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The Elgato Facecam Pro is the webcam you probably never knew you needed
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The Elgato Facecam Pro is the world’s first webcam that shoots in 4K at 60fps. Thanks to Sony’s 1/1.8-inch Starvis sensor, it also delivers an impressive dynamic range and great noise handling. Meanwhile, the Elgato Premium AF lens offers fast and on-point auto-focusing in well-lit situations, and the new Camera Hub gives you a slew of tools for creative exposures. However, it’s also held back by an eye-watering price tag.
TODAY’S BEST DEALS
4K at 60fps video resolution
Wide dynamic range, great noise reduction
Snappy auto-focusing in well-lit conditions
Manual exposure via Camera Hub
Definitely expensive for a webcam
AF is slower in low light
Pretty big for a webcam
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Elgato Facecam Pro: One-minute review
The Elgato Facecam Pro is the webcam we never thought we needed until it showed up and showed us just how good we can have it. Ok, maybe for most of us, a 4K at 60fps webcam might be the dream, but it’s certainly not a necessity. After all, most of us only really use ours for video meetings with colleagues and video calls with friends and family, and we’re pretty sure none of them is going to look at your footage and say, “Ew, you’re so low-res right now!”
However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for such a peripheral in this new world where content creation is everybody’s new “dream job.” So, while we might not all want to shell out a few hundred bucks/quid for a webcam, those who make their living live-streaming, creating YouTube videos, and/or making TikToks will certainly appreciate its worth.
There are two things that set the Elgato Facecam Pro apart from the sea of still amazing webcams on the planet: it’s got the largest sensor on a webcam, and it’s the first webcam to deliver 4K at 60fps videos. These – on top of the other features Elgato has stuffed in its 4.6 x 1.5 x 3.1-inch frame – make it an absolute game-changer for folks who rely on their webcams to pay the bills.
That’s a good thing since its price of entry is more than what most of us are willing to pay – it’s hardly a cheap webcam. The Elgato Facecam Pro isn’t the ideal webcam for the majority of the population, but it’s certainly the best webcam for quite a few users.
Elgato Facecam Pro: Price and availability
- How much does it cost? $299 / £299
- When is it available? Available now
- Where can you get it? Available in the US and the UK
Elgato Facecam Pro: SPECS
Supported Resolutions: 2160p60, 2160p30, 1080p60, 1080p30, 720p60, 720p30
Sensor: 1/1.8” Sony Starvis CMOS sensor
Lens: Elgato Premium AF lens
Focus Range: 4 in – ∞
Aperture: f/2. 0
Focal Length: 21mm
At $299 / £299, the Elgato Facecam Pro’s price tag is certainly an eye-watering revelation, especially to budding content creators who don’t have the budget to make TikTok videos on such a pricey webcam. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that its older brother, the Elgato Facecam, was $199 / £189 at launch, so you are looking at a premium webcam line here.
That price is also understandable considering you’re getting a larger camera sensor and 4K at 60fps shooting capabilities. It also makes sense if you take a look at the competition. Razer’s current premium webcam, the Razer Kiyo Pro, will set you back $199 (£199, AU$329), and that tops at 1080p at 60fps and only has USB connectivity. So, paying $100 / £100 for more features, a considerably higher resolution, and a bigger sensor isn’t really that big of a stretch.
That said, it is still pretty expensive for many streamers and content creators, let alone most webcam users. So, we’re knocking a point and a half off the Elgato Facecam Pro’s value rating because of that.
- Value: 3.5 / 5
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Elgato Facecam Pro: Design
- It’s a massive webcam
- Plug-and-play setup, USB-C connectivity
- No privacy shutter or cover
The first thing you’ll likely notice about the Elgato Facecam Pro is its size. At 4.6 x 1.5 x 3.1 inches, it is a sizable one – almost double the size of the Elgato Facecam – with what we assume are vents near the back to minimize overheating of its more powerful innards.
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Its size and the vents make it look legit, more like the pro equipment it is rather than a consumer webcam. It’s fairly lightweight for its size, thanks in large part to its plastic construction. However, at 240g (0.53lb) without the mount, it might be too big or heavy to mount on a laptop, even a 17-inch one.
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You might want to consider investing in one of Elgato’s standalone mounts – like the Mini Mount – if you’re traveling and only have your laptop handy. The included mount, to be fair, keeps it pretty stable when mounted on monitors and has up/down articulation so you can angle the Facecam Pro to your liking.
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Being plug-and-play, like the Facecam, it’s blissfully fast and easy to set up, and its USB-C connectivity makes it Mac-friendly. The USB-C cable feels robust and high quality but is very flexible, making it easy to put away or get out of the way. Sadly, there’s no physical privacy shutter or cover, unlike the Facecam… at least, not included in the box.
