Eye 320 review

Unconventional styling and a low price tag makes the Genius Eye 320 instantly appealing. This is helped further by its USB 2.0 plug-and-play simplicity that means no drivers are needed.

This low-end webcam has manual focus, VGA CMOS image sensor and maximum 640 x 480 image capture. The assembled software should help to sell this webcam further, but it doesn’t work on a Mac, which is disappointing.

The Eye 320 is just about perfect for anyone wanting to explore the world of video chat on a tight budget. It looks quite funky with a gunmetal/silver plastic finish, while focus can be tweaked via a rotating ring around the lens. It comes with a base that allows it to be attached to any kind of laptop, notebook or desktop. The fun Avatar creator and character animation tools are, unfortunately, Windows-only too.

OUR VERDICT

Software let-downs aside, this camera did work quite well with online chat applications. Working in tandem with iChat, it proved very easy to configure and operate. Set-up takes no time and, while the camera lacks any powerful features, the image quality is respectable enough. And it’s hard to beat when it comes to value for money.

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