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Blue Microphones Eyeball 2.0 HD Audio and Video Webcam with Microphone


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  • Two megapixel sensor and up to 1600x1200 resolution
  • HD video and audio recording on the go
  • Plug and play no complicated drivers required
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Retractable video camera to ensure privacy
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Blue Microphones
  • Model: EYEBALL 2.0
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 0.70 pounds
  • Warranty: Two year

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002OHOF08
  • Item model number: EYEBALL 2.0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Blue Microphones Eyeball 2.0 is a stylish USB webcam that addresses all of your VoIP and video chat needs. Small enough to be carried around in your pocket, the Eyeball 2.0 is ideal for Webcammers and VoIP users on the go. Featuring a two-megapixel HD camera and Blue's famous stereo condenser capsule, the Eyeball 2.0 provides you high-grade video and audio performance. It is compatible with any computer that has a USB port, and it features an on-screen mount for added convenience.


Eyeball 2.0 USB Webcam
At a Glance:
  • HD video and audio recording
  • Condenser capsule technology for pristine audio
  • Compact at only 3.75 x 2.25 inches
  • Retractable lens for privacy
  • Versatile mounting bracket for different-sized monitors

The Eyeball 2.0 provides outstanding video and audio performance with a stylish retro design.


The lens is retractable for privacy.
High-Grade Audio and Video in a Pocket-Sized Device
The Eyeball 2.0 is an ideal webcam for video bloggers or VoIP users, particularly those who travel or work remotely and require a high quality experience. With no software or drivers needed for operation, installation is a snap--simply plug in the Eyeball 2.0 using the included USB cable and you're ready to begin video chatting.

The device measures only 3.75 inches by 2.25 inches, so it fits easily into a pocket, briefcase, or purse. For added convenience, the included versatile bracket will accommodate all types and sizes of monitors.

With a design inspired by classic recording equipment, the Eyeball's stylish, retro aesthetic will complement any laptop or monitor. Its metal grille and shiny, chrome-toned frame resembles an old-timey microphone.

Premium Sound Capture and Video Technology
Thanks to its miniature, two-megapixel camera, the Eyeball excels as a webcam, delivering crisp, vivid video quality. The camera uses Super HD technology, which enables high-definition resolution up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels. Combine this with the camera's fast response time of up to 30 FPS, and you get a state-of-the-art webcam that is well-suited to casual use. The camera also incorporates a retractable lens, which gives you the added benefit of privacy. Additionally, the Eyeball 2.0 rotates on a hinge, allowing you to direct your video feed and optimize your sound.

The primary attraction of the Eyeball 2.0 is its amazing sound capture capabilities. Using Blue Microphones' signature condenser capsule technology, the Eyeball 2.0 can record sounds that most webcams would not be able to capture, such as guitar, singing, or any sound with a broad range. Because it delivers professional-grade audio, the Eyeball 2.0 can even double as the default microphone for your computer.

The Eyeball is compatible with both Mac and PC operating systems. It requires a USB port for operation and is backed by a limited two-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Webcam, removable bracket, USB cable, and instructions.



The Eyeball 2.0 attaches to and works great with both laptops and desktops.

Product Description

Meet the Eyeball 2.0 a revolutionary new webcam with HD-quality audio and video. The Eyeball 2.0 deliver Blue's award winning design and sound quality to a portable webcam. Its retractable camera lens preserves your privacy and ensures that the Eyeball 2.0 turns itself off when you aren't broadcasting. The custom-designed monitor adapter makes it simple to position it on virtually any laptop or desktop monitor. The Eyeball 2.0 features Blue's famous pro-quality condenser capsule, giving it better sound than any webcam in the market and features Super HD video to complete the picture. The Eyeball 2.0 works on both Mac and PC wit no complicated drivers to install just connect it to your computers USB port. Specs include 2MP sensor and 1600x1200 max resolution.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The sound is excellent and the video is not bad.
Hank Charleston
Read in forums that if you kept returning the item, eventually, you would get one that had both good quality video and audio.
Amazon Customer
The frame rate is so slow, despite lots of light, and low CPU usage.
David

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

99 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Angelo A. on April 15, 2010
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Pros: Great sound, good video, tough design, nice retro-ish look. Great customer support from Blue Mic Co. Finally Got a good unit.

Cons: Short USB, received multiple defective units.

