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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500
alaScore 80

183 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 183 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 183 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500

 

Take the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 , replace its rubber tail with a square plastic base, throw in some new video effects and interchangeable faceplates, and you've got the new LifeCam VX-5500. The camera body and optics remain the same, which means the...

Excellent image quality, especially in low light; flexible, sturdy stand works on top of desktop or laptop; 3D video effects improve on past efforts; low price.

LifeCam application remains lackluster; not compatible with Macs.

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 is a well designed, affordable Webcam with excellent image quality.

Golden Tachometer Award

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 Webcam E4C-00001

 

The LifeCam VX-5500 sits near the top of Microsoft's web cam offerings yet the E4C-00001 kit checks in at a very reasonable price point. It has some great features including noise cancelling, echo cancelling, 1.3MP HD picture quality, and...

Eminently Mobile ; Flexible base offering 360 degree camera rotation ; Highly Integrated To The "Live Suite" of products ; Easy To Use ; Above Average Chat Picture and Audio Quality

Hardware Specs Are Mediocre ; 15 FPS Cap At Full Resolution

The OOBE (Out Of Box Experience) with this product is really phenomenal and I think it delivers where most people need it to: above average video and audio quality for only a slight price premium, auto settings that work so well they make manual...

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500

 

For years the idea of video conferencing and video phones was only a pipe dream or a prop in low budget Sci-Fi films. When the internet came around this dream started to become a reality but with many limitations. More recently the idea of video phones...

So after spending time with the VX-55500 LifeCam I was able to get a good idea of its functionality and usefulness. I was really impressed with the mounting system to gives you the ability to sit the VX-5500 on the table just as easily as mounting it...

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500

 

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 is a very nice webcam with many cool built in features. With three interchangeable color faceplates, this webcam has the ability to match a user's style and preferences. The webcam works very well in many lighting...

Simple Install ; Small and easy to position ; User friendly

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The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 is a great mobile or desktop webcam that has good picture quality. Many webcams will not work well in lowlight but the VX-5500 works well in many lighting situations. With excellent video software and many features, the...

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Great picture and price to match!

 

The set-up was simple, the picture and sound are great, and if you shop around, you will find this camera can be purchased at a very reasonable price. If you don't have a webcam or have one that is of questionable quality, this camera is something you...

The picture and sound sound quality is very good. Another plus is it also has a good picture even in low-light conditions, which wasn't the case with my Logitech camera. Set-up was a snap

I really don't have any negatives with this webcam

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"Great picture and price to match!"

 

The set-up was simple, the picture and sound are great, and if you shop around, you will find this camera can be purchased at a very reasonable price. If you don't have a webcam or have one that is of questionable quality, this camera is something you...

The picture and sound sound quality is very good. Another plus is it also has a good picture even in low-light conditions, which wasn't the case with my Logitech camera. Set-up was a snap!

I really don't have any negatives with this webcam.

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"Basics OK, but it's VERY Microsoft"

 

1. The 20 minute broadband download of a pig of Microsoft software I had no interest in that was part of the install. (I know better than stopping mid-point. I've spent too many weeks fixing "features" MS "offered" me. Even uninstalling made me nervous.)

Easy setup; well mostly... Image and sound seem adequate. Good value. Looks good. Funny hat and mask overlays follow your face movements pretty well. Impressive programming, but in actual use, only funny once for most adults. Folds for travel.

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Basics OK, but it's VERY Microsoft

 

1. The 20 minute broadband download of a pig of Microsoft software I had no interest in that was part of the install. (I know better than stopping mid-point. I've spent too many weeks fixing "features" MS "offered" me. Even uninstalling made me...

Easy setup; well mostly... Image and sound seem adequate. Good value. Looks good. Funny hat and mask overlays follow your face movements pretty well. Impressive programming, but in actual use, only funny once for most adults. Folds for travel

Too many to fit 250 character limit here. See Summary below ; Hey C-net, why can't we say much good or bad specifically, but we get 5000 characters to "Bottom-line summary

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Great picture and price to match!

 

The set-up was simple, the picture and sound are great, and if you shop around, you will find this camera can be purchased at a very reasonable price. If you don't have a webcam or have one that is of questionable quality, this camera is something you...

The picture and sound sound quality is very good. Another plus is it also has a good picture even in low-light conditions, which wasn't the case with my Logitech camera. Set-up was a snap

I really don't have any negatives with this webcam

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Solid performer for the price

 

I've had this and the Logitech 9000 Pro and this one seems to work as well as the more expensive logitech.

Easy plug 'n play installation. Worked without a hitch

Some echoing with the audio, could be the software

Product Specifications

Share your world with friends and family - anywhere, anytime. The LifeCam VX-5500 folds flat to go with you whenever, and wherever, you want to use it. Fits on all monitors, including flat screens and notebooks, or sits directly on your desk.

CCTV

Audio Support: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Microsoft
Model:VX-5500
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

Video Input

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