When I first bought my laptop the first thing that I noticed was that the built in webcam wasn't the best quality and didn't work well with messengers such as skype and MSN video calls. Being a student this was a big deal for me as I spend a lot of time communicating with people who are in a different area. As I'm a student Im on a tight budget and I wanted to grab the cheapest webcam I could find. I bought this webcam from a wholesaler on ebay for £5; this seemed like a bargain at the time with most webcams in shops ranging from £10 - £30. I think the average retail price for this specific webcam is about £15 give or take a few pounds depending on the store. Due to the price of the webcam I wasn't expecting anything too spectacular just hoping for a better picture quality than my built in cam.
Setting up and installing the webcam couldn't have been easier, you just need to install some software and programmes which are on the accompanied disc which has a step by step guide and only takes about 10 minutes, plug the webcam in, then you just need to test and adjust some settings on the webcam and you're good to go. The overall installation took about 15 minutes which is great for those who are impatient and like to get going as soon as possible.
It was easy to set the webcam up due to the easy use clip built on to it, it's adjustable so it can sit comfortably on any computer or laptop screen, you could even place it on a bookshelf or somewhere at a different angle as long as its within the lengthy lead's range.
The programme that is installed from the disc is called Vidtm, this is a programme that allows you to video call as well as use various other features. Some of these features are being able to take photographs through your webcam, which is handy for people who like to constantly update profile pictures of take quick snaps for blogging. There is also a feature that allows you to adapt the picture that the webcam captures such as adding borders, changing colours and hues and using tools to change yourself into a caricature or morph the image. I personally love this aspect of the webcam as it brings fun and additional entertainment to video calls I make to my friends, and it's so easy to use! These features are just some of the things that make this webcam above and beyond what I thought it would be.
There is a built in microphone which has a reasonable sound quality to it, not brilliant but a lot better than I expected for such a low price. The microphone has never frozen on me, however the video itself has frozen a few times when my laptop has lagged.
The webcam looks good, easy to use and install, barely lags and is great value for money, however I am aware that in today's market it's possible to get even better webcams for the same price so I'll have to knock a star off in comparison to newer versions.
If you have read any of my other reviews on products made by Logitech, you will have realised that I love them. Primarily because they are reliable and can be trusted, which is more than can be said for others out there. This webcam made by them is another one of there products which reinforces such an opinion. The thing about the C200 is that although it is a better webcam than others produced by Logitech, the price isnt much more, selling at around £14, and a bargain at that without a doubt.
The main advantage of this webcam is the quality of the camera, which is of course of high importance in such a device. This model exhibits a 1.3 megapixel, which is evidenced in the quality of the pictures you can take with the webcam, just one example. When using the video on Skype, in is honest like looking into a mirror, the image of the screen is so clear, not fuzzy or pixelated, just a precise image. I have used this camera many times to take images and upload them onto Facebook, because as soon as you take an image, you can save into a folder, just as if you had uploaded from a digital camera.
As we have a flat screen monitor with our computer (just like most these days), we can attach the webcam to the top of it, therefore reduces movement of videos and such, which makes the webcam fixed into a single solid position throughout its use. When not in use it can be unclipped and stored away. An extra added feature with the Logitech webcam is the inclusion of a microphone, yes not the best but the addition alone is an improvement. I would rather have one than not.
A really decent piece of equipment, definitely gets my recommendation. Cheap yet amazing quality, certainly worth the money spent. Thanks for reading.
My daughter wanted a usb based webcam for her laptop so that she could chat with her friends over Skype, and looking on Amazon at the time, I noticed that this Logitech Webcam C200 seemed to be a good deal. At just over £10, it was towards the bottom end of the price scale for webcams, but it had over 45 reviews, with an average overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. So the low price and high rating sort of made the decision that this would be a good buy.
The camera itself it very compact and seems to have somewhat of a multifunctional stand on it. The camera element is about the size of a golf ball, with a light grey back and dark grey front and a small dark lens. It sits on top of a bracket which has a front lip which is designed to hook over the front edge of your computer screen. At the back of this bracket there is a further hinged bracket, which itself has another hinged bracket off the bottom of that. So the bracket itself proves to be very versatile in that you can fix it to the top of your screen as a conventional webcam, or you can arrange the brackets to create a stand and stand the camera on the desk by the side of you computer or off of a shelf. It also comes with a 6 feet long connection cable to a usb plug which gives you even more freedom as to where you want to place the camera.
