I’ve just about had it with Logitech and its platform-specific headsets and web cams. Dear idiots: there is no reason in the world that technology as fundamentally simple as a web cam or a Skype headset should require 100 megs worth of platform-specific drivers, the absence of which turns your new, stupidly-purchased “Windows only” headset into a $50 jangle of worthless plastic on OS X. Get your act together. All this stuff should be able to use generic drivers, even if the fancier features aren’t supported on some systems.
But Logitech’s new USB 2.0, 2-megapixel QuickCam Vision Pro is simply incredible, in that it is a Mac-only web cam. You know. A web cam for a platform that has had an embedded camera in all its laptops and the vast majority of its computers for years.
Oh, sure, there’s a market there: people with old PowerBooks. Customers with Mac Pros. Grannies with Mac Minis. But it just seems like such an infinitesimally small one that releasing this as Mac only makes zero business sense when they could simply shove a driver for Windows into the USB dongle and reach out the vast market of cam-less PC users.
For those who are interested, though, the QuickCam Vision Pro will be available in July for $130, and it is certainly a higher-quality web cam than the one built into your Mac, if you have use for such a thing. Apple vloggers, take note.
Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro [Official Site]