Meanwhile, Elgato’s Camera Hub seems to have been upgraded to offer better support for the Facecam Pro. It’ll also give you a lot of control over the webcam’s settings, which means you’ll have more creative control over your exposures. It’ll let you adjust the shutter speed (1/10,000s to 1/30s) and ISO (100 to 3200), set the white balance anywhere from 2500K to 12,000K, digitally pan and tilt the lens, and even change the focus manually. You can even save your current or preferred settings, thanks to the built-in flash memory.
The Elgato Facecam Pro’s auto-exposure and auto-focusing are pretty spot-on – and we’ll get to that in the next section – but, we certainly recommend playing around with the settings, even if you’re a bit of a novice when it comes to camera exposures. There’s a lot of room for error here, and you won’t break the webcam by experimenting. Even if you set its white balance to the warmest temperature and everything looks orange, the software makes it easy to revert to the ‘right’ settings. Just toggle that switch from manual to auto.
- Design: 4.5 / 5
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Elgato Facecam Pro: Performance
- 4K at 60fps video resolution
- Auto-focusing is on-point, especially with good lighting
- Great dynamic range, great noise reduction
Though we haven’t personally tested every premium webcam on the market, we know how many of them struggle with things like dynamic range, noise handling, and fast auto-focusing. That’s understandable as webcams don’t exactly have the biggest sensors or the fastest technology – at least, not next to the best cameras for videos.
But, the Elgato Facecam Pro is certainly taking things up a notch and setting that webcam standard higher. Previously, the Razer Kiyo Pro topped the list in terms of dynamic range and features – although when we pit it against the Elgato Facecam, the latter proved to be better at handling noise in low light.
(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)
The Elgato Facecam Pro seems to have taken everything those two had on offer, combined it all, and turned it up to 10. You’re looking at sharp, highly-detailed, butter-smooth footage here, with Sony’s 1/1.8-inch Starvis sensor allowing for 4K at 60fps recording – though, of course, that means you’re getting a superior production value, whether you’re live streaming or making a TikTok video.
You’re also getting much more. The dynamic range is impressive, allowing it to retain a lot of detail in the darkest areas while keeping overblown highlights very minimal. During testing, we tried turning off all the lights, leaving only the monitor and laptop displays on, plus our phone’s flashlight shining on this reviewer’s face, and we had to work a little harder to find the overblown highlights.
Its low-light performance and noise handling are among the best we’ve seen as well. There’s some chromatic noise and a little bit of luminance noise in the darkest areas when we’re using it at night, but both are kept well under control. There’s no exaggerated, unnatural smoothing either.
Also thanks to the sensor, the picture quality you’re getting is incredibly detailed. You’ll see every hair and the smallest blemish in sharp detail. And, even when you’re zooming all the way in at 1080p, these details are well-preserved – much better than you’d have on a 1080p webcam, for sure. Do keep in mind, however, that we’re still dealing with digital – not optical – zoom here, so it’s never going to be the sharpest quality.
Thanks to its 60fps recording capability, you’re also getting crisp and smooth movements. We haven’t seen any signs of ghosting during video calls or when recording videos. And, those extra frames should be very useful when you’re hoping to get some slow-motion clips.
Auto-focusing is on-point as well, incredibly snappy and smooth in well-lit conditions, whether the subject is four inches away or all the way in the back of the room. It isn’t as fast in low-light situations, but that’s true for most cameras out there – even high-end full-frame ones – so that’s unsurprising. Plus, it still hits the mark and smoothly. That is, it doesn’t struggle to find focus in low light; it just does it slower.
If you want to control the focus, you can also toggle it on Camera Hub to manual and set it yourself, either via the distance slider or using the three distance presets: near (6 inches), mid (32 inches), and far (50 inches). This comes in handy when there are several people in the frame, but you don’t want your footage to be constantly adjusting its focus.
Also on Camera Hub is the ability to pan and tilt. Like the zoom function, those are done digitally, so don’t expect that lens to move or the quality to be just as good. But, these are still very handy, especially when you want to keep your frame tight but don’t want to physically adjust the webcam.
This capability is done on the hardware level, however, so it works with other apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The only issue is you still need to make the adjustments on Camera Hub, which is a little inconvenient. It’s less tedious if you own a Stream Deck, however, as you can set four pan/tilt presents and quickly change from one to the other using the device.
- Performance: 4.5 / 5
Should I buy the Elgato Facecam Pro?
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Buy it if…
You are a content creator with a big budget
The Elgato Facecam Pro’s 4K at 60fps shooting capabilities, wide dynamic range, and great noise reduction – not to mention a lot of manual controls – make it a versatile and highly capable tool for creating high-quality content.