Installation is very simple where the drivers are provided on a CD. So insert the CD, connect up the camera to a spare usb and then let everything install correctly. The only minor issue I had was that the CD then goes on to try and give you the option of installing an extra programme called Logitech Vid which apparently gives you and anyone you call a free, fast and easy video calling utility. Now Skype already does this and I only wanted this webcam to be the video element of a Skype based call, and hence, I didn't really want or need to have another video calling program installed onto my computer along with all the extra unwanted bits that they always seem to install in the process. So hence, I chose not to install the Logitech Vid bit.
In use, I was actually quite surprised. For a relatively cheap webcam, the video quality was surprisingly good. Since this is on my daughter's laptop system, and we have the flexibility of moving the laptop around the house, we tend to Skype more with this than on the main computer, and I've managed to see the quality of this webcam from both sides so to speak by trying out the receiving end, by linking in from Skype on my other computer and seeing the output, and also seeing what the picture quality looks like on the laptop from the Logitech. I have a Microsoft Lifecam webcam on my main computer system which was somewhat more expensive than this Logitech version, but in terms of video quality both in terms of what the laptop 'sees' and what is transmitted over Skype, I personally think that the Logitech wins hands down. The picture just seems to be sharper and clearer with smoother movement throughout.
The webcam also has a built in microphone. Now I've always been sceptical of the quality of these, but I've been proven wrong with this Logitech. Again, linking in over my other computer, I've found the sound quality to be very good, clear and concise. Apparently there is some software inbuilt called Logitech Rightsound which very effectively manages to cut out any background noise from your conversation.
What else can I tell you about this? Well, it also manages to take still photos at 1.3 megapixels, which is also software enhanced. OK, not a brilliant resolution and most mobile phones will better that with ease, but I suppose it is a nice to have feature rather than a necessity.
In summary, the high rated reviews on Amazon obviously proved that this webcam is a great deal, especially when you consider the relatively cheap price. Hence, highly recommended.
Back before I had a laptop with a build in webcam, I used the Logitech webcam C200 as a standalone webcam to use with the PC. Nowadays, I don't really use it, as it's easier to use the laptop if I want to Skype etc, than set up the webcam, but in it's time, it was excellent. I needed the webcam at the time to talk to my parents, who had moved away and we wanted to be a bit more in touch than emailing or just telephoning.
The webcam was very easy to install - it comes with an installation CD containing it's own little programme to help you use the webcam. Once installed onto your computer, the steps to use the device are very clear and a couple of clicks was all it took for me to have the camera up and working, and an video image of myself up on the screen. Connecting to my mum's computer was also easy through Skype (though you can also use programmes such as MSN messenger), and I was very surprised at the quality of the video and sound quality when I video called her for the first time. The webcam has a built in microphone, which is handy particularly if the speakers/microphone on your PC aren't good. This also means you don't have to buy a seperate headset microphone too, as the webcam itself picks up your audio.
In terms of looks, the webcam is pretty straight forward - it looks much like many other webcams, being dark grey plastic with a large round 'eye' with a lens in the middle which films you. There is a clip to attach the webcam to your computer, which is easy to use and is designed to fit on all screens. It's adjustable too, so once the clip is in place, you can swivel the 'eye' round to make sure it's in the right position and you're well framed. As well as video calls, the webcam cam also take photos, at a decent enough size of 1.3 megapixels. I remember when phones didn't have a capacity that high, but these days, you still might think the images are a little blurry when compared to the 5+ megapixels you get on some phones and good cameras.
Logitech are a good reliable brand in my experience, and this product is typical of them - it's currently selling on Amazon for £12.99, which I consider to be a good price for the quality and ease of use for this item. As far as affordable webcams go, it's up there with the rest of them.
Before we moved back to London, my Mum couldn't always make it down to Bournemouth to see us - she would come twice a month but she always felt she was missing out on my daughter growing up. So when a little package arrived in the post for me containing this webcam, I knew it was a hint that she wanted to see my daughter a bit more! She had one herself and thought this would be the perfect way for us to see each other when we couldn't physically be near each other.
I was surprised at how simple this was to install. It only took a matter of minutes to get it up and running. To install the software on to my computer it was just simply a case of putting in the software CD and letting it do pretty much everything for me aisde from me clicking a couple of different things.
The webcame has a little clip on it which you clip to the top of your computer or laptop. You can fiddle about with it so you can position it just right for yourself (though if you do have a tiny person be prepared for it to be knocked out of place a good few times).
