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Esecure 8 LED USB Webcam 10mpxl
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I was looking for a relatively cheap webcam with an incorporated microphone for my laptop and which did not need a separate 3.5mm cable in addition to the usual USB. This device seemed suitable and does not disappoint. The build quality is excellent and the whole device feels solid and secure when clipped to the laptop lid. Installation was quick and easy (no additional drivers or software were needed on my Vista 32 bit system so I presume this will be true of XP and Windows 7 as well). The image quality is fully acceptable as is the sound although some background hum can be heard if the volume level is set too high. Focussing is achieved by rotating the lens unit manually. The LED lights are fully automatic but will only come on in very low light and are only just able to illuminate a face within a 2 to 3 foot range. The ball joint mechanism for rotating/angling the camera is sufficiently sturdy to hold the camera in position and should be resistant to wear and damage. The addition of a small platic lens cap is useful for protecting the lens when the camera is not in use. The camera was supplied complete with a small installation CD but mine was detected by my laptop as a blank CD-R. However, since I did not need extra drivers this was not a problem. I did contact the seller who responded extremely quickly with details of their support website from which I downloaded the CD content.
Overall this webcam is excellent value for money and the seller's customer service was first class. Highly recommended.
Pioneer DVR-KD08 DVD-SM ATAPI Internal Drive
I bought this optical drive to replace the original TTST-Corp drive fitted in my Toshiba Equium laptop which steadfastly refused to recognise most DVD-R discs that I was trying to burn.The Pioneer drive was extremely easy to install (just needed the fitting bracket from the back of the TSST drive), and I had to swap over the face plates in order to allow the new drive to fit correctly in its slot. It was recognised immediately by the operating system (Windows Vista). The Pioneer drive was supplied with no region setting (quite reasonable for an OEM drive) so I had to set this before I could play or burn any DVDs but once this was done it handled every disk I tried with no problems at all.I have so far burned several DVDs on a variety of different brands with no problems at all, and the Pioneer drive has burned at the specification speed on all occasions.The Pioneer drive is also very quiet (compared to the original TSST Corp.) and causes no excessive vibration in my laptop.Overall I am very impressed with this drive, both for its performance and also its price.An excellent product.