The C910 marks an important milestone where Logitech has finally cast off the child-like playfulness of their QuickCam heritage with a new industrial design that seems less like a toy and more like a piece of professional equipment. The shiny, round and ecceltric elements of the previous webcam generation have been traded in for a flat, minimalist profile that feels more at home atop modern LCD screens. The camera lens sits straight in the middle, surrounded by a set of blue activity LEDs and dual microphones. It’s this symmetry that truly makes the C910 appear classy.
The mounting hardware has also been improved over Logitech’s older webcams. A more prominent front lip to grasps onto the front of the monitor, while a shorter L-shaped hinge provides a fair amount of tension with its wide, rubber padding. A second hinge just behind the camera itself allows for vertical tilt adjustments independent of the mounting hardware, though horizontal panning is still a lost luxury. Overall, the new mounting hardware does a good job of removing unwanted camera motion, but still lacks a tight grip on thinner laptop displays that a spring-mounted clip would provide.
On a sour note of caution, the cable length of the C910 has been shortened to just under five feet, down a whole foot from the last generation. This poses a serious issue for some larger desktop arrangements, and affected buyers may need need to invest in a quality powered USB hub to bridge the gap. When trying to do so using a simple 12-inch USB extension cable or a cheap built-in hub, a menacing high-pitched pulsating tone was introduced into the audio stream whenever the camera’s optics were active. The other party was quick to point out the agitating noise during a Skype call, but the problem was quickly fixed by plugging the camera into a different hub.
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