Cheap Headphone Set/ Cheap Webcam

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bobber205, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

    bobber205

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    My mom and I would like to be able to video conference from our house and my college, across town.

    She obviously needs a webcam since she's using my mac mini and she needs a microphone, preferably all in the same unit.

    What do you guys recommend? 20 bucks is about my budget. Maybe 30 or so.

    Am I shooting too low?
    I would also love to be able to purchaes the item through NewEgg as I love that store! (Please don't recommend an iSight. I know they're "worth it" but they're too expensive)
     
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    I just bought a Logitech messenger webcam for $15 on ebay. Had to download a macam driver to make it work. But it seems fine. It has a microphone but I'm not sure if macam supports it. But I use the built in mic on the mac anyway.
     
  3. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The mic is actually the more important of the two features. At the very least, we could talk. That's much more interactive than just video ;)
     
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    I bought a headset with a mic and was using it with skype plugged into my mac for a while. After about 3 months it dawned on me that the mic socket was a line in, meaning I wasn't using the headset mic anyway. I was using the built in mic on the eMac all the time withoug realising.

    The built in mic on the mac works fine.
     
  5. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the mac mini doesn't have a built in mic.
     
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  9. cbr.ar macrumors newbie

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    Found webcam with built-in mic mac mini compatible

    Finally, after a long research viewing brochures from almost all webcams being sold in my country I found one which WORKS the genius LOOK 315FS !!!
    It's much cheaper than the isight AND it has a built-in MIC which is great for mac minis.
    Both the webcam and mic are connected through the USB port and I repeat one more time it WORKS !!!
    The bad: Webcam quality is average, the design is a replica of a football ball so you have to hide it ... or ignore it. :D
    The good: Works with Mac and Windows, Mic solution for Mac minis (don't expect high quality, good for chat), very cheap (around u$s 35 in Argentina).
    I've tested succesfully in Windows XP Professional with bootcamp 1.1 in MSN, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk and Skype. (Audio and Video)
    Mac OS X 10.4.7 with Skype 1.5 (audio) and Yahoo Messenger 3.0 (video), because all other IM programs are only chat capabilities.
    I hope it helps.
     
  10. JDN macrumors 6502a

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    Creative do a 'Skype' package with a webcam and headset all in one box. Its pretty cheap too.
     

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