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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000
alaScore 82

1909 reviews

Jul, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1909 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and reliability are generally positive. The design and usability also get good feedback.

value for money, usability, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 180 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Web Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

value for money, usability, design

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam VX 5000 - BlueMicrosoft LifeCam VX 5000 - RedMicrosoft LifeCam VX 5000 - Green

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Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1315 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Webcams on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, reliability, design, size

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 - GreenMicrosoft LifeCam VX-5000 (Blue)Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 (Red)

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

 

Decent video, a bright image, and reasonable cost make the LifeCam a solid webcam, especially if you use Windows Live Messenger, for which it has a couple of special features.

Bright and clear video feed. Very easy install. Cool rubber grip. Good bundled software.

A few minor crashes. A few features work only with Windows Live Messenger. Audio quality only passable.

This functional webcam makes video chats look bright and crisp, thanks to a new low-light sensor with an extra software program. Still, we had a few minor crashes.

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 (Red)

 

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 offers vastly superior performance and a much improved design compared with last year's LifeCam NX-3000 model. The VX-5000 features a square shaped camera body on top of a bendable, rubber stand, which makes it easy to...

Excellent image quality, especially in low light; flexible rubber stand provides a stable and versatile base.

LifeCam application is lackluster; not compatible with Macs.

Despite its uninspired software, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 proves its worth with outstanding image quality, a funky and useful design, and low price.

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Basic webcam

 

Reviewers agree that the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 is the best budget webcam available for $40 or less, and recommend it for users who have older PCs with slower connections. Although it doesn't deliver image or sound quality that can match...

Good performance for the price, integrated microphone, flexible stand doubles as laptop clamp

Some complaints about bundled software

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

 

Today HL looks at a mid-range WebCam from Microsoft, the LifeCam VX-5000. Read along to find out how it stacks up!

Golden Tachometer Award

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 WebCam

 

Digital video and digital photography have become inextricably entangled in the lives of people in the 21st century. Cameras are being inserted into everyday life wherever you turn. The webcam has become the least expensive option in participating on...

Small Size ; Moldable base that can be placed almost anywhere on a desk ; 1.3 Mega Pixel camera and VGA (640x480) video recording ; Excellent picture quality and color accuracy in video chat ; Low video and image noise in all areas ; Simple to use...

Highly compressed photos at 1.3 mega pixels and fairly compressed video ; 640x480 video runs at 15fps ; LifeCam software wasn't particularly configurable

The LifeCam's packaging was very nice but came with a rather spartan accompany of materials. However, Microsoft's software support was particularly good and the appropriate software, drivers and chat program were all terribly easy to find, install and...

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The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 Review

 

Is the LifeCam the webcam to end all webcams? I went into this review wondering what Microsoft would try to do to set its webcam apart from the countless others on the market.

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Lifecam VX-5000

 

So, this is going to be my first hardware review forActivewin. I hope more will come. Gladly some fellow ActiveWin writers alreadydid a lot of reviews, so I have some reference material which I can use for myown review. If you have tips though which...

Compact Design ; Bendable Attachment ;

Some Software Features Don't Work or Don't Work as Expected ; No Integration with Other Online Services (Live Spaces Only)

I thinkthat the “estimated” price is a little too high compared to products from othercompanies, fortunately when searching for prices most of the online shops candeliver the webcam under the estimated street price. I also don’t quiteunderstand why the...

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 webcam review

 

Microsoft have been fairly consistent with their hardware accessories of late, producing peripherals that are well built is not terribly exciting in terms of design. The LifeCam VX-5000 follows that trend. But is this a webcam you should consider?...

Size, good build quality, indicator light

Stand not great for laptops, struggles with bright light and contrasty scenes

A compact webcam that copes well with web usage, but is sadly let down by the stand

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Microsoft LifeCam VX 5000

 

A bendy, twisty little webcam that covers the basics without breaking the bank.

remarkable. There are two solid ends, in between which is a flexible section that can be twisted into almost any shape, and the whole thing is coated in lovely soft-feel rubber. This, combined with the horizontally-swivelling head, makes the LifeCam...

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 review

 

Despite its uninspired software, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 proves its worth with outstanding image quality, a funky and useful design and low price

Excellent image quality, especially in low light ; Flexible rubber stand provides a stable and versatile base

LifeCam application is lacklustre ; Not compatible with Macs

Thevideo effects are more lame than goofy, and the LifeCam window showsonly your last video or still image captured as opposed to the moreuseful strip of thumbnails that Logitech's QuickCam software provides.You can easily open the folder to where...

Product Specifications

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 features Windows Live compatibility, world class VGA optics, superior low-light performance and a fun flexible design. Share more experiences with family and friends.

CCTV

Audio Support: Yes
Max Digital Video Resolution:640 x 480

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.8in
Height:4in
Weight:3.4oz
Width:1.8in

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Localization:Brazilian Portuguese / English / French / Spanish/English/Spanish / French / English / Brazilian Portuguese
Manufacturer:Microsoft
Model:VX-5000
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft LifeCam

Miscellaneous

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

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP SP2/Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP SP2

Video Input

Camera Type:Web camera
Computer Interface:Hi-Speed USB