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Creative Labs Live! Ultra for Notebooks

alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 reviews of Creative Labs Live! Ultra for Notebooks. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the Creative Labs Live! Ultra for Notebooks is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Creative Labs Live! Ultra for Notebooks

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Creative Labs Live! Ultra for Notebooks from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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reliability

78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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May, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Creative Labs Live! Ultra for Notebooks

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Creative Labs Live! Ultra for Notebooks from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Webcams on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

reliability

59% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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May, 2018

Expert review by : Brian Heater (laptopmag.com)

Creative Live! Ultra for Notebooks

 
Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (howstuffworks.com)

Creative WebCam Live! Ultra Review and Prices

 

The WebCam Live! Ultra is a respectable (although not inexpensive) choice for individuals buying their first webcam. Image quality is only average, but it's as good as the quality you will get from most budget-price webcams.

Easy to set up and use, impressive software bundle

no pan or tilt features, base works better on LCD and notebook displays than CRTs or other flat surfaces

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (howstuffworks.com)

Creative WebCam Live! Ultra for Notebooks Review and Prices

 

Creative's WebCam Live! Ultra for Notebooks has a price tag that's high enough to move it out of the fun gadget category and into more serious territory. If you have a true need (rather than a simple desire) for a webcam, the Ultra's features and...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Stephen Cohen (goodgearguide.com.au)

Creative Labs Live! Ultra for Notebooks

 

76º camera angle ; Compact yet highly durable construction

Inaccuracy of "Face tracking" feature, Software needs a few refinements

The Creative Ultra! Live for Notebooks is a well-built, durable webcam aimed at style-conscious laptop users. However, we look forward to future, more refined releases of the Creative software.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Stephen Cohen (goodgearguide.com.au)

Creative Live! Ultra for Notebooks

 

The Creative Live! Ultra for Notebooks holds a lot of potential, boasting excellent construction, portable design, adequate 'extras', and two unique f...

76º camera angle; Compact yet highly durable construction

Inaccuracy of “Face tracking” feature, Software needs a few refinements

The Creative Ultra! Live for Notebooks is a well-built, durable webcam aimed at style-conscious laptop users. However, we look forward to future, more refined releases of the Creative software.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Ankur Badhwar (goodgearguide.com.au)

Creative Labs Live! Ultra

 

CCD Sensor, wide view angle, simple setup and use, can operate at 640 x 480 @ 30fps

Expensive, resource intensive software, limited features in included software

An easy to use and capable webcam, although slightly expensive.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Matthew Elliott (cnet.com.au)

Creative Live Cam Notebook Ultra

 

The Creative Live Cam Notebook Ultra is about the closest alternative to an integrated laptop Webcam; unfortunately its image quality is no better than average.

Compact size ; Clips securely to laptops ; Included headphone/microphone set improves audio

Poor image quality, particularly in low light ; Wide-angle lens has unintended fisheye effect

Other extras in the box include a travel pouch and a headphone and microphone set. Audio quality improved by using the tethered mic instead of the Webcam's integrated one, but you'll be appearing in your Webcam video wearing earbuds with a mic clipped...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Lara Luepke (cnet.com.au)

Creative WebCam Live Ultra

 

Ideal for novice users, this camera provides good video and picture quality, although its quality when used with video instant messengers could be better.

Rotates 360 degrees ; Useful software bundle

Pixelated and dark images with video instant messaging ; Stand isn't compatible with CRT monitors

This camera's white-balance and exposure controls are automatic, as is its wide-screen view, and the automatic settings work well in high light situations. In dim environments, however, we found that the subject of the video, whether it was a person's...

Apr, 2005

Consumer review (newegg.com)

works just fine

 

I'm using this with yawcam for a poor man's motion activated security camera. it gives me a bigger view of the room which is what I was looking for. Much nicer than my ancient first gen webcam from 4 years ago.

nice wide angle lens and reasonably sharp images. Decent amount of correction controls and the face detection is a potentially nice feature that I turned off

short cable, limited mounting options and no vertical adjustment

Jan, 2013

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Not good

 

I bought this camera to record the suspicious activities when I'm not home. The software allows you to record every time it detects motion. Unfortunately it crashes all the time. I tried to reinstall the drivers but the problem persists. No...

Wide viewing angle. Decent picture quality

Terrible drivers.! Terrible software! Crashes all the time.No live support. Very poor documentation

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

Stylish and versatile, the Creative WebCam Live! Ultra for Notebooks is a must-have for notebook users. It is designed for portability and durability, and it even comes with a PowerGrip attachment that securely clips onto your notebook. The Live! Ultra for Notebooks is a small webcam with big features. It is the only notebook webcam with a 76

CCTV

Audio Support: Yes
Camera Mechanical Design:Fixed
Max Digital Video Resolution:1280 x 960/640 x 480

Design

Built-in flash: No
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Cable Length:70.9
Color of product:Black / Grey
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Mounting type:Stand
Pan Range:80
Sensor Type:CCD
Tilt angle:240

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Creative Technology
Model:Live! Cam Notebook Ultra/Live! Ultra for Notebooks
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Creative/Creative WebCam

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Total Pixels:1,300,000 pixels/640 x 480

Other Features

Color: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP SP2/64-bit\nMicrosoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP SP2\nWindows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP(SP2)/XP(64-bit)/Vista / Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, or XP / Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP\n / Windows XP SP2/XP 64/Vista / Windows XP/XP 64-bit
Mac compatibility: No
Manual focus: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:100 / 300 / 500
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium 4 / AMD 1.8GHz / Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHZ / AMD Athlon XP 1800 / Intel Pentium III / AMD Athlon 733MHz / Intel Pentium III 733MHz / Intel Pentium IV 1.8 GHz / AMD / Intel Core2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz / Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon XP, 1.8GHz / Pentium 4 1.6 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 1800 / Pentium III 700MHz
Minimum RAM:128 / 256
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM / CD-ROM drive \nUSB 1.1 port (USB 2.0 recommended) \nDisplay adapter capable of 16-bit color / CD-ROM \nUSB 1.1\n / CD-ROM\nUSB / Windows ME/2000/XP
Optical drive required: Yes
Sensor Resolution:640x480
USB powered: Yes
USB required: Yes

Packaging Data

Bundled software:-Creative WebCam Center \n-ArcSoft PhotoImpression \n-ArcSoft VideoImpression \n-ArcSoft Multimedia Email\n-ArcSoft Collage Creator\n / Creative WebCam Center \nArcSoft PhotoImpression \nArcSoft VideoImpression \nArcSoft Multimedia Email \nArcSoft Collage Creator
Desktop stand: Yes

Performance

Digital Zoom:4
Face tracking: Yes
Full HD: No
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum image resolution:1280 x 960 / 1300000 / 2560 x 1920 / 5000000
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 960 / 640 x 480
Megapixel:1.3 / 5
Parental Control: Yes
Photo feature: Yes
Snapshot button: Yes
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 768
Viewing angle, horizontal:70 / 80
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64
Zoom capability: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP/Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition / Microsoft Windows XP SP2

Video Input

Camera Type:Notebook web camera
Computer Interface:Hi-Speed USB
Still Image Capture Resolution:2560 x 1920