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Creative typically has offered webcams to meet all needs—even if all you want is something affordable to replace your computer’s built-in camera with grainy video and tinny sound. That’s the target for the Creative Live! Cam Sync HD. Suggested for “hassle-free high-quality video chats,” this webcam would seem ideal for folks who want a simple out-of-the-box upgrade. But it’s really a reminder that you get what you pay for.
The first thing I noticed about the Sync HD is how insubstantial it feels. The main camera body is about the size of a small thumb drive, and the entire camera comes housed in lightweight glossy black plastic. It doesn’t seem fragile, but it’s certainly not as robust as other webcams we’ve tested. The mount has a single hinge and can fit most displays, but it doesn’t achieve a very strong hold. The plastic slips, particularly on aluminum-bodied laptops.