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Logitech Quickcam Cordless

Posted: March 21st, 2003
Written by: Justin "The Sheriff" Woods

Box Contents & Receiver

Logitech includes everything you need to get the cam up and running including the 9-volt battery. The 2.4 GHz receiver is powered by the USB port. I think the receiver is a little big, especially if you decide to mount it to a wall with the included screws, it won't be easy to hide if you want to put it somewhere discreet and functional. For the duration of this review, I put the receiver on a shelf about 5 feet off the ground, directly above my PC. I got very good reception. The antenna itself is hidden from view and sits inside the body of the receiver until you pull it out, at which time you can position it in just about any direction, though I didn't find one angle better than another and left it vertical.

Unlike the Cordless Elite Duo, which also uses the 2.4 GHz wireless technology, the Quickcam Cordless doesn't frequency hop. Instead it uses one of four available frequencies. I would recommend scanning through each frequency to see if you can get a little better picture, I found channel 1 to be the best, though I am pretty sure the review sample defaulted to channel 4 when first installed.

After giving a lot of thought to the design of the receiver, I've decided that I want to see it resized to be small as the those used for Logitech's wireless keyboards, mice and gamepads. In fact, I would like to see one same receiver used for all of Logitech's wireless hardware. That would be cool, considering Logitech has several products that take advantage of the 2.4 GHz wireless technology. One receiver for all wireless products would mean less USB ports used, less cables, and lower prices for its products, just sell the receiver as a separate unit and have it included with the higher-end products like the keyboard/mice combos. Logitech could then sell two versions of their product, one with the receiver, and for like 15.00 bucks less, one without. You could buy one product, and get the receiver, then add peripherals when you decide you need them. Back in April of last year, I did a review of Logitech's Wireless gamepad, and keyboard and mouse combo (updated and listed above), and it required two receivers, and thus, two USB ports. Today's PCs come with no less than 6 to 8 USB ports, but that doesn't mean I want to clog up the back of my PC using them all. Of course, I can lament all day about what I think Logitech should do, and it doesn't amount to anything more than a reviewers opinion, I am totally sure that my idea would be a marketing nightmare…but it would be cool.

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