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Jelly Comb W10 1080p HD Webcam Pro review: Flawed but functional

This affordable camera has its niggles, but its cheap price may overcome them

IT Pro Value
A photograph of the Jelly Comb W10 1080p HD Webcam Pro
Price
£20 exc VAT
  • Great value
  • Built-in privacy cover
  • Capable field of view
  • Slightly patchy colour reproduction

Everyone loves a bargain and, at £20, this 1080p webcam has a £10 head start on every other unit here. We chose it for this test due to its high Amazon rating, even after doing our usual check for promotional reviews, and in many ways it lives up to expectations.

Its colour accuracy is the best we’ve seen in a sub-£50 webcam and it produces detailed images too. Its biggest issue stems from the autofocus, which works in the same way as a camera when adjusting for a shot – a slight zoom in and out as it seeks the right focal point. It’s a tad irritating, but if you keep relatively still and nothing is shifting around in the background then it’s bearable. Its other more minor fault is that it struggles with solid colours such as walls, with the same pixel crawl that you see in cheaper LCD TVs.

With an 80° field of view, the Jelly Comb strikes a good balance between capturing your environment and keeping you centre stage. There shouldn’t be any need to adjust your position during calls to make yourself look larger. Nor will you need a dedicated mic, with two built-in units doing a fine job – but don’t expect stereo separation, as one literally sits above the other.

Sensibly, Jelly Comb builds in a privacy cover. It’s cheap and plasticky, sliding along with all the elegance of Ann Widdecombe mid-cha-cha, but it works. Plus there’s an obvious blue LED during recordings.

We would still pick the Aukey PC-W3 above the Jelly Comb, but if you would prefer to show yourself in a more saturated light this £20 webcam is undeniably great value for money. 

Jelly Comb W10 1080p HD Webcam Pro specifications

Resolution

1080p

Framerate

30fps

Field of view

80°

Microphone

Dual microphones

Cable

1.7m

Dimensions (WDH)

88 x 25 x 30mm

Warranty

1yr limited warranty

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