VEO VELOCITY CONNECT,$80
PROS: New USB 2.0 interface allows high-speed video transfers and 1.3 megapixel still pictures. Low-light image capture and spider clip for easy adjusting.
CONS: Takes up a bit more space than the clip-on competition. Requires 256 MB RAM or better.
BOTTOM LINE: If your computer is souped up with RAM, and you’re sold on USB 2.0, this is the model for you.
More info: www.veo.com
CREATIVE WEBCAM PRO EX,$90
PROS: Sharp 1024 x 768 still-image quality, video, and instant messaging. Mounts on stand or directly to computer via a clip attachment.
CONS: You can only use the mike while wearing the attached headset. Transmission quality may be better, but your vanity could suffer.
BOTTOM LINE: Wearing the headphone may look dorky, but a clear connection and quality image are probably worth the (slight) humiliation.
More info: www.creativelabs.com
LOGITECH QUICKCAM FOR NOTEBOOKS PRO, $100
PROS: Clips onto top of notebook computer, includes instant video messaging, pan, tilt, zoom, and built-in microphone.
CONS: Though it works with all PCs, it’s picky about Macs. Only OS 9.X; no OS X users need apply.
BOTTOM LINE: This solid value from an industry stalwart is easy to connect, set up, and transport.
More info: www.logitech.com