You want a 4K webcam that shoots at 60fps
This is the first 4K webcam that records at 60fps for butter-smooth footage. All the other 4K webcams on the market still shoot at 30fps.
You’ve got extra cash you’re itching to spend
This is an expensive webcam, among the priciest on the consumer market, but if you’ve got some extra cash lying around, it’s a future-proof webcam that’s worth the money if you want to be an early adopter.
Don’t buy it if…
You only use your webcam for meetings and personal video calls
This is a pro-level tool whose prowess and features will only be maximized by pro users. If you’re just a casual user, this is overkill.
You want to travel light
This is bigger than most consumer webcams, so it isn’t the most travel-friendly companion… even if it is lighter than it looks.
You’re feeling the cost of living crisis
If you’re on a budget and not a content creator, you’re better off spending your money on a cheaper alternative. You’re not going to make the most of that 4K at 60fps capability anyway.
Elgato Facecam Pro: Report card
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|Value||The Elgato Facecam Pro isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly a worthy investment if you have the budget for it.||3.5 / 5|
|Design||This is a massive webcam that’s better suited on a monitor or standalone mount. It is plug-and-play so set-up is easy.||4.5 / 5|
|Performance||With its wide dynamic range, great noise handling, and snappy auto-focusing, it’s one of the best-performing webcams we’ve tested.||4.5 / 5|
|Total||It’s hard to give it a perfect score when it’s out of most people’s budget. However, if you’re a content creator, it’s certainly worth checking out.||4 / 5|
- First reviewed November 2022
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Best Monitor With Webcam 2023
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Table of Contents_
- Top Monitors with Webcam
- #1 ASUS BE279QSK Computer Monitor
- #2 Acer Nitro VG240Y Computer Monitor
- #3 Apple iMac Computer Monitor
- #4 SAMSUNG S40VA Series Computer Monitor
- #5 HP Business Class HC270CR Computer Monitor
- #6 LG 38WK95C-W Computer Monitor
- Beginner’s Guide to Computer Monitors with Webcam
- What Are Computer Monitors with Webcam?
- Computer Monitors with Webcam vs. Traditional Monitors
- How Monitors with a Webcam Work
- Do You Really Need a Monitor with a Webcam?
- Is a Monitor with Webcam Worth Buying?
- Why a Monitor with Webcam May Not Be For You
- How Long Will a Monitor with Webcam Last?
- How to Choose the Best Monitor with a Webcam
- Monitor with a Webcam Key Factors to Consider
- 1. What kind of quality should the webcam and microphone on your monitor offer?
- 2. Should you purchase a monitor with built-in speakers?
- 3. What screen size and image quality features should your monitor offer?
- 4. What kind of connectivity ports do you want on your monitor with a webcam?
- 5. What additional considerations should you make for your monitor?
What are the features that make for the best monitor with a webcam? For starters, it’s important to define that these monitors feature a built-in webcam, not an external webcam that connects via a USB cable. The webcam should offer HD camera quality, a good microphone, and comprehensive internal settings so you can adjust it to your liking.
ASUS 27” 1080P Video Conference Monitor…
Acer Nitro VG240Y Dbmipcx 23.8″ (1920 x 1080)…
Apple 2021 iMac All-in-one Desktop Computer with…
On top of the high-quality webcam, your monitor with webcam should offer all the standard trappings of a reliable computer monitor. At a bare minimum, the best computer monitor should offer full HD screen monitor resolution so your video conferences look good. If you’re a gamer or creative professional, you may want to purchase an option with a 4K screen resolution.
The best monitor with a webcam should also offer a screen size that’s right for your needs, as well as plenty of connectivity ports. You may also want to consider an option with high-quality built-in speakers or the ability to connect to external speakers. If you keep up with maintaining your monitor setup, it should last you many years to come. Check out some of our monitor guides if you want to learn more about maintenance like how to clean a monitor screen.
Keep reading to learn more about the best monitors with webcams and how they can elevate your video conferencing and business needs to the next level.
Top Monitors with Webcam
#1 ASUS BE279QSK Computer Monitor
Our #1 Pick is the ASUS BE279QSK COMPUTER MONITOR
Award: TOP PICK
WHY WE LIKE IT: This extra-large option is fully loaded and accepts high-definition imagery. It also features a sound system so you don’t have to worry about having an external system to play music or other audio.
- Has a blue light filter
- Features a sound system
- Fully high-definition option
- Some models may malfunction
The fully integrated webcam is a huge plus in this model. Since it’s high definition, you’ll always be in the best light possible on calls. It’s also incredibly adjustable, with multiple options for settings. You can use it for video conferences, online classes, meetings, and more. Unfortunately, the refresh rate does leave something to be desired. And some consumers say that the monitor doesn’t look good if you run it with 8-bit colors.
