The timing was perfect for this review because I know a couple adopting a baby in China and they thought it would be nice to communicate via Skype. Our first test with the QuickCam 9000 was a Skype video call on our IBM R51 laptop to an iBook in Orange County. Our friends on the other end of the call we're amazed at how good the picture looked but said when we moved around the picture tended to get jerky. We think our aging ThinkPad was having a hard time keeping up with the stream.

We connected several times before they're trip to China to test the software and our settings. Unfortunately, because of the time change we've found it difficult to connect in real time. It's 3am your time wanna Skype' However, on the day they met their new baby girl we were able to connect and it was awesome. Being able to chat in real time and see them feed the baby Cheerios was so much better than reading a simple blog update with pics. I experimented with the lighting in the room and the QuickCam software adjusted the picture in real time. The picture coming from their hotel room in China looked a little dark being processed by the iMac even after they turned on all the lights they could find. We were told we looked nice and clear.

We've used a variety of QuickCams over the years dating back to the original with our old MacIIci. (remember that machine!) Logitech has come a long way with these devices. The design gets sexier, the features improve, the installation is seamless and the price stays about the same.

Logitech has a wide variety of QuickCams to choose from starting at $30. The QuickCam Pro 9000 is on the higher end of the QuickCam product line at $100. It's worth it for those looking beyond the basics and towards higher quality video conferencing solutions.

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