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MSI Starcam Clip review

A webcam that offers great value for money

The 1.3 megapixel camera comes with infrared technology

TechRadar Verdict

An effective and affordable option for your laptop


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    Easy installation

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    Security software

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    Low price


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    Settings need tweaking for optimum performance

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    Smaller webcams are available

While many laptops these days have webcams fitted as standard, the MSI StarCam Clip (£15 inc. VAT) provides a versatile option for those that don't.

Clipping on to your laptop screen, the 1.3-megapixel camera installs quickly and easily. With its built-in microphone, use is made all the more simple. Infrared technology improves usability in darkened rooms or when outdoors at night. Picture quality is good, but settings need tweaking for optimum performance.

My Guard video security software comes as standard, allowing the StarCam to act as a security camera. Detecting movement within its field of vision, it alerts you when people wander in front of the lens, and you can secretly keep your desk monitored. While smaller cameras can be bought, this is nevertheless an effective and affordable option for your laptop. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.