The webcam is dark grey and light grey with "Logitech" written in the Logitech front on the top of the webcam. It has the little lens in the middle. The base and clip also match in colour.
The webcam's techinical details are listed as follows:
*Logitech Vid giving you and anyone you call free, fast and easy video calling
* VGA sensor
*Take photos at up to 1.3 megapixels
*Built-in microphone with Logitech RightSound
I was very pleased about the inbuilt microphone. At least now when we could see each other on the screen we didn't have to be using the phone to be able to talk to each other!
I used the webcam with MSN and it worked perfectly. I did find it took a few minutes to connect but once it did, I was really pleased with it. The picture quality is very good. The picture is crystal clear and doesn't pixelate at all. The colours were bright and it was like I was in the same room as my Mum. My daughter could see her clearly too and was more than happy to see Nanna.
The inbuilt microphone is excellent too. You can hear every word and sometimes I think it is better than my landline telephone!
Highly recommended and it can now be picked up for the bargain price of £12.99 - it does exactly what it says on the box and I truly think it is better than its price tag would make you believe.
Logitech Webcam C200
Not so long ago I was introduced into the world of Skype by my sister, she convinced me that it was teh most amazing thing ever and that I had to have it or I would be lost!! What she neglected to tell me was that for this I would need a web-cam (which I didn't have). Before I could get round to talking myself out of the whole idea she insisted that we should go shopping that very minute to get one - very pushy for a 15 year old.
Off we went and during the whole confusing experience (I never knew that there could be that many different webcams to choose from!) I spotted this Logitech C200 Webcam and being familiar with the name due to the speaker accessories that I had, I thought this would be a safe bet as it was cheap and I knew that the speakers that I bought were also cheap and good quality so that was all the convincing that I needed - Deal Done.
Getting the product home and out of the packaging, my first impression of the product was ''how can something so small do a job so big!'' to me the whole idea of a webcam was rather fascinating and mesmerising - I really need to get out more!
The webcam itself is basic black, it has a ball at the top in which the camera lens sits and is attatched to what I can only describe as a sort of vice lookin grip, which I was informed was in fact more along the lines of a universal clip, meaning that it could be attatched to a number of surfaces that you would encounter with your computer or laptop.
Reading some of the product specifications I found that it was 1.3mp, sounded rather impressive but I was informed that 1.3 is not the best as most mobile phone cameras were a higher mp than that, but once it was up and running and I seen the quality, I was amazed at how clear and crisp the picture was. If this is not the best then I would be amazed to see something even better!
The camera can be used to take still pictures or used for video and online activities. It also has a built in microphone which helps to reduce any background noise when using.
Installation is quick and easy, just plug in and follow the on screen instructions. There is a troubleshooting section in the manual should you encounter any problems and also an installation disc for problems regarding your device not being recognised by your computer or laptop.
Overall I have not really had any problems that I can complain about with the Logitech C300. A few times I have found that the sound quality can be affected by ststic and the occasional dribble of background noise and once or twice the picture on screen has fuzzed but apart from that nothing at all, what can you expect from something bargain priced.
The Logitech Webcam C200 can be purchaced online from amazon.com and is priced around £13.00!
This is a very versatile webcam for a model in this price range. It comes complete with a variety of features useful for long distance chatting, although not all of them are perhaps as high a quality as they could be.
One of the biggest advantages of the Logitech Webcam C200 has over similar products is the fact that it comes with Logitech VidTM, a video calling program that is free to use. But no matter what your preferred chat program may be - MSN, Skype, etc - as soon as you connect the webcam up to your computer you will be confronted with a series of prompts that will guide you effortlessly through the connection process.
This product broadcasts in colour thanks to the inbuilt VGA sensor, but don't get too excited just yet. I have often found the image quality to be poor due to graininess, and the patchy areas that pop up from time to time. These imperfections pale in comparison, however, with the image stalling that occurs almost every time I use the webcam. I have discovered that once this stalling commences it rarely rectifies itself naturally. Most often I will have to disconnect and reconnect it to revert back to a decent image. Even for a webcam of this value I believe the image quality should be much improved on this.
I have had marginally more success with the camera facility. With a capacity of 1.3 megapixels, the still images you take from this model may not rival those of a digital camera, but they are not bad. They deliver impressive clarity in smaller images, but if you increase the size to more than around 9 x 6cm the picture becomes markedly reduced in sharpness.