You’ll enjoy extensive options for connectivity. This model accepts DisplayPort, D-sub, USB, HDMI, an earphone jack, and an audio-in port. This means complete flexibility so you can get your set up exactly how you want it. It has a 27-inch frameless IPS panel that measures 1920 x 1080 pixels. The ergonomic design allows a +35 degree tilt, around 180-degree swivel, and approximately 90-degree pivot. There are 150mm of height adjustment available, as well.
#2 Acer Nitro VG240Y Computer Monitor
Our #2 Pick is the ACER NITRO VG240Y COMPUTER MONITOR
Award: HONORABLE MENTION
WHY WE LIKE IT: You’ll be able to connect to this monitor however you’d like to since it accepts multiple connections, like a high-definition multimedia interface. You can expect a power of 2 watts per speaker for the sound system.
- Wide viewing panels
- 2 watts per speaker
- Multiple interfaces accepted
- Refresh rate could be improved
You’ll enjoy a 23.8” high definition screen that sizes in at 1920 x 1080 pixels. This widescreen IPS monitor uses AMD FreeSync Premium technology, making it an excellent choice for those who play video games. The fact that it is a Mac product means that those used to Windows will likely struggle to use it at first. However, this is easily overcome by getting used to the new operating software.
This monitor is made for gaming, so it comes fully loaded for gamers. A zero-frame design keeps your graphics crisp, while 2 different speakers allow for an immersive experience. Both speakers put out 2 watts of energy each, so you’ll hear everything. The refresh rate is 75 Hz, with a 1ms VRB response time. For ports, you can choose from a display port, an HDMI, a VGA, a USB 2. 0 for the webcam, an audio-in, and an audio-out. If you’re a fan of the versatile connection ability that this monitor offers and you own a Macbook, we have a guide to the best monitor for Macbook if you want to hook your laptop up to a bigger monitor.
#3 Apple iMac Computer Monitor
Our #3 Pick is the APPLE IMAC COMPUTER MONITOR
Award: BEST FOR NON-WINDOWS USERS
WHY WE LIKE IT: This professionally inspected and tested model will have your heart beating if you don’t like Windows. It’s a fully loaded option that combines the beauty of a great monitor with an entire computing system.
- Professionally inspected and tested
- Fully loaded option
- Powerful M1 processor
- Very specific operating software
- Low hard drive space in base configuration
If you’re looking for a smooth aesthetic with all the features you want, this is the perfect model for you. Apple is known for creating easy-to-use operating systems, so even those totally new to macOS Ventura will find it manageable to navigate. Unfortunately, some do not like the macOS Ventura system. For those consumers, this will not be a good fit.
This system is an all-in-one solution for those who need a fantastic monitor and computing system without compromising quality. It packs in 8 gigabytes of RAM, so you always have memory to pull from. There is also a 256 GB hard drive, though depending on your usage, you may want to opt for a larger hard drive. The Apple M1 GPU will keep all images crisp and clear. It also has a 24 inch 4.5k retina display for amazing screen quality..
#4 SAMSUNG S40VA Series Computer Monitor
Our #4 Pick is the SAMSUNG S40VA SERIES COMPUTER MONITOR
Award: BEST FOR VERTICAL ALIGNMENT
WHY WE LIKE IT: You’ll love the ability to work traditionally or swing it to the side to enjoy a vertical alignment. This option also has a sound system installed so you can listen to music or hear your meeting without extra wires or components.
- Switches to vertical alignment
- Has a sound system
- Includes a microphone
- Set-up process can be difficult
You’ll enjoy extra clarity due to the FHD resolution offered by this monitor. This is an IPS monitor with a wide viewing angle. A wide viewing angle on a monitor means you can get perfect color across the entire monitor without any pesky shifting. It also has facial recognition technology built-in. However, setting up your monitor can be a challenge. There are reports that most consumers need to call technical support to get things up and running.
A built-in webcam seals the deal to make this a great option. You can push the webcam down into the monitor whenever you aren’t using it, making it a more convenient option for consumers. It has VESA compatibility, so you can mount it directly to your wall if you’d like. Otherwise, easily change the position by swiveling, pivoting, or shifting the monitor using easy controls to keep it perfectly aligned with your eye level.
#5 HP Business Class HC270CR Computer Monitor
Our #5 Pick is the HP BUSINESS CLASS HC270CR COMPUTER MONITOR
Award: BEST FOR PROFESSIONAL USAGE
WHY WE LIKE IT: The refresh rate of this model reaches 60 Hz, so you’ll have a stunning image with excellent clarity. It allows for full rotation so you can position your monitor precisely as you need it. There is also a built-in mic.
