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Monday, October 25th, 2010, 9:25 am

Microsoft USB Webcam+Microphone: Piece of Rubbish

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Microsoft and microphone may sound alike, but they are a very bad combination. A lot of people truly get the feeling that if they pay more for something, then it must actually be better. It’s a perception artifact. Maybe people may even convince themselves that they made a smart purchase by psychologically adapting and insisting that if something is from a known brand, then it is fundamentally better.

Microsoft is an example of a company which makes products that are neither perceived as high quality nor are they of high quality. This morning I wasted two or so hours trying some microphones and one of them was from Microsoft, whose device was too sensitive and low quality. These devices are expensive even though they are made by the same sweat shops for roughly the same price as those cheaply-made microphones which work a lot better.

The Microsoft device in question has far too much background noise, which makes it unusable for recording purposes. Why do some people buy this type of stuff (this one was borrowed just for testing)?

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