The C200 has an inbuilt microphone that boasts RightSound technology. While this purports to eliminate or at least drastically reduce background noise however, I have found that this is rarely the case. The familiar rush and hiss of static seems present more often than it should, and so I have resorted to using my own microphone in its place.
Equipped with a universal clip, the product can be securely attached to LCD monitors, laptops, or just sit on a shelf or desk. In this respect I have found it to succeed, as it does indeed remain stable when it is attached to your chosen surface. I have never had any problems with it loosening or becoming detached when I have slotted it into position.
The Logitech Webcam C200 retails at £16.99. I believe there are better quality webcams on the market for this price, or even less. The product is aesthetically pleasant with its orb-like black exterior and rotating head. It is also commendable in that it requires no drivers or software to operate - you merely plug it in and it is ready to go. I do feel, however, that the abundance of features is marred by the often substandard quality. If you can pick one of these up for significantly less than its retail price you may have snagged a bargain. Otherwise, I fear, you may have landed yourself a problem.
I'm a big fan of Logitech products, and if I'm in need of some sort of computer accessory (and heaven forbid, I always seem to be in need of some computer accessory), I always check to see if there's a good quality Logitech product that can help me.
The C200 webcam was one of them. The second one I owned after my first one was borrowed and never returned, I picked this one up because it was going at a pretty decent price of only fifteen pounds at the time.
The main features of this is its typical 1.3 megapixel camera which takes surprisingly good quality video and photos. While all webcams seem to have the same specs, some appear to take much better quality video than others, and this is one of them. The software it comes with includes a video-chat program which I never use and one to take simple photographs with it, which I find quite useful a lot of the time, especially when I want to take photos of work, or drawings and quickly send them online instead of having to scan them (which normally takes forever).
It attaches itself through use of a pretty useful and poseable clip which can be placed almost anywhere and be pretty stable. I've had it on my monitor, laptop and perched in different places when I had to take pictures or videos of other things. It connects through USB and the connecting cable is pretty long so you are not too restricted when trying to place it somewhere.
It comes with a microphone, which isn't of bad quality, and is probably better than the one that came default on my laptop, although I don't often use it, so I can't really compare. The desktop it's sometimes used on doesn't have one, so it does come in quite handy.
All in all, this is a pretty good product, best suited for video calling on MSN or Skype. If you're in need of a webcam, and there's always a time when you call for one, I would recommend this one. It's easy to use, good quality, durable and comes at a decent price
Over the years, I have owned a variety of webcams, and for some reason, they either keep breaking or the quality of them just isn't what I was looking for. I needed a good high resolution webcam. My parents live in America and therefore, contacting them is primarily using a webcam, phone calls can be very costly and inconvient because of the time difference. My friends recommend me to buy this Logitech Webcam last month, and I have to say, I haven't been disappointed yet. I took a matter of minutes to set up, the software installation was unbelieveably simple, just insert the disk and follow the on screen instructions.
I wanted a webcam that would transmit clear and sharpe images, and that's what I got when I started to use this webcam. I did have a microphone that I used in addition to the webcam so that I could talk to my parents, however, the Logitech has one build in, so there is no need to have both a webcam and a microphone connected at the same time.
I use Skype when I talk to my parents, and this service detected my webcam instantly, however when my son was using it to talk to his friends on MSN, he had difficulty, and had to re-install the software for some reason. The images on the screen are no where near as good using this cam on msn, Im not sure if that's the actual webcam or our computer, but it was a definite problem.
In addition, my previous webcams have had to be rested on a table or a something, usually I held them in my hand, but with this product, you can attached it to your screen using a clip, however it you don't have a laptop or a flat screen monitor, this feature would be an advantage to you for obvious reasons.
I have used on a regularly basis for a while now, and personally love it, and would definitely suggest others to buy it also.
I do a lot of travelling in my line of work as I have mentioned in previous reviews that my laptop is quite possibly at times my only connection to my friends and family back home, and also to friends I have made abroad, so it's good that my laptop has a cam built in so I never have to worry about carrying a computer cam around with me, well one day (you know where this is going right?) my webcam packs it in and because I don't have insurance outside of the country I have to wait till I get back to England, so in the mean time I now have to go webcam shopping (the last time I went cam shopping I was 18 years old, so you can guess how much cams have changed since then).