- Allows for full rotation
- Has a built-in mic
- 60 Hz refresh rate
- Camera isn’t quite as clear
The native resolution of this monitor is fantastic. It features a QHD with 3560 x 1440 pixels at 60 hertz. This will keep everything smooth and running perfectly. There are quite a few cables included, like a USB-B to USB-A cable, VGA cable, USB-C cable, DisplayPort cable, and HDMI cable. However, the camera has been shown to be slightly lower quality than many consumers would want. If image clarity is a dealbreaker, you’ll want to look into other models.
Your webcam will be 720P, which is more than enough resolution to keep things clear and smooth while you’re in a meeting, a class, or a game. You’ll enjoy the clarity provided by the dual-array microphone that’s built right into this computer monitor. The input voltage is between 100 and 240 volts of AC. There is also a built-in RFID reader to make your life that much easier.
#6 LG 38WK95C-W Computer Monitor
Our #6 Pick is the LG 38WK95C-W Computer Monitor
Award: BEST FOR WIDE DISPLAY
WHY WE LIKE IT: This display comes with an extra-wide design to help you see the entire picture like never before. It comes with a complete accessory collection to make your life more manageable. It’s an excellent choice for video games.
- Extra wide display design
- Full accessory bundle
- Great for video games
- Might be too large
You’ll enjoy that this curved option makes it easier to see all parts of the screen. It’s a 38-inch monitor, making it a super-wide choice for those who need a lot of real estate on their screen. However, this is an extra-large option that will take a lot of desk space. It might be too big for some consumers, so make sure you measure your desk to ensure you have room before purchasing it.
This WQHD+ monitor uses 21:9 HDR 10 to bring you the best imagery possible. It features an IPS display with 3840 x 1600 pixels resolution. You won’t miss a single thing and can easily open multiple windows. In this package, you’ll receive an OBSBOT Tiny AI-powered ATZ webcam, Deco Gear 12 x 32-inch pro gaming mouse pad that’s non-slip. This makes it an excellent bargain for any budget.
Beginner’s Guide to Computer Monitors with Webcam
What Are Computer Monitors with Webcam?
A computer monitor with a webcam is exactly how it sounds. It is an extended display that connects to your computer via a display cable. Once connected it mirrors the data, application, video game, or images coming from your computer. This way, you can use your computer with ease.
On top of the standard display technology, these monitors also include a built-in webcam so you don’t need to purchase an external option if you’re planning on handling video conferencing demands. Although, for any external devices that you’ll probably buy for your setup, you’ll want to look at the high-end external monitors, especially if you want to boost your productivity.
Computer Monitors with Webcam vs. Traditional Monitors
On a surface level, a computer monitor with a webcam isn’t much different than a standard option. They both most commonly offer an LCD or LED panel, an average size of around 24 inches to 28 inches, and a wide variety of connection ports. That said, you can always go for the best 38 inch monitor if you want a larger computer screen.
The differences come into play when you consider the included features and functionalities. As you may have assumed by now, a computer monitor with a webcam features a built-in video conferencing solution in the form of a webcam. This gives the design a clean look, which can also be said for our featured review of the AOC Aire Pro LED monitor.
The webcam is usually integrated into the frame of the monitor. There are some options with a pop-up webcam. These webcams stay within the monitor’s casing until they are needed, at which point they pop out.
Computer monitors with webcams also tend to offer built-in speakers to be all-in-one video conferencing solutions. The webcams themselves will also usually offer an integrated microphone.
How Monitors with a Webcam Work
When it comes to basic functionality and features, displays with webcams don’t differ too much from other options. You’ll connect the monitor to your computer via an HDMI port, USB-C port, or VGA port, turn it on, and let it do its job.
Most of these monitors use an LCD or an LED display technology. These types of monitors use two panes of glass with liquid crystal housed between them to create the image on your display. The liquid crystal reacts to light and electric current to reproduce colors and display the image.
The integrated webcam functions in much the same way as an external webcam. Once powered on, the webcam will record your image or whatever else is in front of it and display it on the monitor or through the video conferencing software you’re using.
Do You Really Need a Monitor with a Webcam?
Most people need a webcam at one point or another in their life, thanks to work or personal projects. When you purchase a computer monitor with an integrated webcam, then you won’t need to spend time research and purchasing an external option. This convenience paired with the high quality of the webcam makes these monitors well worth it.
Is a Monitor with Webcam Worth Buying?
- You Need to Video Conference for Work a Lot: As remote work continues to grow more popular, the need for video conferencing through software like Zoom, BlueJeans, and Microsoft Teams also continues to grow. If you frequently get on video calls for work or to keep in touch with distant family and friends, then a monitor with a webcam is the best choice for you. If the camera presents a nice quality image, it will help give your conference calls a nice touch of professionalism.
- You’re a Vlogger: If you’re a video blogger, then a computer monitor with an integrated webcam can be a huge benefit to you. Rather than dealing with a bunch of external equipment taking up all the ports on your monitor and computer, you can simply use an option with a camera built-in.
