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Eyeball USB Webcam

Eyeball USB Webcam

While many small netbooks and new laptops come equipped with built-in low-light Webcams designed for video chatting and basic camera functionality, many older students will need to use a camera with both HD audio and video for more professional productions. The Eyeball USB Webcam is a small plug-and-play tool that delivers huge sound benefits with little set-up. The most difficult part of getting the Eyeball up and running for us was following the included instructions, which in our case, came with page one of the quick start guide in English and page two in Spanish. But with a simple button push and a twist of the rounded speaker, we had our camera open and ready for connection to our computer with the included USB cord. The mount itself was adequate for our needs, but in cases of thicker monitors, an adapter was provided. One major benefit to the Eyeball was the rotating microphone and retracting video lens. When not in use, it can be folded up into itself so it can’t accidentally broadcast when you don’t want it to. This also makes it a handy travel option for those who want to keep the Webcam safe in transit.

Installation of the necessary drivers was automatic, leaving us able to use the camera with Skype upon a quick restart of our system. The camera functioned so well that we could easily see an improvement in the smoothness and color of our video output. Upon playback, the sound was obviously the major-selling point of this gadget, which is not surprising since it is manufactured by the audio company Blue Microphone.  With a $100 price point, this professional tool is attainable for the budgets of most budding vloggers and would make an excellent addition to the Web tools many college students need to talk with family members back home or with friends online.