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Logitech Pro C910 Webcam Review

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The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 promises 1080p video for Mac and Windows users. However, it’s not without shortcomings as illustrated in this combination demonstration video and review of the device.

The camera is purported to provide high-definition video up to 1080p using a wide-angle lens and auto focus. Logitech feels that it delivers picture quality which is “simply amazing.” You can video chat, blog, stream and upload to Facebook with one little tiny click. The Fluid Crystal Technology gives you smooth video style with clear images, rich colors and more:

  • Image-Perfect Tuning – World-class optics, lighting compensation and image processing make your videos, video calls and photos more breathtaking.
  • Auto Everything – Automatic adjustments for brightness, contrast, color saturation, colors, focus and face tracking make high-quality video calling and recording a breeze.
  • Internet-Ready Camera – Camcorder-quality videos, digital camera-quality stills and studio-level sound make online video sharing and communications faster, easier and more beautiful.
  • Easy Full HD video recording and sharing – Keep everyone up-to-date with stunning Full HD 1080p videos in 16:9 widescreen and publish with one click.
  • Fluid HD 720p video calling – Connect with everyone you care about in smoother HD clarity and detail.
  • Crystal-clear video and brilliant photos – Smooth autofocus and the precision Carl Zeiss pro lens keep your video calls and clips rich and sharp.
  • Sleek looks for desktops and notebooks – Flat-panel design blends nicely with your setup.

As I mentioned early on in this writeup, this device is not without its flaws. The hardware is seemingly amazing, yes. It has excellent saturation and color. The auto-focus works beautifully. Yes, I recorded in 1080p. Even though it’s high resolution, the frame rates sucks.

I’ve had nothing but issues with the software Logitech has bundled with this camera. The software is a MASSIVE fail in conjunction with a fantastic piece of hardware. I don’t understand this. It doesn’t matter how great your specs are. If the software sucks nothing else matters. I don’t get why Logitech hasn’t figured this out. Recording will randomly stop for no reason at all. I had to do more than twenty takes to get to the point I am at in this video.

We should be holding everyone’s feet to the fire when they review hardware. You have to really USE these devices before you can truly say whether it’s good or not. If someone had used this device for any length of time, wouldn’t they know that the software is a piece of garbage?

Even though I’m not happy with the way things are working out on the software side of things, I’m still seriously considering purchasing a second camera to carry with me when I travel. Quite simply, the hardware is THAT good.

Have you tried one of these out for yourself? What has your experience been like?

Do You Want a Logitech HD Webcam?

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I have been addicted to webcams since they were first introduced to the market. I still have the first one I ever owned sitting in a box in the closet! I have to thank Logitech for passing along their new HD C510 webcam, which is part of their new series. This little device may be small, but it packs a lot of punch!

The Logitech HD Webcam C510 with 720p Video and Swivel Design boasts fluid 720p HD video recording and video calling in 16:9 widescreen. It allows you to upload to your favorite sharing services with a click of the mouse.

The camera takes awesome 8 MP photos – much higher quality than the 5 MP ones that Logitech’s C310. They are crystal-clear and very sharp. The built-in automatic light adjustment works well in harsh or dim light situations, making it easier for the person on the other end of the line to see you.

The built-in microphone is actually pretty dang good. It picks up the smallest sound that you could ask it to… such as my dogs playing on the other side of the room. You won’t have to worry about the other person being able to hear you.

Automatic adjustments for brightness, contrast, color saturation, colors, focus and face tracking make high-quality video calling and recording a breeze. The “follow-my-face” feature only seems to work in standard resolution. I’m not sure that I appreciate everything on this camera being “always focused” instead of having the auto-focus capability found on their C910 model.

The software works very well, but there is one major drawback… there’s no software available for the Mac. You can use the webcam with a Mac, but you don’t have software to take full advantage of everything it has to offer.

If you’re looking for an HD webcam with an easy way to record and then push up to YouTube, this may well be the device you’ve been looking for.

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TouchCam N1 vs Logitech WebCam

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I love these kinds of questions. They’re short, sweet and right to the point. This caller didn’t even introduce himself. He simply wanted to know which webcam is better: the FaceVsion N1 or the Logitech 9000. These types of questions are great, because I’ve actually used these products myself and can form a good opinion.

Right now, the FaceVsion N1 camera is not available to order or buy. The Logitech camera is, though. I’ve done some work with the FaceVsion. It’s an excellent camera, I give my word on that. It works on both Windows and OS X. Everything is controlled in the hardware. It happens on the device… there’s no software involved. It’s one of the best-quality out there today.

