Notebook Webcam also do not have a snapshot button.

It is worth also looking at other webcams which also have a snapshot button including the HP HD 4310, the Bluestork BS-CAM-100K-D, or the T'nB PIXY350 which also has a higher rating.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Labtec Notebook Webcam

Released Over Seven Years Ago

This webcam has been on the market for over seven years.

640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Notebook Webcam is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Expert Reviews

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Howstuffworks.com

26 March 2007

The Labtec Notebook Webcam is a compact, lightweight multimedia video camera that is easy to take with you when you travel. It even comes with its own carrying pouch, so you dont have to worry...

Reasonably good image quality, works with most notebook displays as well as many desktop LCD displays, includes a carrying pouch, supports both USB 2.0 and 1.1
No face-tracking feature, works best in a brightly lit room at a reasonably close distance, lacks a real software bundle

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