- You’re a Video Game Streamer: Video game streamers need to be on camera while they play so their followers can see their reactions to their favorite games. A built-in webcam can provide a lot of convenience for video game streamers or those who like to video chat with their friends during online battles.
Why a Monitor with Webcam May Not Be For You
- You Prefer to Use Your Own Camera Setup: When you buy a monitor with a built-in webcam, you don’t necessarily get a choice in quality, resolution, and customizable settings. If you prefer to make those choices yourself, then purchasing an external webcam might be best for you. You can buy third-party webcams from big-box electronics stores to get a choice that fits your needs perfectly, whether that be a high quality model, budget webcams, etc.
- You’re Worried about Privacy Risks: All webcams have an inherent privacy risk. It is possible for someone to hack into your webcam and see what you’re doing. If you’re worried about your privacy risk with a webcam, then a monitor with a built-in webcam might not be best for you.
How Long Will a Monitor with Webcam Last?
According to TechiExpert, standard LCD monitors should last you around 30,000 to 60,000 hours of total usage. This usually equates to around 8-10 years if you use the computer monitor an average of eight hours a day.
However, it’s important to note that the lifespan of a computer monitor may be affected based on the type of touch input on the monitor. Capacitative touch screens aren’t negatively affected by their touch functionalities because there are no moving parts. On the other hand, resistive touch screens will wear out faster with more use because they involve moving parts connecting with physical force.
In general, you can prolong the life of your touch screen monitor by learning how to clean a touch screen monitor properly, keeping it in a dust-free environment, using power save modes, and by powering it off when not in use.
How to Choose the Best Monitor with a Webcam
Going into your buying decision armed with all of the appropriate information is an incredibly important aspect of finding and choosing the best computer monitor with a webcam. Take some time to do your research before you even start looking at the available options on the market today.
Monitor with a Webcam Key Factors to Consider
One of the best ways to perform the appropriate research is by asking yourself a few key questions. We’ve listed some of the best questions to ask about webcam monitors below. Take some time to read through and ask yourself these questions. Take note of your answers so you can use them during your research process.
1. What kind of quality should the webcam and microphone on your monitor offer?
The last thing you’ll want during an important work video conference is poor image and audio quality coming from your webcam. Most people have high-speed internet in their home and work offices, and thus expect a high quality of video from their team members.
We recommend purchasing a monitor that offers at least a 720p resolution from its webcam. However, if you can find a webcam with 1080p resolution, also known as full HD resolution, then that is preferable.
There are very few monitors with a webcam that features 4K resolution. If you need a 4K webcam, then you’ll likely need to purchase it separately.
You should also consider the quality of the integrated microphone your webcam offers. Webcams with dual microphones will typically offer the best sound quality since the built-in microphone can pick up more sound.
2. Should you purchase a monitor with built-in speakers?
If you’re looking for a comprehensive all-in-one solution for your computer display and video conferencing needs, then you may want to consider an option that provides built-in speakers. Similar to the webcam, a monitor with integrated audio simply prevents you from having to go find the right external speakers.
Look for stereo speakers so you get a fuller and more accurate sound overall. However, many monitors with integrated speakers will also include an audio input so you can still connect external speakers if you so desire.
3. What screen size and image quality features should your monitor offer?
The level of display quality you should purchase ultimately depends on your personal preferences and business needs. Take a look at the following features and options so you know what to look for:
- Screen size: In general, most computer monitors will range from 24 inches to 27 inches in screen size, although you can find options both smaller and larger than that range. We recommend purchasing a monitor as large as your desk space and budget allows. Going for the best frameless monitor also allows you to get a bigger screen size than average.
- Screen resolution: We recommend purchasing a monitor with at least a full HD screen resolution, which is also represented as 1920×1080 pixels. 4K monitors are becoming more commonplace as well, and they make for high-quality options for gamers and creative professionals alike that are looking for detailed images on their screens.
- Color accuracy: Your monitor’s color reproduction abilities are an important feature to consider, especially if you like play video games, watching movies, or working on artistic endeavors. A monitor with good color accuracy will feature a wide color gamut and vivid colors. Accurate colors on your screen will contribute to a more immersive viewing experience.
- Refresh rate: This feature refers to your monitor’s ability to refresh with a new image every second. It’s also sometimes called the frame rate. The higher number is better for the refresh rate. You’ll find that most webcam monitors will offer a 60Hz refresh rate, but you should purchase an option with a higher refresh rate if you plan on gaming.
- Response time: Your monitor’s response time refers to how fast it can switch between colors. A faster response time is always better, no matter what kind of monitor you purchase.
