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The New England Patriots of Webcams

CNET Reviews comparison of four desktop Webcams

We have a winner: the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Logitech

I tested four desktop Webcams this month and went into the reviews thinking that the differences would be slight given that the trusted Webcam isn't exactly new or cutting-edge technology. Like Tom Brady and company this year (but without the cheating), one Webcam, however, proved itself to be far superior to the rest of the competition. The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 turned in the best image quality by far--particularly in low light--while also serving up the best software and build quality. It's like the Patriots, but with a strong running game. It's what Michael Scott might call a win-win-win.

The Creative Live Cam Optia AF isn't without its charms. It can do remote monitoring and time-lapse video, and the lens can be easily rotated--convenient for shooting objects other than yourself.

As for the other two? The Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 and Philips SPC-900NC cams proved to be average at best.

Need a smaller Webcam for your laptop? Logitech's got a winner for you here, too, but the choice isn't as clear cut. Read my previous laptop Webcam roundup here.