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This review is from: APC BR500 500 VA 300 Watts 6 Outlets UPS
Pros: Has worked perfectly for over a year. No complaints at all. It came with a "receipt" of bench-test results of this unit, checking for all sorts of power tests. Windows recognizes it as a UPS just by plugging it in, no software needed, if I pull the plug, windows will say "on battery" and show remaining time, just like a laptop.
Cons: power switch is not recessed enough or behind a hard panel. I am nervous about kicking it under my desk.
Other Thoughts: would recommend thisREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 1.3 M Effective Pixels USB 2.0 WebCam - Lucky Green
Pros: Installs as a basic camera quickly with Windows XP by simply plugging it in.
Mic is decent.
DO NOT use the clunky driver install package.
Cons: Driver setup is horrible, no standalone package to be found anyware for internet-less installations. Must download from microsoft's site. Cannot install without Live Messenger bloatware or a net connection. Very heavy and lengthy install process, I killed it after it took more than 10 minutes. In Process Explorer I watched it launch many sub-processes to update an assortment of .NET, Dr. Watson, DirectX, etc. components.
There was no choice for a typical/complete/custom install, it simply said: "you need an internet connection to download the drivers, and it will include Live Messenger" whether you like it or not.
Both the 350 MB of software on the CD and the 40MB exe from Microsoft's site STILL wanted to download more components without giving an option to skip getting the most recent up-to-the-minute software/drivers. (cant they make a normal driver?)
Other Thoughts: The lack of lightweight, functional drivers kills the usability of this webcam. Will not recommend this to family.
The stand has much be improved, head barely swivels 20 degrees side to side, usb cable had plastic gunk on it.
Pros: Very heavy cable. It has the 15th pin (#9) in the connector. Flexible and not to stiff.
Cons: noneREAD FULL REVIEW