I’m also happy with the Logitech. It, too, is controlled only in the hardware. It has virtually the same price point. The Logitech does not do HD, though. If you’re looking to record in HD, you’ll need to go with the FaceVsion model.

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Build Your Dream Computer

I noticed a post on Lockergnome earlier that made me chuckle a little. The poster asks everyone whether they would buy a Windows machine or a Mac if they had up to one thousand dollars to spend. I can already picture the responses to that question: fanboys on both sides of the coin arguing with each other! However, I have a feeling that some of our more hard-core Geeks will want to just build a machine and slap some flavor of Linux on it!

What would you do if someone handed you a grand and told you to buy any computer you wanted? What would you look at first… and why?

There have been many excellent articles posted in our community today. I hope you didn’t miss out on anything!

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How Can Companies Hire Social Media Directors?

I came across an interesting link today while browsing Twitter. The author writes about how companies who are new to social media are failing miserably when it comes to writing job descriptions for their newly-created social media positions. He goes on to say he used to blame the companies themselves for writing poorly-constructed ads. Then, he realized that it isn’t the company’s fault at all. They don’t know what they’re doing, remember? They are new to this whole social media scene, and may not even know what it is they are looking FOR, exactly.

How would you suggest a company create a position for this, and market it? What should they look for? How should their ads be worded to be the most effective? I think that the social media experts in our community are the perfect place to get ideas flowing, and help these companies out!

What have you read today that sparked your imagination and interest, or made you stop and think? Make sure you share the links with the rest of us, so we don’t miss out!

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How to Find the Best Computer Mouse

I recently uploaded a video in which I reviewed my new Microsoft Arc mouse. After the video aired, I heard from many people who claimed that Logitech mice are better – along with several other brands. So, I decided to ask some of you what mouse you prefer, and even why.

have always loved logitech meeses. But then, I’ve heard better things about Razor mice. – alphaxion

I prefer A4Tech / i have A4tech X6-20MD – DSaad69

I’ve never used a Logitech mouse so I can’t really say. I’ve liked all the Microsoft mice I’ve used though. – Daryl Burns

I have both and generally prefer Microsoft’s. – Kol Tregaskes

I like my Logitech Nano. I seem to like mice with lots of extra buttons, though. – Mark VandenBerg

I tend to prefer mice with 2 buttons and a scroll wheel. Ones on the thumb get activated by accident when I’m using it, their main function appears to be making me speak cursive words 😉 – alphaxion

I like my logitech, very function w/ the extra buttons ~ for Mac there’s no such thing as a good mouse – sofarsoshawn

Better for what? – Bwana

I guess it depends on what it’s for. I really like microsoft’s arc mouse; it has served me very well. – Brandon Titus

Wow, you’re the first I’ve heard with an Arc mouse Brandon… how long did it take you to get used to the form factor? – Bwana

I used Microsoft mice before I tried the Logitech G5. Love the weight customization feature and programmable buttons. – Jody is unwired

I use an Evoluent vertical mouse and I absolutely love it! http://www.amazon.com/Evoluent…April Russo

I think it’s a hand preference. I have tried logitech, and now matter how ergonomically pleasing they make them.. I still don’t like the feel. Ironically I still have an old version of Microsoft mouse that I love. – Strong One

I have better experience with the Logitech ones. – Amit Morson

razer diamondback for shape, feel, programmability and accuracy. Anything with a DPI around 1600 is ok. – Toby Graham

i LOVE microsoft mice (mouses) – andy brudtkuhl

My MS mice have always rocked – ditto their keyboards. – Soulhuntre

I have always had great luck with MS mice. but, in reality, it’s probably a Nikon vs Canon thing. They both rock, it’s a matter of personal preference. – Jason Shultz

What mouse do you prefer, and why do you love it so much?

What’s the Best Gamepad Game Controller?

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Here’s a question for you all: what kind of game controller do you use on your computer, if any? Is it wireless, wired or even a USB-connected controller? Mac OS X really doesn’t have a lot of options for game controllers, sadly. Believe me, I’ve looked for them! I really wanted something that would work with both Microsoft and Mac operating systems. That, until recently, was just something you couldn’t find.

I’ve been used to the way game controllers work in Windows. You plug it in, and it works with pretty much every game you want to play. This isn’t true of OS X. I’ve tried third party software to no avail. I’ve tried different hardware, including the drivers for the unofficial Xbox 360 controllers for the Mac. So, for about $20.00 I picked up Logitech Dual Action Gamepad. I can even get you a coupon if you want one.

