Anyone who still maintains that absence makes the heart fonder obviously hasn’t been spending much quality time on the Internet lately. Microsoft’s LifeCam VX-7000 makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family, in living colour. It’s optimised for Windows Live Messenger, facilitating convenient online sharing of videos and photos. And you can fit the whole gang in: the wide-angle glass element lens ensures that no one gets left out of the picture, and the 2-megapixel video sensor automatically compensates for low-light conditions. There’s a built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation to improve voice clarity. Thanks to a universal attachment base, it fits on most monitors, including flat screens and notebooks, if you don’t want it sitting directly on your desk.
Expect to pay about R800. Contact Microsoft SA on 0860 225 567 or visit www.microsoft.com