Call me old fashioned, but I cannot spend my workday on a laptop screen. I simply cannot be productive without at least one monitor. Usually I prefer two, but I have recently settled very nicely into 34″ UltraWide displays as my preference both at home and work.

In either case, given the current situation we’re all in, I have the luxury of working remotely with my teams. This means lots of time on video chats.

Coupled with my strong preference to not use the 13″ laptop screen and webcam, I did a little experiment with a webcam I have had around for years and quickly realized that the webcam you use absolutely makes a difference.

The photo on the left was taken with Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000; what I’ve used for years and never thought twice about.

The photo on the right was using my newly acquired Razer Kiyo.

I think the difference speaks for itself, and I have to say I don’t know why I’m so surprised, but it’s remarkable the improvement in quality. I haven’t had a chance yet to mess around with the video recording, but the Kiyo supports 720p@60fps, which I’m very excited to play with!

Although now it will be much harder for my kids to conceal themselves from sneaking in during calls as they’re stuck home indefinitely.

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