Other Thoughts: MAKE SURE you are using USB 2.0, not any lower. If you do use something lower than 2.0 the quality is HORRIFICALLY bad.
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful By David on November 23, 2009
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I bought this Blue Eyeball 2.0 to use for Skype. I have a new, well-equipped MacPro, which I was going to use the Eyeball 2.0 on. I also have a new MacBook Pro which has a built-in iSight camera and microphone. I have high-speed broadband.

I had expected the Eyeball 2.0 to be as good or better on the MacPro than the iSight camera and mike on the MacBook Pro. I was very disappointed. The Eyeball 2.0 is a lackluster video performer. The frame rate is so slow, despite lots of light, and low CPU usage. The lack of a driver means the resolution and frame rate can't be adjusted, and Skype software has no control over them either. It's all plug-and-play and over what you get you have no choices.

Blue touts that its camera can do up to 30 fps, but throws in the caveat that it's "system dependent." So unless the software that uses the camera can make adjustments to resolution, frame rate, and other parameters, you are stuck on Skype with a high resolution camera that has a good picture as long as nothing moves in the frame. Throw in moving lips and hands, and you've descended into the past standard of webcams. Blue doesn't tell you things like this in its advertising.

When I connected to the Blue Eyeball 2.0 site to upgrade free to the "High Gain Software," I could not download the upgrade. So I don't know if I have the "High Gain Software" or not.

While I would have liked to have used the Blue Eyeball 2.0 on my MacPro, the webcam was instead donated to a charity. The built-in iSight camera and mike in my MacBook Pro, although it has no controls over resolution and format and other webcam parameters, is a superior product. Its performance with Skype is very good, and the MacBook Pro has nowhere near the powers of the MacPro.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Sheng on July 25, 2012
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I bought this mic/webcam two years ago for my Mac Pro running OS X 10.4 at the time. It worked marginally well then, although the frame rate while using Skype was terrible, and there was absolutely no option on the Mac to control this thing.
I upgraded my operating system to Snow Leopard 2 months ago, and the webcam does not work at all now. The mic still works, but not the camera. I searched the web for an updated driver, but there doesn't seem to be one. I sent Blue an email requesting support, but received absolutely zip in reply.
So if you have a Mac running OS X Snow Leopard or above, I would avoid this thing, despite Blue's claim that it works with Macs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Kennedy on July 26, 2010
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It was easy to hook up and worked as advertised for my Mac. Have used mostly for skype and the people we have called said the picture was clear and the sound was great. Have told others about it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Vendera VINE VOICE on December 16, 2009
Online video conferencing, although it has been around for many years, has been growing in popularity not only connecting with loved ones, but as a legitimate means of training, performing and teaching online. No longer does distance pose a problem for a person who wants to meet with their boss, see a loved one overseas or study guitar with a professional. Now all you have to do is fire up your computer, attach a webcam/microphone, connect to a video conferencing progam and you are in business.

I guess I can say I am a veteran of the online conferencing community. This method has allowed me to train singers in Austalia, Japan, France, Tahiti, and many other countries. I have been teaching online for years and I have watched the techology grow and become more reliable. A few years ago, I would have had problems with video/audio latency as well as dealing with pixelated video due to the generic webcams that were available at the time. Fortunately for us, technology advances rapidly and with the inmprovements of audio/video conferencing capabilities through programs such as Skype, it was only a matter of time before the hardware (i.e.webcam) would have to catch up.

As a coach, I sought out the best webcams and microphones to give my students the best online video/audio experience possible and I've had to upgrade many times. I've tried many webcams over the years and liked a few of them, though I always used a separate microphone as no webcam had sufficient sound quality for what I was doing. Chatting with an old friend for fun via Skype is one thing, teaching voice online is another. Luckily Blue Microphones knew that the online community was begging for a superb webcam to meet the needs of professional conferencing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Richards on June 6, 2011
This product is very good for recording audio but has a gigantic lag as a video camera. It is easy to position and sometimes has minimal lag but other times it lags as much skipping a whole 5 seconds! Also, the videos I have recorded with my Mac Mini, have never been in HD. I don't know if that is do to Quicktime, or the camera, but the product is advertised as HD. Until I can fix the video lag, then I will not be using this camera for many important things, as it isn't reliable. I recall once, The video was completely up to speed, but when i reviewed the video, there was no audio. The camera function works though. You can take great photos in Photo Booth. All in all, if you are looking for a product that you can take pictures and record professional audio with, this product is for you. However, if you are looking at this product for its video capability, thne you should be conscious of the immense lag.
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