Blue Microphones Eyeball 1.0 - web camera review: Blue Microphones Eyeball 1.0 - web camera

Performance
The Eyeball's audio performance was indistinguishable from the Snowflake, with 16-bit, 44.1KHz resolution and a clean, full sound that runs rings around any computer's internal microphone. With the Editors' Choice-winning Logitech Pro 9000 Webcam sharing the same $99 price tag, however, the Eyeball starts to lose some appeal.

We're glad to see that the Eyeball works seamlessly with both Mac and Windows machines, but we were a little disappointed with the video quality. In general, the Eyeball tends to render images at a noticeably higher contrast and with less subtlety than other cameras. We've included comparison shots below, showing the Eyeball against the Logitech Pro 9000 and built-in Macbook iSight camera.


On a Mac with a built-in iSight, the Eyeball camera (left) doesn't offer much of an improvement, unless you find its exaggerated color and contrast personally flattering.


Compared against the Logitech Pro 9000 (right), the Eyeball had a hard time capturing detail at longer distances, such as the trees in the window or the checkered blanket at the center of the photo.

The differences aren't dramatic enough to recommend against the Eyeball--in fact some people might prefer its more saturated look--but we wouldn't say video performance is the product's strong suit. But in spite of its lackluster video performance, the Eyeball's sound and style may prove hard to resist for those who prize portability over image quality.

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Blue Microphones Eyeball 1.0 - web camera

Part Number: eyeball Released: Feb. 1, 2009

MSRP: $59.95

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  • Release date Feb. 1, 2009
  • Camera Type web camera