- Input lag: Your monitor’s input lag refers to the amount of time it takes for it to register an action you’ve taken on your mouse and keyboard or with your finger. A lower input lag is always better for any kind of computer display.
4. What kind of connectivity ports do you want on your monitor with a webcam?
Monitors with webcams should offer a wide variety of flexible connectivity options, even though you won’t need a port for your webcam. This way, you’ll be able to connect to your computer however you like.
Look for a monitor with common connections like HDMI, USB-C, VGA, and DisplayPort. You may also want to consider an option that includes standard USB ports so you can connect your peripherals directly to your monitor.
5. What additional considerations should you make for your monitor?
Here are some additional features and functionalities to consider for your display with a webcam:
- Eye care: Monitors that prevent eye strain are really beneficial for power users and those who are constantly on their computers. Look for features like blue light filters and flicker-free technology to prevent eye strain.
- Panel type: The type of panel your monitor uses is another important consideration to make, but only if you’re serious about display technology. In general, an IPS panel is best since it features better color accuracy, wide viewing angles, and faster response times.
- Ergonomic adjustments: If you need more customizability in monitor positioning, then you’ll want to consider an option that offers a free range of adjustability. This way, you can get the perfect angle for ergonomics and comfort.
HP M27 Webcam Monitor
- Technical specifications
- Technical specifications
Open your new window to the world. High-quality images with a 5MP camera, stunning sound and a sleek design make this sleek 68. 58 cm (27″) monitor the centerpiece of your digital life.
HP M27 Webcam Monitor (459J9AA)
- Display Size (Diagonal):
68.58 cm (27 inches)
- Response Time (Typical): 900 15
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- Native Resolution:
Full HD (1920 x 1080) * *
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This is a new 68.58 cm (27″) video conferencing monitor with a built-in 5 megapixel camera. See how good you look on this screen! This resolution is almost double that of a standard webcam. Just answer the call and get ready for cheers and compliments.A dual-array microphone with noise and echo cancellation provides rich sound so you sound as good as you look.The camera has a special sliding cover, closing it, you can be sure that no one is watching you.0015
Your image and voice without distortion
Adjust the image to look your best. With HP Display Center, you can control sound and picture. Use the preview window and adjust camera settings to perfect your image.
Order on the table. Clarity in the mind.
Easily connect and keep your workspace organized with Works With Chromebook certification. This monitor is WWCB certified and therefore great for work * with your Chromebook and other Chrome OS devices * . Easily set up conference calls with just one USB-C® * cable. Easily connect your peripherals to the monitor’s hub, which is elegantly tucked away on the back. A combination of simplicity and harmony.
Work. Studies. Entertainment. Everything works great on this monitor.
Excellent design. Caring for the environment.
The monitor and stand are made from 85% recycled plastic, 5% ocean plastic, and the packaging is made from sustainable, recyclable materials.
Built-in speakers provide amazing sound quality.
Clear and stable video calls for comfortable communication with the whole family.
Adjusting the viewing angle
Adjust the height, tilt and swivel to a comfortable screen position.
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View all specifications0001 2016. Acer Chromebase Monitor with Integrated Video Conferencing System
Two years ago, Google introduced its Chromebox video conferencing hardware system. This is a box that connects to any TV or monitor and allows you to organize a video meeting room based on the Google Hangouts service. However, Acer thought that the box, wires, webcam, microphone, TV are too complicated for small businesses (and video conferencing is also needed there). Therefore, Acer has released a “nowhere easier” system for video intercoms – Acer Chromebase . It’s a 24″ monitor, all you have to do is plug it in and voila, your video room is ready. The monitor has a very large viewing angle – 178 °, so that all participants sitting at the table can clearly see. The monitor also has a customizable HD camera, 4 microphones and 2 speakers. The cost of the system is $800. Recall that the Google Hangouts service allows you to conduct free video conferences for up to 25 participants. Incl. users without a Google account can participate in them through a browser.
2014. TrueConf and Polymedia Launch Smart Display for Video Conferencing
TrueConf and software and hardware solutions developer Polymedia have joined forces to implement a project to integrate their solutions, which resulted in the release of an updated smart display Flipbox with video support TrueConf UHD conferencing. Flipbox users have access to all types of group video conferencing in resolutions up to 4K (UltraHD) for all popular operating systems (Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS), and, importantly, collaboration tools (for example: chat, whiteboard, recording, presentation, desktop display, file transfer, and status bar). At the same time, users get the best audio and video quality for each of the participants in the video conference through the use of scalable video coding (SVC).
2009. Video conferencing system from Samsung and Radvision
Samsung and Radvision introduced the Scopia VC240, a professional HD video conferencing solution that combines an LCD display, 2 microphones and a 5 megapixel camera. The screen on which this equipment is installed is characterized by a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and a diagonal of 23.6 inches. In addition, the device is equipped with two speakers with a power of 6 watts. The system supports the SIP protocol. The H.264 codec is used to record video. Scopia VC240 will be on sale by the end of 2009of the year. The price of the device will be $1999.