The Logitech Webcam C200 is all black in colour and attaches very easily and firmly to your laptop screen, with its very own clip that has a little grip at the front and a stopper at the back, so as you place it on it sits back and is held in place by the front grip and the back stopper gives it as much height as you need, with the camera (the shape of a ball sitting above the front grip) can also be adjusted to raise its perception or lower it, it can also be placed on flat surfaces like a table or a shelf and can still stand up alone. Along side being able to have a video call with friends and family you can also take photo shots of 1.3 mega pixels, ok its not the best quality of today but it gives you the ability to quickly take shots if you need them, there is no need to have a separate microphone either, this comes with a built in microphone and has the added ability to cut out any interfering background noise supplied for you by Logitech right sound technology.
If I had to say any down sides to this product would have to be that the webcam is a bit stiff to move around and it feels like you might actually break it, but once you have the desired angle you want you pretty much don't move it after that, so the next time you use it, its already in its position and you can just move your laptop screen to how you had it before.
When you plug in the Logitech Webcam C200 you just follow the installing process to how you will be viewing it, whether it be Yahoo, Skype or Msn, and then you are done, simple as that, now if you are having problems there is an installation disk along with manuals you are provided with but you only really need this if your computer or laptop isn't understanding the webcam.
When you see yourself in the webcam you will notice the quality isn't great, but then again you didn't pay for quality, the sound quality is as clear as a bell and it will surprise you at how good it is for the price you paid.
You can buy the Logitech Webcam C200 from Amazon for £8.95
You cant really lose with this little webcam because it delivers a great sound, good quality pictures and a stiff moving camera head, but if you want a great great great webcam then you better look at some of the more better styles and models but they will cost you significantly more in price, this also travels well and doesn't require a lot of room, but I would advise you to pick up a little pouch for it.
I absolutely recommend this to all people who need a web cam or a replacement cam or a temporary cam, either way it doesn't hurt the bank and is great to keep in touch with people.
I bought this webcam for my grandad recently, he's embracing Skype for the first time and needed a new webcam. Having spent many hours teaching him to use the PC i've been very impressed with this webcam.
I've owned a couple of webcams over the years and this one is up among the best of them. the 1.3 megapixel camera delivers a sharp and stable image and the built in microphone picks up voices well and clearly. As with most webcams i've noticed the picture jumping slightly on Skype when other memory hungry applications are running or there are multiple users on the broadband connection but this is an issue i've had with other webcams so dont think its anything to do with the webcam itself.
I think Logitech are one of the leading brands in webcams so i had no hesitation buying this one. It was about £20 (although i notice its now alot cheaper!) and this is about the right price in my opinion for a good webcam. All too often you can go for a cheaper option only to find the quality lets you down.
Installation is easy. I echo other reviews that Windows recognises this itself and installs it. There is some Logitech software on the installation CD but you dont really need this in my opinion - just configure this in Skype or another communications programme and it'll be recognised as your webcam next time you start the programme (e.g. Skype) up.
This webcam sits neatly on the top of an LCD monitor, i suspect it would also work with a laptop as the clip is adjustable to fit monitors of different depths. It feels pretty robust both when you fix the webcam to the monitor and adust the angle.
Summary: A good webcam, perfect to messaging/video calling. Easy to set up and use on a day to day basis and provides a good picture quality.
When my old webcam finally gave up its soul, I went ahead and purchased this one from Amazon. I've been using this for slightly more than two months now and so far it's running quite fine. The reason why I've been very wary of webcams in the past is that most webcams that I used- with the exceptions of precious few- end up being very fiddly, especially during the installation phase. I'm not much of a technie and it really bugs me when a simple webcam takes plenty of time and needs other applications to run. But this one is really simple and easy to use, and I managed to set it up quite quickly. The only issue I got was that it came with an installation CD which was a bit bothersome and complicated for me- but I tried installing it without the CD and it works just fine. In fact, if you purchase this, just try plugging it in and configuring the cam to your msn/skype/yahoo or whatever messenger you'll use instead of messing about with the installation disc.
Look-wise, I have to say that it looks quite sturdy and professional, not at all like the cute and rather delicate pink webcams that I usually go for. I'm currently using this with a notebook and it attaches just as easily as it does with my desktop. In fact, that's what I love most about it: I can very quickly unplug it from the computer to the laptop and vice-versa, without having to meddle with any additional applications to make it run. During the first weeks, it attached quite firmly to the screens. I was quite pleased with that since my previous webcam had the tendency to fall off the screen a lot. But it's been only two months since I'm using this webcam, and yet I already noticed that this is getting quite looser and tends to fall off easily, especially when I use it on my laptop- which has a thinner screen that the desktop. However, I'm pleased to see that while the bit which lies on the screen is loose, the neck of the webcam is as firm as ever, despite the fact that I have a tendency to play around with it a lot to adjust the height. In fact, it's just a tiny bit hard to move up and down but frankly speaking, that's fine by me; I'd rather it's like that than too loose!
