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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 Number: EYEBALL 2.0
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Item Display Weight: 0.32 Kilograms
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: Two year

Product Description

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.

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 Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002OHOF08
  • Item model number: EYEBALL 2.0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 17, 2003

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Customer Reviews

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83 of 89 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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100 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Angelo 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Johnson on February 5, 2012
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As a recording enthusiast I was familiar with Blue microphones. I have a Mac Pro and Apple Cinema Display so unlike iMac owners or most modern laptop owners I had no built-in webcam. I now work closely with an associate in the UK so I decided that I wanted to add Skype to my portfolio. I read other reviews of the Blue Micropones Eyeball and some competing products before purchasing. I would echo the general sentiments that were expressed in those reviews, namely that the microphone is excellent and the camera is (at best) average. The camera image is good, but no ability to adjust the picture is provided. No zoom. No aperture control (although I surely wouldn't expect that in a device in this class). No focus (not really required though).

The product meets my needs. I'm much more concerned about the microphone than the camera. I generally engage in voice calls to my contact overseas. I have made video calls to others and it works, but there are more flexible cameras out there.
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Smith on January 3, 2012
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Well, I like Blue Mics, and I like webcams. I honestly expected WAY more bang for my buck. See, the issue is, it's driverless, and comes with no software of ANY sort-meaning you've got NO way to adjust the settings.

Oh, it works GREAT when the lighting is PERFECT (i.e. mass amounts of sunlight streaming through your windows-CFLs and Incandescent bulbs are RIGHT out, if you want decent frame rate). The picture is crystal clear, too. It's just the FRAME RATE is rubbish. You've got to have stellar lighting, and not move around a whole lot. Heaven forbid you block the light source! It takes around 10 seconds for the camera to adjust to the new lighting.

NO Logitech Software works with it, so don't bother wasting your time. Debut Video Capture works alright, but again, with no real control on the video gain, it's just a way to record video to your computer (keep the quality at around 30-40, any lower, and you have frame drop-any higher, and the quality is unwatchable).

I called Blue Customer Service, and after getting told that "The product is clearly not for you-since you like Logitech so much, you should just go back to them," (she then hung up on me-so I called again), I was told it's a faulty unit, and I need to file a service request. I've done that, and now we wait and see how it goes from there.

All in all, I'm underwhelmed by this product. I'm glad I found it on the cheap-at least I've got a KILLER mic-it's one of the BEST USB mics I've ever used! Too bad I wanted it for the camera as well! ALTHOUGH, if it comes to it, I've got a really crappy Logitech C120 sitting around here somewhere... Just use 'em in tandem, I suppose?
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