2008. Apple 24″ LED Cinema Display with webcam and DisplayPort
Along with the release of improved versions of MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air portable computers, Apple announced the release of a new 24-inch TFT monitor LED Cinema Display in an ultra-thin design, which is positioned by the developers as an ideal complement to these laptops. It should be noted that this snow-white product turned out to be very attractive, both externally and functionally.The screen of the device is equipped with LED backlight and is characterized by a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, 16.7 million colors, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 330 cd/m2 brightness, 14ms response time and 178-degree viewing angle in both planes. The novelty is equipped with a built-in 2.1-channel speaker system, three separate USB 2.0 ports, a Kensington Security Slot, and an integrated microphone and iSight webcam.
2007. Samsung video conferencing monitor soon in Russia
Glossy black monitor with touch control buttons, equipped with a built-in 2 megapixel webcam, stereo microphone and stereo speakers (2×1.5 W). The screen with a diagonal of 22 inches has a resolution of 1680×1050 pixels, a brightness of 300 cd/sq. m, contrast ratio 700:1, response time 5 ms and viewing angles 170 and 160 degrees. There is the possibility of mounting on the wall using a special console. The monitor is equipped with analog RGB and digital DVI input with HDCP support. External microphone and headphone jacks are provided.Samsung’s proprietary Magic Bright3 technology provides an optimal combination of settings configured for different types of content in the user’s work environment. Just press a couple of buttons on the front of the monitor – and the settings automatically optimize the image quality for a particular situation. It should be especially noted that the installation and use of the monitor is not a problem, since all the built-in multimedia devices are connected via a single USB cable. The presence of a USB-hub for two inputs with independent power contributes to the convenience of use. The SyncMaster 225UW will go on sale in August 2007 for a suggested retail price of about $550.
2007. ViewSonic: two LCD monitors with webcam and microphone
The maximum resolution of the matrices is 1680×1050 pixels, response time is 5 ms, viewing angles are up to 170 degrees. Thus, monitors can be used with the same comfort for both work and entertainment, and thanks to the presence of a webcam, microphone and speakers – for VoIP-telephony and conferences. Good indicators of brightness and contrast contribute to less eye fatigue. In the first model they are equal to 280 cd/sq. m and 700:1, in the second – 300 cd / sq. m and 1000:1, respectively. The monitors feature improved ergonomics and allow more than 80mm of height adjustment and 360-degree display rotation. To connect to a computer, there is a digital DVI input, an analog VGA input, in addition, there is an output for headphones, speakers and USB. The start of deliveries to the CIS countries is scheduled for the third quarter of 2007.
2007. New Polycom V700 Personal Video Conference Model
Polycom V700 – Based on the Polycom VSX 3000 Series model with V Series features. necessary. Outwardly, this is a VSX 3000, but without the MCU option and not a single “extra” connector. And, as practice shows, the simpler the better. The Polycom V700 fulfilled its task – it occupied the niche of a 17 ”personal videoconferencing system for $ 3300, in which only the Sony TL30 had previously been. sales. With regard to this model, the logic that did not allow “poor people to buy cheap things” worked. The consumer who saw the Sony TL30 in most cases bought the TL50. Maybe the V700 from Polycoma is a marketing ploy to promote the VSX3000, time will tell?
2007. Polycom V700 Low Cost Video Conferencing Solution
Polycom announced the release of its latest low cost video conferencing solution, the V700. The Polycom V700 is a single, all-in-one system that delivers business-quality video conferencing and information collaboration. The Polycom V700 is a compact IP video conferencing system with an integrated 17” LCD TV display with SXGA monitor function, built-in camera, speakers and microphones and delivers 30fps full screen video at up to 768kbps. Superb CD-like sound and TV-like picture quality is achieved using the Polycom Siren14 wideband audio codec and advanced video coding standards and technologies. The Polycom V700 system is ideal for small offices, for use in organizations with a wide network of regional offices.
2006. Asus released a monitor with a webcam
The camera has long become the same familiar desktop attribute as any other office equipment. The ability to see the interlocutor on the other end of the wire, or participate in a video conference, is an important and indispensable advantage of communication provided by the use of a web camera. ASUS recently introduced the PW201 20.1″ widescreen monitor, which features an integrated 1.3-megapixel camera. An insect crouched to rest.The monitor has 3W speakers on the sides.There is a possibility of vertical mounting to the wall, as well as a rotation of the screen in portrait mode.
2004. Sony Introduces PCS-TL50P Personal Video Conferencing System
Sony has launched two new advanced systems.