IBM 33L4889 Video Conferencing PC Camera (USB) Reviews

IBM 33L4889 Video Conferencing PC Camera (USB)

  • 640 x 480 video and photo resolution
  • Microphone required for sending audio
  • USB 1.1 interface
  • Includes driver and utility software for e-mail and netmeetings
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP
Send a video mail message to anyone, anywhere, anytime, or video-conference around the world with this IBM video-conferencing PC camera.

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3 Responses to “IBM 33L4889 Video Conferencing PC Camera (USB) Reviews”

  1. P.G. Hruby says:
    51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    IBM PC Camera USB – 33L4889, December 2, 1999
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    P.G. Hruby (Everett, Washington) –

    This review is from: IBM 33L4889 Video Conferencing PC Camera (USB) (Personal Computers)

    The camera itself works quite well with focus up to one foot from the object. The software that comes with unit is lacking. Even Microsoft’s NetMeeting is more feature rich than what comes bundled. USB bandwidth is acceptable unless you use other high bandwidth devices like scanners or media drives during live video. Plan on scaling your frames and rate down if are multitasking. The hardware installed on all flavors of Microsoft Windows 95 and 98 and also worked on beta versions of upcoming Microsoft operating systems. You will not find this product on IBM’s site, it is OEMed from another vendor. The same essential camera was offered to new subscribers of Earthlink but was the serial port version. This one suffered due to serial port bandwidth limitations.

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  2. "woofey" says:
    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Xirlink is a horrible company, March 8, 2000
    By A Customer
    This review is from: IBM 33L4889 Video Conferencing PC Camera (USB) (Personal Computers)

    The camera is OK at best due to poor software. The manufacturer is Xirlink which is an awful company to deal with. Support is poor.

    Whatever you do, do not purchase this camera and think that you will receive a rebate. They will not honor it. The rebates are handled by an even worse company, Insight.

    Don’t buy it!

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  3. Anonymous says:
    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    IBM Video Cam from Earthlionk, June 29, 2000
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    “woofey” (Plano, TX United States) –

    This review is from: IBM 33L4889 Video Conferencing PC Camera (USB) (Personal Computers)

    I did get this camera (the writer preceding this review is in error on one part), the USB version as an inducement to subscribe to Earthlink for a short period of time with a penalty for early termination. With the junk camera I received, I’d like to see them “enforce” a penalty! Biggest problem is that it’s focus will not improve as well as the lighting problem and both of these problems are mentioned in other reviews. I have a couple of other cameras that are less to purchase if price is a consideration but both are substantially better cameras. My favorite is the QuickCam although mine is the parallel port version that creates a problem for me only because I can’t keep my printer and camera connected to my PC at the same time. Hence, the other two are USB with converters to switch them to the serial port if I should desire. I bought my son the Logitech camera (USB). Software program for the Logitech is great also. The IBM installation software gave me a migraine at first but I finally got the thing installed and it works but the picture is really poor quality and no way to fix it.

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