Some of the technical details include:
* VGA resolution for video chats
* 1.3 megapixel photo resolution
* Built-in microphone (RightSound technology)
* Universal clip
Okay, the resolution could have been better than 1.3MP- but I was personally very pleased by how it captured the light and colors. I usually hate seeing myself on webcam because they usually mess with the light and make my face appear all pale and ghost-like, but this one captures just the right color and doesn't mess around with light as other do. I also noticed that it's not much of a problem if I use this in a rather dim room- the picture is less bright but just as clear as in bright light. The microphone works just fine: no fuzziness, no monster-like voice that I suddenly develop with other, cheaper webcams. Of course, the sound quality could be much better- but then again, this is not a highly-professional or among the highest quality webcams; there definitely are better out there. I will however say that it does quite a fine job for the price I paid!
Overall, I will very highly recommend this one if you need a new webcam- but for your desktop only. I'm not particularly pleased with the loose manner in which it clips to my laptop screen so I won't really recommend this for laptop/notebooks. Mine is black but I believe it also comes in grey and dark blue. It's currently at £14 on Amazon, quite a bargain since I paid mine for around £22.
~Thanks for reading~
I've owned a few webcams in the last few years and a few have been pretty good and some not so, but for me when choosing a webcam I almost always look towards Logitech as I think they are probably one of the best brands around and reliable too. I got my Logitech webcam C200 not too long ago and use it for my PC at home. It only cost me about £12 off amazon so was pretty pleased. I primarily use mine for speaking to a friend in Australia and family in Ireland for me it's invaluable and I love being able to see them as well as speaking to them.
One thing I did notice when purchasing this webcam was that it was pretty easy to install and set up by following the clear simple instructions, as there is nothing worse than buying a product that takes you forever to set up and is confusing. So with that done I could get on and test it out to see if worked.
I find this particular webcam easy to use and works with my computer that is Windows XP and doesn't seem to affect any progames like office that I have running on my machine. When I turn on Skype which I use all the time for work or personal calls, it knows immediately that there is software there in the form of the webcam so picks up on it.
There is a lens you can move around to get the best focus for a picture or so the other user can see you clearly and there is also a microphone in addition that you can use to speak with.
My PC upstairs that I use this on has a flat monitor but I was still able to attach it okay. There is a hook on the back of the webcam that is used to adjust and fit to almost any PC no matter which type you have.
I think this is a really good product as far as webcams go and I will hopefully be using this one for many years to come to talk to friends and family.
I bought this product about a year ago, due to me living north of London, and my girlfriend living south of London, as well as friends living in other continents. I was doing awkward shift work at the time, and geographical distances meant meeting up wasn't always practicable
This webcam is great, I spent about £25 on mine but I can see that it has already come down in price. It's easy to install and it set up in minutes.
One benefit is the support from Logitech afterwards. When the software is updated, Logitech sends it through to your computer as an update for you to install at your own leisure. Also when i restored my computer with recovery disks recently, I accidentally plugged it in, it recognised it and got the drivers for me. This is something which I've never seen done before and it's nice to know that hardware is proactive in making itself work.
It's easy to use and works with all compatible programmes. Once installed the software runs nicely in the background down in the task bar and when you call it up, its an graphical panel allowing you to take a picture, or video etc. When I run Skype or MSN Messenger, they both instantly know its there and it initialised at the start of the button. You can also fiddle with the settings on the programme Logitech uses to run this, adapting the light intake and the colour etc. furthermore, there's also a microphone and lens to you can focus and speak through it as well.
Logitech seems to recognise that everyone virtually has a flat panel monitor now and has adapted it as such. On the back is an adaptable hook that can be used to have it cling to the top of the monitor, making it universal to mount and use. In fact that would be my only advice against this product is if you have one of the older, more archaic style TV monitors, but even then it can fold up and rest nicely on the desk etc.
Overall, I can't really fault this product. It does it's job and does it well, and looks after itself afterwards and keep itself in top working condition.