Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Review

This is another Microsoft webcam that does a decent job, according to Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 reviews. Experts at PC Mag write that the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 provides good enough quality for chatting, although not as good as some later LifeCam models. Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 reviews by users are relatively positive. On CNET, users comment appreciatively on the value they get with the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 and on the quality of the video; some Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 reviews, however, are less satisfied with the audio and give the microphone a poor rating.

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 (starting at $25, Amazon) works with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher, and operating systems that run on Intel Pentium. With the Windows configurations, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 requires 3 GHz of processing speed; for the Intel Pentium, 1 GB of RAM is required. This cheap webcam needs 2 GB of RAM and 1250 MB of free space on your hard drive, and it's compatible with Skype, AOL Instant Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger in addition to Microsoft Office Communicator and Windows Live. This webcam has 640x400 pixel video resolution, 30 fps, and stores 1.3 megapixels of photos.

If you want the benefits of the generally good-quality Microsoft LifeCams but don't use Windows Live, the VX-3000 is one of the few with broad IM compatibility. Just remember to purchase a better microphone to use with it.

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