The Dual Action Gamepad is all about control, comfort and convenience:

  • Versatile controls – Take charge with 12 programmable action buttons (including four shoulder buttons), analog joysticks with digital buttons, and a precise eight-way D-pad.
  • Analog performance – Expect precision from two analog sticks with digital buttons and smooth, precise action.
  • Logitech Profiler software (PC) – Get serious about your game with advanced button customization, multiple controller configurations, and printable gaming profiles.
  • Comfort grip – Play longer with less effort.
  • Plug-and-play setup – Simply plug it in and start playing.

It’s supposed to work for both Windows and Mac OS X. However, I maybe had one or two game that kind of worked in OS X. The reviews for this controller were really bad. Why did I buy it? There are literally no other options available. So, I decided to give it a shot. On Windows, I love the Xbox 360 game controller. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work seamlessly for a Mac. I know you feel there are no games for OS X. That’s just not true. Ask people who were watching me play earlier. They were asking me where I got that game, because it looked cool. So see? There ARE games for the Mac!

I have no other options for OS X. This is a call for help. If you know of a USB game controller that actually works for a Mac, let me know. The Logitech isn’t cutting it. If I could just get it to work, I’d really like this SO MUCH. I can just tell, by the way it is laid out. Sadly, I’ll never get a chance to know now.

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Do You Want a Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro USB Webcam for Mac OS X?

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I can’t say that I’ve had a web cam as long as there have been web cams. I have, however, been using them for a very long time. A few months ago, Logitech announced their new QuickCam Vision Pro which is specifically designed for OS X. Many of us were skeptical, since Logitech already had the exact same device for Windows, at a cost of $30 less. What gives? Well, it’s not just that it’s designed only for OS X. The real difference is that all of the settings and tweaks that used to lie in the software in the Windows device now lie in the hardware for the Mac version.

Designed specifically for the Mac, the QuickCam Vision Pro lets you enjoy a video calling experience that far surpasses that of other solutions–either embedded or stand-alone. It features optics by Carl Zeiss, the global leader in camera optics, for image-perfect detail and clarity. Its premium autofocus keeps images razor-sharp, even in the most extreme close-ups. The 2-megapixel sensor will let you enjoy sharper, more lifelike video calling, and RightLight 2 light correction technology adjusts intelligently to produce the best possible image, even in dim or uneven lighting. And the built-in microphone provides clear audio for voice and video conversations.

Key features include:

  • Autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics for razor-sharp images–even in close-ups
  • Native support for Mac OS video applications–no software to install
  • High-definition 2-megapixel sensor for pictures that never looked more real
  • RightLight 2 technology for dramatic improvements in dim or uneven lighting
  • Built-in microphone for crystal-clear conversations during your video calls

I know, I get excited over little things. I can’t help it. I love gadgets, and I love things that just plain work. What web cam are you using, and on which operating system? In all of your history of using web cams, what has been your favorite… and why?


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THX Certified Speakers Unboxing

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When I made the switch and bought the Mac, the speakers I had just wouldn’t cut it. So, I ordered new ones. I’ve been anxiously waiting for them to get here… and finally the wait is over.

After doing some research, I went with the Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 505-Watt 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speaker System.

The technical details are as follows:

  • 5.1 speaker system with 4 satellite speakers, center speaker, subwoofer, and Digital SoundTouch control center
  • Connects to PCs, DVD players, CD players, portable MP3 players, and game consoles
  • Digital SoundTouch unit controls volume, surround sound effects, and more
  • Supports Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS 96/24, and Dolby Pro Logic
  • 505 watts total system power (62 watts x 4, plus 69-watt center speaker and 188-watt subwoofer)

The new, larger 10-inch long-throw subwoofer driver with flared bass port delivers 188 watts of thunderous bass. Polished aluminum phase-plug satellites combine two drivers into one–the clarity of a tweeter with the richness and fullness of a separate mid-range. The Z-5500 Digital actively adjusts frequency response in real time for the cleanest, most accurate sound reproduction. The Digital SoundTouch Control Center lets you control volume to all speakers, set inputs, and much more. And the separate wireless remote is great for home theaters and video game consoles. Cloth grilles are removable for a pro-audio look. Pedestals rotate for easy wall mounting or desk placement. Center channel can be mounted on wall, above or below monitor. You can also simultaneously connect 6 audio sources including PCs, video game consoles, and DVD, CD & portable music players… and control it all from the Digital SoundTouch Control Center.

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